Farmhouse Friday: A Legit Farmhouse Lives in New Hope

Alna Poultry Farm, New Hope, PA circa 1935

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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Farmhouse Friday: Pristine New Construction in New Hope is a “Green” Dream

TREND Images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

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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Developer Buys Bucks County Landmark, Plans Restoration and Expansion

Image via the Logan Inn's website

Image via the Logan Inn’s website

It looks as though there will be a new life for Bucks County’s Logan Inn, as the historic building at 10 West Ferry Street in New Hope has been sold in a deal totaling $5.6 million.

The property was purchased by Landmark Hospitality, a developer out of Jersey City, New Jersey, who plans to restore the original inn building and construct a distinctive addition that will create new hotel rooms and a conference space.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Logan Inn dates back to 1722, when the site was established as a tavern by New Hope founder John Wells. Its new incarnation will see an addition of two new structures to the site, including a glass transition that joins the original building with a new section with a mansard roof, the latter of which will house 22 additional rooms and an event space for conferences and weddings.

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PHOTOS: Dar Williams at New Hope Winery

On Sunday, folk rocker Dar Williams graced the stage of the New Hope Winery for two shows: one in the afternoon and one at night. She has played the intimate venue regularly over recent years. It suits her introspective and unique folk talents. Featuring drummer G. Wiz and keyboardist Bryn Roberts, Williams opened up her vast songbook for the performances. Songs from her 2015 work Emerald (which was recorded and mixed at The Hooters co-founder Rob Hyman’s Elm Street Studios) sounded wonderful next to her later works, which included the rock-infused “FM Radio,” which she co-wrote with Jill Sobule, and the jazzier “New York is a Harbor.” Conversant and obviously enjoying herself, Williams was a pure delight. She ended the evening with a performance of her Christmas tune “The Christians and the Pagans,” making a fitting end to a rousing night of music.



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Beyond 500 Walnut: Scannapieco Plans Second “Ultra-Luxury” Enclave in New Hope

Here's the setup of the Residences at Rabbit Run Creek | via Scannapieco Development Corporation

Here’s the setup of the Residences at Rabbit Run Creek | via Scannapieco Development Corporation

500 Walnut isn’t yet out of the ground and Tom Scannapieco, president and CEO of Scannapieco Development Corporation, already has his sights on his next project, and it’s one that will bring him “full circle,” so to speak.

That’s right, the ultra-luxury developer is going back to New Hope in Bucks County, and this time it’s in the form of a 37-unit townhome project called The Residences at Rabbit Run Creek.

According to a recent press release, site work is already underway and phase one, which include the first 10 homes (including a model), will open sometime in “late spring 2016.” If you’re keeping score at home, that’s almost a full year before 500 Walnut opens its doors to high-end (and possibly the highest-of-end) buyers in the Philadelphia marketplace.

The 23-acre plot of land is located entirely in New Hope near the lower field at Pat Livezey Park, but it directly borders Solebury Township. Reports began to circulate in late August that site work was starting to take place, and a notice for rock blasting went out beginning in early September, according to Charlie Sahner of New Hope Free Press.

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Farmhouse Friday: New School Farm Estate in New Hope Asks $2.6M

Images via Kurfiss Sothebys International Realty

Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

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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New Hope’s “CrossBow” Estate Nabs a Spot on Trulia’s Unforgettable Doors List

TREND images via Trulia

TREND images via Trulia

We get click bait-y emails all the time from Trulia that announce things like Hottest Fall Baths and 39 Kitchen Concepts You’ll Love. It’s pretty rare that we click through to the story, but when you see a headline that reads Front Door Designs You’ll Never, Ever Forget, you simply just throw your hands in the air and say, “You got me, Trulia! [click]”

Thankfully, the lists features a home from Bucks County that really does live up to the headline. The CrossBow estate in New Hope is quite a unique property, and the entrance is an illuminated covered bridge that’s suspended over a small pond, which you can see in the gallery after the jump. According to Brie Dyas, who compiled the list for Trulia.com, the magical portal is actually a nod to the many covered bridges in the region, and it’s also topped with a dragon weathervane!

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Spotted: The (Blessed?) Castle of New Hope

Photos via Zillow.com

Photos via Zillow.com

In what we can only attribute to a timely coincidence, this European manor-inspired residence on the banks of the Delaware caught our attention less than two days before Pope Francis is set to arrive in Philadelphia. What’s the connection you ask? Flip through the gallery and tell us what you see (hint: check out the home theater). Hopefully the unexpected image gives you a chuckle.

Religious icon aside, the home is blessed in other ways too. Referred to as “The Castle” by locals, the canal-side property features a three-floor elevator, cherry wood-paneled study, outfitted media room, and a library with hand-hewn cherry wood and Rumford fireplace. A 24-foot Great room, two-foot deep inlaid crown molding and walls of windows, some with cast-limestone surrounds are also included. Specs and photos below.

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PHOTOS: New Hope Auto Show Leaves the Top Down

V’room, v’room. It’s a late summer afternoon, with sunny skies and weather that’s just comfortable enough. People — children, teens, adults, seniors — are milling around the vast grounds of colonial New Hope-Solebury High School viewing hundreds of cars, most of which have one thing in common: their roofs are down. Folded. Out of sight. Some are even nonexistent. On Sunday, August 9th, the second day of the 58th installment of the New Hope Auto Show, the top was down on convertibles, the feature model of this year’s show.

Parked in the many parking spots of the high school complex were convertibles both old and very new, covering a range of sportiness and luxury. Audis, BMWs, and Porsches were on full display, and some were even for sale. The convertible selection also harkened back to the glory days, with light blue Chrysler Imperials and Lotus racecars. Drag-racers also made an appearance. High-performance cars were on display, too, namely a beautiful white McLaren with vertical doors.

The entire show took on a festival scene, with sponsors — including the Thompson family of car dealerships from nearby Doylestown — and local restaurants lining the sidewalks: local barbeque Bitter Bob’s — which sold pulled pork and chicken sandwiches — Philly Pretzel Co., and county fair lemonade, funnel cakes and hot dogs. Overall, the show proved an enjoyable time for families and car lovers alike. Photos after the jump »

Local Filmmaker Debuts Documentary on the Lives of Songwriters

Scot Sax

Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax aims to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, Platinum Rush, premiering tonight at the sixth annual New Hope Film Festival.

Sax has spent years as a renown songwriter for Warner Chappell, co-writing the Grammy-winning song “Like We Never Loved At All” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and writing catchy tunes for countless TV shows. Sax is also the frontman of power-pop band Wanderlust.

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