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A Fine Square


The Franklin Square Fountain

Earlier this month I visited Franklin Square to check out the holiday lights and festivities. The 8 acre park is one of the original 5 public squares in Philadelphia. William Penn’s vision for a “Clean Country Towne” relied on these public spaces. The parks were to serve as a respite from the burdens of pre-industrialized urban living. I couldn’t remember the last time I had walked in Franklin Square. It’s more of a drive-by attraction–one sees it while merging onto 676, heading into China Town or hopping the Ben Franklin Bridge. Without much immediate supporting real estate, the park receives less pedestrian traffic than its counterparts. Continue reading

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Faith, a Lulu's Rescue dog who was moved from a kill shelter with just six hours to spare.

Faith, a Lulu’s Rescue dog who was moved from a kill shelter with just six hours to spare.

More than 200 people sipped champagne and wine from the Sotheby’s auction house wine division while helping raise funds for Bucks County-based Lulu’s Rescue. The November 4, 2016, event took place at the Continue reading

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Kim Woehr-Kates

Donald Pearson, chairman of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, announced that Kim Woehr-Kates has joined the company’s Bucks County office in New Hope, Pa.  Continue reading

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Lulu's Rescue

From l to r: Lisa Frushone, Nancy Bousum, Valerie Patterson, Beth Danese, Dan Leuzzi, Chairman Donald Pearson and Faith, a Lulu’s Rescue pup being fostered by Pearson.

On Nov. 4, 2016, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty Chairman Donald Pearson will host a cocktail party at his home in New Hope to raise money for Lulu’s Rescue, a Bucks County-based dog rescue Continue reading

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Tastefully Equestrian

Introducing some of the most charming equestrian properties throughout southeastern, Pennsylvania offering every ideal feature an equine buyer could possibly ask for. Here are some of the very exclusive properties that are exquisite and unforgettable in design and layout. These properties are not only appealing inside and out; they display true character and embody the finest amenities for both the horse and rider. 

Fairfield Farm 

New Hope equestrian property

~6020 Lower Mountain Road, New Hope, PA~

A timeless and rare find on 24 acres, this c.1851 stone house exceeds all the expectations! This historic home is gorgeous with a European flair, and it includes a 30×60 swimming pool, 2 restored cottages, 4-car garage, a huge bank barn consisting of 18 stalls, 10 pastures, and both indoor and outdoor riding rings. Modern amenities flow throughout this exquisite home making it truly one of a kind. Luxurious chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry as well as radiant heated Pennsylvania slate flooring displays nothing less then 1st class. This home offers 7 bedrooms and 5.2 baths that reflect its owner’s European roots. Listed at $2,650,000.

                                                 Vintage Thoroughbred Farm

Chester County equestrian property

~1400 Prizer Road, Pottstown, PA~

Vintage Thoroughbred Farm is truly exceptional! Resting on 34 acres of Chester County paradise is a home that surely makes a statement with a top-notch equine facility that will ensure that your horses live as comfortably as you. A well-kept, beautifully designed stable consisting of a caretaker’s apartment, 10 stalls, and a tack room is just the beginning. The grounds feature a show ring, round pen and plenty of storage for other equine equipment. The residence is nothing less than extravagant, showcasing 10,880 sq. ft. of pure European influence with a grand entrance, exposed beams, professional grade appliances, and mesmerizing views. This home is not only an equine lovers dream, but offers ideal privacy for its owners. Listed at $2,995,000.

                                                             Three Ponds Farm

Malvern PA Equestrian Property

~2336 Pikeland Road, Malvern, PA~

Three Ponds Farm is a beautifully restored 1812 farmhouse situated on 13 acres that is the ideal property for both the equestrian and the entertainer. New modern luxuries and old-world details give this home a classy, yet comfortable ambiance throughout. Modern chef’s kitchen with granite island opens into a spacious great room with French doors leading out to a stone patio and arbor. Classic stone bank barn consists of stalls, tack room, and paddocks that give easy access to trail riding! Listed at $1,969,000.

                                                             Buttonwood Farm

Bucks County Equestrian Property

~1467 Chestnut Ridge Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA~

Buttonwood Farm is an unforgettable property surrounded by some of the area’s most scenic views. Tucked away on 98+ acres is a historic 1842 stucco farmhouse that showcases antique character that makes this home quite inviting. Deep windows in all five spacious bedrooms allow plenty of sunlight and picturesque views. The well-kept grounds consist of a stable with 12 stalls, 3 huge fenced pastures, a 70’ x 160’ indoor lighted arena, quarter-mile track, and a quaint cross-country course. This property is a must-see if looking for a bigger equestrian facility to operate as well as an opportunity for subdivision. Listed at $2,150,000.

                                                 Bell Well Farm & Vineyard

Hunterdon County Equestrian Property

~121 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, NJ~

Bell Well Farm & Vineyard is a tastefully restored vintage farmhouse on 25+ acres with many equine or agricultural possibilities. This home has a remarkable kitchen with a farm sink, Viking 4-burner gas range, and Thermador dishwasher. This one-of-a-kind home includes a third-floor loft that can be used as either a studio or a flex bedroom. Stone and timber bank barn offers four stalls that can be used for either horses, alpacas and or other farm animals along with 10 fenced pastures equipped with electric fencing. A pole barn, which also has six turn-outs, can be used for storage of farm equipment. A 6-acre vineyard, an out-sourced operation that is completely labor-free and for your enjoyment, generates a nice income each year! Listed at $1,795,000.

                                                           Classic Farmstead

Upper Bucks Equestrian Property

~481 Quarry Road, Ottsville, PA~

A true historic property with its deed noting a log cabin and log barn in the 1780s! This 1820 farmhouse is perched on 10 acres and has had additional updates that allow its simpler, antique elements to show through in its design. Original pine floors, exposed beams, and deep-sill windows showcase the classic farmhouse look that gives this home character. The barn is move-in ready for animals and consists of 7 stalls, a tack room, a wash stall, and equipment shed. The barn has easy access to paddocks that lead straight to Bucks County Horse Park. Listed at $859,000.

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Kurfiss SIR Welcomes Tim Shannon

Donald Pearson, chairman of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, is pleased to announce that experienced agent Tim Shannon has joined the company’s Bucks County office. A resident of Historic Bethlehem, Tim represents clients throughout Upper Bucks, Saucon Valley and the Lehigh Valley. He has been licensed since 2012 and quickly became a top performer at his previous company.

“Tim’s professionalism and track record speak for themselves,” says Pearson. “He has experience representing clients on both the buy and sell sides and in a variety of price points. His commitment to serving his clients’ interests fits well with our company and brand.”

Before starting his career in real estate, Tim worked for more than 20 years in the Washington D.C., lobbying industry. In Washington he worked for a variety of organizations, including a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company as well as a Wall Street research firm. He brings a broad range of management, finance and negotiating skills to his real-estate career. He is fluent in German, having lived there for 10 years.

Over the past few years he has helped buyers and sellers in a variety of price ranges in the Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks County. Tim’s move from his family’s farm in Bucks County to historic Bethlehem was depicted in a December 2015 episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”

Tim has a marketing degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Georgetown University.

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We are pleased to offer beautiful Buttonwood Farm in Bucks County, Pa. Formerly the Guggenheim Estate, this 98+ acre property offers a range of equestrian facilities, including: stone bank barn with kennels, 70×160 board-and-batten lighted indoor arena, stables with 12 stalls, quarter-mile track, convenient manure field and 5 acres of fenced paddocks. Acres of open tree-lined fields offer additional pasture.Listed by Michael J. Strickland, this property is the complete  equestrian or hobby farm. See complete details about it and its location in the flyer below, take a video tour of the property or contact Michael for more information: 610.324.1457.

1467 Chestnut Ridge Road eFlyer

1467 Chestnut Ridge Road, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972 from Kurfiss Sotheby’s Int Realty on Vimeo.

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Open House Sunday

Sunday, September 11th, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
 15 Beautiful Properties Throughout Bucks County and Neighboring Areas 

         Come join us this Sunday to view some of the region’s most tranquil properties scattered throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. These properties are all unique, sophisticated and timeless in their own way. Whether it’s their original hardwood floors, crown moldings, luxury entertainment areas, or dual master suites, there are features to fit every potential buyer! Note: ** indicates open house times other than 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

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Twice each year, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty Chairman Donald Pearson provides an update on company performance and broad market trends Continue reading

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Meet Amelie Escher

Amelie Escher has become an exceptional advisor to her clients whether they are buying an older home in need of renovation or an existing home in great condition that simply needs to fit a client’s lifestyle or add some character. In sum, for Amelie, it’s about finding solutions for clients. Read more about Amelie below.

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