HGTV is to blame for filling our heads with fantasies about over-the-top renovations that can be pulled off in a half-hour or less. The reality, of course, is far more treacherous. Which makes the alternative – buying a home that’s already been updated by someone with a designer’s sensibility – much more appealing. It’s also completely out of reach for many of us. Still, there’s no harm in scrolling, right?
1091 Highland Road, Newtown | $1.3 million
A spacious remodel, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, on a 2.16-acre lot.
An extensive renovation was completed earlier this year on this contemporary-style home, which was originally constructed in 1979. The centerpiece of the main floor is a two-story great room that features vaulted ceilings and a statement-making floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The sleek, modern kitchen is an amateur chef’s dream come to life. The countertops and backsplash are quartz. The cabinetry is custom. And the appliances are all brand-new and all Thermador. They include: built-in double ovens, an induction cooktop with a stainless-steel hood, and two dishwashers. Oh, and the flooring is heated tile. The home sits on more than two picturesque acres in the Timber Ridge community in Upper Makefield Township, not far from Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Delaware.
Size: 4,200 square feet
Price per square foot: $310
48 South Union Street, Lambertville | $950,000
A 1999 custom-built home, with two bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 6,100-square foot lot.
Secluded, yet centrally located in downtown Lambertville, with the towpath and many of the town’s shops, cafés, and restaurants all within a short walk. Behind a custom mahogany gate, there’s a driveway for off-street parking, a coveted feature in the riverside community. The home, which was built in 1999, is comprised of two separate buildings, a well-appointed cottage and a large, open studio that’s ideal for entertaining – or simply spreading out. The cottage is full of character. The two-story living room features a large picture window that looks out onto a water fountain and surrounding gardens. Natural light spills in from virtually every angle, including the skylights in the kitchen.
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