Farmhouse Friday: Keep This Rustic “Village” in Bucks County For Yourself

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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.

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River Renaissance Project on Waterfront to Include Town Center, Transit Boulevard

The Waterside community project may have paved the way for Bensalem's latest mixed-use project. | Waterside, courtesy of Katalinas Communications

The Waterside community project may have paved the way for Bensalem’s latest mixed-use project. | Waterside, courtesy of Katalinas Communications

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.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Bucks County Home Boasts Airstrips, Airplane Hangar

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TREND images via Zillow.com

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.

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Preview: A Massive Riverfront Transformation Is Brewing in Bensalem

Photo courtesy of Katalinas Communications

Photo courtesy of Katalinas Communications

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:

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Spotted: The (Blessed?) Castle of New Hope

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Photos via Zillow.com

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.

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Spotted in Yardley: Piece of Early Americana Situated on Sylvan Plot

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Images via Zillow.com

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.

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Homes with Names: Uniquities

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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…

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