Farmhouse Friday: Pre-Revolutionary Barn Now a Residential Jewel with “Bakery”

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Independence Day is tomorrow and we thought we’d celebrate by featuring a super ‘Murican house for today’s Farmhouse Friday. Our pick? Leap Year Barn in New Britain, Pa. If you haven’t heard, ole’ Leap Year is considered one of the oldest stone bank barns in the country as it was built circa 1752. Sure, it’s a pre-revolutionary construction, but it’s also a property embodying ideals that went on to shape early America, according to the listing:

This Sui generis example of early colonial building prowess, the innate appeal of earth born building materials and the enlightened infusion of modern luxury make this history defining home a true American Masterpiece.

The Sweitzer-style converted barn now lives as a unique full-time residence with things like a bakery room with wood fired brick pizza oven and industrial grade center island, living room with ceilings reaching to the peak of the barn, and lower bank-level bonus rooms resembling an 18th-century bed & breakfast. Details include exposed hand-hewn beams, stone walls, and a wood-burning fireplace wrapped in artisan stone work.

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Open House: Industrial Old City Condo With a Ginormous Deck

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City, Walnut

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City, Walnut

Let’s make this one short and sweet. Are you looking for an Old City condo with that clean, yet industrial, look? You know, those ones that are in an elevator building near Market Street a feature exposed ductwork and brick walls, an open floor plan and tall ceilings. Hit up this open house for unit 7 in Cobblestone Court on Sunday. Not only does it tick all of those boxes off of the checklist, including an en suite bath, it boasts quite an outdoor space that’s difficult to come by in these types of buildings.
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Jaw Dropper of the Week, Part Deux: Disney-esque Chateau in Bucks County

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Did we just catch a glimpse of Cinderella, Belle, and Snow White? Various angles and features inside this 12,000-plus-square-foot home, designed by Zaveta Builders, make us feel like any one of these princesses is about to walk down that wrought iron-cased staircase in the turret (which you have to check out; scroll down to the gallery).

Other features evoking Disney-esque settings within this chateau-styled home include two-story high paneling in the 17th century style imported from Englandstone and plaster finishes, mahogany and wrought iron doors, authentic French chateau fireplace mantels (total of six), and chandelier lighting. There’s also a 25-foot high foyer and flooring made of travertine imported from Spain and Brazilian cherry.

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New Listings: Custom Lofts Between Former Suit Corner and High Street on Market

304 Market Street, the former Suit Corner site is to the left | Image: Google Street View

304 Market Street, the former Suit Corner site is to the left | Image: Google Street View

A few interesting property listings dropped on Redfin this week. Custom condos are currently being built at 304 Market Street, a “completely remodeled elevator building” lodged between the former Suit Corner site and the widely-popular Fork/High Street on Market in Old City.

Units B and D are listed as two-bedroom loft condos priced at $439,000 and $469,000, respectively. The top floor loft, Unit D, sounds especially pleasant as it features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and a skylight. It can also be purchased as raw space for $369,000 and the buyer can then “go crazy with your customizations” from there. However, the listing warns (in all caps) that you better act now: “TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE TO MAKE ALL OF YOUR CUSTOMIZATIONS.”

Each condo comes with spacious master bedrooms with French Doors, two full bathrooms, in-unit washer and dryers and brand new insulated windows facing a bustling Market Street. Opposite ends of the one-time colorful corner at 3rd and Market are in the middle of a major transition. Including 304 Market Street, three projects are in various stages of development.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Retro Oasis Tucked Away in South Jersey

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Designing a home to meet your particular vision must be kind of fun, don’t you think? In the case of this South Jersey residence, it seems whoever had a say in its look was at least partially influenced by the modern aesthetics of the seventies (indeed, agent Kathleen McNamara tells us it was built circa 1978) and the light-friendly appeal of hotel suites.

Oh, did we mention it has swimming pool and deck with lounge space?

Located on a one-acre lot in Cherry Hill’s Wilderness Acres neighborhood, the John J. Olivieri-designed home features oak flooring, two functioning fireplaces (one gas; one wood), and walls of windows throughout. A two-story foyer awaits near the entrance and the kitchen, festooned with cherry cabinets and granite counters, opens to a two-story dining area with windows overlooking the pool area.

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Trinity Tuesday: Classic Restoration in Queen Village Features Modern Upgrades

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Clocking in at 633 square feet, this three-story residence is as adorable as you might expect. Unlike some of its aged brethren, however, this little trinity in Queen Village was renovated in 2010 and is “an amazing restoration,” according to agent Josh Allen.

Updates include all new windows, high-end lighting, and reclaimed wood floors. Even the front door is new. Also on the first level are custom bookshelves, period wainscoting, and cabinets for if you want to keep all those TV and video game accessories out of the way. The kitchen and bathroom are both located on the second level and boast Carrara marble, the former of which comes with custom cabinetry, Liebherr fridge, and Wolf range with a vented hood. Back downstairs, the unfinished basement is used for storage.

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Main Line Monday: Greta Garbo Might Have Lived in This Gladwyne Manse If …

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

When it comes down to it, Greta Garbo really might have lived in any one of the Main Line’s grand mansions had she elected to grace the area with her presence every now and then. But according to hearsay that’s been passed down through the decades, “River House,” a Schuylkill River-side residence in Gladwyne, this is the one she might have lived in. Per the listing:

Legend has it that “River House” was built for Leopold Stokowski, director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his lover, famed film star, Greta Garbo, but following a disagreement, they never acquired the home.

We can’t vouch for that conjecture, but it is true that Stokowski and Garbo appeared to have been friends and travel companions.  In any case, River House went on to belong to another set of artistic types, in this case Helen Tyson Madeira and Louis C. Madeira IV. The Madeiras, who purchased the property in 1940, lived there “for nearly three-quarters of a century.” Now, the home is on the market for the first time since they acquired it.

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Open House: Super Cool (and Super Tiny) WashWest Carriage House Packs a Punch

Images by TREND via Keller Williams Center City

Images by TREND via Keller Williams Center City

Here’s a home you’re definitely going to want to scope out at the open house on Sunday. Why? For starters, it’s packed with a bunch of great features, including two sets of original balcony carriage doors, built-in shelving, lovely wood floors and beautiful exposed beams.

But don’t be fooled by its paltry 649-square-feet listing, you’re going to want to see how the owners fit so much into a relatively tiny space. It’s all down to the layout, baby.

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Farmhouse Friday: Trunnel Hyll, New Hope’s Coolest Barn Reconstruction

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Ah, Trunnel Hyll. How exactly did this stand-out residence in the middle of New Hope come to be, you ask? Well, according to the listing, Worthington Construction is responsible for this neat fusion of period barn structures. (And you know we love country-style renovations!)

The property’s unique architecture is one thing, but the fact of the matter is it was also constructed, wherever possible, with natural and energy-efficient products and systems. The home features, for example, a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system, which essentially lowers the cost of winter heating and summer cooling for you. Pretty sweet, right?

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