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.
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.
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?
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.
Earlier 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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.