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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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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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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Earlier 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 »
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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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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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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