The walls beginning to close in on you? This time of year, cabin fever is real. Rather than risk frostbite for a little fresh air, let’s tour a couple of Delaware River Town’s real estate dream properties together—virtually, of course. To make the fantasy even richer, imagine our bank accounts are full to bursting. Trust us. It’ll make it that much easier to put ourselves there.
3924 River Road, New Hope | $1.35 million
A 1740 riverfront home, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, on a 0.23-acre lot.
Imagine it’s summertime. Early evening. You and your partner are nursing cocktails and sinking into the solitude from your canal-side and riverfront patio. This view. This tranquility. They’re two of the biggest reasons so many people flock to the Delaware River Towns, and it’s all yours—in this fantasy, at least. Which only gets better as the other details are filled in.
Not only is this home ideally situated (it’s a very short walk to the Black Bass and Bulls Island), it’s also a beautiful blend of historic charm—lots of unique nooks, original yellow pine flooring, four fireplaces, including a walk-in in the living room—and modern sophistication, which extends from the soundproof exterior wall to the central air system.
Who are we kidding, though? They had us at the view. And there are ample opportunities from which to savor it, between the extensive patio, screened-in porch, and the easy visibility from most of the rooms in the house, not to mention the airy studio in what was the home’s original smokehouse. These Delaware River Town’s real estate properties have something for everyone!
Size: 3,000 square feet
Price per square foot: $450
123 Byram Kingwood Road, Stockton | $1.95 million
A 1998 manor, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, on a 63-acre equestrian farm.
Secret Meadow Farm, a newish estate that was built from a modest farmhouse that dates back to 1740, sits just a couple miles further north and across the river, in New Jersey. The six tall brick chimneys that extend from the slate roof give the home the appearance of an English manor.
On the inside, it looks very much like a colonial farmhouse, from the wide-plank floors and exposed beams throughout to the thick stone walls and numerous fireplaces. But the home is only one part of Secret Meadow Farm. Most of the property is dedicated to the animals. Horses, namely. There’s an Amish-built, six-stall horse barn, which is attached to an indoor riding arena.
There are also lots of fenced paddocks and run-in sheds, along with a sheep barn, a chicken coop, and a large storage barn. There’s plenty of room to roam here, by foot or horseback. And it’s all quite private—the home sits at the end of a winding, mile-long driveway.
Size: 4,128 square feet
Price per square foot: $472