Deeper Into Bucks for a Century 21 Franchise

CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold Yardley office | Image courtesy of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold

CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold Yardley office | Image courtesy of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold

When opportunity knocks, you answer the door.

This seems to be the motto for the team at Northeast Philly-based Century 21 Advantage Gold, the number one Century 21 franchise in Pennsylvania, which expanded its presence to Yardley this April after acquiring a former RE/MAX Advantage office. The acquisition gives the company its tenth location in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and its third in Bucks County.

Century 21 Advantage Gold CEO Bill Lublin believes that in the digital age, consumers still like to see a company’s physical presence in an area. Accordingly, this acquisition will allow him and his team to dive deeper into Bucks County and connect with more clients.

“The Yardley-Newtown area is a very busy marketplace,” Lublin says. “[The acquisition] makes it very easy for us to service Central and Upper Bucks because we’re much closer.” Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Acres of Cool Near Yardley for $950K

1440 Pheasant Run Circle, Yardley, Pa. 19067 | TREND images via Long & Foster

1440 Pheasant Run Circle, Yardley, Pa. 19067 | TREND images via Long & Foster

Situated in the northern part of Philadelphia’s beautiful countryside is Lower Makefield Borough, Bucks County, near the historic and scenic borough of Yardley.

Which brings us to this week’s jawdropper – this stunning French-inspired home built in 1983 that sits on just over three and a half acres of land.

Enter inside to the dramatic two-story foyer and soak in the views of the admirable central staircase and open dining room. Continue on and you’ll find the futuristic gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a one-of-a-kind island, granite countertops, and plenty of cabinet space. Just off the kitchen is a step-down breakfast room with glass walls overlooking a portion of the home’s gorgeous backyard. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Rustic Colonial Comfort in Yardley

1466 Oxford Valley Rd., Yardley, Pa. 19067 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1466 Oxford Valley Rd., Yardley, Pa. 19067 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

If this home were a person, she’d be that quiet, charming friend with the thousand-year-old soul.

Built in 1720, but with all the carefully-executed upgrades of a modern home, Willow Bend is a home with all the charm you’d hope for in an old farmhouse with none of its antiquated maintenance problems. (The six-zone heating and central air are all up to date and energy efficient.)

Nestled on four acres in Bucks County, this spacious five-bedroom home casts natural light as the star of the show with its 9-foot-high ceilings and large windows boasting of beautiful views all around. The foyer is sandwiched between spacious and separate living and dining rooms in classic center-hall Colonial style. Both the living room and the dining room feature large stone fireplaces with wood-beam mantles as focal points. Read more »

Why I’m Embarrassed (Sort Of) to Live in the Philly Suburbs

Illustration by Nurit Benchetrit

Illustration by Nurit Benchetrit

I lean back in the salon chair, making small talk with Jacques as he squishes shampoo through my hair. We’ve ticked through most of the conversation-starters — kids, pets, work — so I know it’s coming. And of course it does: “So where do you live?” he asks.

I close my eyes, brace myself — because I know exactly how this conversation will pan out — and answer: “Yardley.”

His reply comes rapid-fire, like clockwork: “Really? I thought for sure you lived in the city. You look like a city girl.”

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Spotted in Yardley: Piece of Early Americana Situated on Sylvan Plot

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Let’s give Philadelphia’s amazing trove of historical homes a rest for a second and allow the spotlight to fall elsewhere. We have to remember, after all, Philly may be one of the few U.S. cities able to pride itself on a deep well of early American constructions – and rightly so –, but the outskirts of town deserves some attention in that respect too. Without looking too far, we came upon this Bucks County beauty in Yardley that meets the criteria.

Formerly a 350-acre tobacco farm, the property at 651 River Road now offers more than two acres and has a lawn running to the river. Put on the market for the first time in three decades, the stone residence boasts a living room dating back to 1762 and a kitchen from the Civil War era. Now, it’s got old bones, to be sure (for good measure, the maid’s quarters/office goes back to the 1930’s), but it’s also been updated with new plumbing, air conditioning, and electric in case you were wondering.

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Spotted in Bucks County: Restored Estate Overlooking Delaware Canal

TREND photos via Listhub

TREND photos via Listhub

Not to be outdone by this 200-year-old Gladwyne residence, the Kirkbride Estate in Yardley also boasts a long history: it’s been around since 1790! Today, the home is one of those beautifully updated abodes that have, per the listing, had the fortune of getting their antique appointments restored.

Details include newly refinished wide-plank wood floors, millwork, and a custom gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters and bead-board backsplash. High-end appliances and a center island with a cooktop can also be found here, as well as an eat-in area with French doors opening out to a wrought iron balcony, Outside, stone outbuildings are situated on the property.

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12 Things to Do Outside the City This Fall

Shady Brook Farm 03_photo by Anthony Sinagoga Photography

Pumpkin-centric shenanigans abound September 27th to October 31st at Shadybrook Farm.

Ditch the concrete jungle for autumnal splendor at the many fall festivals located just outside the city proper. From boozy to spooky to totally kid-friendly, there’s an event for every interest and locale.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
September 13th to November 9th
Pay as you go
Pumpkin- and apple-picking, cornfield mazes, hay rides, and children’s activities at Linvilla Orchards in Delaware Valley. The Apple Festival, September 27th and 28th, features a pie-eating contest, and there’s the annual Costume Parade on October 26th so you can try out your costume before Halloween.
For more information, visit Linvilla.com

Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival
September 27th and 28th, and October 4th and 5th
$15 for a Passport to all six wineries
The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail wineries celebrate the fall harvest with two weekends of live music, picnicking, wine tastings and tours. All wineries will offer Stomp for the Cure Oct. 4, a grape-stomping fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information, visit BVWineTrail.com

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: 3 Saturday Picks

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Some of what’s been offered at past Phila Flea Markets sales. Photo via philafleamarkets.org.

1. Phila Flea Market. The latest installment of those amazing Center City vintage markets that go on for blocks and make disinterested pedestrians want to murder you. For Property readers, items of interest might include home accents (pottery, signs, vintage tins and other mantel-lining tchotchkes); furniture; and outdoor home and garden tools. Saturday, 8am-5pm.

2. Ardmore Open House. Put aside any preconceived notions about “the Main Line” and check Ardmore out if you don’t know it already. It’s actually really unpretentious, and this neighborhood fest should be a solid opportunity to get a feel for things. There’ll also be a historic tour of downtown. Easy to get there by train, but there’s free parking too. Saturday11am-4pm.

3. Yardley antiques sale. This listing actually says “garage” sale, but when I think garage sale, I think of a lesser beast than this offering of antiques and collectibles. Included? Working antique mantelpiece clocks, vintage toys and signs, glassware (including Anchor Hocking, for those who like that), and other goodies. Saturday, starts 9am.

Morning Headlines: Bucks County Is in Development Slump

Bucks County Courthouse. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Bucks County Courthouse.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Yesterday’s headline in the Bucks County Courier-Times was not encouraging: “Bucks report shows sluggish development.” James McGinnis’ list of superlatives was no less damning:

Applications for new housing and industry remain at some of the lowest levels recorded in more than a generation.

Proposals for new commercial development are at the lowest levels recorded in 32 years.

The Bucks County Planning Commission estimates builders would “impact” just 368 acres. That’s the lowest amount ever recorded by the county.

There were several communities that had zero development — zilch — including Langhorne, Upper Southampton and Yardley. There is some good news, though.

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Day In The Life: Vault Brewing Co.’s John Cain

Yardley Vault Brewing Co John Cain

Photography by Courtney Apple

Coffee is the most important part of my morning. I roast my own and hand-grind it. The whole process takes about 25 minutes. It’s the least efficient way to get a cup of coffee. Rojo’s Roastery in Lambertville is the only place outside of Philly where you can get a good cup. // I’m normally in the [1] brewery, which is in an old bank, by 9 or 10 a.m. We only schedule our brewing four weeks out, but we always try to have certain styles: [2] a stout or porter, an IPA, an approachable beer like Belgian blond, and a special seasonal beer like a hefeweizen. // I wear [3] &Work Vocation shirts—you can wear them to nice restaurants, or to move 50-pound bags of grain. There’s always a penholder in the most ridiculous places. // [4] Charcoal in Yardley is the best fine dining in Bucks County. They’re always rotating their menu. It’s more like a local diner for breakfast. I love the blueberry-pistachio pancakes. They’re decadent. // [5] James Lasdun’s The Horned Man; I think he’s an exceptionally talented writer. Not for the faint of heart. // John’s Barber Shop in Newtown is the best place to get a haircut in Bucks. It’s old-school, and you can get a beer during your cut. // We have [6] live jazz at the Vault every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. But in the city, Ortlieb’s Lounge is an old and funky jazz spot. // Everything that Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Company puts out is fantastic. Inventive beers in a comfy atmosphere. // Finch’s Beer Co.’s Secret Stache Stout is full-bodied, chocolaty and inky black. A perfect winter beer.

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First appeared in the February, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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