Farmhouse Friday: West Chester Barn Converted Into Magnificent Residence

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t mean to play favorites here, but if we just had to choose a home on the Wyllpen Farm residential development to stand above the rest, it would definitely be this one. See, unlike its “newly” constructed neighbors, which were built between 1986 and 2000, this unique residence is a 175-year-old converted barn home outfitted with modern upgrades and balanced with original details.

Just looking at the photos gives you a sense of its original function, with hand-hewn beams and hayloft ladders all still present, as are the built-in bookshelves and beehive pillars. As mentioned earlier, though, it’s also been updated, these changes including remodeled upstairs bathrooms, butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine fridge, and an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite tops. Outside, all the outdoor lighting and landscaping got a redesign in 2011.

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Farmhouse Friday: Incredible Pond-Front Retreat in Birchrunville

Photo credit: Nina Lea Photography

Photo credit: Nina Lea Photography | Listing with Eve Marberger, BHHS Fox & Roach-Exton

Exquisite in the truest sense of the word, it was a no-brainer when it came to choosing Stoney Ridge Farm for today. A beautiful property parked atop 6.9 acres in Birchrunville, Chester County, the scenic estate features a tree-lined driveway leading to an early 1800s stone colonial home with historically correct additions. Moreover, it’s got a generous offering of manicured gardens and pastures, plus a pond, stone barn and spring house.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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Farmhouse Friday: The Bavarian-Styled Beauty of Bucks County

Woah. | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

Woah. | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

We travel way up north to Kintnersville, Pennsylvania to scope out a farm property that dates back to the late 1700’s. Trust us, it’s well worth the trip. What awaits you at the end of your travels is an impeccably kept and luxuriously restored German bank house that is a sight to behold.

Set on 50+ acres of pristine Bucks County land, the home’s exterior has all the trappings of what you’d want in secluded, sun-drenched farmouse, including a gorgeous stone exterior, wide windows decked out with with classic red shutters and window boxes and a lovely second story porch with hardwood floors and ceiling fans.

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Farmhouse Friday: Old Delco Ruin Gets Restoration of a Lifetime

TREND images via Keller Williams-The Wayne Megill Team

TREND images via Keller Williams-The Wayne Megill Team

With the way things stood, this Delaware County home, built circa 1717, seemed destined to never see 2015. Who would have thought, then, that it would? Moreover, who could have imagined the 18th-century construction, a crumbling ghost of its former self pining away on a vast woodland space, would be in the shape it’s in now? One of its owners told us its story.

In an email, Chad Groves, co-head of luxury furniture and design store Studio 882 with his wife, Katie, recalls the dilapidated property began to see significant restoration and renovation work under the hand of “a gentleman” who acquired it in 2005. The project lasted close to five years, as Groves says that when he and Katie stumbled upon it in 2010, the restoration was nearly complete. “We bought the property and finished what needed to be done and completely overhauled the yard (it was a forest),” he writes.

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Farmhouse Friday: Posh Dwelling Features Passive Solar Designs, Rain-Fed Stream

TREND images via Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby's International Realty

TREND images via Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Trailing on the green heels of that beautiful – not to mention freshly price-chopped –  LEED Plantinum-certified Slusher Residence in Fairmount is this wonderfully unanticipated home: a $1.65 million stunner also with LEED approval. Unlike the Slusher Residence, however, it’s a farmhouse lounging on a freaking wildflower meadow in Kennett Square. Ahem, excuse us while we go Pin-crazy…

No, but seriously. This place is definitely worth a look, especially if you’re interested in living in a pastoral setting for the long-term without giving up superbly modern amenities. (If you don’t believe us, the gallery will likely convince you.)

For starters…

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

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

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

TREND images via Zillow.com

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

TREND images via Zillow.com

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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