Listed By:
BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
1 Porter Lane, Rose Valley, PA
$ 1,150,000
Property Attributes
  • MLS#PADE2049744
  • TypePending
  • CountyDELAWARE
  • CityRose Valley
  • AreaRose Valley Boro
  • NeighborhoodRose Valley
  • Zip19086
  • StyleColonial
  • Year Built1912
  • Taxes$ 18177
  • Price$ 1,150,000
  • Bedrooms7
  • Full Bathrooms3
  • Half Bathrooms0
  • Sqr Footage3549
  • Lot Size0.9 Acres
Data Source:
Bright MLS
Property Description

Welcome to 1 Porter Lane, in leafy Rose Valley. Built in 1912 by revered architect William Lightfoot Price, this three story dwelling is known as the Butterfly House for the symmetrical angled wings flanking its center. Set on nearly one acre, this landmark home has been occupied by generations of one family for the past 56 years. Tucked away on a charming cul-de-sac, the house sits among an secluded enclave of five homes of complementary design. All date back to the early 1900s and have been meticulously maintained since. From the front yard, a main brick pathway leads to a pergola whose ancient wisteria vines bloom each spring, and later shade the spacious front porch. This path matches the brick-red Mercer tiles on the roof. Inside, original hardwood and heart pine flooring feature largely in the home. The house is cooled by central air conditioning. On the left of the spacious entry hall, the first floor boasts a large living room with a fireplace and builtin cabinetry as well as a small parlor. To the right is a long dining room that can accommodate all your holiday guests. A charming touch is the run of original casement windows across the front of each of the two main rooms.Adjacent to the kitchen is a breakfast room and butlers pantry equipped with sink and wine refrigerator. This room includes a door to the side yard and a small terrace. A den with a full bath also has access to a rear porch. A back staircase from the kitchen leads to the second floor.The second floor is primarily accessed by a grand curving staircase from the front hall, which retains its original finish. On the second floor are five bedrooms and one full bath. The bathroom features original cobalt subway tiles halfway up the wall, while the floor matches with small blue tiles.The spacious primary bedroom boasts a fireplace, a walk-out terrace, a seating/dressing area, and windows on three sides. One of the bedrooms features a bay window, and several contain large closets. A study on the second floor is handsomely finished with built in shelves, a working fireplace, casements, and double hung windows.The third floor houses two bedrooms and a third full bathroom. In one bedroom, a door opens to an outdoor porch with stunning views of the gardens and woods. Another room presents options for a home office or hobby room. A staircase provides access to the basemen laundry room and a 2-car garage. A more recent addition to the property is a charming greenhouse featuring gravel flooring on the sides and a brick walkway down the center. With ample tables on either side for potting, a radiator keeps plants and planters warm in the early gardening season. Open the door at the end of the greenhouse and step into a tool shed, which also has a brick floor. Facing the front of the house, note the large driveway on the left. With a grand original wrought iron gate, this provides ample spaces for family members and guests to park. Ultimately, the driveway leads to original under-house parking spots. 1 Porter Lane is within easy walking distance to the Rose Valley-Moylan train station, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley Swim and Tennis Club, Rose Valley Historical Society, the Old Mill, and woodsy trails. Just beyond the train station is the town of Media, with an abundance of shops and restaurants. Access to the Blue Route is a short drive away, leading to I-95 to the east and the Schuylkill Expressway to the west. Many of the historic homes in Rose Valley - including the others on Porter Lane - were inspired by the English Arts and Crafts Movement. William Prices use of reinforced concrete and decorative Mercertiles in the design of the Butterfly House, as well as hotels and railroad stations from the East Coast to the Midwest, was far ahead of its time, proving his conviction that buildings should be beautiful as well as useful.

Price History
7/7/2023 Listed $1,450,000
8/18/2023 14% - $1,250,000
1/8/2024 8% - $1,150,000

General Features

Sewer Public Sewer
Heating Forced Air
Cooling Central A/C
Possession 31-60 Days CD
Garage Spaces 2.00
Pool Y/N No Pool
Architectural Style Colonial
Construction Materials Stucco
Year Built 1912
Levels 3
Tax Year 2023
Percent Ownership Fee Simple
Cool Fuel Electric
Accessibility None
New Construction No
Property Type Residential
HOA / Comm Assn No
Subdivision Name ROSE VALLEY
Garage Y/N Yes
Water Access Y/N No
Other Structures Above Grade,Below Grade
Directions Use GPS
Buyer Agent Compensation 3
Senior Community Y/N No
MLS Area Rose Valley Boro (10439)
Lot Size Square Feet 39204.00
Tax Assessed Value 546630.0
Waterfront Y/N No
Street Name PORTER
Tax Annual Amount 18177.0
Structure Type Detached
Condo/Coop Association Y/N No
Bathrooms Full Main Level 1
Bathrooms Count Main Level 1.00
Price Per Sq Ft 324.03
Vacation Rental Y/N No
Total SQFT 3549
Days on Market 222
Standard Status Pending
Year Built Source Assessor
Tax Lot 038-000
School District 300200396626
Buyer Agent Compensation Type % Of Gross

Interior Features

Heating Fuel Natural Gas
Basement Full
Total Fireplaces 3
Hot Water Natural Gas
Basement (Y/N) Yes
Heating Y/N Yes
Fireplace Y/N Yes
Above Grade Finished Area 3549
Full Baths 3
Street Suffix LANE
Central Air Y/N Yes
Total Bedrooms 7
Room Type Living Room,Dining Room,Primary Bedroom,Kitchen,Den,Basement,Study,Laundry
Below Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
LivingAreaSource Assessor
Laundry Type Basement
Below Grade Unfin Area Units Square Feet
Below Grade Unfin SQFT Source Assessor
Below Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Bedrooms Count All Upper Levels 7
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 1 5
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 2 2
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 2 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 1 1
Bathrooms Full All Upper Levels 2
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 2 1.00
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 1 1.00
Bathrooms Count All Upper Levels 2
Above Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Above Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Total Baths 3

Exterior Features

Water Source Public
Total Parking Spaces 7
Garage Features Garage - Front Entry
Type of Parking Attached Garage,Driveway
Land Use Code R-10
Foundation Details Stone
Water View Y/N No
Lot Dimensions 0.00 x 0.00
Lot Size Acres 0.90
Lot Size Units Square Feet
Lot Size Source Assessor
Land Assessed Value 169840.00
Navigable Water Y/N No
Water Oriented Y/N No
# of Attached Garage Spaces 2
LotDimensionsSource Assessor

Room Details

Room Dimensions Level Flooring Details
Basement Lower 1
Den Main
Dining Room Main
Kitchen Main Breakfast Room,Pantry
Laundry Lower 1
Living Room Main Fireplace - Other,Built-Ins
Primary Bedroom Upper 1 Fireplace - Other,Primary Bedroom - Dressing Area
Study Upper 1 Fireplace - Other


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Primary On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Pending Average in 19086

AVG $560K
AVG $9,809
AVG 415
Data Provided by Inside Real Estate®
Year Built
AVG 1957
AVG 22
Data Provided by Walkscore® not using MLS data

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