Jaw Dropper of the Week: The Magical Maison du Riviera in New Hope

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Back in November, we brought you the exclusive sneak peek listing of this stunning $3.99M-rated riverfront estate in New Hope. Believe it or not, that price was a steal. Officially dubbed Maison de Riviera, the mansion on the river is now listed at $4.195M. Let’s get into some of the details, shall we?

Enter the property through either mahogany security gate and you’re instantly impressed by the landscaping and hardscaping that surround the home. Head around back to the bluestone patio and you’ll be taken aback by the uninterrupted views of the Delaware River–they don’t get much better. Well, they do when you’re throwing a party on that very patio with an outdoor grill and kitchen while hanging by the stone fireplace. Or do it one better by dippin’ your toes into the waters–after all, the house has stairs that lead straight to the banks of the Delaware, and a retaining wall that’s above the floodplain to protect you from it.

While most of us could happily live on the luxurious confines of its outdoor space (we’d love that kitchen inside our home), it’s quite possible that the inside is even better. After all, beauty is on the inside.

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Where Are They Now?: Lovely Longwood Estate in New Hope

All TREND photos via Lisa James Otto Country Properties.

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked up on Bucks County’s Longwood Estate, a splendiferously decorated Georgian manor that swept us away a little over a year ago with its delightfully verdant grounds and attractive interior. So what is its status now?

Glad you asked! Somewhere between late 2013 and now, the home has gotten a $200,000 price cut, bringing it to $2.95 million. The circa-1765 property includes guest house, pool house, barn, and springhouse, and is in possession of a tree-lined driveway with a gated entrance.

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Exclusive Preview: $3.99M New Hope Residence with Riverfront Views

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What’s better than finding a gorgeous Bucks County home on the market? One that no one knows about just yet..except you! This New Hope property will be up really soon, but we’ll give you a sneak peek before it’s listed on every real estate site in town:

The home, which is situated alongside the Delaware, has a concrete river wall with steps leading down to the water. Of course, if you’d rather stay dry, there are two decks and a covered summer kitchen with fireplace out back.

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Highest Bidder in No-Reserve Auction Gets Crosscreek Farm

6536 Meetinghouse Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

6536 Meetinghouse Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

Unlike reserve auctions where sellers reserve the right to refuse a lousy winning bid, no-reserve auctions give the item in question to the highest bigger whether the seller is happy with the price or not. Thus, in the off chance that few people go to this auction (and start off with a very low bid), someone could get Cross Creek Farm for a bargain.

And what a bargain it would be! The New Hope estate is a smart home (iPad and Sonos controls, among other amenities) situated on 93 acres and is set far off the road. A private driveway, which will probably make you feel like you’re in a car commercial if this promotional video for the property is any indication, leads to the house.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Mid-Century Modern Sale

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I feel for Joe Ujj, the person who’s having a mid-century modern furniture/art/lighting/accessories sale this weekend in New Hope. I don’t know him, but he posted the info online, and wrote, along with his description of the items, “Not everything is pictured yet, this got kind of overwhelming.” Oh, man.

Well, we’re about to make it more so by suggesting readers go. Here’s what’s up. It’s a two-day sale with, Ujj writes, “mostly 60’s, 70’s and 80’s modernist pieces. Some real designer stuff, some ‘style of’ and some just fun decorative pieces. I love to buy stuff, but I have to sell stuff so I can buy more stuff.”

He notes that “artisan Yvette Prazsak from Princeton, NJ will also be selling her incredible, handmade jewelry, glass pieces, artwork, etc.”

WHAT: Vintage MCM sale
WHEN: Saturday Sep 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday Sep 28, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: 6220 Lower York Rd., New Hope, PA 18938
WHY: Look at these photos

12 Things to Do Outside the City This Fall

Shady Brook Farm 03_photo by Anthony Sinagoga Photography

Pumpkin-centric shenanigans abound September 27th to October 31st at Shadybrook Farm.

Ditch the concrete jungle for autumnal splendor at the many fall festivals located just outside the city proper. From boozy to spooky to totally kid-friendly, there’s an event for every interest and locale.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
September 13th to November 9th
Pay as you go
Pumpkin- and apple-picking, cornfield mazes, hay rides, and children’s activities at Linvilla Orchards in Delaware Valley. The Apple Festival, September 27th and 28th, features a pie-eating contest, and there’s the annual Costume Parade on October 26th so you can try out your costume before Halloween.
For more information, visit Linvilla.com

Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival
September 27th and 28th, and October 4th and 5th
$15 for a Passport to all six wineries
The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail wineries celebrate the fall harvest with two weekends of live music, picnicking, wine tastings and tours. All wineries will offer Stomp for the Cure Oct. 4, a grape-stomping fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information, visit BVWineTrail.com

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Restored Barn Makes the Switch to Beautiful Loft Home

1645 Aquetong Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

1645 Aquetong Rd, New Hope, PA, 18938

There are multiple spaces suited to showcasing artwork throughout this New Hope home, but none more so than the blank expanses in the artist’s studio. Other bonus areas include the media room with a 10-foot screen, guest suite, and a third floor loft with a sitting area.

The residence, which was once a barn built in 1814, now enjoys life as a six-bedroom property with a slew of attractive appointments: central floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace (which can be seen from most of the rooms), exposed wooden and steel beams, pine floors, high ceilings, and track lighting. There’s also a wet bar.

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New Hope’s $1.5 Million Painted Lady

It’s rare to find a painted lady so far afield from the usual local spots like Cape May and Lansdowne. Rarer still to find one sitting solitarily on such an enormous plot of land. And this one doesn’t disappoint: the interior is exactly as festooned as the exterior.

The home is situated on five acres of land and is accessed via a long, tree-lined drive. The curb appeal (in this case the tree-lined drive appeal) is instantly apparent to fans of Victorian architecture. Details are reproductions but they include lots of gingerbread embellishments, wrap-around porches, turrets and dormers. Inside, there are leaded glass transoms and millwork galore. For real Victorian fans, there is also a series of ornate wallpaper selections and plenty of brocade. Upstairs rooms are somewhat less bed-and-breakfasty. Bedrooms are large and feature views of the pristine landscaping.

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A Swoon-Worthy Garden and Patio in New Hope

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

At first, Sally Weisman did not want to move. She’d been living in Princeton, New Jersey for 13 years in a beautiful home. She was reluctant to downsize because she loves to have friends and family over. But she was ready for a smaller space. She considered going back to New York. Then she found a townhouse in New Hope. The clincher was the available lot next door.

Her interior designer, Helen Walton, first suggested that Weisman buy the available lot. When her builder agreed that it was a great idea, things started to take shape. Weisman moved in November and the garden was finished last month.

“I really couldn’t live without a garden or some outside space,” Weisman said.

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