Before Taylor Swift and her family moved to Tennessee to pursue her music career, Swift spent her childhood in Pennsylvania.
During her early childhood, Taylor Swift grew up on Pine Ridge Farm, an 11-acre Christmas tree farm in Reading, Pennsylvania. Quite a few of her songs talk about her childhood growing up there, including “Christmas Tree Farm” and “Seven,” which appeared on her Grammy award-winning album “Folklore.”
However, the Swifts later moved from the farm to another house in Pennsylvania, located at 78 Grandview Boulevard in Wyomissing. Swift lived in the house until 2004, at which point she and her family relocated to the Nashville area so a high school-aged Taylor could begin pursuing her music career.
The historic home was built in 1929 and has charming details like brick fireplaces, a butler’s pantry, and crown molding.
The property has changed ownership over the years, during which time renovations were carried out.
During those renovations, owners came across relics from Swift’s time in the house. According to the Philly Voice, after the home was purchased in 2007 by Daniel Mashevsky, a note was found that Swift had written about a trip to Disney World. However, those Easter eggs are likely long gone by now.
“It’s obviously changed hands at different points and had different upgrades, but there’s also a lot of things that were kept original and kept in very good condition over the years,” real estate agent Eric P. Miller told Insider.
During the time Swift lived in the house, she attended the Wyomissing Area Junior High School.
“I didn’t have friends,” she said in a 2008 interview with the Reading Eagle. “No one talked to me … When I moved to Wyomissing, I didn’t know anybody.”
“When I was 9 or 10, I used to get all the lead roles [in school plays] because I was the tallest person,” she continued. “But my interest in music soon drew me to country music. I was infatuated with the sound, with the storytelling. I could relate to it. I can’t really tell you why. With me, it was just instinctual.”
She began writing a majority of her early songs after she began high school in Tennessee, including “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “Tim McGraw,” which she wrote in a high-school math class.
The house has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
The house was originally built as an in-law house for the Lauers, a prominent family in the Reading area who lived in a stone castle next door.
Miller told Insider that it was very common “once upon a time” for people, especially prestigious families like the Lauers, to build houses right next to each other for various members of the family.
“It wasn’t always to this scale, however,” he said.
The prestigious neighborhood used to be supported by the local textile mills.
Miller said that Grandview Boulevard in particular is famous for a number of custom and historic homes known for their old-world charm.
“It’s almost like the top of the hill in Wyomissing,” he said. “It’s a great location, without question.”
Historic details are seen throughout the home, such as the large paned windows and a fireplace in this cozy sitting area.
Swift still has an affinity for historic homes. In 2013, she purchased a seaside mansion on Watch Hill in Rhode Island. Built in 1930, the house was once owned by Rebekah Harkness, a socialite who married into the Standard Oil fortune. The house’s colorful history was retold in Swift’s “The Last Great American Dynasty,” which appeared on her album “Folklore.”
It’s safe to say that most local people know the house as Taylor Swift’s childhood home.
“I’ve heard that people have stopped and taken pictures in front of the house,” Miller told Insider. “People who know it’s her house make a point to go there.”
Redner also filmed a video set to the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” in the house, in which she can be seen dancing in front of the historic home.
The back of the house has large stone columns and an entrance that looks out over the yard.
Miller told Insider that one of the most interesting historic details is in the rear of the property.
“The back of the house is even more dressed-up than the front,” he said. “That’s because, in that time, people lived out the back. There were parties in the backyard, and that was in keeping with the style of the home.”
The house also has a detached two-car garage and a pool.
It’s never been confirmed, but it’s possible that when Taylor Swift mentions growing up in a “pretty house” in her song “The Best Day,” she’s talking about her childhood home in Wyomissing.
“I’m from Wyomissing, born and raised,” Miller said. “We’re a small town and a tight-knit community, so whenever you have someone who has accomplished as much as she has, you’re proud that they came from where you’re from.”