Jawdropper of the Week: From Barn to Barnburner in Washington Crossing

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

According to the listing, this house is actually a 200-year-old renovated barn. Besides the wooden exterior, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that nowadays. The interior of this house is one of the most elegant, dramatic interiors that we have featured this year.

It begins with the floor-to-ceiling fireplace that serves as the centerpiece of this home. The thing is massive and can be viewed from almost anywhere in the house since the house is set up with loft-like balconies around the second floor, similar to what you would see in a barn.   Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: The Complete Package in Bucks County

1300 Chinquapin Rd, Lower Southampton, PA 18966 | Photos and TREND images courtesy Tony Alicea

This house in Lower Southampton offers the complete range of features that you would look for in a farmhouse. It’s got the indoor amenities—four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths and a gourmet kitchen. It’s got the outdoor ones—an in-ground pool, a pool house, ten acres of land. It’s even got equestrian facilities. Quite simply, it’s the full farmhouse package. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Natural Seclusion in Bucks County

399 Geigel Hill Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa. 18972

399 Geigel Hill Rd., Tinicum, Pa. 18972 | TREND Images via Addison Wolf Real Estate

The long driveway sets the tone for this secluded farmhouse on Tinicum’s Crowhaven Farm. With large expanses of grass on either side of it, one of the best features of this home is highlighted—the land that it comes with. The house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and is 3,420 square feet, but it has 5.49 verdant acres of land. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A Dream Home in New Hope

This New Hope house has luxurious design and countless cool features.

This New Hope house has luxurious design and countless cool features.

High ceilings and amenities abound in this week’s Jawdropper, a 10,145-square-foot home in New Hope that is currently on sale for $2,799,000. This stunning house has just about everything you would look for in a high-end, luxurious home. There are a few things that stand out to us, however. The first is the front-facing exterior. Just look at all those windows! As the first photo makes clear, the house just seems to glow when the lights are all on at night, and those windows ensure the glow reaches outside. Read more »

WATCH: Boys Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Via Philly Fire News:

Philly Fire News reports: “Three boys playing ice hockey on a frozen retention basin fell through thin ice in Chalfont. One boy was able to get out of the water on his own. However, two boys were stuck on a drainage gate about 40 feet from shore. Fire officials requested a Dive Rescue team to assist and a medical helicopter was placed on stand-by. Crews donned cold water gear and used an inflatable boat to rescue the two boys.” Read more »

It’s So Cold, Two Area Schools Are Closed Today

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

It’s about 22 degrees in Philadelphia right now. You don’t need me to tell you that this is cold, one of the coldest days yet this winter and one that probably made you shiver on your way out of the house this morning.

Indeed, it’s so cold that two Philadelphia area schools are closing today due to a lack of heat. First is the Alain Locke Elementary School, at 45th and Haverford in West Philadelphia. That school has no heat whatsoever; it was in session this morning, but it dismissed at noon. (Hey, at least the school’s boiler didn’t explode.)

In Bucks County, Truman High School closed at 10 a.m. this morning due to a heating circulator not being repaired. Read more »

Neshaminy Coach Suspended After Apparently Hitting Ref

Neshaminy boys’ basketball coach Jerry Devine is on administrative leave after knocking down a referee during last night’s game against Pennsbury.

The video, embedded above via WBCB, shows Devine rushing on to the court to scream at a referee after a foul. Devine ends up arguing with a different referee than the one who made the disputed offensive foul call, and knocks him to the ground with what appears to be a shoulder or chest bump. On an earlier video, posted by City of Basketball Love (and embedded below), the action looked more like a headbutt.

Whatever type of contact happened, observers thought it crossed a line. “He made contact with an official,” WBCB color commentator Chris Ermer told CoBL, “and I don’t think that’s ever really excusable.” Ermer said to him it seemed “more like a chest bump or a belly bump that just caught the ref off-guard.” Read more »

Ryan Adams Spent the Weekend in Doylestown

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams enjoyed the 60-plus-degree weather in Bucks County this weekend, where he captured some serene images from Doylestown and shared them on Instagram. All the photos are rather vague, not giving much hint as to why he was there, but given their lonesome, introspective theme, one could only assume he was just trying to escape the hustle bustle — and the annoyance of having his divorce with pop star Mandy Moore blasted over the gossip mags again this week. Several outlets are reporting about how she’s pushing for financial support to take care of their menagerie of pets.

His comment on the first photo — which appears to have been taken around sunset on Friday — was a simple “To the new days,” hinting that maybe the yearlong D-I-V-O-R-C-E proceedings may actually be coming to a close soon.

To the new days

A photo posted by Ryan Adams (@misterryanadams) on

Fans instantly started chiming in, telling him to visit such-and-such guitar shop or tagging other friends to let them know that “Ryan Adams is flitting around Doylestown.” One person from Philly commented “You may as well just head down into Philadelphia … It’s got a vibe I’m sure you’ll dig on.” Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Beautifully Restored Compound in Ottsville Listed For $2.25M

TREND images via Zillow / Long & Foster

TREND images via Zillow / Long & Foster

Its current owners like to call it “an oasis of calm” and by the looks of it, it might in fact be a fitting moniker: Windhorse Farm is a unique compound nestled privately on a plot in Ottsville, Bucks County. It consists of several buildings, one of which is an 18th-century stone farmhouse with period bedrooms, original random-width floors, and more.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the details each building has to offer, shall we?

  • The farmhouse – As we just mentioned, its got original flooring and sleeping quarters reminiscent of its charming past. In addition to this, though, the residence boasts open beams, deep sill windows, and two walk-in fireplaces. The kitchen even vaunts a neat restaurant-style stove and broiler alongside a cozy sitting area.
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Farmhouse Friday: Peek Inside Quakertown’s $2.65M Black Walnut Farm

Images via Zillow/Kurfiss Sotheby's International Real Estate

Images via Zillow/Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Real Estate

Mouthwatering would be an understatement. See, while its classic fieldstone manor home remains a work in progress (needs a little TLC), the outbuildings at Black Walnut Farm more than make up for it. As a whole, the estate, around since 1743, sits atop 72 preserved acres and includes lawn irrigation and central security. Here’s what it offers:

  • Single-bedroom guest house – This puppy has been expanded and boasts pine board floors, exposed beams, designer décor, and a stone interior archway. The kitchen, outfitted with SubZero and Asko appliances, has a vaulted ceiling and honed limestone counters. Its porch has Brazilian Ipe decking and is accessed by French doors.
  • Restored bank barn – Dubbed the “prize” of the property, the barn comes with beautifully pointed stone and has a massive French door entry. The space is viable as a gym, office, or entertaining area. Bonus: there’s a secure “secret” vault for wine collections, plus the entry-level parking court includes two heated garage bays.
  • Carriage house – A studio apartment with a full marble shower can be found here, so it’s perfect as a guest quarters or digs for your oldest. Includes two garage bays.
  • Others cool features: Log cabin, pool, shooting range, and pond.

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