The best-kept secret of vintage home decor is tucked away in a barn in Newtown. It’s called Trove Decor, and well, just look at that picture above. There’s not a brick-and-mortar shop, so those in the know (which is now you!) have either book an appointment to shop or wait for the company’s every-so-often warehouse sales which, in true Bucks County fashion, take place inside a cozy barn. And guess what? There’s one this weekend! Read more »
The Bucks County real estate scene has been doing pretty well for itself all things considered. According to the latest housing report from Coldwell Banker Hearthside, REALTORS, the Philadelphia suburb has been one of the few markets to see an increase in homes pending sale, contrary to the national averages, which saw drops in August.
The third quarter report, which used TREND MLS data between July through September 2015 to gather the findings, show a 19.5 percent spike in homes going under contract or pending sale in July; while August saw an 11.8 percent raise; and September, a 6.0 increase, year over year.
To give a clearer picture, the Northeast as a whole saw a 5.6 fall in contract signings during the month of August, according to the National Association of Realtors’s Pending Home Sales Index. In spite of this mini August slump, NAR says “they remained at a healthy level of activity.”
Situated on 10 acres in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County is a home newly listed on the market for $7.9 million. Yes, seven point nine million.
What warrants the home worthy of such a pretty penny? For one, the massive residence (it’s a smidge under 10,000 square feet) was custom built by Mack & Roedel and has an outdoor entertaining area consisting of three separate patios, fire pit, and a swimming pool with pool house. There are gorgeous views to be had of the property from inside the abode, which counts among its interior features a floating staircase, marble floors, and a gourmet designer kitchen.
After a summer of heading toward the Shore, autumn has Philadelphians jetting to the countryside to take in the fall foliage that we’re mostly deprived of living in the city. We’re quickly approaching the time when autumnal leaves will be reaching their peak colors, so it’s time to start planning the perfect trip to see them in their tip-top glory.
If you’re looking for an excursion on the more-adventurous end (and if you can stomach the heights), Weather.com has put together a list of some of the most unique ways to take in fall foliage throughout the country. Lucky for us, the No. 1 item is an aerial view with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team in Bucks County. Here’s what they have to say about it:
One of the cool things about having to write about remarkable properties in the Greater Philadelphia region is that we’re always discovering neat places we might have never otherwise known existed. Pheasant Hill Farm, a verdant 47-acre estate in Bucks County, is one such property that’s got us a feeling a teensy tiny bit like Hiram Bingham.
Situated just above the historic Carversville village in Solebury Township, the bucolic residence wows from the get-go by way of its dramatic (and woods-enclosed) fence-lined drive. At its end, the lane reaches Pheasant Hill, which resembles, as the listing puts it, “a small English village” thanks to a series of gardens, lawns, and a cluster of rustic outbuildings. Actually, one of these frame and stone buildings dates as far back as 1704, as public records show this to be one of the earliest settlements in the community.
The main house, a stone country residence built in the 18th century and expanded over time in five sections, is home to open beams, pine flooring, and hand-forged hardware. Deep-set windows and hand stenciling decorate almost every room and the current owners, who restored the property’s fieldstone barn, have a museum-like collection of early Americana in the home, including colonial baskets, china, kitchen utensils, and toys.
Behold the latest riverfront conversion project to hit the Delaware River waterfront: River Renaissance in New Bensalem. (And no, that’s not it in the picture, but close! Keep reading.) As we told you in last week’s preview of the Bucks County development, River Renaissance is slated to be a 675-acre mixed-use community with several amenities that have now been shared in a little more detail by the project’s authors.
They are as follows:
- Town Center: Small local businesses at ground level with residential dwellings above; shops, restaurants and cafés; riverfront amphitheater; central park and riverfront plaza with “open market”
- Town General: Single-family homes, twins, townhomes, condos; corner stores; three- to four-stories with 4- to 12-units per acre; pocket parks and playgrounds
- Neighborhoods: Small- to medium-sized lots; two-story units with 2-6 units per acre; single-family dwellings; pocket parks and playgrounds
- Natural Areas: Preservation of wetlands and open space; parks for flood mitigation; restoration of historic drainage patterns
- Recreational Outdoor: Walking trails and bike routes; “The Loop,” a two-mile route connecting to all parts of the riverfront; connection to the East Coast Greenway
- Commuter Routes and Public Transportation: New pedestrian and bike bridge over Station Avenue connecting to new transit boulevard (Rail Blvd.); Rail Blvd. to include shops, restaurants and commuter conveniences facing boulevard and rails; primary use will be bus traffic; access ramps and pedestrian routes
In addition to these residential amenities, River Renaissance will have a Regional Technology and Manufacturing Center with small- to medium-sized enterprises and advanced manufacturing facilities. This component was developed as a way to promote economic growth and increased employment in the area.
This Chalfont residence may have actually done the impossible.
You’ll recall that earlier this month we were blown away by the Radnor Hunt residence with a helicopter pad. Obviously, we never imagined another home coming close to impressing us the way it did and certainly not within the aircraft amenities department. But as we just said, this Chalfont home did the impossible by doing so. Located within the Avallon at Moyers gated community, the property is in the fortunate position of having access, along with the eleven other homes, to more than twelve acres, which encompass a nine-hole golf course, three bass-stocked ponds, and two airstrips.
We’re guessing that, like us, you’re pumped about the new Pier 68 park in South Philadelphia having its ribbon-cutting October 1st. Well, the week just got better for the Delaware River waterfront as another proposed riverfront project – which is, granted, still in its early stages and upstream from our neck of the woods – is set to have its vision revealed the next day: River Renaissance in New Bensalem.
In the works for nearly two decades, the River Renaissance redevelopment is envisioned as a “walkable and and bike-friendly economic development region” with improved transportation, a variety of residences, and new commercial sources of revenue, according to a press release. At the moment, the 675-acre site is predominantly industrial land.
Here’s more from the press release:
In what we can only attribute to a timely coincidence, this European manor-inspired residence on the banks of the Delaware caught our attention less than two days before Pope Francis is set to arrive in Philadelphia. What’s the connection you ask? Flip through the gallery and tell us what you see (hint: check out the home theater). Hopefully the unexpected image gives you a chuckle.
Religious icon aside, the home is blessed in other ways too. Referred to as “The Castle” by locals, the canal-side property features a three-floor elevator, cherry wood-paneled study, outfitted media room, and a library with hand-hewn cherry wood and Rumford fireplace. A 24-foot Great room, two-foot deep inlaid crown molding and walls of windows, some with cast-limestone surrounds are also included. Specs and photos below.
Let’s give Philadelphia’s amazing trove of historical homes a rest for a second and allow the spotlight to fall elsewhere. We have to remember, after all, Philly may be one of the few U.S. cities able to pride itself on a deep well of early American constructions – and rightly so –, but the outskirts of town deserves some attention in that respect too. Without looking too far, we came upon this Bucks County beauty in Yardley that meets the criteria.
Formerly a 350-acre tobacco farm, the property at 651 River Road now offers more than two acres and has a lawn running to the river. Put on the market for the first time in three decades, the stone residence boasts a living room dating back to 1762 and a kitchen from the Civil War era. Now, it’s got old bones, to be sure (for good measure, the maid’s quarters/office goes back to the 1930’s), but it’s also been updated with new plumbing, air conditioning, and electric in case you were wondering.