Farmhouse Friday: A Little Gem in a Great Package Just Outside Doylestown

640 Swamp Rd., Furlong, Pa. 18925 | TREND images via Lisa James Otto Country Properties

640 Swamp Rd., Furlong, Pa. 18925 | TREND images via Lisa James Otto Country Properties

While you’ll find plenty of homes in Philadelphia’s hinterlands that tend to have an early American past, many of them have been reworked to remove the once-charming details that made them unique. Bucks County farmhouses, by and large, have been spared this fate even as they’ve been updated to reflect changing times and tastes. This week’s featured farmhouse is one of those Bucks County gems.

Situated on 1.9 acres in Doylestown Township’s Furlong section, this home has kept its Colonial log cabin heart beating even as additions and renovations have turned it into a much larger, more comfortable home with all the modern accoutrements. Read more »

Speakeasy Style Bar Opens in Doylestown

The Still Mule 400

A Mechanic Street Mule at the Still in Doylestown

Out in Bucks County, just above the Doylestown Brewing Co. (52 East State Street, Doylestown), a speakeasy has been operating almost unnoticed for almost a month.

Run by Chris Hall, The Still is self-proclaimed Prohibition-style cocktail bar that is apparently still a pretty well kept secret.

The bar only uses spirits from local PA distilleries and have nine homemade infusions made with all local ingredients. The cocktail list covers the basics and includes some historically accurate drinks as well (which come with a lengthy explanation of their origins).

And while it’s no Hop Sing, this is definitely a cool addition to ‘burbs.

The Still is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Still Menu (PDF)

Boutique Law Firm Takes Space in Historic Doylestown Home-Turned-Office Building

Nathan James Plaza

The Nathan James Plaza at 108 N. Main Street in Doylestown, where boutique law firm Mannion Prior LLP has leased space for its second office.

Mannion Prior, LLP, a King of Prussia-based boutique law firm specializing in fiduciary litigation, has taken space in the recently renovated Nathan James Plaza Building in Doylestown, where it will open a second office March 1.

The firm will occupy Suite 103 on the first floor, an office with 245 square feet of interior space plus a covered porch that brings the total leased space to 312 square feet. Read more »

Ryan Adams Spent the Weekend in Doylestown

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams enjoyed the 60-plus-degree weather in Bucks County this weekend, where he captured some serene images from Doylestown and shared them on Instagram. All the photos are rather vague, not giving much hint as to why he was there, but given their lonesome, introspective theme, one could only assume he was just trying to escape the hustle bustle — and the annoyance of having his divorce with pop star Mandy Moore blasted over the gossip mags again this week. Several outlets are reporting about how she’s pushing for financial support to take care of their menagerie of pets.

His comment on the first photo — which appears to have been taken around sunset on Friday — was a simple “To the new days,” hinting that maybe the yearlong D-I-V-O-R-C-E proceedings may actually be coming to a close soon.

To the new days

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Fans instantly started chiming in, telling him to visit such-and-such guitar shop or tagging other friends to let them know that “Ryan Adams is flitting around Doylestown.” One person from Philly commented “You may as well just head down into Philadelphia … It’s got a vibe I’m sure you’ll dig on.” Read more »

Homes with Names: Uniquities

TREND images via Zillow.com

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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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Bauhan-Redesigned Barn at Burnt House Hill

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

“His homes are like a well-tailored suit.” Those are the words of a homeowner living in a residence designed by Princeton architect Rolf W. Bauhan. In that same interview, we learn Bauhan had a penchant for the Colonial Revival style and many of his projects are “marked by fine craftsmanship, comfort, and attention to detail.”

Well, gee. If that’s the case, then we should count our blessings, as we’ve just spotted a Bauhan renovation in our neck of the woods!

Nestled on a leafy plot in Doylestown, the Barn at Burnt House Hill (wonder what happened there) is a gorgeous barn conversion with a two-story great room with original stone walls, retreat-like master suite on the third floor, and an in-law apartment on the lower level. It’s a mature structure to be sure (200 years old!), but you wouldn’t guess it from looking at the kitchen, newly renovated with white Carrera marble.

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Could the Proposed Oscar Hammerstein Museum Have Another Shot in July?

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

By now, you’re likely aware the Doylestown Township Zoning Board has rejected the variances that would have allowed for the proposed Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theater Education Center, currently a bed & breakfast, to be closer to becoming a reality.

Locals in favor of the project were understandably devastated by the decision, which was made Monday evening, with many showing an outpour of support on the OHM Facebook page.

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Oscar Hammerstein Center Zoning Hearing Tonight, Petition Gets 1,000 Signatures

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

It’s been a little while since we last heard any significant news regarding the proposed Oscar Hammerstein II Museum and Education Center in Doylestown, a.k.a. the former home of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. (The hills are alive with the sound of music… Yep. He penned that one among many others.) Now, though, things look to be ramping up as the June zoning board hearing that will conclude the project’s first major hurdle to realization inches closer. The latest on the Hammerstein Center plan is that there’s a zoning hearing about it tonight that could serve to show us what to expect from the June 15th decision.

Despite the hiccup from January and an inconclusive zoning board meeting in April, tonight’s hearing is expected to include final arguments from the attorneys representing those spearheading the project and those against it. WFMZ’s Randy Kraft reports the $20 million project can only go forward if it gets “a special exception and five variances from the zoning board.” Should the Doylestown Township Zoning Hearings Board conclude in favor of Will Hammerstein, Oscar’s grandson, and his supporters, Kraft says the next step would involve submitting land development plans for review and approval by township supervisors.

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Farmhouse Friday: There Is a Llama House and Two-Acre Pond at Twin Silo Farm

All photos by Juan Vidal

All photos by Juan Vidal

Well that does it, we’ve seen it all now.

To speak the truth, we can’t believe it didn’t come to our attention before when we first wrote about Twin Silo Farm. Sure, it has a full-scale hedge maze, two-acre pond with a fountain, and a “resort-like” pool and spa–but a llama house? And not just your average run-of-the-mill llama barn, but one designed in the style of Polish country homes. How do we respond to this? More importantly, how do we respond to this: “[it] is now a gorgeous home to the beautiful white swans.” Oh, swans now? Next it will be geeps.

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Sale Alert: Everything at Smith + Scott is Twenty Percent Off Today

Smith & Scott's Doylestown location. | Image via Smith & Scott.

Smith & Scott’s Doylestown location. | Image via Smith & Scott.

Clear your schedule: Smith + Scott is having an anniversary sale today only. The womenswear boutique has two locations, Doylestown and Lambertville, and everything in both stores is 20 percent off until the end of the day today. Also on tap: free drinks and raffles while you’re shopping, plus free gift-wrapping.

The Lambertville location is open until 6pm; the Doylestown shop is staying open late for an anniversary party from 5pm to 9pm.

P.S., Happy anniversary, Smith & Scott! Love, Shoppist.  Read more »

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