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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Farmhouse Friday: Stone Beauty in Buckingham Township

Photos via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

Photos via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Wow. We’ve spotted yet another 18th-century property that’s been saved from ruin.

According to its listing, this one was historically restored by the current owner who happens to be an architect. Originally built in 1752 and with an 1850 addition, the process took, understandably, over five years to complete! Unfortunately, the original stone dairy barn is no longer there, but here are a few things the the 5-acre residence offers that has us going ga-ga over it:

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Spotted in Bucks County: Restored Estate Overlooking Delaware Canal

TREND photos via Listhub

TREND photos via Listhub

Not to be outdone by this 200-year-old Gladwyne residence, the Kirkbride Estate in Yardley also boasts a long history: it’s been around since 1790! Today, the home is one of those beautifully updated abodes that have, per the listing, had the fortune of getting their antique appointments restored.

Details include newly refinished wide-plank wood floors, millwork, and a custom gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters and bead-board backsplash. High-end appliances and a center island with a cooktop can also be found here, as well as an eat-in area with French doors opening out to a wrought iron balcony, Outside, stone outbuildings are situated on the property.

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Who Wants to Live in This Bauhaus Inspired Residence in Bucks County?

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School and a prominent figure in modern architecture, may not have had a direct hand in crafting this striking sugar cube-esque home, but his work did influence several of its features, which are grounded in “an emphasis on functional design.”  Built circa 1931, the Modernist New Hope construction has since seen both renovation work and later additions that certainly seem to have kept it in pristine condition.

Upon arrival to the unique house, one can expect to be met with a custom-made stainless steel sheathed door that opens into a vestibule with Pennsylvania black slate flooring and stainless cherry accented railing. From here there are two entryways: one leads into the living room (California burled pine floors, an elevated library space, fireplace, curvilinear staircase, sliding doors overlooking a private wall terrace with a half-moon fountain); the other, the tray-ceilinged dining room (where there’s another fireplace). The latter has access to the chef’s kitchen, a room offering upgraded stainless steel appliances, concrete counters, and a breakfast area with a curvilinear window looking out to blue atlas cedar.
(Long story short: Look at the gallery.)

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Former $50 Million Dollar New Hope Estate Now Being Sold Separately

TREND photos via Realtor.com

TREND photos via Realtor.com

Update 2/30, 9:33am: We got in touch with agent Caryn Black who updated us on the Fashion Farms property. The estate consists of three parcels in three different townships that were split up and are now being sold separately, this being one of the them.  Black also informed us the 1713 manor home burned down some time ago, so the main house that is now there is not the antique original. The title of this post has been updated to reflect this information.

Here is additional info on another Fashion Farm parcel, provided by agent Maria Taylor.


Now this is a price cut.

Granted, the formerly on the market for $50 million estate was originally listed with three off-site farm properties. This time around, there’s no mention of these parcels in the sale, so we’re guessing (until an agent gets back to us) their absence is what helped knocked down the price.

Still the New Hope home, which is now going for $10 million, is part of the renowned Fashion Farms, a group of horse breeding farms. Included in the sale is around 190 acres of ponds, pastures, historic outbuildings, and a stone manor home built circa 1713.

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Accused of Fraud, Bucks County Man Kills Himself

Thomas French

Thomas French

A member of the Bucks County family accused of accumulating a fortune through insurance fraud, has killed himself.

Thomas French was married to Claire Risoldi. “Risoldi’s family set fires in their matriarch’s home so they could collect more than $20 million in insurance claims, then used the cash float an ‘excessively extravagant lifestyle’ marked by $1.2 million in jewelry and six Ferraris, according to charges announced last month by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane,” NBC 10 reports.

French, 64, “shot himself in front of a Risoldi family home” on Thursday, the station reported.

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Officials to Introduce the Richboro Master Plan Next Week

The former Grist Mill at the Willow Mill Complex in Richboro | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The former Grist Mill at the Willow Mill Complex in Richboro | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bucks Local reports the Bucks County Planning Commission and Northampton Town officials will hold a public meeting next week to introduce citizens to the beginning stages of the Richboro Master Plan, a new planning initiative set to revitalize the Northampton village.

According to Bucks Local, the meeting is meant as a way to not only inform residents of what changes are projected for the area, but to encourage public input for the plan officials and planners hope will bring the village up to speed:

The village, located at the crossroads of Routes 332 and 232, has had a rich history and has played a fundamental role in the development of the township. As the township transformed from a rural farming economy to a modern suburb, Richboro has faced many challenges. Traffic congestion, land use concerns, and environmental constraints have led to the need to reevaluate the village in a comprehensive fashion, said officials.

The town hall meeting will take place at the Northampton Township Building (55 Township Road, Richboro, PA) on Thursday February 12th at 7:00pm.

Town Hall meeting to solicit public input on the future of Richboro; initiative moving forward to revitalize crossroads village [Bucks Local]

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