Jawdropper of the Week: A Hilltop Retreat in Copesville

895 Copes Ln., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via RE/MAX Town & Country

895 Copes Ln., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via RE/MAX Town & Country

Have you ever imagined driving through the Adirondack Mountains on a gorgeous fall day? The crisp autumn air that blows your hair back while the smell of leaves and late fall fires envelop your senses. Yellow, orange and red leaves are cast up in the air as you drive on, and the fall scenery has you thinking you’ve landed on a movie set. Finally, you arrive at your destination: an astoundingly stunning Adirondack Shingle Style home perched on a hilltop just outside the country crossroads of Copesville, a few miles west of West Chester.

Inspired by memories of their Adirondack vacations, the owners of this home commissioned Archer and Buchanan Architects to recreate the experience where they lived, thus producing a truly exceptional home with elements you can’t find anywhere else. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: History Inside and Out in Chester County

1573 Camp Linden Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1573 Camp Linden Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Living at Brandybend Farm makes you a link in the great chain of history. Brandybend is located next to Trimble’s Ford, the famous crossing used by General Cornwallis during the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. In that fight, Cornwallis’ British troops defeated the Americans, who were forced to retreat to Philadelphia. However, as we know, America ultimately won the war for its independence, and this house is proof of how our country still stands tall after all these years.

Settled on top of a hill, overlooking the rolling green fields of quintessential Chester County, this 1780 farmhouse sits on 12 stunning acres, with frontage along the Brandywine Creek. This property, which has hosted visitors several times on Chester County Day, is special in that it offers not one but two different living spaces; the main house and the historic Bank Barn. Located just 10 minutes from West Chester, as well as a short drive to SEPTA Regional Rail stations and the Route 1 and Route 202 corridors, Brandybend Farm is one of the finest examples of exquisite country living in Radnor Hunt country. Read more »

Liquor Changes Mean Opportunity for PA Wine, Spirit and Beer Producers

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New law allows brewpubs to sell PA wine and spirits.

Yesterday, Monday, August 8th was the day Pennsylvania received its runner-up prize to actual liquor privatization with Act 39 passing into law. The main point that has been covered so far is that supermarkets can now sell wine. But that’s only a kind of can, as the separate entrance, separate cafe area requirements that were required to sell beer are in place for wine as well.

Another touted win for consumers is the ability to have wine shipped directly to your home from out of state producers. That brings Pennsylvania into compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from a decade ago.

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That House Out There: Tinkering with History in Westtown

1534 Woodland Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1534 Woodland Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19382 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

You know how there are those who just can’t resist tinkering with things — assembling them, disassembling them, rearranging them, adding and subtracting from them?

The Westtown farmhouse you see here has an owner who was into that sort of thing, and the house was the object of all the tinkering.

Now the widow of that owner is ready to downsize her life, and your reward is a house that you can retool into the home of your own dreams. Read more »

Levante Brewing Company Elevates the Craft Experience With Beer and Dogs

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The tasting room at Levante Brewing in West Chester.

Dogs and beer have one trait in common—they just make life better. So when I heard that Levante Brewing Company allows dogs in their taproom, I had to go. It isn’t often that I can put my dog, Wyoming, on her leash and head out to get beers with my friends, so to say I was excited is an understatement.

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Farmhouse Friday: West Chester Barn Converted Into Magnificent Residence

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t mean to play favorites here, but if we just had to choose a home on the Wyllpen Farm residential development to stand above the rest, it would definitely be this one. See, unlike its “newly” constructed neighbors, which were built between 1986 and 2000, this unique residence is a 175-year-old converted barn home outfitted with modern upgrades and balanced with original details.

Just looking at the photos gives you a sense of its original function, with hand-hewn beams and hayloft ladders all still present, as are the built-in bookshelves and beehive pillars. As mentioned earlier, though, it’s also been updated, these changes including remodeled upstairs bathrooms, butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine fridge, and an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite tops. Outside, all the outdoor lighting and landscaping got a redesign in 2011.

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Farmhouse Friday: Pastoral West Chester Gem Listed for $2.75 Million

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

It’s been in the hands of one family for close to a century, but now’s your chance to make it yours: Deborah’s Rock Farm in West Chester is on the market. Listed last month for a cool $2.75 million, the historic 88-acre estate claims a 9,000-square-foot stone manor home that’s been beautifully preserved and maintained, original bank barn, and tenant house. To boot, it’s got frontage on the Brandywine River and views of the Natural Lands Trust Stroud Preserve.

Like several of our farmhouse selections, Deborah’s Rock claims distinct architectural details that amplify its rustic appeal: brick-floored entrance hall, seven fireplaces, wood-burning stove, beehive oven, and a stone ha-ha wall. The country kitchen, which overlooks the gardens and Preserve, is centrally located at the core of the manor, making it easy to move between the formal dining room and family room.

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More Summer Lobster Dinners

Vickers Restaurant Lobster SummerYes, we’ve told you about lobster dinners in Center City, Manayunk and the suburbs, but it’s summer, and people get excited about lobster in the summer so we’ll keep it coming.

Suburbia, we’ve got a live one for you. Literally.

Join Vickers Restaurant, at 192 E. Welsh Pool Road in West Chester, for Summer Lobster Fridays. They’re serving up live Maine lobsters with corn on the cob, potatoes, freshly baked bread and house whipped butter for $35. Crack open these one-and-a-half pound lobsters or have the chef crack them for you.

This event runs Fridays only and reservations should be made at least a day in advance. You can request to sit in the dining room or on the outside patio.

Call the restaurant at 610-363-7998 to reserve.

Another lobster dinner after the jump

Farmhouse Friday: Clocktower Farm Is Back On the Market!

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

Similarly to the Spruce Street home we wrote about yesterday, we covered this farmhouse property when it was first listed in April for $1,995,000. After being delisted in January, the home has reappeared on the market, this time for $1,499,000. Will it get any takers this time around? We should note Clocktower Farm is highly esteemed, as one user made clear in a comment left on our previous post:

The Clock Tower property and home is absolutely amazing. I have been fortunate to visit many times to swim in the salted pool and attend a very fun Halloween Party. The restoration looks fabulous. The Clock Tower is very cool to climb to the top and see all of Apple Brook Country Club. This beautiful Historic home is a must see property.

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Cheesesteak and Roast Beef Sandwich Expansion Report

Bread: Amoroso's kaiser roll.  Innards: Tender and flavorful roast beef from the flat and round parts of the steer.  Sandwich secret: Order an "overpoured combo with outs," which means extra gravy, cheese, and the crispies – crunchy burnt bits on the outside of the roast.  Nick's Roast Beef, 2149 South 20th Street, 215-463-4114

Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef

A sandwich may be a humble thing, but these three sandwich shops are really going places. Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef (locations in Springfield and South Philadelphia) is opening in West Chester, Tony Luke’s is expanding into Manayunk, and Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop is looking at a March opening for its Fishtown location.

According to West Chester Dish, Nick’s Roast Beef is slated to open on Monday, Februaary 23rd. The new location will be at 1215 West Chester Pike.

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