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.

Gallery bellow.

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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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The Fatland Estate Is Going For $9 Milllion

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The Vaux Hill mansion at 1248 Pawlings Rd.

The historic footnote that is Vaux Hill mansion may have had its splendiferous interior stripped of the gilded antiques that once furnished its rooms, but the property, which sits on the 15-acre Fatland estate in Phoenixville, appears as stately as ever.

The sale, which is quite literally a dollar under $9 million, includes the renovated and restored Greek Revival-style home, tennis court, horse pastures, and pool with pool house. There’s also a separately deeded stone barn on a 3-acre parcel. A fence surrounds the entire residence and a tree-lined drive leads to the courtyard with carved marble fountain.

Below is the breathtaking gallery.

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Mushroom Festival This Weekend

fun-gus-mushroom-mascotKennett Square, The Mushroom Capital of the World, will host its 29th annual Mushroom Festival on September 6th and 7th at 600 Broad Street in Kennett. Saturday’s portion of the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Sunday’s will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Proceeds from the sale of the admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program.

The Festival will feature various street vendors (including Mushroom Sale Booths selling the freshest mushrooms you’ve ever tasted), a souvenir booth, the official festival mushroom soup and painted mushrooms from local artists as a part of the silent bid. Most importantly, joining the Festival will be Fun Gus, the Festival’s adorable mushroom mascot.

A soup and wine event in which local restaurants bring their own mushroom soups for a head-to-head battle will also take place. Restaurants participating include Buckley’s TavernFire Hill PubOle Tapas Lounge and Restaurant and others.

And if soup and wine doesn’t float your boat, there will also be a separate culinary tent, mushroom growers exhibit and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival [Official]

Chester County’s Belgrave Farm: 36 Acres and Magnificent Private Waterfall

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

Somehow, the dramatic, tree-lined driveway is not the most theatrical element at Belgrave Farm. Nor is it the stunning kitchen nor the vast, 36-acre plot of land. The most breathtaking detail at the 200-year-old Chester County farm is the enormous waterfall out back, which flows into a pristine private pond.

The interior is impressive all on its own. The home has a meticulous design, which architect Peter Zimmerman has added to via a series of additions. The kitchen features high-end appliances throughout, and seven bedrooms fill the upper floors. Views span the Ridley Creek stream.
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Passive House Building Principles at Kamp Kaolin in Landenberg

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Currently under construction in southern Chester County (Landenberg, to be precise), Kamp Kaolin is a 2,700 square-foot home designed with a whole slew of industry buzzwords in mind. Sustainability. Passive house principles. Aging-in-place.

We talked to Hugh Lofting, of Hugh Lofting Timber Framing Inc., who is in charge of the project. The company is one of only seven certified passive house builders in Pennsylvania, so he’s the man to talk to when you want to confirm that the building principles involve more than a bunch of architects standing around saying things like “wherever you think the truss should go is fine with me” or “I’m sure that foundation is level enough.”

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Chesco’s “Le Petit Mont” Has Great Views for a Little Mountain

TREND photo courtesy Long and Foster.

TREND photo courtesy Long and Foster.

“Le Petit Mont” translates directly to “the little mountain.” It’s a quaint name for a ten-plus-acre property that includes vista views of practically all of Chester County and comes with a farmhouse, two separate garages, a two-stall barn, a run-out shed and extensive pastures and walking trails for your horses.

The farmhouse has been finished in the traditional style but includes modern upgrades. The first floor includes inside access to the first garage, which accommodates three cars. The kitchen is adjacent to a breakfast room and boasts three walls of inlaid cherry cabinetry and the usual granite/stainless steel luxury combo. It also features a handsome peninsula and several pantries. The living room and family room both include large fireplaces. The upstairs master has its own balcony and a custom, en-suite spa with a window seat. Three other bedrooms on the floor share the second full bath. A bonus room could be turned into a fifth bedroom or an office, according to the listing. The third floor is also ripe for a project. The listing suggests turning the open space to a game or media room. The basement is also finished and could easily home another full bath.
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