A Rare East Coast Neutra Home Hits the Market For $650K

A Rare East Coast Neutra Home Hits the Market For $650K

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Who knew that there was a Neutra gem in suburban Philly?

In a quiet suburb of Philadelphia sits one of just a few East Coast houses designed by internationally-renowned architect, Richard Neutra. The unassuming 1,983-square-foot house was originally built for Dr. Frank and Mrs. Betty Miller in 1956, and it features an open-plan layout, a cedar-clad ceiling, built-ins, and cool cork floors in the kitchen—all of which give it an authentic midcentury vibe. An expansive wall of glass lines the back of the home, providing views of the perfectly-framed backyard. 

The low-profile home sits in a quiet suburb of Philadelphia. 

The current homeowners have gone to great efforts to preserve Neutra’s original design. To this end, they've drawn upon historical documents, referencing original renderings of the home from the Museum of Modern Art, and the collection of Neutra's drawings, architectural plans, and correspondence from the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives.

The entryway greets visitors with cedar-paneled ceilings and a strong midcentury vibe. 

An expansive wall of glass provides views of the beautifully landscaped backyard and the swimming pool. 

A massive stone wall with a double-sided fireplace divides the living space. 

On the other side of the stone wall, the open kitchen overlooks a small sitting area. 

The updated kitchen has black galaxy granite counters, a gas cooktop, recently installed stainless steel appliances, and cork flooring.

The kitchen.

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The open-plan living space is long and lean. 

The cedar paneling continues into the master bedroom.

The master bath. 

A screened-in porch can be easily accessed from the family room, kitchen, and living room.   Photo by Michael Hirsch

Neutra framed the outdoor area with a long pool house that closes off the space and provides some privacy. The pool house has changing rooms, a bathroom, and storage space for outdoor equipment. The swimming pool is set in a natural flagstone terrace.

An aerial view of the perfectly framed pool.

The slag stone roof is sloped to allow snow and rain to run off.

109 S Whitehall Rd in Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, is currently listed for $650,000 by Susan Ravenscroft of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty.

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