Bucks County Principal Sleeps on School Roof for Good Cause

Principal Tim Long (Image courtesy of Long) | Newtown Middle School (Photo courtesy of Council Rock S.D.)

Bucks County principal Tim Long spent a night out on his school’s roof this week, making good on a pledge to do so if the Newtown Middle School community was able to raise $8,000 for a Houston school impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“Visualize someone going camping … with a tent and [a] circle of chairs,” Long said with a laugh while describing his rudimentary rooftop setup to Philly Mag. With temperatures dipping to the low 50s Tuesday night, Long came prepared by wearing a heavy camouflage coat and Eagles knit hat. “It wasn’t so bad,” he said on Wednesday morning. “The coldest part was early in the morning right before the kids started to arrive.” Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Party Palace in Newtown for $7.9M

Undisclosed address, Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate

New Hope is legendary for its parties, and we’re not talking the nonstop party that is Main Street. The people who live in the lovely homes in and around the town keep things hopping with house parties throughout the year.

We’ve been to our share of these, but New Hope’s got nothing on this spectacular estate in Newtown that’s built for entertaining.

Your guests will go gaga the moment they walk through the front door of this huge (14,000 square feet) mansion and encounter the magnificent two-story foyer, and they’ll be just as wowed by the two-story-high living room with its gas fireplace and wall of glass. Read more »

Deeper Into Bucks for a Century 21 Franchise

CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold Yardley office | Image courtesy of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold

CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold Yardley office | Image courtesy of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold

When opportunity knocks, you answer the door.

This seems to be the motto for the team at Northeast Philly-based Century 21 Advantage Gold, the number one Century 21 franchise in Pennsylvania, which expanded its presence to Yardley this April after acquiring a former RE/MAX Advantage office. The acquisition gives the company its tenth location in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and its third in Bucks County.

Century 21 Advantage Gold CEO Bill Lublin believes that in the digital age, consumers still like to see a company’s physical presence in an area. Accordingly, this acquisition will allow him and his team to dive deeper into Bucks County and connect with more clients.

“The Yardley-Newtown area is a very busy marketplace,” Lublin says. “[The acquisition] makes it very easy for us to service Central and Upper Bucks because we’re much closer.” Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: 300 Years of Charm in Wrightstown, $1.35M

105 Whisper Wood Ct., Wrightstown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

105 Whisper Wood Ct., Wrightstown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Back when the British still ran the show here, most of the area beyond Philadephia (and by “Philadelphia” we mean what we now call “Center City”) consisted of working farms. As the city grew and expanded, just about all of these farms disappeared. A good number of them left their houses behind as a physical tribute to their past. In the city and the closer-in suburbs, just about all of these now exist on much smaller lots, but in places like Bucks County, you can still find many that retain a great deal of their farm character while functioning more like country estates.

Fire Creek Farm in Wrightstown is one of those latter places. Dating to the 1700s, this originally modest farmhouse has been expanded and updated over the years to turn it into the stellar collection of buildings you find there today.

The main home itself retains all of its Colonial-era charm while boasting modern conveniences where they count. Its five working fireplaces include the home’s original hearth fireplace in the living room, a direct link to the way farmers lived in Colonial times; all of the original kitchen features have been preserved. Beamed ceilings and rich wood paneling reinforce the rustic Colonial character of the original home’s rooms. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Farm That Looks Like Two Million in Bucks

359 Pineville Rd., Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

359 Pineville Rd., Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

You know the old saying, “a penny for your thoughts,” that’s used to ask someone what exactly they’re thinking about? Well, we don’t need to ask you what you’re thinking as you look at these pictures because we think we already know: You’re in love. With Penny Pot Farm, that is.

Located in Upper Makefield Township, this 25.7-acre farm and abode is settled in the dreamy countryside of Bucks County, with lush green views surrounding you. But perhaps what makes this property so characteristically lovable is the history it holds. Built in two parts in 1807 and 1833, the historic Wiggins double bank barn provides full stable facilities for seven as well as a workshop, allowing those with a horse-loving spirit to cultivate their passion on this large property. Read more »

Donald Trump’s Biggest Fans at Bucks Rally Were Teens

Teens at Trump rally

Donald Trump’s rally on Friday night in Newtown was full of teenagers.

I’m standing on the road outside the Newtown Athletic Club, trying to explain to these teenagers how Donald Trump was the featured attraction at WrestleMania 23.

This is not what I expected to be doing when I went to cover a Trump rally last Friday night in Bucks County, but such is the nature of journalism: You go where the job takes you. And Trump’s rally on Friday night in Newtown had an interesting crowd. Read more »

That House Out There: Party Like It’s 1969 in Bucks


203 Log Pond Lane, Newtown, Pa. 18940 | Images from Jay Spaziano, Addison Wolfe Real Estate

Longed for your own mountainside retreat? Well, this sprawling, low-slung two-story midcentury contemporary home in Newtown’s Timber Ridge development is built into the side of only a modest hill, but the lush forested landscape surrounding it might make you feel like you’ve headed for the mountains.

That feeling is enhanced by its architecture; while this home was built in 1980, it would look right at home in Aspen circa 1970. Vaulted ceilings with dark wood beams abound on this home’s main floor, where earth tones dominate the decor and contemporary trim is spiced with Spanish-inspired accents such as doors and lighting. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Newtown Residence Features Bowling Alley, Karaoke Stage

Photo credit: Natalie Fleischacker

Situated on 10 acres in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County is a home newly listed on the market for $7.9 million. Yes, seven point nine million.

What warrants the home worthy of such a pretty penny? For one, the massive residence (it’s a smidge under 10,000 square feet) was custom built by Mack & Roedel and has an outdoor entertaining area consisting of three separate patios, fire pit, and a swimming pool with pool house. There are gorgeous views to be had of the property from inside the abode, which counts among its interior features a floating staircase, marble floors, and a gourmet designer kitchen.

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Headlines: Newtown’s Steeple View Lands Banana Republic Prior to Groundbreaking

Phase one will wrap the Sedia House at South State and Penn streets | via Google Street View

Phase one will wrap the Sedia House at South State and Penn streets | via Google Street View

It looks like a big time development project is about to get to get started in earnest on South State Street in Newtown. Jeff Werner of The Advance in Bucks County reports that developer Allan Smith has officially locked up the first tenant in his multi-phase Steeple View project, and it’s a biggie.

Banana Republic has signed on to take 7,000-square-feet (of 13,000-square-feet) in a new “multi-story” building at South State and Penn streets. It’s part of phase one of the project, which also includes 13 condos above the street level retail. Smith tells The Advance he can now look to secure financing for the new structure and expects that process to take “about 30 days.”  After securing the necessary financing, Smith anticipates it will take the builder “30 to 60 days to ramp up.”

The project goes well beyond the new mixed-use building, as Smith looks to develop a 9-acre patch of land adjacent to phase one:

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“Suspicious” Man Taking Photos Near Bus Stops Was Property Inspector

newtown-police-400x400Earlier this week, the Newtown Township Police Department in Bucks County issued a suspicious person warning.

“Early this morning Newtown Township Police received two reports about a suspicious vehicle with the male driver taking pictures at bus stops,” the police reported on Tuesday.

The police began investigating. Fox 29 reported on it last night four minutes into the 5 p.m. news broadcast. (Yes, this means there were more people filming near bus stops.) The news reported a fourth-grader said he’d seen this man before, and he occasionally smokes a pipe.

There was good reason the fourth-grader had seen this man before: He’s a property inspector who is in Newtown twice a month. Read more »

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