Any Bookworms Looking for a Dwelling in Doylestown?

TREND photo via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

TREND photo via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

Last May, we showed you our top five favorite home libraries in the Greater Philadelphia Area. This Normandy-style, Zaveta-designed residence in Doylestown was one that made the list, and also struck my fancy for its exceptional reading nooks.

To begin, there’s the cozy-looking family room with a stone wrapped fireplace (a blanket and my tattered The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky Modern Library paperback would be here) and a connected granite-island kitchen with access to one of the two elevated decks (I’d have read the Nutter legacy piece over Sunday breakfast here for sure).

Next, there’s the master bedroom, complete with walk-in closet, additional built-in storage, and an en suite bathroom, which the the listing notes “captures the spirit of 20th century Art Deco design.” There’s also a courtyard right off this bedroom. (Two words: summer. reading.)

But I’ve saved the best for last…

Where Are They Now?: Lovely Longwood Estate in New Hope

All TREND photos via Lisa James Otto Country Properties.

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked up on Bucks County’s Longwood Estate, a splendiferously decorated Georgian manor that swept us away a little over a year ago with its delightfully verdant grounds and attractive interior. So what is its status now?

Glad you asked! Somewhere between late 2013 and now, the home has gotten a $200,000 price cut, bringing it to $2.95 million. The circa-1765 property includes guest house, pool house, barn, and springhouse, and is in possession of a tree-lined driveway with a gated entrance.

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Update: Missing Man Identified in Bucks County Silo Collapse

Update (12:15 p.m.): The family has identified the man missing the the silo collapse that occurred early Thursday morning at the Riverside Industrial Complex in Bucks County as Tony Gabriele. 6ABC spoke with his brother, who said that Gabriele “was the only person working in the silo last night, and he was supposed to get off at midnight.”

The initial discovery of the collapse was made by a police officer around 12:30 a.m., who “first believed the dust in the air was snow.” As reported earlier, the silo was used to store powdered concrete. Gabriele’s body has not yet been recovered and, given that officials do not know his exact whereabouts during the time of the collapse, he is presumed to be dead.

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Your Late-1800s Bucks County Farmhouse Awaits

Images by Lisa James Otto Country Properties via Zillow

Images by Lisa James Otto Country Properties via Zillow

We love to feature plenty of country farmhouses nestled in the bucolic landscape of the surrounding region. Catalpa Farm, aptly named given the Catalpa tree grove on the property, is essentially a property out of a novel: the Victorian homestead built in the 1890s, the two-story red barn and its address, sat on Apple Butter Road in Plumstead Township, has that classic Americana feel.

Seriously, a farmhouse on Apple Butter Road–are warm pies cooling on the window sill?
Smell that warm apple pie!

Disagreement in Doylestown Over Former Home of Legendary “Sound of Music” Songwriter

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

Will Hammerstein, grandson of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II (he of The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and King and I fame), wants to convert his grandfather’s home in Bucks County into a museum with a 400-seat theatre called the Oscar Hammerstein II Music & Theatre Education Center. His plan also includes a parking lot that would be able to hold about “100 cars and several buses” for visitors looking to get a “classic Broadway fan experience,” according to Kathy Matheson at the Associated Press.

The property is, after all, steeped in musical history–what with Hammerstein having purchased it in 1940 and living there for twenty years. He penned many of his works there, most notably “The Sound of Music,” which was a collaboration with creative partner Richard Rodgers. Highland Farm, currently a bed & breakfast, also saw the likes of Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, West Side Story) walk through its doors as he was a friend of Hammerstein’s son.

Despite this, some residents aren’t cheering for the idea…

Tinicum Township Home That’s So Picturesque It Could Have Been Inspired by a Children’s Storybook

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

Not to be confused with the Tinicum Township south of Philadelphia, this Tinicum home, called “the Old Weaver Homestead,” is a Bucks County property through and through, and, much like the neighboring country cottage of our dreams, it’s a charming two-bedroom with a delightful interior.

Raising its appeal even further is a nearby running stream, little milk house (used as a gym), and two barns, one of which has been converted into a storage and guest apartment (first and second levels, respectively), while the other contains stalls and a greenhouse area for growing vegetables in the winter.

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The Country Cottage of Your Dreams Is In Bucks County

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

Readers, prepare to fall in love.

The jewel that is this Erwinna residence has a covered bridge leading to the picket-fenced property, which–as if the cute bridge weren’t enough–includes the most picturesque stone pathway lined with trees on either side extending to the home’s entrance. There’s also a treehouse folly that makes for a wonderfully unconventional guest quarter.

Unsurprisingly, the listing states the home is the work of award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis and as such has “been featured in dozens of design, lifestyle and garden magazines.” Interior charms include a wood-burning fireplace, painted wood floors, built-ins, and French doors with access to a covered sleeping porch that overlooks the gardens and stream.

Continue reading about the kitchen and beautiful garage…

Exclusive Preview: $3.99M New Hope Residence with Riverfront Views


What’s better than finding a gorgeous Bucks County home on the market? One that no one knows about just yet..except you! This New Hope property will be up really soon, but we’ll give you a sneak peek before it’s listed on every real estate site in town:

The home, which is situated alongside the Delaware, has a concrete river wall with steps leading down to the water. Of course, if you’d rather stay dry, there are two decks and a covered summer kitchen with fireplace out back.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Bucks County Open Houses

Listing: 43 Lafayette St, Doylestown, PA, 18901 [Weichert – Doylestown]
Conversions are always so fun to look at, but this one is especially unique. Built as a church circa 1889, the building was later transformed into a charming residence in the early 70s and still retains its high ceilings, as well as an original fixture from Our Lady of MT Carmel Church. Random-width hardwood floors are throughout.

Open House:
Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Square feet: 2,666
Price: $599,000

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