One of the things that draw people to Bucks County is its rich heritage of farmhouses and country estates dating back to colonial times.
There is one problem with this, though: there are far more would-be Bucks Countians than there are old colonial farmhouses for them to buy.
Which means that every so often, a builder or developer has to build an old colonial farmhouse from scratch.
The home you see above is one of the more successful attempts to do so.
Save for its expansive deck in back and its three-car garage on the side, this home bears all the hallmarks of a classic colonial farmhouse on the outside – it’s just made of wood rather than the more common stone. As wooden colonial farmhouses are not unheard of in these parts, this is not a break with tradition.
What is is its interior. While it does possess all of the elements of Colonial style – wainscoting, fireplaces, crown moldings, chair rails – its layout betrays its more modern roots.
This home was built by custom builder Wayne Finney in 1988 and has the full complement of modern amenities as a result. They start with the open foyer and living room and proceed from there.
Yes, the home has a separate formal dining room, but most of its living spaces are more casually put together. The kitchen has a breakfast room with fireplace attached to it, and there’s another cozy fireplace in the family room.
A third is located in the first-floor master suite, another modern innovation. (The suite is also fully accessible.) Upstairs, there are four more bedrooms, one of which is a second master suite.
Downstairs, most of the basement has been fitted out as a game and recreation room with a full bar. The unfinished portion has plenty of storage space, and there’s still more in a walk-in attic upstairs.
And out back you’ll find both a covered, screened porch and a spacious rear deck.
As it’s situated at the end of a private road, this home makes a great private retreat at a reasonable price. You could very easily go out on your front porch, your favorite drink in hand, sit down, close your eyes and pretend it’s 1788.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 3,892
SALE PRICE: $685,000
2968 Valley View Dr., Doylestown, Pa. 18902 [Nancy Williams | Keller Williams Bucks County Central]
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