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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Belgian Beer Festival at Iron Hill

photo_ironhillIf you’re going to lock yourself inside tomorrow to hide from the snow, you might as well lock yourself inside of a brewery. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester is holding their annual Belgium Comes to West Chester festival on Saturday, January 24.

The pay-as-you-go event will feature Belgian-style beers starting at 1 pm. Many of the brewers of the over 25 featured beers will be there. Eight-beer samplers will be available to guests as well as a la carte beer, Belgian-inspired snacks and t-shirts.

Participating Breweries include Turkey Hill, Weyerbacher, Allagash, Flying Fish and Troegs.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – West Chester [Official]

New Listing: Lovely West Chester Residence Built Around a Well House

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

3 Huntrise Ln, West Chester, PA, 19382

Back in the days when wells were a crucial feature on a property, well houses served as protective structures housing the water source. (Note: Well houses differ from and predate pumping houses.) This Chester County home happens to be built around one.

Perhaps as a result of this unique foundation, other special features have made their way into the custom-designed house among them rounded walls, a bathroom with window seat, and 20-plus-foot ceilings (some of which have exposed wood beams). Flooring consists of brick, ceramic tile, and wide-plank wood. The house also has a workshop area and a back deck overlooks two ponds, one of which is on the property.

Gallery bellow.

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Classic Diner Opening Location in West Chester

Yesterday the Classic Diner tweeted out the following tease:

Yes, the Malvern-based diner is opening a second location in West Chester. But where?

UPDATE: The Classic Diner will be coming to 16 East Gay Street in West Chester, the former home of Jack’s Steaks and Shakes, right next to Side Bar & Restaurant. Luckily for the Classic Diner people, the building is in good shape and they’re expecting to  open in November.

Classic Diner [Official]

 

West Chester Home Has Family Room Loft and Exposed Stonework

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An iron fence surrounds this sizable home pre-dating the 1800s where inside the main floor is comprised of a stone-tiled foyer, a kitchen and breakfast room, living room with hardwood flooring and 19th-century fireplace, and a two-story family room with brick wood-burning stove and exposed beams and stonework.

Other rooms on this floor include the crown-molded formal dining room, office, and a full bathroom with brick floor. The master suite and other bedrooms are all upstairs, and can be reached via the family room loft. One of the bedrooms seems to be a kind of second master bedroom as it has access to an outdoor balcony, sitting room, and two full baths.

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Clocktower Farm Is Now On the Market

The first clock tower ever to exist was purportedly built in China circa 1094. Supposedly, a Buddhist monk spent six years working on it and used water power to keep it running. The story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending (read it here), but a little background on the structure could enhance appreciation for Clocktower Farm.

Listed just three days ago, Clocktower Farm is an Colonial manor situated on less than eight acres of private land. In addition to the premises including a barn, riding paddock, workshop, and pool, the aptly named property also has a five-story clock tower.
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