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 »

Mega Modern, Practically Bauhaus in Upper Makefield

TREND photo provided by Coldwell Banker.

TREND photo provided by Coldwell Banker.

You could be forgiven for assuming this stark white manse – situated on 11 acres – was anything but a private home in Upper Makefield. A very serious exterior could make it an office or a lab or a fancy showroom. But upon closer inspection, the doors are welcoming and the showroom-style windows are an asset to a home without any real neighbors to speak of.

Inside, the five-bedroom home totals more than 5,600 square feet in a very open plan. The great room boasts ceilings soaring 32 feet high as well as plenty of windows. The home, built in 1984 and renovated in 2002, shows upgrades in the kitchen including a commercial-grade Randall refrigerator. A free-form spiral staircase created in a double-helix shape leads to the second floor, where the master suite boasts an enormous walk-in closet. Other bedrooms upstairs offer a little bit more color. The basement features an entertainment area and a separate playroom and gym.

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Huge Newtown Home Indulges Mild Obsession With Ceiling Beams

Front view of 55 Maher Lane, Newtown, PA

Front view of 55 Maher Lane, Newtown, PA

This European country manor-style home is lovely on the outside, even verging on cute. Look at the pretty little fountain in the courtyard! And the small topiary!

Inside, the elegant living room (with yellow walls, by the way) has a chandelier hanging from very high ceilings. Back at ground level, a marble-surrounded fireplace with a fine mantle piece sits adjacent to light-generous windows and French doors leading to a private terrace.

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Anthropologie Slotted As Anchor Tenant for Newtown Development

newtown promenade rendering

Early rendering of the Newtown Promenade development.

Over at our sister site, Shoppist, the news is good for Bucks County Anthro fans: The Promenade development in Newtown Township — which is planned as several retail stores and 26 luxury apartments — has reached “an agreement in principle” with Anthropologie, owned by Urban Outfitters Inc., to be its anchor tenant. The reason the language is tentative right now is because Promenade developers have yet to secure funding for the project, which can’t happen until problems with the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority are resolved.

But Urban Chief Development Officer Dave Ziel is clearly optimistic about the development’s future — and he is not a guy who speaks off the cuff. “Anthropologie is incorporating the final deal points and we are hopeful of completing the transaction is the very near future,” he told the Bucks County Courier Times. (This isn’t the Promenade’s first dance with Anthropologie, which was slated to be a tenant before and then pulled out.)

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Zoë’s Opens Four More Suburban Philadelphia Locations

zoes kitchenZoë’s Kitchen — the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant where most of the food is grilled — already had three local spots (Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown) when it opened yet another outpost in the Greater Philadelphia market in May of this year in Bryn Mawr. That must have worked out because there are now four more to come: Malvern, Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and Wayne. It seems people like grilled food — especially when someone else is manning the grill.

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Zoe’s Expanding into Philly Area


Zoës Kitchen, a fast-casual Mediterranean chain, is opening up stores all over the Philadelphia area. The chain has already opened its doors in Newtown, Collegeville, and Marlton. On Thursday, May 23, Zoës will open another store, right on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, next door to the recently opened Pinkberry and Cosi . Zoës’ menu includes soups, salads, tons of sandwiches, plus a few simple Mediterranean dishes. Zoës offers a catering menu and a gluten-free menu in addition to its  everyday menu. The locations in the area are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.

You can view the menu for the Bryn Mawr location here.

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