Jaw Dropper of the Week: Step Inside Majestic Brownsburg Manor (VIDEO)

Photo credit: Juan Vidal

Photo credit: Juan Vidal

Words fall short when it comes to explaining the grandeur and beauty of Brownsburg Manor, an eye-popping French Manor estate parked on fourteen acres in Bucks County. Fortunately, photographer Juan Vidal says more than we ever could through his wonderful photos and video, all of which we’ve embedded below. The latter, included right after the gallery, features some drone shots that allow you to take in the full breadth of Brownsburg’s majesty.

Nonetheless, here’s a mini list of some of the property’s amazing features:

  • Two-story library with reading room
  • Master bedroom with claw-foot tub, double-sided shower and dream closet (seriously)
  • “Party room” and observation deck on second level
  • Formal conference room with projector screen on lower level
  • Gym, mail room (wow), billiard room
  • And last but not least, outside are an 18th-century French gazebo, multi-tired hybrid pool, kitchen garden, storage barn with loft, guest house, and a pond with two swans (because nothing says luxury like swans!)

Here’s the video…

Up, Up, Up!: The Latest Housing Report for Bucks County

On the heels of a BHHS HomExpert report that saw an increase in Philadelphia home sales within the first six months of the year comes a new set of findings, this time from one of Philly’s surrounding counties: Coldwell Banker Hearthside, REALTORS have released their Market Research from TREND MLS Data in Bucks County.

The takeaways? For one thing, Bucks has seen a 3.8 percent hike in its inventory unit levels, meaning that compared to June of last year, this past June saw 169 more homes on sale. CBH REALTORS President Jaime Mancuso attributes this rise to a boost in property sales, according to a press release – emphasis ours:

“Based on the trend lines we’ve seen over the past year, we believe buyers have more choices because of the increased inventory provided by inspired sellers, who have seen that homes on the market are moving quickly in Bucks County. However, unlike what we saw in 2006 and 2007, the market remains healthy because there have not been inflated price increases.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Bauhan-Redesigned Barn at Burnt House Hill

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

“His homes are like a well-tailored suit.” Those are the words of a homeowner living in a residence designed by Princeton architect Rolf W. Bauhan. In that same interview, we learn Bauhan had a penchant for the Colonial Revival style and many of his projects are “marked by fine craftsmanship, comfort, and attention to detail.”

Well, gee. If that’s the case, then we should count our blessings, as we’ve just spotted a Bauhan renovation in our neck of the woods!

Nestled on a leafy plot in Doylestown, the Barn at Burnt House Hill (wonder what happened there) is a gorgeous barn conversion with a two-story great room with original stone walls, retreat-like master suite on the third floor, and an in-law apartment on the lower level. It’s a mature structure to be sure (200 years old!), but you wouldn’t guess it from looking at the kitchen, newly renovated with white Carrera marble.

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Spotted in Bucks County: Mid-Century Getaway Cloistered in the Trees

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

When a home is this surrounded by natural greenery, it’s hard not to imagine you’re in your own secluded oasis. Of course, this home elicits the feeling two-fold what with the property consisting of seven-plus acres, in addition to backing into 400 acres of protected state land.

Interspersed with the plantings and forest landscape are boulders and a path leading to the swimming pool, while inside the mid-century modern stylings of the house can be seen throughout. (The listing notes its current owned have “meticulously maintained,” as well as updated, the home during their stay.) Its light-generous exposures allow the outdoor beauty to trickle in, particularly in the great room where the custom sliding glass doors lead out to the decks.

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SEPTA Could Add Levittown Station to Papal Transit Plan

Pope Francis|  giulio napolitano / Shutterstock.com. Map | SEPTA

Pope Francis| giulio napolitano / Shutterstock.com. Map | SEPTA

People hoping to attend the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit in September could have another location to board SEPTA regional rail trains into Philadelphia.

According to a report yesterday in the Bucks County Courier Times, the Levittown-Tullytown Station on SEPTA’s Trenton regional rail line was added to the list of boarding locations in Bucks and Montgomery Counties that are expected to serve around 70,000 visitors to the WMOF Congress and the Papal visit on September 27th.

Jerri Williams, director of media relations for SEPTA, would not confirm that the station had been added, but did say that SEPTA is looking at making minor tweaks to the current transit plan for the WMOF and Pope Francis‘ visit. Read more »

David J. Witchell Is Opening a New Spa and Salon In Peddler’s Village

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David Witchell’s expansive Newtown salon.

David Witchell is to Bucks County what Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are to Midtown Village. The salon and boutique owner is a booming fixture on would-be sleepy State Street in Newtown, with two boutiques, a gift shop and a massive salon. Now, after two decades of dominating this charming strip, David and Galina Witchell are expanding their beauty empire to Peddler’s Village in Lahaska with a brand-new spa and salon set to open this fall.

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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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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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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Valley Run Farm Estate in Bucks County

TREND images via Zillow

TREND images via Zillow

Um, is it just us or do you see a life-size Yeti mannequin in one of the listing photos too? (Scroll down to the gallery to see what we mean.) Unexpected animal/creature models aside, Valley Run Farm is a jaw-dropper in its own right. And with good reason: it underwent two years of renovation before emerging as the lush 24-acre estate you see today.

Irrigated lawns, waterfalls, and ponds comprise the property, which comes with a main house and several outbuildings. Noted features in the main residence include a sizable skylight kitchen with “Small Bone” English cabinetry; stone Great room with walls of glass and a fireplace; and breakfast and dining areas with Old French oak floors. Select stone, tile, and fixtures make up the bathrooms and all mechanicals are new.

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“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 »

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