Rent This Rustic, Loft-Style Barn in Chester County

Image via Postlets on Zillow.com

Image via Postlets on Zillow.com

Renters in the market for a high-end renovated barn in Chester County are in serious luck today–your hunt is over.

Originally built in the 1800’s as a bank barn, this rental home now has all of the modern, yet classicly rustic, amenities you’ll want: Spacious kitchen with stone counters, gorgeous river stone fire place with circular raised hearth, open living room and two loft-style bedrooms. They even swapped out the original entrance with a large wall of windows for plenty of natural light.

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Chris Scarduzio Opens Teca in Newtown Square

Teca opened last night at 191 Newtown Street in Newtown Square. It is the second Teca, the original is in West Chester. At the helm is Chris Scarduzio who came on board after receiving a call from his friend Alberto Guadagnini.

It is Scarduzio’s lone restaurant as the chef winds down Mia in Atlantic City and walked away from his East Passyunk project.

Teca will feature an extensive menu with Neapolitan pizzas and contemporary Italian dishes. Check out a few photos from the opening night, and take a peek at the Teca Newtown Square menu.

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This $7.9 Million Chesco Residence Has Parking For All Your Thanksgiving Guests!

2425 White Horse Rd, Berwyn, PA, 19312

2425 White Horse Rd, Berwyn, PA, 19312

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to feel bad whenever someone who was visiting you took your neighbor’s parking space? (Or, heaven forbid, if your neighbor’s visitor took your spot, forcing you to park half a block from your house…) This Berwyn gem doesn’t have that problem: there’s room for eight cars. Additionally, the two garages have apartments above them, allowing you to host guests at a moment’s notice.

The home itself, designed by the extolled Rene Hoffman and built by David Semerjian, is situated among 22 acres of Brandywine Conservancy land. It boasts wide-plank hardwood floors, imported stone, custom cabinetry and six fireplaces. Outside, the pool and pool house are accompanied by various living spaces and two fireplaces, but given the property’s extensive acreage, additional outbuildings or a tennis court are possible.

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Birchrun Hills Looking to Expand Cheese Business

birchrun-hills-farm-940Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs, PA is already known for several of the cheeses that they produce on the farm. But in order to move their cheese-making business forward they need a cheese cave and some other pricey additions. The family-run dairy has already secured financing to build the cheese cave but they’ve turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a curd vat, shelving and cooling system.

Sue Miller and her family hope to raise at least $25,000 in the next month and is kicking off her Kickstarter with some launch events.

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Two Bells for Bangles Indian Cuisine

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Criag LaBan heads to Bangles Indian Cuisine in Philadelphia’s suburban “Dosa Belt.” LaBan finds that chef Dhirendran “Dhiru” Paulraj has a deft touch with Southern Indian cooking.

Paulraj’s takes on traditional flavors, especially his dosas, are what really generate this menu’s resonance. I agree with my completely obsessed pal Jeff that the rava dosa is hauntingly good, its semolina-rice batter scented with curry leaves and ginger and griddled into a lacy crisp around roasty threads of toasty onions.

A more familiar dosa, rolled into an oversize crepe around curry-spiced masala potatoes, is unusual because its cuminy batter is tinted green with cilantro, chilies, and ginger. The spongier crepe for the paneer and peas variation is wrapped snug like a burrito around a garam masala-onion-spiced stuffing of grated fresh cheese.

Two Bells – Very Good

Bangles in Downingtown, melding South Indian flavors, American twists [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Bangles Indian Cuisine [Official]

Pending Sale: Unionville Home Going For $1 Million Per Bedroom?

320 Upland Rd, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

320 Upland Rd, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

Well, not exactly. This custom barn house in Unionville, Chester County may have been on the market for more than $4 million (currently pending sale), but it’s not the four bedrooms alone that made the price tag.

Situated on 70 acres, the property boasts four pastures, 10-stall barn, 3-bay run-in shed, and a hay barn with open bays for storage (one closed bay is used as a shop). There are also turnout areas and a 21-acre parcel that be can be sold separately.

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Chester County Charmer Looking For Budding Farmers

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

605 Buck Run Rd, E Fallowfield, PA 19320

Admit it. There’s something appealing–even to a few consummate city folk like myself–about working the land. In the event that would-be farmers looking to try their hand at such an endeavor are reading this, this gentleman’s farm might be the home for you.

The East Fallowfield Township property affords its owners 50 acres of tillable land, a little over half of the entire 92 acres, which makes the estate viable as a working farm or horse facility. (Although, if the idea really doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly fine remaining non-operative.)

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New Listing: Lovely West Chester Residence Built Around a Well House

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

Back in the days when wells were a crucial feature on a property, well houses served as protective structures housing the water source. (Note: Well houses differ from and predate pumping houses.) This Chester County home happens to be built around one.

Perhaps as a result of this unique foundation, other special features have made their way into the custom-designed house among them rounded walls, a bathroom with window seat, and 20-plus-foot ceilings (some of which have exposed wood beams). Flooring consists of brick, ceramic tile, and wide-plank wood. The house also has a workshop area and a back deck overlooks two ponds, one of which is on the property.

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ChesCo Wing Fest: Because You Know You Love Chicken Wings

chickenwingsSo we’re already having you people fight it out in the comments section over who has the best nachos in town (which, we hope, will someday soon translate into a canonical listing of ALL the best nachos that Philly has to offer). But for those of you who are perhaps a bit less interested in a bunch of stuff on chips but do care very deeply about the proper frying of a great chicken wing, may we offer this: The 1st Annual ChesCo Wing Fest, happening on October 19 from 1pm-6pm at 13 different restaurants scattered around the county.

So how can one possibly judge the best wings at 13 different restaurants? With hard work, my good man. And an iron stomach.

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