Truss in the Design
We’re welcoming Autumn with a brief explanation of an iconic Pennsylvania scene: the covered bridge. These structures are more than fodder for postcards and the October page of calendars–they’re a testament to the ingenuity of old world, American construction. While beautiful, the functional purpose of the roof and siding is to protect the wooden components of the bridge, including its wooden truss system. Without the use of trusses the length of the bridge would be limited to the length of the available timber. Thanks to their design, these bridges often remain structurally sound for more than a century. Architectural Digest highlighted some iconic covered bridges in America, but we’re going to highlight a few covered bridges in the greater Philadelphia area. We’ll start with Van Sant Bridge, located south of New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Van Sant Bridge
Constructed in 1875, this town truss style covered bridge spans Pidcock Creek. The bridge spans about 85 feet and has been entered into the U.S. register of historic places. There are a few listings very close to this particular covered bridge:
This modernized, 200 year old barn boasts 6900 square feet of living space and an enormous window presence. Take notice of the central floor to ceiling fireplace and loft-like staircases.
Three beautiful acres at the end of the cul-de-sac with expansive lawns, wooded borders and seasonal views of the Delaware River provide the setting for this gorgeous home.
Cabin Run Covered Bridge
Offered for the first time and located on a quiet country road in beautiful Bedminster Township is this custom built 4 bedroom, 3 bath colonial home built by well-known local builder/craftsman Robert Platz.
Located in what is now Tyler State Park, Schofield Ford Bridge spans 150 feet over the Neshaminy Creek. The bridge that stands today is a replica of the original. However, the rebuild wasn’t warranted by disrepair but rather an unfortunate fire.
The light-filled home is finished w/ windows and French doors galore, gleaming hardwood floors, custom mill work,& offers tall ceiling height. Quality of construction and attention to detail are the hallmarks of this classic stone fronted 5 Bedroom, 4.1 Bath home, custom-built by Richard Zaveta.
Shanti Farms, a name conveying the peace and tranquility of this property, is an English-style country house privately situated on six acres. The grounds are beautiful with vista views. The home features a true center-hall floor plan with open stairs, a spacious sunken living room with stone fireplace; this room opens to a screened porch and natural south facing patio for wonderful outdoor dining and relaxing.
There are many more covered bridges in Pennsylvania–check out this site for a more comprehensive list.
We’d like to briefly present a few recent listings that we at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty are very excited about. I couldn’t help but notice a shared theme between these listings: a harmonious blending of home and nature.
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We at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty are joining the Pennsylvania State Legislature in celebrating 2015 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Barn. Continue reading
Donald Pearson, chairman of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, is pleased to announce that Cynthia Cortes of Yardley has joined the office from ReMax Properties Ltd. in Newtown.
“Cindy has been a very successful realtor in the greater Newtown and Yardley markets,” said Pearson. ”We welcome her to our New Hope office and to our Sotheby’s International Realty platform.”
Licensed as a realtor since 1987, Cortes is an accredited professional home stager, providing valuable advice to clients as they prepare their homes for the market. She also is an accredited buyer representative and is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.
“Joining Kurfiss has given me access to a very broad marketing platform that is focused on reaching a quality audience. I have a diverse array of clients, and I feel confident that this platform will help me serve them better,” said Cortes.
Cortes believes in constantly expanding her knowledge through continuing education. “Excellence Always Sells” is her motto, and she enjoys working closely with clients to provide them with exceptional customer service during the buying and selling process. Cindy can be reached via email, email@example.com, or phone, 215.794.3227 (office); 215.801.9315 (cell).
Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty is a privately owned real-estate firm with offices in New Hope, Pa., and Center City Philadelphia. Its 50 agents serve the southeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey areas.