Farmhouse Friday: A Mind-Blowing Estate in New Hope

3220 Windy Bush Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938

3220 Windy Bush Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938| Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We’ve shown a lot of crazy homes on Property with our weekly posts—there have been huge mansions, tiny trinities and everything in between. This property might be the wildest one, though, and it’s not even because of the house.

If you look at the price and the square footage, you’ll notice a disconnect. The house has 3,823 square feet of interior space, which is certainly a really well-sized house, but it wouldn’t usually call for a $10,000,000 price tag. Well, the reason it’s so expensive is because this farmhouse in New Hope sits on 190 acres of land. Yes, you read that correctly.

One hundred and ninety acres. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Elegance in Elkins Park

The entrance hall at 429 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027

The entrance hall at 429 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027 | Images courtesy The Sivel Group

Ornate. Elegant. Luxurious. These are the words that come to mind when looking at this week’s Jawdropper, “Sylvan Edge,” a Georgian Revival mansion in Elkins Park.

Some houses are large mansions that aim for a casual, lived-in look. This house is a large mansion that aims for a regal look. Everything about it, from the high-gated entrance to the marble floors to the French Empire style chandeliers, evokes a sense of old-fashioned opulence. Read more »

5 Cool Homes Near Circuit Trails

The Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery County, part of the Circuit trail network. | Photo by Flickr user Montgomery County Planning Association

The Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery County, part of the Circuit trail network. | Photo by Flickr user Montgomery County Planning Association

As we reported last week, developers and homeowners are finding that having a bike/hike trail near their property is a bankable amenity.

That’s because, as a recent Urban Land Institute report documented, “active transportation” facilities increase the value of properties adjacent to them.

One of the most extensive such active transportation networks is The Circuit, an evolving 750-mile network of dedicated bike and hiking trails spanning the nine-county Greater Philadelphia region. The ULI report featured it as an example of transformative transportation facilities.

If you are in the market for a new home, you might want to consider one of these homes currently on the market if you’d like to have the option of commuting by bike or just want to have better recreation options nearby: Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Beauty in Bella Vista

706 S Mildred St, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147

706 S Mildred St, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty

It feels like each week for Trinity Tuesday we talk about the downsides of trinities, and how that week’s featured house manages to deny those downsides. Truth be told, though, it’s warranted. When you look at tons of houses every week, you find that many of the city’s trinities really don’t need to be put up on our site. There are some that do, however, and this is one of them. Read more »

Utley Puts All-Star Home on the Market

1432 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1432 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

So who will be the next famous athlete to live in this modern-Colonial hybrid in Gladwyne?

We’re not saying that the next owner will definitely be a famous athlete, but two of the last three owners were. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley purchased this home, which was built in 1998, in 2013 for $2.325 million from its then-owner, who bought it in 2006 from retired 76ers star Allen Iverson for $2.85 million. Utley then gutted it and renovated it in a more contemporary style. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Home Ready For The Summer

416 Saint Davids Rd., Saint Davids, Pa. 19087

416 St. Davids Rd., St. Davids, Pa. 19087

This recent stretch of beautiful weather really feels like the dawn of summer here in the Philly area, so we decided to highlight a perfect summer home for Main Line Monday this week. This house in St. Davids, with its weathered panel siding and stone exterior, has some great summer vibes.

It starts with the huge driveway, yard and front porch. The porch is more than just a walkway—it’s large enough to be a legitimate “outdoor living space,” as the listing describes it. It stretches across the front of the house and is framed by white pillars and railings which then step down to a large circular driveway perfect for riding bikes, hopscotch, foursquare or any of the inexhaustible number of games kids come up with on summer afternoons. In the back a similarly spacious back patio looks out on a wide backyard that’s just asking to host wiffle ball games.

Inside, this house is no slouch either. This huge Dutch Colonial was originally two twin homes, but seven years ago the current owners purchased both and blended them together. You enter through a foyer that flows into a living room and then a big dining room. There’s also a wet bar area attached to the dining room—definitely a nice amenity on a hot day. The second floor has a gorgeous master suite with a shower that you need to see to believe, as well as his and hers walk-in closets.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 7

BATHS: 6

SQUARE FEET: 5345

PRICE: $1,699,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: There’s a two-car detached garage and ample space for parking in the long driveway.



Farmhouse Friday: Check Out This Silo in Hatfield

2419 E Vine St., Hatfield, Pa. 19440

2419 E. Vine St., Hatfield, Pa. 19440 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

“Don’t judge a farmhouse by its cover.” That’s the old saying, right? If not, it would definitely apply to this week’s featured home. On the outside, it’s pretty modest compared to some of the other houses that we highlight. Inside, however, it is a unique and modern space.

Of course, any conversation about this home starts with the silo. We talk about farmhouses every week, but most of them don’t have this most farmhouse-y of features. Like the rest of the house, though, what’s inside may surprise you.  Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: From Barn to Barnburner in Washington Crossing

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

According to the listing, this house is actually a 200-year-old renovated barn. Besides the wooden exterior, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that nowadays. The interior of this house is one of the most elegant, dramatic interiors that we have featured this year.

It begins with the floor-to-ceiling fireplace that serves as the centerpiece of this home. The thing is massive and can be viewed from almost anywhere in the house since the house is set up with loft-like balconies around the second floor, similar to what you would see in a barn.   Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An Expanded Trinity in Pennsport

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S Bodine St.

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S. Bodine St. | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Center City

Part of the allure of trinity houses is the location. Many of them were built in small alleyways and intimate neighborhoods where you can squeeze in a bunch of tiny houses. Most trinities are on secondary streets and can feel slightly removed from busy city thoroughfares. This week’s trinity, located on South Bodine Street in Pennsport, has that same allure. The tree-lined street has easy access to all of Pennsport, and even comes with permit-free street parking. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Sprawling Fairway Estate in Haverford

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Main Line Monday takes us to the famed Merion Golf Club this week, home of the 2013 U.S. Open. This Haverford house looks out on the first fairway of the club’s West Course and features a unique layout.

Many extravagant Main Line mansions choose to build up, having three or four stories and levels. This one chooses to build out, and around. The layout of the house sprawls around a backyard pool and patio, and although it has 8,000 square feet, it’s almost all on one level. The house is highlighted by the large windows that span much of that first level and that offer views of the pool and of the golf course from pretty much anywhere in the house. Read more »

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