Our houses, apartments, and commercial space are located in the Chestnut Hill and West Mount Airy neighborhoods of northwest Philadelphia. Most of our properties were built between 1906-1926, and were designed by three Philadelphia architects, McGoodwin, Gilchrist, and Duhring, who worked closely with Dr. George Woodward for many years. Construction is stone or stucco over brick, and roofs are typically slate. Many of the beautiful tree-lined streets offer historic flagstone sidewalks – perfect for a neighborhood stroll.
Our houses range considerably in size and layout. Some constitute a form of “attached” housing – twins, court homes or quads while others are singles of varying sizes. Nearly all houses have a working fireplace, hardwood floors, two or more bathrooms and updated amenities. Many have a butler’s pantry, sunroom, or second staircase. Second floor layouts often feature connecting rooms (suites) and a room with a fireplace. Square footage ranges from 1,200 – 5,000+. Our apartments range in size from large historic units to a more modern and contemporary style.
Most properties are within walking distance of two train lines and several bus routes. The majority are also close to the many excellent local shops and restaurants that line historic Germantown Avenue.
Rental rates for houses start around $2,500 and continue to $8,000 (excluding utilities) with most falling in the $3,000 – $4,000 range. The properties include a gas stove and typically a dishwasher. Other appliances are supplied by the tenant. Some properties include garage and off-street parking however parking is most often on-street. Off-site garages and spaces are available for rent.
Henry Howard Houston and Dr. George Woodward built many Arts & Crafts homes in Chestnut Hill and W. Mt. Airy. In 1921, Dr. George Woodward and his wife, Gertrude Woodward incorporated George Woodward, Inc. and went on to build over 400 more houses, including single homes, more twins, and a new experiment in home building – the quadruple house (four units under one roof).
Wissahickon schist stone was used to build the house designs. Many replicated the Cotswold style home in England. Dr. George Woodward was also a pioneer in the field of adaptive reuse of older buildings for modern purposes and many of his buildings were featured in the architectural journals of the day.
In the same tradition new homes designed to again be innovative and forward-looking were built in 2009. A modern interpretation of the Chestnut Hill vernacular, our new houses are located on the “Hill”, an easy walk to the many outstanding community resources of the neighborhood, including the Wissahickon Park.
The houses were registered and certified as Platinum rated LEED-Home (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) a nationally accepted certification program serving as a benchmark for the design and construction of green buildings by promoting sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and quality of the indoor environment. The new buildings are the first LEED-Home Platinum rated twin houses to be built in Pennsylvania and have been designated the Urban In-Fill Home of the Year in the 2010 Dream Home Awards published in Design Magazine.
In addition to being early developers of fine architecture and urban design, the Houstons and Woodwards were quite devoted to the support of their community. The family’s donations to the city included the Water Tower Recreation Center, Pastorius Park, a large part of the Wissahickon Valley, the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center, and Houston Hall on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
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George Woodward Co. brings over 100 years of expertise in property management services to our historic properties in Chestnut Hill and W. Mt. Airy. We are skilled at leasing and property maintenance. Our residential rental properties are all owned and maintained by George Woodward Co., we manage over 150 single-family, multi-family, and commercial units. We have an excellent staff and maintenance crew who ensure each property is professionally cleaned and move-in ready for new tenants.
Tenants can rely on 24/7 emergency maintenance services so no issue gets left unaddressed. Whether it is 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., our on-call service is always available. Our maintenance technicians and contractors are ready to help.
Our team is composed of skilled employees who provide stellar property maintenance. For us, the mark of a job well done is our ability to retain tenants. We are grateful to our entire Woodward community for working in partnership to keep our properties in an attractive and desirable condition.
The company has been received industry acknowledgement and awards for our exceptional stewardship of the properties. Our tenants are important and valued partners in maintaining our elegant historic homes.