Alna Poultry Farm in New Hope, PA circa 1935. | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Some of the houses that we feature for Farmhouse Friday are essentially farmhouses in name only. They look like a farmhouse, and a lot of the time they’ll have a big yard, but there was never actually any intent to…well, you know, farm.
That’s not the case this week, and we’ve got proof.
Some of the photos that come with this quaint listing in New Hope are vintage pictures from 1935. One of them is of the house that still stands today, complete with a Depression-era automobile in the driveway. The other is of the barn that comes with the house. On the side of the barn in large block letters: “ALNA POULTRY FARM.” So, yeah. Legit.
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This renovated farmhouse offers luxury on an antique foundation.
This week’s featured home for Farmhouse Friday is a testament to restoration, renovation and expansion. Technically, it’s Harriton Farm Springhouse, a farmhouse built in the 1840’s. However, it only takes a glance to see that today it is so, so much more than that.
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This Pottstown farmhouse has an observatory, pool and stables. | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s
Some of our featured homes on Farmhouse Friday have a great yard and pool. Some of them have seriously impressive interiors. Today’s has both. Vintage Thoroughbred Farm in Pottstown, currently listed at a whopping $3,495,000, has just about anything you would need in a farmhouse.
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With Winter Storm Jonas descending upon the Philadelphia area this weekend, this week’s Farmhouse Friday entry looks like a perfect place to wait out a blizzard. Built in 1790, the revived 3,670 square foot home in Quakertown has definitely seen its fair share of nor’easters before.
This house really embraces the farmhouse aesthetic, with hardwood floors, doors, staircases and cabinets throughout. Currently on sale for $1,695,000, it has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
What stands out to us, though, and anybody else braving that Bucks County winter, are the fireplaces. There’s the original stone walk-in fireplace in the great room that serves as the center of the home, and there’s also a fireplace in the master bedroom.
Seriously, is there anything better than a fireplace in your bedroom? The answer is no.
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That tub, though. | TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Typically when we cover a farmhouse, it’s of the variety that dates back a century or two. Rarely, if ever, do we get to highlight a newly built barn project.
What’s particularly cool about the home is that its rustic look is complemented by green design. Oh, and did we mention that it’s new?
Sure, you get the red wood and store exterior with strong awnings and impressive roof lines, but you also get a geothermal heating and cooling system and energy efficient products throughout the home. Hell, even the trees that had to be chopped down to make room for the homestead were then sawn into the wood floor planking found throughout the home.
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Alright, we understand that this home isn’t really a farmhouse, per se, but it is nestled on 3.6-acres of pristine Chester County land. What’s more, the bucolic location on “Battle Hill” in Birmingham Township puts the home, known as Hawthorne Lodge, squarely in the midst of a few pivotal points of the Battle of the Brandywine. So stick around for the gallery, especially if you’re a Revolutionary War buff.
It also doesn’t hurt that the home is gorgeous. Built in 1849 by Charles Sharpless, the man who also built nearby Edgewood, using locally sourced materials, the massive wraparound porch would be enough be enough to make us swoon, but the fact that it’s highlighted by beautiful wrought-iron fretwork really heightens the romanticism of this place. Imagine sipping a sun-brewed tea while relaxing on a custom made wooden rocker. Yeah, it’s that kind of porch. Read more »
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Its current owners like to call it “an oasis of calm” and by the looks of it, it might in fact be a fitting moniker: Windhorse Farm is a unique compound nestled privately on a plot in Ottsville, Bucks County. It consists of several buildings, one of which is an 18th-century stone farmhouse with period bedrooms, original random-width floors, and more.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the details each building has to offer, shall we?
- The farmhouse – As we just mentioned, its got original flooring and sleeping quarters reminiscent of its charming past. In addition to this, though, the residence boasts open beams, deep sill windows, and two walk-in fireplaces. The kitchen even vaunts a neat restaurant-style stove and broiler alongside a cozy sitting area.
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Typically, when we feature a farmhouse that was built in the ’70s, it’s usually a near-ancient (for America’s standards) abode from the 1770’s or 1870’s with ties to William Penn or even George Washington.
However, we’ve got a real treat today, as we get all groovy with this spectacular new school farmhouse estate in New Hope, constructed in 1979!
It may have been built in the 1970’s, but this home offers an authentic rustic aesthetic with a ton of contemporary amenities. A few can’t-miss features include rough cuts beams, romantic fireplaces (including a stunning 30-footer in the living room) and gorgeous antique floors. The modern flair comes through with floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end appliances in the gourmet kitchen.
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Mouthwatering would be an understatement. See, while its classic fieldstone manor home remains a work in progress (needs a little TLC), the outbuildings at Black Walnut Farm more than make up for it. As a whole, the estate, around since 1743, sits atop 72 preserved acres and includes lawn irrigation and central security. Here’s what it offers:
- Single-bedroom guest house – This puppy has been expanded and boasts pine board floors, exposed beams, designer décor, and a stone interior archway. The kitchen, outfitted with SubZero and Asko appliances, has a vaulted ceiling and honed limestone counters. Its porch has Brazilian Ipe decking and is accessed by French doors.
- Restored bank barn – Dubbed the “prize” of the property, the barn comes with beautifully pointed stone and has a massive French door entry. The space is viable as a gym, office, or entertaining area. Bonus: there’s a secure “secret” vault for wine collections, plus the entry-level parking court includes two heated garage bays.
- Carriage house – A studio apartment with a full marble shower can be found here, so it’s perfect as a guest quarters or digs for your oldest. Includes two garage bays.
- Others cool features: Log cabin, pool, shooting range, and pond.
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Before we start, can we just comment on how cute the name is? Turns out Swingtail Farm, a 33-acre residential estate surrounded by an additional 30,000 acres of conserved Cheshire Hunt Country space, has quite the suitable title: it claims an eight-stall barn, four sizable pastures, all of which are fenced, and has access to a panoply of riding trails. Lots of swinging horse tails ’round there for sure!
On the homo sapiens side of things, the main house has television and music rooms, with the former boasting a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace like the family room. High ceilings (the master suite boasts a vaulted one) and views of the enclosing woods are throughout. Outside are a machine shed and garage with an overhead apartment, plus, in-ground pool, which from this angle makes the home look more resort-y than sporty. Specs and photos below.
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