Mid-Century architecture at two price points in Bucks County

by Val Patterson

Why has Mid-Century Modern design, the architectural style defined by its clean lines, open floor plans and extensive use of glass to frame views, been the “comeback kid” of architecture in the past 10 years?  Perhaps it’s because it’s the style many of us grew up with, or perhaps we want something that truly is the opposite of center-hall colonials and stone farmhouses that dominate our local housing inventory. Authentic examples of the style are rare in Central Bucks County. Recently, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty added two classically Mid-Century homes to its offerings, each at distinct price points.

881 SPRING VALLEY RD – The outdoors are invited in by extensive use of glass at this Mid-Century Modern residence in Doylestown listed by Kevin Steiger of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty.

Just hitting the market and listed by Kevin Steiger is a c. 1955 home on Spring Valley Road in Doylestown designed by Frank Weise, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Surrounded by specimen gardens, this home is built with stone and wood and features large windows and a vaulted-ceiling main living space. Beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, and a fireplace are timeless elements. There are two bedrooms and two baths with a third bedroom possible. On 1.48 acres and offered at $685,000; please contact Kevin for more information or to schedule a preview: steiger@kurfiss.com.

6390 FLEECYDALE RD

At the opposite end of the price spectrum, a very private hilltop home on 8.8 acres with a coveted Fleecydale address in Solebury Township has been completely restored and updated to showcase an all-new kitchen and 3.1 new bathrooms along with a long list of new mechanicals and systems. Designed by Philadelphia architect Morris J. Rosenthal in the early 1950s, this residence has curvilinear stone walls repeated inside and out. Picture windows offer spectacular views down to the Paunacussing Creek. A quintessential Mid-Century Modern design awaits a buyer who appreciates the quiet simplicity literally built into this home. The site is ready for a guest house, should one wish. Listed at $3,875,000. Contact Chris for more information: chris@kurfiss.com.

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