On the Market: Arts and Crafts “Sample Home” in New Hope
This is the most impressive "model" house for sale we've seen in quite some time. And the good news is, if you have the scratch, its builder will build one like it for you from scratch.
Like the “Prairie Style” of Frank Lloyd Wright and his ilk, the Arts and Crafts style is uniquely American. And like the Prairie style, it’s also unique in that it hasn’t really been reproduced on a large scale since its heyday in the first decades of the 20th century. Yes, you can find many houses for sale that follow the style we now call “Craftsman,” but unlike most of the other late-19th- and early-20th-century house styles, true reproductions are rare.
Here’s one of those rare birds. This house in Solebury Township outside New Hope is the most faithful rendition of the Arts and Crafts style we’ve run across in quite some time.
And it’s truly gorgeous, both inside and out.
It’s also very un-Bucks. In fact, it’s downright California.
This house clearly takes its cues from the Gamble House, considered the masterwork of Greene and Greene, an architectural firm established in Pasadena in 1894 by two brothers from St. Louis, Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene.
The Greene brothers are regarded as one of the pioneers of the Arts and Crafts style, and they both spared no expense nor overlooked any detail in the design and construction of their “ultimate bungalows.”
Polo Design Build, which produced this house, did exactly the same thing. That much is clear from the moment you step through the front door with its beautiful stained-glass window.
Since our words fail to do justice to the beauty and quality of this house, we’re going to stop here and let the pictures do the talking. But to truly appreciate it, you should go see it for yourself.
And if you have a plot of land and $2.9 million lying around, Polo will build one of these to your own specifications. And if you don’t have a plot of land, you can use one of theirs.
The founder of this firm is a New Yorker who fell in love with Bucks County and has made it his permanent home. We can’t wait to see what he will do next to change its face.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 4,700
SALE PRICE: $2,900,000
6279 Pidcock Creek Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 [Bela Rossman | Marco Polo Real Estate]