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On the Market: Victorian home in Mt. Airy for $750K

This Mt. Airy home, located at 227 East Gowen Avenue, is on the market for $750,000.
This Mt. Airy home, located at 227 East Gowen Avenue, is on the market for $750,000. Mike Powell
This Mt. Airy home, located at 227 East Gowen Avenue, is on the market for $750,000. Gallery: On the Market: Victorian home in Mt. Airy for $750K

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For the past three decades, Julie and Glenn Pascal have been restoring their Mt. Airy Victorian treasure.

Only the fourth owners of the East Gowen Avenue property – named Rosemont by its original owner – the couple moved there in 1981 to start a family.

"We walked into the house, looked in the backyard, and saw the most magnificent beech tree and fell in love with it,” Glenn Pascal said.

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  • When the couple moved into the red brick Victorian, which was built in 1875, they said it needed some touching up. But that was also part of the draw for them.

    “It was in need of a lot of care,” Julie Pascal said. “[But] we just loved old homes and loved the character of the house.”

    The character they describe is both Arts and Crafts and Victorian with features including bay windows, a slate roof, balconies, and stained glass windows in the living room.

    The property is mentioned in the 1996 edition of “Frank Furness: The Complete Works,” in which the authors note that Furness - who designed many important buildings in the Philadelphia region - may have designed the Pascals' home.

    The home was also featured twice on the Gowen Estate Tours, and the street won the "Prettiest Street in Philly" award from Victorian Homes Magazine.

    Original features surround the home, including an archway to the bay in the dining room, three French doorways to the front porch, an oak staircase, and two balconies on the third floor. In addition, the top of the staircase posts have original wooden sunflower motifs, which are also on the bricks on the exterior of the house.

    Throughout the years as Julie, a psychologist, and Glenn, a teacher at Delaware Valley College, raised their two sons in the home, they added many of their own upgrades.

    One of the major renovations they accomplished was converting the former billiards room on the third floor into a master bedroom suite.

    They removed the linoleum flooring, and sanded and restored the original yellow pine floors. They also redid the room with a pine tongue and groove wood paneling design.

    “It’s an interesting floor and interesting room,” Glenn Pascal said. “We can look out and see the tops of trees without seeing other houses. It’s almost like we have our own private woods out in the back.”

    The Pascals also upgraded the kitchen in 2012, and gave it that same paneling as they did on the third floor. They also added glass fronted cabinets, a farm sink, and slate flooring to keep up with the Victorian style.

    Some upgrades to the exterior include a new front porch, a new tin roof over the porch, and a restoration to the gazebo in the back.

    Now after living in the home for 33 years, the Pascals are looking to downsize. They have put the property on the market for $750,000.

    “Now the kids are grown and have moved and it feels like it’s time to turn it over to the next family that's ready to enjoy it as we did,” Glenn Pascal said.

    They describe the Mt. Airy neighborhood as “safe and comfortable” with a “warm feeling.”

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    Lauren Mennen