Reduced: Gorgeous 1850s West Chester Farmhouse

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Originally listed for sale at $3.6 million in October, this 19th-century West Chester farmhouse has a lot to love, including a rustic kitchen hearth (above), extensive woodwork, woodburning stoves, cast iron tubs and a restored stone bank barn used for entertaining and athletics.

Renovated from top to bottom in 2009, the home’s custom kitchen has cabinetry by Goebel and appliances by Thermador and Sub Zero. Outside, landscaping and hardscaping have resulted in a patio suited for entertainment.

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Chester, Montgomery Counties Are Hotbeds for Texting and Driving

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The above chart comes from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a “legislative agency” of the Pennsylvania General Assembly that produces publications and reports for lawmakers. It recently published this map of texting-while-driving citations in 2013, showing that the 8th and 10th counties with the most texting-while-driving citations in Pennsylvania are Chester and Montgomery, respectively.

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Boxcar Brewing Is Opening a West Chester Brewpub

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West Goshen’s Boxcar Brewing Co. is adding a brewpub.

West Chester’s Boxcar Brewing Company is opening a brewpub in downtown West Chester. The brewpub will be at 142 E Market Street, the former home of The Note. The facility, which will also host arcade games, stage and events to appeal to both kids and adults. Owners Jamie and Kymberly Robinson are hoping to open the brewpub before the end of the summer.

Boxcar’s Brewpub scheduled to arrive this summer [Official]

Weekend Open Houses: Counties Edition

1320 Lafayette Road, Gladwyne, PA.

1320 Lafayette Road, Gladwyne, PA.

This weekend we decided to spotlight homes from each of the four counties surrounding Philadelphia. For Delco, we chose a recently renovated house that has a fireplace with a raised hearth and a cute wood stove insert. And with warmer days soon to come, we thought its salt water swimming pool was worth a mention too.

Our Chester County choice might seem familiar, and that’s because it is. We featured Strawberry Hollow Farm a little over a week ago, but now you can go see the farmhouse’s cathedral ceilings in person. The brick Colonial in Montco has a cherry-paneled den, vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors, and in the family room there’s a wood stove insert. Outside, a swimming pool.

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Victory Parkesburg Brewery Is Humming, Offering Tours

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Photo via Victory Brewing Co.

Last week I was lucky enough to be was invited to tour Victory Brewing Co.’s new Parkesburg Brewery. The new facility is located about seventeen miles from the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub. The new brewery is more than 140,000 square feet on 42 acres in Chester County. The capacity in Parkesburg is 225,000 barrels annually, more than double that of Downingtown. In the future, the new plant will be able to output 500,000+ barrels per year. And it isn’t like Victory is exactly small now, The Brewers Association ranked Victory as the number 26 craft brewery in the United States in 2012 (the most recent numbers available and Victory grew by 10.4% in 2013) and with Parkesburg fully operational, significant growth is on the horizon.

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Great American Pub Expanding to Phoenixville

148-bridge-street-great-american-pub-phoenixvilleThe Great American Pub which already has locations in Conshohocken, Wayne and West Chester is looking to open in Phoenxiville The Philadelphia Business Journal has the story on purchase of 148 Bridge Street and its plan to convert the Victorian building.

Great American Pub to open in iconic Phoenixville building [Philadelphia Business Journal]
Great American Pub [Official]

Pretty Queen Anne Revival in Pretty Phoenixville

Exterior of 223 2nd Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Exterior of 223 2nd Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Lest its period architecture and grassy surroundings fool you, this Queen Anne Revival — built in 1900 — is not at all far from the hustle and bustle of town life. It’s practically at the center of Phoenixville and has a WalkScore of 92.

The home was recently restored, and some of its more notable features include arched openings connecting to a turret of sorts; a farm-style kitchen; and original curved windows. High ceilings and wood flooring, as well as a carriage house turned garage, give the home more Victorian flair.

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5BR Luxury Farm Fully Equipped for Equestrian Eventing

Exterior of 211 Muddy Run Road, Oxford, PA

Exterior of 211 Muddy Run Road, Oxford, PA

Before we get into the historical aspect of Waterford Farm’s interior, let’s take a moment to appreciate its vast acreage, which is enough to encompass a pond and the Muddy Run stream. No wonder the current owners use it for eventing!

Located on approximately 80 acres of hilly land, the farm has eventing fences and an an outdoor sand ring for equestrian activities. There’s also a dressage ring, horse walker, and 12-stall bank barn with a tack room and wash stall.

Inside the 18th-century farmhouse, impressive views of the property from the living room could leave anyone speechless.

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Garces Protege MacGregor Mann Is Returning to Area

MacGregor Mann, who was chef de cuisine at Amada has returned to the area. Michael Klein is reporting that Mann is opening a BYOB, Junto in Chadds Ford. Junto promises “Pennsylvania-sourced ingredients prepared with a blend of old world techniques and modern cuisine knowledge.”

After leaving the Garces mothership, Mann staged at Denmark’s Noma for eight months. Noma was named the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Mann is predicting a Spring opening for Junto but today you can find him at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz. Like Feliz owner Tim Spinner, Mann was often seen on Jose Garces’ Iron Chef teams.

Garces alum opening a BYOB [The Insider]

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