169 Greenwood Ave | Jenkintown, PA 19046
GREENWOOD TERRACE is a suburban jewel. First there’s the location. It’s super: just one block from the Jenkintown train station, yet in a quiet residential neighborhood of single family homes where there is plenty of on-street parking. Shops and great restaurants are nearby.
There are just 49 units, making it a very manageable and comfortable size. The moderate building size provides a more personal atmosphere rather than the impersonal nature of larger complexes.
Full dining rooms in many apartments
Balconies in many apartments
High-speed Internet available
Heat included with rent
Basement storage closets
Up to 2 cats permitted
$25/mo. pet rent
Sorry, no dogs permitted
It has a type of Old World Charm rarely found in suburban settings.
GREENWOOD TERRACE was built in 1922. Although unconfirmed, the story we’ve been told is that it originally was built as a country retreat for wealthy Philadelphians. Whether or not that’s true, the building has an undeniable esthetic appeal which is just not found in younger buildings.
The stone and brick facade and many architectural details such as the stone cornice and capstones the copper downspouts with decorative straps, the impressive stone entry archways, balconies with beautiful wrought iron railings, etc. contribute to that charm and beauty on the exterior. The apartment interiors give the same feeling with architectural details such as crown molding, built-in book cases, balcony doors with floor-to-ceiling multi-paneled sidelights and the roominess of separate pantries and dining rooms that have generally been lost to an earlier age.
Having been built when construction costs were far more moderate, the construction exceeds requirements for soundness. All floors and the roof deck are 4 – 5 inches of concrete, all partitions, even within apartments, are masonry with plaster on metal lath. No wood framing nor dry-wall (not used extensively until after WW II) was used. Its construction adds considerably to characteristics of fire-resistance and sound attenuation.
Under prior ownership the building was generally ignored and endured a period of decline. The charm was still evident, but fading, under layers of neglect and disrepair.
In October, 1995 the building was purchased by the present owner, ELS Associates, operated by Al Shapiro. Since then it has undergone an intensive restoration. The improvements have gone deeper than the usual surface cosmetic renovations. The mechanical and structural parts of the building were brought up to date as well. GREENWOOD TERRACE now boasts new elevators, new domestic hot water heating system, newly pointed and cleaned brick and stone facades, new fire-alarm system, new insulating windows, new central-air (in most apartments), new lobbies, newly carpeted and painted hallways, new fixtures, new security system, new landscaping and signage as well as other improvements. As each apartment has been vacated, the baths and kitchens have been modernized, with the larger apartments (all two-bedroom and most one-bedroom units) getting dish-washers and built-in microwave ovens. The hardwood floors have been sanded and refinished to restore their original sparkling beauty. It would be hard to find more charming and modern apartments in Jenkintown, PA.
The underlying charm has been uncovered and restored. And the conveniences have attained an up-to-the-minute level.
The management style is to be attentive to maintenance and to tenants. The building is owner-managed and, with Chris Stanton as the Resident Manager, it is responsive to any needed repairs or residents’ needs.