“Suspicious” Man Taking Photos Near Bus Stops Was Property Inspector

newtown-police-400x400Earlier this week, the Newtown Township Police Department in Bucks County issued a suspicious person warning.

“Early this morning Newtown Township Police received two reports about a suspicious vehicle with the male driver taking pictures at bus stops,” the police reported on Tuesday.

The police began investigating. Fox 29 reported on it last night four minutes into the 5 p.m. news broadcast. (Yes, this means there were more people filming near bus stops.) The news reported a fourth-grader said he’d seen this man before, and he occasionally smokes a pipe.

There was good reason the fourth-grader had seen this man before: He’s a property inspector who is in Newtown twice a month. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Inviting Waterfall Pool Spotted Inside Bucks County Home

TREND images via Realtor.com

TREND images via Realtor.com

Would we recommend it as a summer house? Perhaps not (unless you got the cash…), but it would make for a pretty remarkable year-round home.

Gazebos, flower beds and specimen trees, small bridge, reflecting ponds, and even a loggia are all part of this five-acre property, which in addition to having a lush landscape (which comes with a night-lit tennis court by the way) claims a magnificent 11,000-square-foot home to its repertoire.

Some luxe features you’ll stumble upon at Ivy Manor? Let’s start with that full-blown theater space, which has a nearby massage room and billiards and exercise areas. The main house prize, however, is the swimming pool room, complete with waterfall, murals, and laundry. An au pair suite is attached to the home via a mud room, while the house itself welcomes guests through its large twin staircase foyer.  Upstairs, the master bathroom includes a shower with a domed ceiling.  

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Oscar Hammerstein Center Zoning Hearing Tonight, Petition Gets 1,000 Signatures

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

It’s been a little while since we last heard any significant news regarding the proposed Oscar Hammerstein II Museum and Education Center in Doylestown, a.k.a. the former home of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. (The hills are alive with the sound of music… Yep. He penned that one among many others.) Now, though, things look to be ramping up as the June zoning board hearing that will conclude the project’s first major hurdle to realization inches closer. The latest on the Hammerstein Center plan is that there’s a zoning hearing about it tonight that could serve to show us what to expect from the June 15th decision.

Despite the hiccup from January and an inconclusive zoning board meeting in April, tonight’s hearing is expected to include final arguments from the attorneys representing those spearheading the project and those against it. WFMZ’s Randy Kraft reports the $20 million project can only go forward if it gets “a special exception and five variances from the zoning board.” Should the Doylestown Township Zoning Hearings Board conclude in favor of Will Hammerstein, Oscar’s grandson, and his supporters, Kraft says the next step would involve submitting land development plans for review and approval by township supervisors.

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Farmhouse Friday: There Is a Llama House and Two-Acre Pond at Twin Silo Farm

All photos by Juan Vidal

All photos by Juan Vidal

Well that does it, we’ve seen it all now.

To speak the truth, we can’t believe it didn’t come to our attention before when we first wrote about Twin Silo Farm. Sure, it has a full-scale hedge maze, two-acre pond with a fountain, and a “resort-like” pool and spa–but a llama house? And not just your average run-of-the-mill llama barn, but one designed in the style of Polish country homes. How do we respond to this? More importantly, how do we respond to this: “[it] is now a gorgeous home to the beautiful white swans.” Oh, swans now? Next it will be geeps.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: The High Life at Dellhaven Manor

TREND photos via Zillow.com

TREND photos via Zillow.com

The stylings of nineteenth-century France seem to be the name of the game at this Bucks County estate in Riegelsville. Look no further than the dining room, where you’ll spot a hand-carved wet bar from the era, and the great room, where a wall with French Palladium doors looks out to a slate dining patio, tennis court, and pastoral grounds. Add to that a double-columned porte cochère, and you’ve basically got an elegant European manor home to your name. The property’s name? Dellhaven.

Dellhaven’s interior details include five original fireplaces, 18-inch walls from the pre-Revolutionary period, and wide-plank wood floors with patina. It has a service buffet in the breakfast room and the kitchen offers several double appliances for the consummate weekend host. And speaking of hosting, fun amenities guests can look forward to include an Art Deco home theater and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

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Police: Man Stole From Bucks County Church’s Poor Box

Warminster Police released surveillance footage of the poor box burglar.

Warminster Police released surveillance footage of the poor box burglar.

A burglar smashed a window on a side door and stole from several poor boxes in a church in Bucks County, Warminster police said.

A maintenance man for the Nativity of Our Lord Church discovered the break-in before the 6:30 mass Tuesday morning, the Bucks County Courier Times reported. Rev. Angelo Citino canceled mass so police could investigate the break-in. Not only did this robber steal money from the poor box, he caused a mass to be canceled! Read more »

Spotted in Bucks County: Refurbished Cottage Home with Full-Floor Master Suite

TREND photos via Zillow.com

TREND photos via Zillow.com

Cedar Ridge Cottage is one of those homes that from the get-go impresses upon us visions of al fresco dining and spring and summer fun, not least for its series of small pavilions leading up to one large dining pavilion–oh wait, did we just find someone’s weekend retreat? It’s perfect as a full time residence too, especially if you’re smitten with cedar trees and quasi-seclusion.

Property features include a front foyer that’s been made over into a cozy library, two guest bedrooms, and a great room with vaulted ceiling and walls of glass. From here there’s access to the kitchen, a stainless steel applianced room with a “large slab of white Carrera marble” for its center island. Upstairs, the master suite takes up the entire floor and boasts a balcony on either side. Even better? It has new central air, an in-ground pool with natural finish, and overlooks a pond!

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: OMG This Gothic Church Is Actually A House

All photos by John Armich

All photos by John Armich

We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no: No, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

Admittedly, even we thought it was too good to be true for a second there, but a conversation with the very real listing agent abated our suspicions. Plus, we’ve come to expect super unique and amazing residences up in Bucks County. (Ahem, cube of sugar anyone?)

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Farmhouse Friday: Charmingly Rustic Find in Bucks County

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

Golly, Tinicum Township is just a treasure trove of delightful abodes, isn’t it?

Case in point, Wildcat Farm. It’s kind of like one of those country-style properties that’ll use every single one of its inviting features–like say, twelve acres that encompass a converted cookhouse and rustic outbuilding, as this one has–to charm the dollar right out of your wallet. Oh, we know what you’re up to, Wildcat…

No, but really. We like it a lot, not least for its materials which consist of stone, stucco, and log, the latter being most evident in the 18th-century family room (and a bit in the bathroom and bedrooms directly above it!). Interior details include wainscoting, polished pumpkin pine floors, fireplaces, and a modern kitchen. An in-ground pool and barn, currently used for storage and, is also on the premises.

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