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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If 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.
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.
Yesterday the Classic Diner tweeted out the following tease:
So it's official!!!! Very exciting news… We are opening our 2nd location in the West Chester Borough… Details coming shortly
— The Classic Diner (@TheClassicDiner) October 2, 2014
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.
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