Shaggy Bark Farm: Restoration Hardware Meets Rustic Hardship, But in a Stunning, 18th-Century, $5M Way

This incredible property in Haycock, Pa., aka Quakertown, is absolutely stunning and unique. From the outside, the stone-home additions made to the original log cabin construction are clearly visible. Inside, the main house seems to be a fantasy of period-rustic blended perfectly with innovative ways of preserving the past.

In fact, the original log cabin sits within the confines of the current home–history within history in progress–so that even its exterior walls are visible from the kitchen and living room. Walk inside the cabin, and its retains its original fireplace.

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Farmhouse Friday: Make Hay While the Sun Shines. No, Really.

This beautiful 94-plus acre (!) property is primarily used right now for haymaking. Being city folk here at Property, we’re a bit ashamed to admit that, um, we don’t really know what that involves. But even for those who don’t make hay, there’s so much to love here, in particular for equestrians. There’s a horse barn with 16 box stalls, an indoor arena and outdoor arena, a fenced pasture, an eight bay equipment shed and bank barn. There’s also a stream, called Middle Creek, that divides the property.

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This Is Doylestown: 18th-Century Farmhouse Shares Land With a Bucks County Adobe

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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Barn With Passing Resemblance to Vanna Venturi House, Plus Spotless Farm With Suburban Tract House

farmhouse friday iconThough the barn can’t be put in the same category as the Venturi house, it’s without question the most interesting building on this property. The other two residences could be in any Philly or New Jersey suburb–and they’re entirely different than any farmhouses we’ve featured so far. There’s an in-ground pool and hot tub here, a heated garage and one has a truly pedestrian ranch design.

Yet this is indeed a farm, and a serious one at that: It’s 107 acres of workable land. The Vanna Venturi-lite barn is one of two luxurious equestrian residences–with seven matted 14×14 stalls, hot/cold wash stall, a full kitchen and bath, and a hay loft with a deck; the other with four stalls, electric and water.
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Farmhouse Friday: “Diamond in the Rough” Sells in One Week

farmhouse friday icon That was fast: This six-bedroom farmhouse-style home in Blue Bell has an offer in after just eight days–though it seems it was on and off the market before. Perhaps the listing’s “diamond-in-the-rough” characterization actually helped–buyers seem to like it when they’re spoken to like intelligent people who can accurately distinguish linoleum from hardwood.

Whether rough or no, the house is quite a catch, with five fireplaces, a wrap-around porch, big rooms, built-ins and pocket doors. It sits on almost two acres of land with a pool. The last asking price was $465,000.

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Farmhouse Friday: “Diamond in the Rough” Sells in One Week

farmhouse friday icon That was fast: This six-bedroom farmhouse-style home in Blue Bell has an offer in after just eight days–though it seems it was on and off the market before. Perhaps the listing’s “diamond-in-the-rough” characterization actually helped–buyers seem to like it when they’re spoken to like intelligent people who can accurately distinguish linoleum from hardwood.

Whether rough or no, the house is quite a catch, with five fireplaces, a wrap-around porch, big rooms, built-ins and pocket doors. It sits on almost two acres of land with a pool. The last asking price was $465,000.

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We Are So in Love With This Self-Referential Federal Farmhouse

farmhouse friday icon The floors in the bedroom. The exposed brick and marble sink in the bathroom. The flagstone patio, the random-width floors, the built-ins and walk-ins. Even the temporary things — the little lily-pad rugs in a child’s room — are sheer perfection.

It’s no wonder, then, that the owners of a house like this would want to celebrate the home and the life they share.

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Gorgeous Triple Creek Farm Is $2M or $8M, Depending on Your Point of View

farmhouse friday iconTriple Creek Farm in West Chester is a stunning estate. The 18th-century 8-bedroom stone colonial is surrounded by 10 acres of ponds, perennial gardens and specimen plantings; an outdoor seating area by the house shelters visitors with heritage trees. Also outdoors there’s a pool, kitchen with a big grill and pastures and a riding ring for the horses. Along the side of the house, there’s a small green house with a stone wall. Inside, many rooms hew to the country past, with period mill work, hardwood flooring, wooden roof beams and a tile and copper kitchen. Some rooms have been renovated and upgraded, with new ceiling beams or antique wallpaper to mitigate a too-new look. Sometimes it works and sometimes it just looks a little tacky. The dressing room is one space that’s entirely contemporary, while another room has a strange mural on the wall with a buffalo and a hopping frog. In addition to the main house, there’s also a bank barn. In all, Triple Creek has a current asking price of $2.45 million.

But wait. There’s another option. In addition to the above property, there’s also the contiguous 1420 Oakland Road property, which is also for sale. The house on that land is not attractive: It was built 20 years ago, and it looks it. But it does come with 74 acres right along Triple Creek Farm. That means if the Triple Creek buyer also bought the unappealing home at 1420 Oakland Road and its very appealing 74 acres, they’d wind up with an 84 acre estate unlike any other in the area. And surely there’s something that can be done with that house. Stick a jobless millennial or two in there, or a senior citizen after all the money runs dry. The catch? That latter property will cost $6.29 million.

The Triple Creek Property is listed four times on the MLS right now–twice at $2.45 million and twice at $8.35 million. That suggests (rather confusingly) that there might be a package discount if the properties are bought together.

• More info: 106 Bellefair Lane, West Chester, PA