As Curbed has noted many times before, old stone homes are beloved here in the Philadelphia region. Dating back to as early as the 17th century, these built-to-last homes are scattered all over the southeastern Pennsylvania countryside, from Bucks County to the farmlands of Lancaster.
If you’re a DIY Network fan, chances are you’ve been wowed by these stone homes while watching Jeff Devlin’s Stone House Revival, now filming its third season. And you’ve probably learned that restoring them is no easy feat—but not impossible!
So behold: Five stone homes for sale in the Pennsylvania countryside, all located within Bucks and Chester counties. While they all offer something a little different, and they all have one thing in common: Stone—and lots of it.
Welcome to Pheasant Hill Farm, a collection of a home and multiple barns located on one of Pennsylvania’s earliest settlements, established in the 18th century. The main house is filled with old-world charm, featuring four bedrooms and three and a half baths. There are exposed beams, original hardwood floors, and stone chimneys throughout. Elsewhere on the property, there are two stone barns and a guest cottage. The whole 10-acre property is asking a cool $2 million, although 37 more acres are available for $3.3 million.
This 2,642-square-foot stone home in Bucks County dates back to around 1780. It sits on three acres next to a little stream. Inside, there are four bedrooms, one full bathroom, and one half bath. It will need someone willing to use a little elbow grease—the huge stone fireplace, for example, needs to be restored. But all in all it definitely has potential to shine again. The asking price is $300,000.
Fun fact: This log and stone home from circa 1765 was moved from its original location in Berks County to its current spot in Chester County along Octoraro Creek (certainly no easy feat!). Today, it sits on a 2.18-acre lot and features a five bedrooms, two full baths, three half baths, and four fireplaces (you can’t miss that large stone fireplace in the kitchen). Finally, there’s a finished basement with a wine cellar and impressive library collection. The asking price is $770,000.
This four-bedroom, one and a half bath stone home in Chester County is now on the market for the first time in 40 years, but its history stretches all the way back to the 18th century. Much of the 2,440-square-foot home has been preserved: The hardwood floors in the stone portion of the home are original; even the door locks date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also lots of hidden nooks and crannies, four fireplaces, and a separate stone, spring house and pond on the nearly five acres of land. The price tag is $459,900.
In Newtown Square sits the John Massey House, now known as Buttonwood Valley Farm, on three acres. It dates back to about 1810, and features the original stone home with beautiful hardwood floors, original fireplaces, and an updated kitchen. There’s also an addition to the farmhouse, complete with an elevator when the winding original stairs seem too daunting. It’s an idyllic property overall, with a stream, pond, and stables, and a spring house that’s been converted into extra living space. The asking price is $699,000.