With a big enough budget, you can find pretty much any style of home in the Delaware River Towns – historic and modern, farmhouse and midcentury. But isolation can be harder to come by. We’re talking stepping outside on a sparkling morning and hearing birds chirping and nothing else. Not a herd of motorcyclists riding by. Not the garbage truck working its way up the road. And certainly not the neighbors’ kids screaming. The homes featured below offer just such an experience. As you’ll see, it doesn’t come cheaply.
7085 Ely Rd, New Hope | $1.15 million
The ultimate cabin in the woods, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 4.1-acre lot.
Originally constructed in 1976, this home underwent a comprehensive renovation in 2019. The mostly open-concept main floor, the home’s second story, features an 11-foot vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Both the ceiling and the flooring are made from reclaimed wood, which creates a warm, rustic vibe. The centerpiece of the living room is a stone fireplace that’s complemented on both sides by floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves. Loaded as the interior is with nuance, it’s the surrounding landscape that distinguishes this home. It’s within walking distance of the towpath, yet, because it resides among more than four bucolic acres, it looks and feels miles away from the nearest distraction. The home takes full advantage of its surroundings. A wraparound deck overlooks a babbling brook. And oversized windows in the master bedroom offer a panoramic view of the wooded hillside.
Size: 2,844 square feet
Price per square foot: $404
209 Tumble Idell Road, Frenchtown | $999,999
A 1990 custom-built home, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, on a 14.33-acre lot.
If you prefer your seclusion with more space, there’s this sprawling, custom-built home, located a few miles south of downtown Frenchtown. The Delaware flows just beyond the home’s western tree line. A patio and deck provide unobstructed views of the ample, surrounding property. The unique design creates interesting nooks throughout the home, including a library with built-in bookshelves and a considerable master bedroom, both with vaulted ceilings. The vaulted ceilings, in fact, are a recurring feature in many of the home’s second-floor rooms. Windows also abound – there are 57 of them in all – flooding every space with natural light and offering a variety of vantage points of the serene setting. Oak floors run throughout the downstairs, including the kitchen, which also features a wet bar that sits just off the deck.
Size: 4,920 square feet
Price per square foot: $203