SPOTLIGHT 4: French country-design Doylestown Estate
This custom-built French country Doylestown estate sits back on 10 acres, secluded behind a gated entry. Nature-lovers will love the property, which includes 1.5-acre spring-fed pond and creek and sits next to Peace Valley Park. The house includes two bedroom suites on the upper floor and a third on the main floor, which features a sitting room, tray ceiling and antique-tile fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has built-ins, two gathering bars and overlooks the family room, what offers turret ceiling with 1889 barn beams and stone fireplace.
52 N. Chapman Rd., Doylestown
5,063 sq. ft.
This two-property estate is comprised to two utterly different structures: a stone farmhouse built in the 1750s and a modernized carriage house that looks like it just rose up out of a Bucks County-inflected Santa Fe desert. The farmhouse has been immaculately preserved, from its deep hearths to its hardwood floors and doors–including what sophisticated students of architecture call a “Mr. Ed door.”
The carriage house could be adapted for many purposes, but seems perfectly made at the moment for a dance studio (piano not included, to our knowledge). Both buildings sit on 2 acres of wooded land with preserved Bucks County parkland behind them, and both need renovations of various kinds.
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“It happens all the time. Whenever a larger store closes in Doylestown, residents mourn for a few days and then wish for a Trader Joe’s.” So writes Intelligencer staff writer Christina Kristofic. And boy, she isn’t kidding. The entire political and civic structure of Doylestown and Bucks County has organized a letter-writing campaign to get the healthy grocery chain to move into the space left vacant by the closure of Herb’s Hobbies and Crafts.
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