Main Line Monday: Blissful Seclusion in Penn Valley for $1.55M

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

952 Summit Rd., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Who doesn’t like a little extra privacy these days?

Walk through the private gate of this 1880 farmhouse and enter into your own secluded oasis.

Even before stepping foot inside the property, you will be taken aback by its awesome exterior features. The front porch was designed to resemble a classic farm-style porch, and looks like something straight out of a movie – we can only imagine how peaceful it would be to sip our morning coffee on it (sigh). The landscaped property itself is fully fenced and features a vegetable garden and a saltwater pool. Read more »

Your Late-1800s Bucks County Farmhouse Awaits

Images by Lisa James Otto Country Properties via Zillow

Images by Lisa James Otto Country Properties via Zillow

We love to feature plenty of country farmhouses nestled in the bucolic landscape of the surrounding region. Catalpa Farm, aptly named given the Catalpa tree grove on the property, is essentially a property out of a novel: the Victorian homestead built in the 1890s, the two-story red barn and its address, sat on Apple Butter Road in Plumstead Township, has that classic Americana feel.

Seriously, a farmhouse on Apple Butter Road–are warm pies cooling on the window sill?
Smell that warm apple pie!

Kennett Square Home That Marries The Farmhouse to Its Barn


Photos by Patterson-Schwartz via Zillow

Have you been looking into buying one of Chester County’s bucolic farmhouse properties? This one at 124 Marshall Bridge Road in Kennett Square did you one better: It fused the farmhouse built in 1903 with the original barn, creating a home that blends that rustic style with all kinds go contemporary goodness.

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Main Line Monday: $2.25 Paoli Farmhouse Reproduction

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Haverford.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Haverford.

This reproduction 18th-century farmhouse was a Belber Builders project, completed in 1988. That well-known Main Line firm, founded in 1939, also did Rabbit Run Rd, Devon Green, Oak Knoll, Sugar Knoll, The Highlands and many other ground-up and restoration/renovation projects in the area. The three-story home sits on almost three and half landscaped acres that include flagstone patios, a built-in grill, gardens, a pool and a pond. There’s also a detached three-car garage with finished office space on its second floor.

As for the interior, take a look at the gallery below.

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Habitat: Colonial-Era Farmhouse in Chester Heights

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Erin Cochran said it was her husband who first fell in love with their three-bedroom Delco farmhouse. “I can’t say that I did at first,” she said. “He had to talk me into it.”

In 1996, the farmhouse was still broken into three very distinct periods of its evolution. There was the Colonial-era (they are told) foundation of the home, a Victorian-era front porch they believe was built after the Civil War, and a family room that had been added on in 1989. Cochran said the three parts of the home felt disjointed. The main entrance was also through the addition. “You didn’t know where you were when you got into the house,” she said.

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Reduced: Gorgeous 1850s West Chester Farmhouse


Originally listed for sale at $3.6 million in October, this 19th-century West Chester farmhouse has a lot to love, including a rustic kitchen hearth (above), extensive woodwork, woodburning stoves, cast iron tubs and a restored stone bank barn used for entertaining and athletics.

Renovated from top to bottom in 2009, the home’s custom kitchen has cabinetry by Goebel and appliances by Thermador and Sub Zero. Outside, landscaping and hardscaping have resulted in a patio suited for entertainment.

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Quick Bites

Aloha means goodbye. And it is goodbye for Roy’s at 15th and Sansom. Coming in will be a new concept run by Ed Doherty of Union Trust and backed by the Grasso brothers. It’ll be a reunion of sorts for the Grassos as they went separate ways in steakhouses. Joe is a part-owner of Union Trust and David owns the Grande building that houses Del Frisco’s. [The Insider]

Zesty’s brand returns to Main Street in Manayunk as Tom Konidaris has reverted a portion of Munk & Nunn to Zesty’s Greek food. [The Insider]

Shenanigan’s Saloon in Port Richmond is opening a second location, this one at Cecil B. Moore and Front. [Brownstoner]

This cannot be good news for the long talked about Victory Brew Pub in Easton. Collaborating restaurant, the Farmhouse has lost its acclaimed chef, Michael Adams. [Morning Call via Liquid Diet]

Devil’s Den now has outdoor seating for about 30. [f8b8z Outdoor Dining Guide]

Floret in Radnor has closed after just a few months in business. [The Insider]

Tweed’s Edward Bianchini is planning on opening a boutique hotel at 7th and Chestnut. Bianchini had been running a hotel in the South of France before returning to his hometown. The hotel will feature 18 rooms and a European restaurant. [Grub Street]