From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2014 Northeast Edition
A seductive sense of return fills the bucolic hills, glades and townships of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Visiting the region’s deeply historical locales returns one powerfully to the roots of the American experience, and those that live here feel an allure that makes it nearly impossible to leave and not come back.
For many, the cycle of return begins and ends in Philadelphia. Stephanie Biello, Associate Broker at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, says that first-time buyers—often young professionals and local graduates—first gravitate toward city properties. As their families grow, the more spacious communities along the Main Line west of the city beckon with strong schools, charming boutiques and restaurants and a more peaceable lifestyle.
$9,650,000 USD | New Hope, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
“Then you have the empty nesters who come back into the city to downsize into turnkey properties with upscale amenities,” Biello says. Historic buildings on Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square, modern high-rise buildings and lavishly refurnished row homes on streets like Delancey have become particularly valuable.
The lure of Bucks County, northeast of Philadelphia, is an arcadia of hills and farms that overlaps eclectic pockets of arts, music and restaurants. “You have the benefit of a quiet, scenic but sophisticated lifestyle plus a location that’s central to major cities and the Delaware River corridor,” says Linda Danese, Broker of Record at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty in New Hope. While Bucks County is best known for historic stone houses and farmhouses, younger buyers are finding convenience and comfort in the elevated amenities of newer homes and estates near culturally vibrant centers like Doylestown, Newtown and Yardley.
$5,025,000 USD | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
The rolling, rural land of Chester County, south of Philadelphia, offers spacious country estates and horse farms just 15 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware the center of international banking. Laird Bunch, President at Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Real Estate, says the pastoral landscape, elite equestrian facilities and jumping events, and spectacular wing shooting and fox hunting make the area appealing for buyers seeking a genteel, Old Worldlifestyle.
Meanwhile, Lancaster County, an hour east of Philadelphia, is a blend of tradition and modernity. “When people think of Lancaster they think of the Amish, but they don’t always think of the cool and exciting culture and entertainment,” says Anne Lusk, Owner of Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. Lancaster’s fine dining, craft breweries, museums, art galleries and opera rival larger cities, and the county’s homes and farmhouses are impeccably built thanks to the county’s generational tradition of high craftsmanship and cabinetry.
$1,249,500 USD | Lititz, Pennsylvania | Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty
Pennsylvania’s magnetism reaches through generations. “It’s simply a wonderful lifestyle,” says Laird Bunch. “People move away after school, yet it’s amazing how many come back. It’s such a great place to raise a family.”
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