5 Cool Country Homes for Rent in Bucks
Love those old Bucks County barns and farmhouses? Here are some that you can live in without taking out a mortgage.
In Bucks County, you can still get away with saying you “live in the country” if you know where to look. Chances are you won’t be close to much of anything save gorgeous hills and fields, or the Delaware River if you’re lucky. But since it’s real country living you’re looking for, do you really care about that?
Usually, landing one of those gorgeous converted barns or ancient stone farmhouses means you have to qualify for a mortgage, and usually a sizable one; forget this if you don’t have a decent down payment saved up. These five choice properties, on the other hand, require no such thing. You’ll still need good credit, and you may have to clear a background check, but beyond that and the application fee, the only money you need up front is three month’s rent.
Now if what you want is one of those gorgeous party barns like they have around New Hope, dream on. But if you’re looking for either a striking house or apartment with the kind of living room you find only in a barn, or you want to rent some classic Americana, we have some choice properties for you to look over.
440 Lurgan Rd., New Hope (above) | 4 (optional 5) beds, 2 full, 2 half baths, 2,966 square feet, $4,500 per month. Contact agent about pet policy.
This handsome 19th-century stone farmhouse halfway between Washington Crossing and New Hope does have a barn, but its most likely function will be to store your cars. The home itself offers plenty of room for living. Its original hearth fireplace remains intact, and all the main rooms on the first floor have new ash hardwood floors. You’ll find a beautiful, well-equipped kitchen featuring a Viking range and freshly updated bathrooms as well. It also has a whole-house generator, so you’ll never be in the dark.
The owner takes care of the landscaping and trash removal; you take care of the utilities and half the cost of snow removal (about $40 per plowing).
440 Lurgan Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 [John Mauro | Addison Wolfe Real Estate via Zillow]
62 Thompson Mill Rd., Newtown | 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,100 square feet, $3,800 per month. One pet allowed.
The owner of the 100-acre estate on which this converted barn sits used this home as a guest house. Now they’re inviting you to be their guest for a long spell — at least a year. You might want to think of this as renting an all-inclusive resort, only minus the service and programmed activities: It comes fully furnished and loaded with goodies like a soaring great room with a stone gas fireplace, a rustic kitchen with modern appliances, laundry facilities and a sleeping-loft master bedroom with an all-new bathroom featuring a tub and a glass-enclosed shower. In addition, you have the run of all 100 beautifully landscaped acres to stroll as you please, and you can use the pool too.
The home is currently occupied by a tenant; showings require 24-hour advance notice. The lease start date is negotiable.
62 Thompson Mill Rd., Newtown, Pa. 18940 [Art Mazzei | Addison Wolfe Real Estate via Zillow]
461 Spring Hill Rd., Easton | 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 3,862 square feet, $3,200 per month. Contact agent about pet policy.
Since this beautifully restored and updated 1751 farmhouse has an Easton mailing address, you know it’s about as far as you can go in Bucks and still be in Bucks. It’s actually on the outskirts of Riegelsville, a very short walk from County Line Road and a slightly longer one from the Delaware Canal and River. This home oozes 18th-century charm from the front porch to the beamed ceilings to the hearth fireplace in the living room. Its kitchen, however, is totally up to date, with soapstone counters and the latest stainless steel appliances. Its two-acre lot contains a dazzling array of flowering trees and specimen plantings. Lawn care is included in the rent.
6054A Honey Hollow Rd., Doylestown | 1 bed, 1 bath, square footage unavailable, $2,200 per month. No pets.
This classic stone bank barn has been converted into two apartments, and this striking, sunny unit occupies its top two floors. The large red barn door opens onto a sunny great room filled with light from its full-height array of large windows. A stone fireplace rises almost to the ceiling, capped by a stone chimney, and its open kitchen features breakfast bar seating, a professional-grade Viking gas range and an open dining area with French doors that open out onto an expansive private deck. A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs sleeping loft and the bathroom, which has been renovated with a marble floor, soaking tub and shower enclosed in traditional-style paned glass. The landlord pays for the heat; you pay for everything else — electric and gas, cable, pest control and snow removal.
6054A Honey Hollow Rd., Doylestown, Pa. 18902 [Elizabeth Otto | Lisa James Otto Country Properties]
2552 Dark Hollow Rd., Jamison | 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,200 square feet, $1,800 per month. Contact agent about pet policy.
This converted barn home gets about as close as it comes to living in the genuine, unconverted article. Its exterior is only minimally altered from its original appearance, and its interior is done up in tan wallcovering and stained wood beams that match the color of the original supports. Yet it’s clear that you’re living in a home, not a barn: it has a contemporary kitchen, a high-ceilinged living/great room, a 200-square-foot deck and an upstairs loft. It’s part of a 12-acre estate whose main home dates to 1764, and it adjoins more than 1,000 acres of preserved land.
In addition to one month’s rent and a one-month security deposit, a $500 deposit is also required at move-in to cover utilities, which are billed monthly by the owner, a licensed real estate broker. The property is posted; showings must be scheduled in advance.
2552 Dark Hollow Rd., Jamison, Pa. 18929 [Robert Felte Jr. | Felte Real Estate via Zillow]