Farmhouse Friday: 300 Years of Charm in Wrightstown, $1.35M
Back when the British still ran the show here, most of the area beyond Philadephia (and by “Philadelphia” we mean what we now call “Center City”) consisted of working farms. As the city grew and expanded, just about all of these farms disappeared. A good number of them left their houses behind as a physical tribute to their past. In the city and the closer-in suburbs, just about all of these now exist on much smaller lots, but in places like Bucks County, you can still find many that retain a great deal of their farm character while functioning more like country estates.
Fire Creek Farm in Wrightstown is one of those latter places. Dating to the 1700s, this originally modest farmhouse has been expanded and updated over the years to turn it into the stellar collection of buildings you find there today.
The main home itself retains all of its Colonial-era charm while boasting modern conveniences where they count. Its five working fireplaces include the home’s original hearth fireplace in the living room, a direct link to the way farmers lived in Colonial times; all of the original kitchen features have been preserved. Beamed ceilings and rich wood paneling reinforce the rustic Colonial character of the original home’s rooms.
The kitchen also hews to that style but is otherwise totally modern, with the latest stainless steel appliances and stone countertops. In back of the kitchen is a traditionally styled, window-walled breakfast room, while there’s a decidedly contemporary solarium off the dining room.
Upstairs, each of the three second-floor bedrooms has its own en suite bathroom, and on the third floor, there’s a living area, two more bedrooms and another full bathroom.
The bank barn on the property has room for horse stalls and small animals below in case you decide you want to engage in actual farm activities. Upstairs, the barn contains a huge workshop space and a heated, skylit art studio.
There’s also a four-bedroom, two-bath cottage with its own private deck on the property. It can be used as a caretaker’s house, guest quarters or a rental property (the site’s zoning allows it).
You’ll also find here a cute “reading room” cottage with its own patio next to the house, a four-car garage with storage space, and another two-car garage in back of the barn. The entire property is beautifully landscaped with mature specimen trees, fruit trees and plantings.
It’s ideally situated midway between Newtown and New Hope, giving you easy access to two of Bucks County’s liveliest and most distinctive towns should you decide you need a taste of something more exciting than rural tranquility.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,517
105 Whisper Wood Ct., Wrightstown, Pa. 18940
105 Whisper Wood Ct., Wrightstown, Pa. 18940 [Jim Briggs | BHHS Fox & Roach]