House of the Week: Is This the Coolest Mansion in Moorestown?

628 Windsock Way,  Moorestown, NJ, 08057

628 Windsock Way, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

In Latin, tabula rasa means “scraped tablet.” In the current vernacular we say “clean slate.” It just so happens that this Jersey home has the term for its name. And actually, Tabula Rasa’s title fits it: the property, built circa 1819 by Josiah Lippincott, a Moorestown founder, faced possible demolition at one point.

Luckily, it was saved and went on to be renovated and expanded. The clean slate it was afforded has resulted in what is possibly the coolest house we’ve seen in awhile. Here’s a list of fun features the home offers:

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Chester County Charmer Looking For Budding Farmers

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

Admit it. There’s something appealing–even to a few consummate city folk like myself–about working the land. In the event that would-be farmers looking to try their hand at such an endeavor are reading this, this gentleman’s farm might be the home for you.

The East Fallowfield Township property affords its owners 50 acres of tillable land, a little over half of the entire 92 acres, which makes the estate viable as a working farm or horse facility. (Although, if the idea really doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly fine remaining non-operative.)

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Tuesday Trinity: Feeling Cozy in Washington Square West

1220 Panama St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

1220 Panama St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

We don’t know about you, but the closer we get to year’s end, staying in with a hot cup tea feels much more tempting than going out. Or perhaps knowing that a warm, snug home awaits us is just as well. Either way, we think this home might meet whatever your fall preference.

This little trinity, built in 1839, is situated on Panama St, just two blocks from Broad and Pine. Each level has original hardwood floors, save for the lower level kitchen, which has brick flooring and non-working brick fireplace.  In the living room, you’ll find wood beam ceilings and a working wood-burning fireplace.

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Spotted: Poker Area Inside Montco Home

4030 Township Line Rd, Collegeville, PA, 19426

4030 Township Line Rd, Collegeville, PA, 19426

Where to begin with this woodwork-dominated home? Although falling a few beams short of this splendiferous property in Brandywine, it makes a strong case for itself. Beams are pegged (as opposed to nailed), built-in shelves can be found in the library, and the front door was hand crafted by artist Hugo Mesa (just look at these beauties).

The best part, though? The lower level is slightly reminiscent of old Western saloons. Seriously, the decked out basement has a gym and office as well, but it’s the entertainment area, which looks to have a poker table at the moment, that caught our eye. The listing notes a stone fireplace is down there, too.

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New Listing: Lovely West Chester Residence Built Around a Well House

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

Back in the days when wells were a crucial feature on a property, well houses served as protective structures housing the water source. (Note: Well houses differ from and predate pumping houses.) This Chester County home happens to be built around one.

Perhaps as a result of this unique foundation, other special features have made their way into the custom-designed house among them rounded walls, a bathroom with window seat, and 20-plus-foot ceilings (some of which have exposed wood beams). Flooring consists of brick, ceramic tile, and wide-plank wood. The house also has a workshop area and a back deck overlooks two ponds, one of which is on the property.

Gallery bellow.

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Main Line Monday: $2.49 Million Mansion with Pub and Billiard Room

11 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041

11 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA, 19041

As far as dilapidated historic residences go, Craig Hall in Haverford is one of the lucky ones. The Horace Trumbauer-designed building was completed in 1925, but by the time it reached its most recent owners it was ” in shambles,” according to a recent Inquirer article.

Fortunately, then buyers Mark Rupp and Nancy Levitt-Rupp set off on a restoration project that left the property with a new kitchen and 1,100-bottle wine cellar. A former billiards room was also re-installed in the lower level, while the laundry room was converted into a home theater. In 2007, a pool and pool house were added to the property

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Either/Or: Northern Liberties Edition

Northern Liberties either/or

Left: 1005 N Orianna; RIght: 407 Poplar

Parking, balconies, decks, kitchens with granite counters and brand appliances–these two homes have them all. Of course, they’re both in Northern Liberties, so maybe finding what they have in common isn’t the way to go. Let’s see where they differ.

The home on Orianna Street is a custom-designed property offering a lower-level theater room, two-car parking, and a private office on the first floor (this could easily be switched to another bedroom). Outside is a 2,000-square-foot backyard.

Meanwhile, the Poplar Street residence boasts one-car parking and an open steel staircase with solid wood tread. The home is also custom designed, but, unlike the one on Orianna, includes a sunken living area and a roof deck with hardwired speakers. Recessed lighting and hardwood floors can be found throughout.

Galleries and further details below.

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On the Market: Sprawling $9.2 Million Twin Silo Estate in Doylestown

5727 Twin Solo Rd, Doylestown, PA, 18902

5727 Twin Solo Rd, Doylestown, PA, 18902

One hundred acres. That’s how much land the Twin Silo estate covers. But, it’s not necessarily the meticulously designed grounds (there’s even a hedge maze!) that will lure potential buyers to consider the Bucks County property–though, the pool, private tennis court and kitchen-equipped entertainment pavilion make an enticing argument.

To begin, the a stone house built circa 1710 serves as the main residence and has solid mahogany flooring throughout. The slate roof is 100 years old and a stone barn (constructed sometime in 1783) with two silos reside nearby. Other outbuildings include a 4-car garage and restored guest house with three bedrooms.

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For Sale: Philadelphia Home Transformed by Extreme Makeover Show

 

9963 Haldeman Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Photo credit: Google Street View.

9963 Haldeman Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19115
Photo credit: Google Street View.

It’s probably Haldeman Avenue’s most noticeable house (in a good way), even to those who don’t know its story. Once a deteriorating property in Northeast Philadelphia, the renovated home now boasts a a Tiki hut and in-ground pool to its name.

The house, you may recall, was featured on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition back in 2006. At the time, Philly.com’s Lauren Mennen writes, the property suffered from an asbestos and lead problem. Since then, the home was completely redone by the Extreme Home team, a transformation that brought on these home features:
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Spotted: Delancey Residence Listed For Rent at $4,700 Per Month

2210 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

2210 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Calling all renters! This rare find on Delancey is looking for tenants. New windows are the latest addition to this property, but dispersed throughout you’ll find–as in any good home on one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful streets–high ceilings and historical architectural notes (among them a 16th-century fireplace mantle).

The first floor consists of an entry hall with coat closet and second private entrance. Upstairs, however, treats include a library with oak paneled walls and a fourth-floor studio space (could be used as a fourth bedroom) that opens out to a roof deck.

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