Homes with Names: Uniquities

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Certain rooms feel more like a museum or something out of a distant time and place than anything else, don’t they? Then again, what more could we expect from a property with a name like Uniquities? Lucky for us, the Bucks County stunner, currently owned by an internationally-known lighting designer, lives up to its title. Unlucky for (some) of us, it’s listed for $1.25 million.

Situated on a sylvan plot in Doylestown, the approximately 6,000-square-foot* home contains notable doorways, original wood floors, wrought-iron railings, and a slew of picture windows overlooking the gardens. Dining and entertainment is made easy at Uniquities, what with a roomy gourmet kitchen with center island and a large eat-in area “for large family gatherings,” as the listing puts it.  Specs and photos below.

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Schools Are a Big Home Selling Point in Montco and Other Tidbits

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Is back to school season really just a few weeks away? Unbelievable. What might be more believable, however, are the numbers crunched in a new report by real estate website Trulia, which sought to find where schools are a major selling point in home sales, where they’re less so, and whether there’s something to mentioning schools in a listing for a higher listing price. Take a seat and jot some notes, Properteers!

Image via Trulia.com

Image via Trulia.com

Using data from the 100 largest U.S. metros, gathered between June 2014 and June 2015,  Trulia Chief Economist Selma Hepp writes Montgomery County mentions schools in 22.5 percent of its home listings, bringing the Greater Philadelphia suburb to no. 3 on its list of “Where Schools Are a Big Selling Point.”It should be noted, though, the Montco ranking includes data from neighboring Bucks County and Chester County.

Montgomery County was just behind Orange County and San Jose, Ca., which have 28 and 25 percent of their listings mention schools, respectively. Meanwhile, schools as a selling point was less common in places like Las Vegas, NV (.7 percent); Cincinnati, OH (2.8 percent); Nashville, TN (3.4 percent); and Pittsburgh, PA (4.4 percent).

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Farmhouse Friday: The Bavarian-Styled Beauty of Bucks County

Woah. | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

Woah. | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

We travel way up north to Kintnersville, Pennsylvania to scope out a farm property that dates back to the late 1700’s. Trust us, it’s well worth the trip. What awaits you at the end of your travels is an impeccably kept and luxuriously restored German bank house that is a sight to behold.

Set on 50+ acres of pristine Bucks County land, the home’s exterior has all the trappings of what you’d want in secluded, sun-drenched farmouse, including a gorgeous stone exterior, wide windows decked out with with classic red shutters and window boxes and a lovely second story porch with hardwood floors and ceiling fans.

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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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