This beautiful stone farmhouse, built between the 1760s and the 1780s, is an exquisitely renovated residence that retains much of its historic character. The wide-plank floors are original, as is much of the woodwork that surrounds the windows and doors. Even details that have been added more recently–such as a beamed ceiling–pay tribute to the home’s period origins.
SPOTLIGHT 3: Chester County Farmhouse
If the summer has you daydreaming of country living, picture yourself moving to Ashbridge Farm, a Chester County farm with original stone farmhouse, guest cottage, caretaker’s house and barn residence. The original home was expanded in 1931 by architect Brognard Okie, and his work remains well-preserved. The farm also features detached garage, tennis courts and pool, and is adjacent to the 55-acre Ashbridge Preserve.
1785 E. Strasburg Rd., West Chester
4,461 sq. ft.
Chef John Brandt-Lee has just launched new summer menus at both of his restaurants – Avalon Restaurant in West Chester and Avalon Bistro in Downingtown. The menu at Avalon Bistro now features a sandwich section and an express dinner for two that includes five shared small plates for $39.
Here are links to the new menus:
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: West Chester Home for Sale
If you’re looking for a place where you can relax, check out this beautiful West Chester home for sale. The home will certainly make a good first impression with guests: it has a courtyard entry with separate carriage-style garage, and a grand foyer with a dramatic staircase. The kitchen has all of the modern fixings, along with a breakfast room. There’s also plenty of space for entertaining, including a lower level built for fun, wet bar, craft room, fully equipped gym and sauna. The lower level opens to a flagstone terrace with grill, pool and spa and a lovely pool house.
1665 E. Boot Road, West Chester
9,665 sq. ft.
Avalon in West Chester is kicking off spring with a brand new menu–and a new warm-weather courtyard in which to try it.
Chef John Brandt-Lee has officially launched his new spring menu, which features the rustic Italian cuisine that Avalon’s customers have come to expect. Highlights of the new board include: Spinach ricotta cavatelli with escargot, caramelized onions, hazelnuts, shaved gruyere and brown butter; fazzoletti in a pig cheek and mushroom ragu, and pan roasted rainbow trout with crab and mushroom panzanella and salsa verde.
The rest of the menu can be found here.
As for the new courtyard, it’s a bi-level, covered patio with a fountain and, this year, wildflowers planted in all the beds.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Historic West Chester Estate
Own a piece of history—and drama—at Clocktower Farm, a six-plus acre property in West Chester. The estate actually features a restored clocktower, built at the end of the 19th-century by Sydney Logan, a descendant of James Logan (of Logan Square fame). Logan, was apparently a bit of a dilatant, desperate to be recognized as a romantic poet, and while he never achieved success as a literary artist, he did succeed in designing a fantastic manor home, including the five-story stone clocktower with a terra cotta roof. Inside you’ll find 10-foot ceilings, fireplaces with artistically crafted mantelpieces, and high-quality millwork throughout. The grounds feature a fenced salt swimming pool, barn with stalls and separate shop structure.
1676-80 E Boot Rd, West Chester
According to the Philly Post, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a health study with some good news for West Chester students: Chester County PA is, overall, the healthiest county out of Pennsylvania’s 67. Fortunately, the area is lousy with great real estate, like this beautiful stone farmhouse in East Bradford.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: SUBURB
Triple Creek Farm is a charming 18th-century, 84-acre country estate for sale in West Chester. The classic stone colonial includes original period millwork and hardware, five fireplaces, deep window sills and a lovely country kitchen. The grounds feature heritage trees, specimen plantings and perennial gardens, as well as a pool with pool house, outdoor kitchen and protected views of pond and pastures. To boot, the property comes with a bank barn and ride riding, perfect for folks interested in horses.
106 Bellefair Ln., West Chester
Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half
Triple Creek Farm in West Chester is a stunning estate. The 18th-century 8-bedroom stone colonial is surrounded by 10 acres of ponds, perennial gardens and specimen plantings; an outdoor seating area by the house shelters visitors with heritage trees. Also outdoors there’s a pool, kitchen with a big grill and pastures and a riding ring for the horses. Along the side of the house, there’s a small green house with a stone wall. Inside, many rooms hew to the country past, with period mill work, hardwood flooring, wooden roof beams and a tile and copper kitchen. Some rooms have been renovated and upgraded, with new ceiling beams or antique wallpaper to mitigate a too-new look. Sometimes it works and sometimes it just looks a little tacky. The dressing room is one space that’s entirely contemporary, while another room has a strange mural on the wall with a buffalo and a hopping frog. In addition to the main house, there’s also a bank barn. In all, Triple Creek has a current asking price of $2.45 million.
But wait. There’s another option. In addition to the above property, there’s also the contiguous 1420 Oakland Road property, which is also for sale. The house on that land is not attractive: It was built 20 years ago, and it looks it. But it does come with 74 acres right along Triple Creek Farm. That means if the Triple Creek buyer also bought the unappealing home at 1420 Oakland Road and its very appealing 74 acres, they’d wind up with an 84 acre estate unlike any other in the area. And surely there’s something that can be done with that house. Stick a jobless millennial or two in there, or a senior citizen after all the money runs dry. The catch? That latter property will cost $6.29 million.
The Triple Creek Property is listed four times on the MLS right now–twice at $2.45 million and twice at $8.35 million. That suggests (rather confusingly) that there might be a package discount if the properties are bought together.
• More info: 106 Bellefair Lane, West Chester, PA
We often think of our homes as personal museums where we can showcase paintings, photos and various objet d’art. But this property actually looks like a museum. Set on 21 acres in the Brandywine countryside, it affords 180-degree views thanks to a three-story Super Sky System commercial aluminum and glass curved wall. (Look familiar? You’ve probably seen it at the Kimmel Center.) As expected, this modern abode boasts plenty of bells and whistles—top-of-the-line fixtures, appliances and materials, 4-story elevator, radiant-heated floors, 8-car garage, and much more.
1245 S. Creek Road, West Chester
Bath: 7 full, 2 half
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