Just Listed: Modern Medieval Castle Outside New Hope
“Smithfield Lodge” anticipated today’s COVID-safe live-work-play demands all the way back in 1988.
“A man’s home is his castle,” goes an old saying one doesn’t hear that often anymore.
Perhaps that’s because most of us moderns don’t think of our residences as medieval redoubts or seats of empires.
But this handsome custom-built house in Buckingham Township outside New Hope known as “Smithfield Lodge” offers you that castle-like vibe the moment you drive up to it, thanks to the stone turret that serves as its main entrance.
Inside, the vibe is less medieval and more contemporary, but there are still design touches and cues that connect this very COVID-ready house to times past.
From the turret, you pass through a two-story foyer that leads to the dining room.
That room serves as the hinge of the L-shaped main living area. To its rear you find the great room with its vaulted skylit ceiling, stone fireplace and sliding doors leading to the rear deck.
To its left, the kitchen beckons. Classic tile and cabinetry speak to tradition while the appliances are up to date and the granite countertops brand-new.
Beyond the kitchen lies a den with another of those old-timey touches, a striped hardwood floor. Another sliding door connects this room to the rear deck.
This house is designed for both one-floor living and working from home. To the right of the foyer, a passageway leads to both the attached garage and the primary bedroom suite.
The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling too, and the bathroom has a jetted tub and marble-topped vanity.
Also in the wing with the primary bedroom suite is a sunroom that overlooks the outdoor fun area.
The wing containing the kitchen also contains the office space, which comes with its own entrance and reception area just to the left of the main entrance to the house.
The upper floor contains three more bedrooms and a bath, and the home office on the main floor could also serve as a guest bedroom suite. The full finished basement can be outfitted as you please for entertainment, recreation, fitness or more.
Both the basement and the deck offer access to the pool and cabana in back, and you will also find a well and fire pit on this house’s 4.77-acre lot, along with garage parking for six cars and even more room for parking in the driveway.
Put simply, this New Hope modern castle house for sale can be whatever you want it to be: COVID-safe workplace, family gathering place, New Hope party palace, exclusive private retreat, or some combination of all these. It may not look palatial, but you will feel like royalty living in this castle.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 2 half
SQUARE FEET: 4,500
SALE PRICE: $949,000
5183 Lower Mountain Rd., New Hope, Pa. 18938 [Art Mazzei | Addison Wolfe Real Estate]