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Classic Baederwood Colonial

Jenkintown, PA
30 Bromley Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
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Property Details: Affectionately known as Looney Hill     

Property Details: Affectionately known as Looney Hill
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Property Information
Affectionately known as Looney Hill
238 Fox Road
Media, PA
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Price: $349,900
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Feet: 2,535
Lot Description/Acreage:
Year Built:
William McKee Walton
Architectural Style:
Arts & Crafts
Contact Information
Name: Scott Laughlin
Phone: 215-275-1685
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Property History
It is time for me to take you all on yet another Magical History Tour!!!

This time, I am going to focus on the creation of the idyllic, Arts & Crafts community of Rose Valley!!!

As the industrial revolution was raging towards the end of the 19th Century, there was a growing revolt against the mechanization of the modern world. Machines were replacing craftsmen, and the “craft” of buildings, art & culture were being destroyed.

Starting in the U.K. with the likes of John Ruskin, William Morris, C.F.A. Voisey and in Scotland, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the revolution to reject the modern factory began in the 1880’s.

“Ruskin considered the sort of mechanized production and division of labour that had been created in the industrial revolution to be "servile labour", and he thought that a healthy and moral society required independent workers who designed the things that they made. He believed factory-made works to be "dishonest," and that handwork and craftsmanship merged dignity with labor.”

In the United States, likeminded craftspeople, artists, philosophers and architects began to think of a new way to bring craft back to everyday life. Some of the national names we all know today like Gustav Stickey & Elbert Hubbard (founder of Roycroft) created workshops to craft furniture and decorative arts, and publications to promote the lifestyle & sale of their merchandise.

In Philadelphia, a similar movement was taking place at the very end of the 19th Century, led by the Architect, William Lightfoot Price, who was also a gifted artist & actor. Being raised in nearby Wallingford by his Quaker parents, he moved into Philadelphia as his architectural practice flourished. Successful in obtaining commissions for new developments (Wayne, Overbrook Farm & the Pelham section of Germantown) as well as commercial and residential projects from the wealthy industrialists of the time, he built two grand residences for his own family, the first in Overbrook Farm and the second in Merion Station.

By the turn of the 20th Century, the Arts & Crafts movement was clearly his future focus.

His first attempt at the creation of an Arts & Crafts community was in Arden, DE in 1900. Truly unique in its structure and governance, this became a single tax colony.

He then set his sights on about 80 acres of land with abandoned mills, workers cottages & few larger homes that were mostly abandoned, along the Ridley Creek in Delaware County. The Rose Valley Association was founded as a stock company, for the purpose of encouraging artistic handicrafts. A total of 21 initial shareholders invested $25,000 dollars with an additional loan from Swarthmore College to purchase the lands and all the buildings. In 1901, Will Price along with several other founding families moved into the disheveled buildings along Rose Valley Road and began creating their new, idyllic community.

Rose Valley then began to draw likeminded citizens interested in the arts, decorative, musical & theatrical. One of the earliest arrivals were the Walton Brothers. William McKee Walton was an Architect but also a gifted watercolorist (designing many of the early stage posters & set designs), bookbinder & potter. His Brother Herbert Walton was a builder, stonemason, iron craftsman, sculptor & an actor.

The original Owners of my listing were Lou & Anna Remont.

They must have rented one of the guest houses for several years, as early records show the Remonts & the Waltons participating in Gilbert & Sullivan shows and in 1907, presented “The Mikado”. This production is viewed as the first for the Rose Valley Chorus, with Mrs. Remont as one of the Actors/Singers and Mr. Remont as the Conductor. Will & Herbert Walton were also in the original cast, as was Will Price. Mrs. Remont was known as a gifted Soprano and is one of the founders of the Rose Valley Chorus.

Long before what we know today as Rose Valley was formally incorporated in the 1930’s, people came to the Rose Valley area to become involved in this vibrant arts community. While located across Ridley Creek, the lands along Fox Road used to have direct access to Rose Valley via a bridge at the bottom of the road. Now gone and replaced with what is now Manchester Avenue, quite a few people purchased land along what is now Fox Road that were actively involved in the Arts & Crafts community.

Affectionately known as Looney Hill, “a thoroughly sane but somewhat unconventional family community.”

Lou & Anna Remont hired the Walton Brothers to design & construct this Arts & Crafts bungalow in 1909. A simple stone & cedar shake 2-story bungalow was enhanced with a small glass vestibule for the kitchen and a delightful arbor covered in Trumpet Vine (now 110 years old!) connected to the driveway. Shortly after its construction, the entry hall was enlarged to provide a larger gathering room (supposedly, the Remonts needed a larger space for rehearsals of the Rose Valley Chorus, so they added a 2-story addition that incorporated a 2nd full bathroom upstairs).

Early history tells the tale of the Looney Hill families battling the Rose Valley families in games of baseball & cricket on the front lawn of my listing!

Located in Middletown Township, and in the Rose Tree/Media School District, it’s miles away from everything, yet minutes to the shops and restaurants of downtown Media and the Moylan-Rose Valley SEPTA train station.

Property Description
This is the first time that this property has been available for purchase in nearly 50 years!

Not for the faint of heart, but ample opportunity awaits for the next Steward to make their mark and restore this wonderful home.

First, let’s talk about the land.

Situated on the crest of Looney Hill, the site provides for exceptional privacy from its 1.3+ acre parcel. A large, sunny & level front yard is surrounded by stately hardwood & evergreen trees. Mature rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs, dogwoods and other plants provide a colorful backdrop during the Spring season.

About 1/3rd of the property is a completely wooded hillside that meanders down to a small creek. There are absolutely no visible neighbors across the entire rear of the property.

Tucked at the far corner of the property is a unique 2-sided, 2-car garage that also has additional storage between the garage bays and a garden shed attached to the rear.

Family & friends will likely enter the house under the pergola that has the original trumpet vine overhead, into the kitchen. The front entry has its own pent roof to protect guests from the inclement weather.

The living room faces East, capturing great morning light through the large bay window.

The original living room (now a cozy den/family room) has the wood burning fireplace and was modified with real pine paneling and beams, likely during the 1950’s. A coat closet is tucked under the front staircase.

The large dining room faces South, and has two sets of French doors to either the side patio, or the covered rear porch. An original built-in china cabinet is tucked into one wall.

There is a powder room at the end of a small hallway that is between the dining room & kitchen.

The cozy kitchen was last modified in the 1950’s, and clearly, some creative genius will figure out how best to modernize and/or expand this space. There is a direct exit to the glass enclosed rear porch & vine covered pergola mentioned earlier. There is a rear staircase and access to the basement from the kitchen area as well.

On the second floor, there are four bedrooms. One of the full baths is accessed directly from the hallway, while the 2nd full bath is accessed through the smallest of the bedrooms. Off the master bedroom (with two closets) is access to the 2nd floor sleeping porch! This space provides fantastic views of the woods & creek below. In the hallway is a very large double linen closet with a built-in chest of drawers.

The third floor (currently un-heated) is finished and has two additional areas that could possibly be converted into a large master suite with some creative re-configuring & maybe the addition of some dormers.

The basement has the laundry facilities & high ceilings. Back in the day, this area was used for additional living space & a work room. There is also a door directly to the rear yard, making it very easy to gain access for larger items.

Additional Notes
The bones of this house are really lovely, but yes, you will need to do a lot of work to bring it up to today’s standards.

There is a tremendous amount of value built into the price for this historic property. To have this much land and this kind of privacy so close to downtown Media is a rarity!

Do you have the vision & the dreams to truly make something magical, yours?

Last Updated: May 4, 2019
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


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