Farmhouse Friday: Pastoral West Chester Gem Listed for $2.75 Million

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TREND images via Zillow.com

It’s been in the hands of one family for close to a century, but now’s your chance to make it yours: Deborah’s Rock Farm in West Chester is on the market. Listed last month for a cool $2.75 million, the historic 88-acre estate claims a 9,000-square-foot stone manor home that’s been beautifully preserved and maintained, original bank barn, and tenant house. To boot, it’s got frontage on the Brandywine River and views of the Natural Lands Trust Stroud Preserve.

Like several of our farmhouse selections, Deborah’s Rock claims distinct architectural details that amplify its rustic appeal: brick-floored entrance hall, seven fireplaces, wood-burning stove, beehive oven, and a stone ha-ha wall. The country kitchen, which overlooks the gardens and Preserve, is centrally located at the core of the manor, making it easy to move between the formal dining room and family room.

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Farmhouse Friday: Dancing Deer Asks For $1.95 Million in Chester Springs

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TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Mural-adorned and swathed in updates, the recently listed Dancing Deer Farm is just waiting to have all seven of its bedrooms occupied. The home, a sizable construction situated on four-plus acres in Chester County, offers over 5,400 square feet of living space, in addition to extra room in a carriage house and Pennsylvania bank barn with work space and wood shop.

Here’s the rundown on the main house:

  • Built circa 1790; includes three original fireplaces
  • Updated by Arcus Design in 1998
  • Mud room, finished lower level, laundry room with glass pocket doors
  • New cedar shake roof and Gaffney-designed patio
  • Kitchen includes Dacor and Thermador appliances, ice maker, built-in computer station
  • Bar with butler’s pantry

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Farmhouse Friday: Country-Living Delight on the Other Side of the Delaware

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Let’s take a step back from our farmhouse search in Philadelphia’s suburbs for a moment and cross on over to Jersey territory. You ready? Okay, great because we found the sweetest rustic home near Columbus, New Jersey and it is an honest to goodness charmer!

First off, it’s over 200 years old and has much of its original flooring and millwork, which have been restored throughout the years. The second bathroom also retains its original claw foot tub. Of its updates, which have been consistent these past fifteen years, are newer roofing and siding and custom period windows. The main bath, notes the listing, has been renovated to include a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, and double sinks. Central air has also been added.

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Farmhouse Friday: Pre-Revolutionary Barn Now a Residential Jewel with “Bakery”

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Independence Day is tomorrow and we thought we’d celebrate by featuring a super ‘Murican house for today’s Farmhouse Friday. Our pick? Leap Year Barn in New Britain, Pa. If you haven’t heard, ole’ Leap Year is considered one of the oldest stone bank barns in the country as it was built circa 1752. Sure, it’s a pre-revolutionary construction, but it’s also a property embodying ideals that went on to shape early America, according to the listing:

This Sui generis example of early colonial building prowess, the innate appeal of earth born building materials and the enlightened infusion of modern luxury make this history defining home a true American Masterpiece.

The Sweitzer-style converted barn now lives as a unique full-time residence with things like a bakery room with wood fired brick pizza oven and industrial grade center island, living room with ceilings reaching to the peak of the barn, and lower bank-level bonus rooms resembling an 18th-century bed & breakfast. Details include exposed hand-hewn beams, stone walls, and a wood-burning fireplace wrapped in artisan stone work.

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Farmhouse Friday: Trunnel Hyll, New Hope’s Coolest Barn Reconstruction

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Ah, Trunnel Hyll. How exactly did this stand-out residence in the middle of New Hope come to be, you ask? Well, according to the listing, Worthington Construction is responsible for this neat fusion of period barn structures. (And you know we love country-style renovations!)

The property’s unique architecture is one thing, but the fact of the matter is it was also constructed, wherever possible, with natural and energy-efficient products and systems. The home features, for example, a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system, which essentially lowers the cost of winter heating and summer cooling for you. Pretty sweet, right?

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Farmhouse Friday: 165-Year-Old Eye Candy in Montgomery County For Sale

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TREND images via Realtor.com

Should my dream of living in a trinity house with five canines come to naught, here’s my alternative: living in a farmhouse-style home by the sea. More specifically, a seaside house inspired by the interior of this landlocked charmer near Pottstown.

Among its features luring me out of my self-imagined city slicker mold are original old blank hardwood floors (they’re throughout, save for the kitchen and dining area where there’s slate flooring), dining room tin ceiling, and a superbly adorable black wood-burning stove. It also has fireplaces, all of which are in working condition.

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Farmhouse Friday: Secluded Summer Haven in West Chester

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Today of all days–thus far anyway–should remind you of the the “urban heat island” effect, wherein cities experience more heat than less populated satellite areas. With that in mind, consider this 20-plus-acre West Chester property, on the market for $998,000.

First thing’s first: it’s a horse farm! It claims a 5-stall barn, pastures, and a five-bedroom farmhouse. The property is protected by the Natural Lands Trust, but can be subdivided. Interior notes in the residence include a fully finished basement with guest room, kitchen with granite tops, and a first-level bedroom perfect for office use.

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Farmhouse Friday: This Doylestown Barn House Will Blow Your Mind

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Maybe it’s the fact that I watch back-to-back episodes of Game of Thrones online rather than as they air, but certain parts of this reclaimed barn structure in Bucks County give me the impression of being a modern-day manse straight out of the Seven Kingdoms. (It’s likely just those cool light fixtures in the living room though.)

Situated on 11.7 acres, the house offers 7,200 square feet and four bedrooms. Temperature-wise, there’s geothermal heating and cooling to keep it in check (not to mention the low energy costs). But its mouthwatering look? That was born out of the marriage between its rustic features of days past and more recently appointed contemporary details. All in all, a unique property with rooms we can’t stop revisiting (photos below).

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Farmhouse Friday: Your Personal “Writer’s Retreat”-Style Home Awaits in Montco

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TREND images via Realtor.com

We’re going old school with this week’s farmhouse pick and we think you’ll love it: a three-acre property with a classic fieldstone farmhouse, bank barn, carriage house, and four-car garage. It’s being sold with 66 years remaining on a “100-year ground lease of additional 5.7-acre horse pasture owned by the township.”

Even better, it has a professional office with exposed beams, antique wood stove, and an enclosed spiral staircase leading up to loft designed for additional desk space. Hmm…isn’t it time you got started on that novel?

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Farmhouse Friday: Kimberton Country Spread With Views of French Creek

Now that's a fireplace. | Images by TREND via

Now that’s a fireplace. | Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Collegeville

Let’s head out to Chester County just west of Phoenixville for a moment to check in on a property that looks to be the quintessential farmhouse. The home dates back 269 years (!) and was later expanded to give it more space and a covered patio. We can imagine catching many a firefly on its 2.70-acres of land.

Don’t let the age fool you, it has all those much-needed modern amenities that you’ll need, including two-zone air conditioning, an in-ground pool in the yard and a workout room in the barn. Features like the two wood burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, exposed beams, farmhouse tub and dual-horse stalls in the barn call back to its workmanlike past. In other words: this place has kept it real after all these years. Read more »

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