A Natural Wonder in West Chester

Exterior: In a play on a classic barn aesthetic, the exterior is made of durable materials that require minimal upkeep; the red portions are painted corrugated metal, and the wood is untreated cypress, a naturally insect-repellent timber. The plantings are by Wayne-based landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, whose work includes the Meadows at Longwood Gardens and the Elevated Walk at Chanticleer. Photography by Jeffrey Totaro

When architect Matthew Moger signed on for this countryside project in West Chester, the homeowners asked him to think outside the box. “The site needed to speak for itself,” says Moger, principal at Villanova’s Moger Mehrhof Architects. “I needed to listen.” Read more »

Barry Baker, Who Sucker-Punched Disabled Man, Claims He Was Attacked in Prison

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Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s office

Barry Baker, who was arrested after he was caught on camera sucker-punching a disabled man in West Chester in May, claims he was attacked by a corrections officer at the Chester County Prison.

West Chester’s Daily Local News reports that Baker, a 29-year-old former Coatesville resident, hand-wrote the newspaper a letter in which he identified himself as “the person whom you guys love writing about.”

In the August 2nd letter, Baker reportedly claimed that one correction official stood guard while another assaulted him, resulting in injuries including a separated shoulder, a concussion and a seizure.

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office told the Daily Local News that the allegations are being investigated by the prison.

Baker’s lawyer, Thomas Purl III of Downingtown, said he was aware of the letter but declined to comment over the phone.

Baker was charged with simple assault after the May 10th incident, in which he punched a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy outside a 7-Eleven. The Chester County DA’s Office released video of the punch, which will viral.

Baker posted bail almost immediately after his first arrest, then he disappeared when police issued two additional arrest warrants for parole and probation violations. After a two-week manhunt, U.S. Marshals apprehended him in a hotel in Exton in early June. He was charged with fleeing police.

Baker’s hearing is scheduled for August 29th in Uwchlan District Court.

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What $500K Will Buy You in West Chester

10 Reservoir Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Home to West Chester University and QVC, the Chester County seat of West Chester has a thriving local economy. College students and year-round residents alike flood the overwhelmingly walkable streets in town, lined with uniquely local shops and small businesses. You can relax at restaurants, browse through antique shops or stop by the West Chester Growers’ Market; there is something for just about everyone. The charming character, stellar school system and easy accessibility to the center of town makes this suburb a great destination for people of all ages — especially those looking to settle down and start a family.

With a median home value of $380,900 and the median listing price falling at $449,000, a $500K budget will get you everything you need. Take a peek at our three picks for a taste of Chester County charm. Read more »

Loser Who Sucker-Punched Disabled Man Caught by U.S. Marshals

Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s office

Posting bail was the first thing that the coward known as Barry Baker did following his arrest last month on charges that he sucker-punched a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy outside of a 7-Eleven in West Chester.

The second move that the former Coatesville man made was to go underground, where he remained as a fugitive from justice until U.S. Marshals picked him up early Monday morning in connection with several outstanding arrest warrants. Read more »

VIDEO: Coatesville Loser Sucker-Punches Man With Cerebral Palsy

Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office

It’s only Monday, but we already have our worst person of the week solidified for the Philadelphia area: Coatesville’s Barry Baker.

Baker is that type of guy who desperately wants you to think that he’s tough despite him having the yellowest of bellies. The gutless 29-year-old is so hung up on appearances that he would freely mock a stranger’s disability… and do much worse according to authorities. Read more »

A Storybook Cottage in West Chester for $575K

533 N. High St., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via Zillow

533 N. High St., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND images via Zillow

As readers of our “10 Hottest Suburban Towns” roundup know, West Chester is a happening place that’s filled with character. People have fallen in love with its history, walkability and wealth of things to do in the heart of town.

If you’re attracted to this hip-yet-relaxed Chester County seat, we have a home that you’re sure to fall in love with too — and it’s just steps away from the heart of the borough.

When we first saw this beautifully maintained home, we thought we were seeing a cross between Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread cottage and the Little Red Schoolhouse. But this home isn’t a fairy tale. It’s very much real and outfitted for modern living, with plenty of room for both the active lifestyle and quiet relaxation. Read more »

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 »

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