5 Great Homes for About $500K in Bucks County
Bucks County's sophisticated country vibe appeals to a wide range of would-be buyers. Here's a sampling of what buyers looking in the middle of the market should consider right now.
Doylestown’s relaxed elegance. New Hope’s laid-back, freewheeling spirit. Yardley’s small-town charm. Langhorne’s crossroads convenience.
There are as many reasons to choose Bucks County as a place to live as there are Bucks Countians (almost 630,000 at last count). And as many communities in the county’s upper reaches are as close to New York as they are to Philadelphia, it’s doubly appealing to people who have reason to frequent both cities.
Four of the five homes in this roundup are conveniently located for commuters to either city. The fifth is a little out of the way but so charming, so quintessentially Bucks, that we couldn’t not include it.
517 River Rd., Pipersville (above) | 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths, 1,138 square feet, $499,000
This is that quintessentially Bucks home. Actually, it’s one of several varieties of quintessentially Bucks homes, in this case, the Delaware riverside home. This one’s on the landward side of River Road, but in season, you can take in great views of the Delaware River from its elevated front porch, and the Delaware Canal is in view year round. This home takes full advantage of its hillside setting with a dining terrace in its backyard that sidles up to the yard’s natural waterfall. The brick flooring on the main floor has been restored and the main floor kitchen has been nicely updated. Down below, a brick front porch and a brick-floored family room with wood-burning fireplace impart a cozy ambience that will make you warm all over, especially when there’s a fire going. Whether it’s a weekend retreat or a permanent home you’re looking for, it’s hard to find one as nicely outfitted and situated as this one just 10 minutes up the road from New Hope.
517 River Rd., Pipersville, Pa. 18947 [Art Mazzei | Addison Wolfe Real Estate]
4 St. James Place, Yardley | 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,2o5 square feet, $525,000
Here’s a very photogenic center-hall Colonial in Lower Makefield Township’s Wynnewood subdivision, midway between Morrisville and Yardley and equally convenient to the antique shops, farmers’ markets and restaurants of Newtown. This interwar home has kept up with the times via a series of upgrades that have given it a renovated third-floor master bedroom, updated bathrooms and an updated kitchen with a Miele range and a bar with a wine fridge. The living room’s fireplace serves as a focal point, and beyond it is a bright and airy sunroom. The secluded backyard has a patio and plenty of space for outdoor relaxation and entertaining.
4 St. James Place, Yardley, Pa. 19067 [Janice Haveson | Addison Wolfe Real Estate]
968 Queens Dr., Yardley | 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,574 square feet, $489,000
This mid-Sixties Colonial lies about a mile or so west of the one above as the crow flies, so it’s a little closer to Newtown and the Yardley Regional Rail station. It’s in gleaming condition and all ready for move-in. Light fills this home through ample windows and plays off its bright walls. You enter to be greeted by a two-story foyer with a graceful curved staircase. The formal dining room features wainscoting and the updated eat-in kitchen flows seamlessly into a warm and inviting family room with a stone fireplace. The upstairs master suite includes a sitting room, and the hall bath the other three bedrooms share comes with a Jacuzzi tub and marble tile enclosure. Downstairs you’ll find a large rec room and a workshop space, and out back there’s a patio all ready for summer fun.
968 Queens Dr., Yardley, Pa. 19067 [Max Lomas | Keller Williams Realty]
1459 Rosebud Rd., Southampton | 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 3,337 square feet, $485,000
This largest of the five homes in our roundup is ideal for a large family thanks to its six bedrooms and four full bathrooms. While it’s also Colonial in style and similar in layout to the Queens Drive home above, it has cleaner interior lines and a kitchen whose trim and appliances are more in line with current tastes. Those who prefer stair-free living will find its two first-floor master suites particularly handy; you could use the second one as an in-law suite if you so desire. This home’s sunroom is in back of the family room and is currently outfitted as a home office. The upstairs bedrooms all boast energy-saving ceiling fans, and the grassy backyard offers plenty of room to play and relax. Its central location puts you close to Willow Grove Park Mall and the Pennsylvania Turnpike to boot.
1459 Rosebud Rd., Southampton, Pa. 18966 [Donald Bormes |RE/MAX Centre Realtors]
506 S. Bellevue Ave., Langhorne | 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 3,063 square feet, $484,999
This 1927 Colonial in Langhorne Manor just got the 2018 treatment, and as a result you get the up-to-date features of a brand-new home and the charm of a classic all in one very neat package. A gas fireplace with custom mantle surrounded by built-in shelves adds an extra touch of elegance to the large living room, which is also wired for surround sound and has a built-in recess for a large-screen TV. The master suite has a sitting-room foyer, a spacious bedroom with dual walk-in closets and a bathroom that combines tradition with today in the form of a clawfoot tub, dual glass-bowl vanities and a tile shower stall. You’ll find crown molding in every room and wainscoting in the formal dining room, which is separated from the up-to-date eat-in kitchen by bar seating. The kitchen boasts top-quality appliances, and both it and the laundry room have attractive brick floors. What was once a sun porch is now part of the living room, but as compensation, you get a nice back porch from which to take in your backyard and driveway parking. It’s close to both Langhorne Regional Rail station and Route 1, making your commute in either direction a snap.
This home’s sale price was reduced by $25,001 on May 7.
506 S. Bellevue Ave., Langhorne, Pa. 19047 [Robert Salvati | Long & Foster Realtors]