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

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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, 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

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

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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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Who Wants to Live in This Bauhaus Inspired Residence in Bucks County?

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Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School and a prominent figure in modern architecture, may not have had a direct hand in crafting this striking sugar cube-esque home, but his work did influence several of its features, which are grounded in “an emphasis on functional design.”  Built circa 1931, the Modernist New Hope construction has since seen both renovation work and later additions that certainly seem to have kept it in pristine condition.

Upon arrival to the unique house, one can expect to be met with a custom-made stainless steel sheathed door that opens into a vestibule with Pennsylvania black slate flooring and stainless cherry accented railing. From here there are two entryways: one leads into the living room (California burled pine floors, an elevated library space, fireplace, curvilinear staircase, sliding doors overlooking a private wall terrace with a half-moon fountain); the other, the tray-ceilinged dining room (where there’s another fireplace). The latter has access to the chef’s kitchen, a room offering upgraded stainless steel appliances, concrete counters, and a breakfast area with a curvilinear window looking out to blue atlas cedar.
(Long story short: Look at the gallery.)

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Former $50 Million Dollar New Hope Estate Now Being Sold Separately

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Update 2/30, 9:33am: We got in touch with agent Caryn Black who updated us on the Fashion Farms property. The estate consists of three parcels in three different townships that were split up and are now being sold separately, this being one of the them.  Black also informed us the 1713 manor home burned down some time ago, so the main house that is now there is not the antique original. The title of this post has been updated to reflect this information.

Here is additional info on another Fashion Farm parcel, provided by agent Maria Taylor.

Now this is a price cut.

Granted, the formerly on the market for $50 million estate was originally listed with three off-site farm properties. This time around, there’s no mention of these parcels in the sale, so we’re guessing (until an agent gets back to us) their absence is what helped knocked down the price.

Still the New Hope home, which is now going for $10 million, is part of the renowned Fashion Farms, a group of horse breeding farms. Included in the sale is around 190 acres of ponds, pastures, historic outbuildings, and a stone manor home built circa 1713.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: The Picturesque Wonder You Will Never Want to Leave

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Photos by John Armich.

Updated 1/27/2015, 1:54pm to reflect that the neighboring Cuttalossa Farm was the former home of Daniel Garber, not the property we are profiling in this post.

Let me preface this by saying that you’re lucky I’m not in charge of running this blog because if I were you can be certain I’d have never shared this beauty with you. (And that’s saying a lot since I’m not wont to fall for homes that fall outside of a ten mile radius of Philadelphia.)

So why this budding selfishness on my part? For starters, just look at that verdurous scene! (Warning: annoying, slightly cliché hyperbole ahead.) It literally looks like an image you’d be left with after hearing the happy ending of a storybook fairytale. And guess what? In addition to the lush grounds, the interior of this stone carriage house (built in 1820, mind you) is another prize to behold: exposed stone walls, chestnut floors, hand-hewn beams, and original stable doors all merge, with what might possibly be the touch of someone with the gift of interior design, to comprise this hidden jewel of a home.

Also on the property, which the listing makes sure to mention has sheep next door (Cuttalossa Farm, the former home of artist Daniel Garber, is a neighbor!), is a stone guest house with a “sophisticated studio / home office space.” This mini gem comes with hardwood floors, high ceilings, a full bathroom and kitchen area, and sits above a 2-car garage.

So, interested?

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