For Those Who Crave Luxury In A Rural Setting

Posted: September 08, 1989


Doylestown Township,

Bucks County


Early this summer, Toll Bros. Inc. broke new ground when the real estate and development company opened its first community of single-family houses in Doylestown.

Toll Bros. plans to build 32 high-price homes in Doylestown Ridge, as the new community is called.

"These homes are definitely for the move-up market," said Barry DePew, a Toll Bros. vice president in charge of the development. "People move here who are looking for luxury like skylights and a greenhouse addition."

The homes are also for people who want a piece of rural Pennsylvania. Doylestown Ridge is built amid the picture-perfect rolling countryside for which Bucks County is famous.

The home sites at Doylestown Ridge range from about three-quarters of an acre to 1.75 acres. Some building lots are wooded. Others have views from a ridge overlooking Doylestown. The two models that have been built are on land that a few years ago was a farm.

But for all its rustic appeal, luxury and grand living are the watchwords of this pricey development. For the busy and harried couple, each home contains a master bedroom suite. In this private haven there are a dressing room and private den immediately off the bedroom. The master bath has a raised tub and separate shower.

Every home at Doylestown Ridge has a distinctive two-story foyer. The spacious living and dining rooms on the first floor are designed for entertaining. A fireplace in the family room is a standard feature.

And for the home buyer who wants a bit more grace and charm, these options can be had for a price: a first-floor study or recreation room; a sunny greenhouse extension, and a convenient wet bar in the family room.

Real estate developers throughout the area say customers these days want large kitchens. Gone are the small galley-like kitchens found in some suburban homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. Toll Bros. has accommodated this desire for the large kitchen in Doylestown Ridge. Each kitchen has a center island with a cooktop, extensive counter space and a large pantry for extra storage.

Type of housing: Single-family.

Builder: Toll Bros. Inc.

Number of units: 32.

Price: $275,000-$325,000.

Styles: Traditional Colonial, traditional Federal, contemporary, Tudor and Victorian.

Bedrooms: 4.

Baths: 2 1/2.

Construction: Frame construction with poured concrete basements. Brick, stone or stucco exteriors.

Heating: Choice of electric heat pump or oil burner.

Air conditioning: Standard.

Fireplace: One in the family room.

Garage: 2-car.

School district: Central Bucks

Insulation: Walls, R-16; ceiling, R-30

Floors: Ceramic tile in baths; vinyl in the kitchen, hardwood floors in foyer and powder room, wall-to-wall carpet elsewhere.

Extra-cost options: Three-car garage ($4,900), study-library addition ($7,900), fireplace ($3,900-$5,500), wet-bar addition ($3,900).

Shopping: Center of Doylestown with its shops and restaurants is a two- minute drive.

Public transportation: SEPTA regional railroad station is a five-minute drive.

Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Directions: From Center City, take Broad Street until it intersects with Route 611 (Old York Road). Follow Route 611 until it intersects the Doylestown Bypass. Follow bypass to Route 313 and turn left. Proceed one mile to Ferry Road and turn left. Proceed a half-mile to Chapman Road and turn left. Doylestown Ridge is one-quarter mile on the left.

* Recommended insulation standards for this area are: R-30 ceiling and R-19 walls. The higher the R factor, the better the insulation.

Features listed are standard unless otherwise indicated.

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