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Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
This bank house was built into a hillside in the small town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, in the 1780s. But it was transformed into a three-story, 2,800-square-foot residence much more recently, in 2015. The 18th-century details haven't all disappeared—the brick facade is well preserved, while the interior boasts historic plank doors and wood flooring. Big windows, French doors, vaulted ceilings, and skylights bring the property into the modern age, creating lofty spaces with air and light.
It's a unique location, at the point where one of New Hope's "most scenic streets,” per the listing, turns into a long country road. You don't get much in the way of a front or back yard, but there are some cool outdoor spaces that extend horizontally from the home, perched above stacked-stone hardscaping.
The kitchen received the most intensive redesign, featuring an island topped with soapstone, a custom sink, and glass tile backsplash going from counter to ceiling. The living room fireplace is a modern addition; the listing calls it a "faux-painted fireplace mantle with tile surround." Adjacent to the living room is a vaulted sunroom, lined with windows and offering direct access to a private patio.
Two of the four bedrooms are en suite and two have fireplaces. All three bathrooms plus the powder room were renovated with new fixtures and finishes. One of them, though still retaining its plank doors, now has a glass-enclosed, oversized shower. Another bathroom, as well as two bedrooms, are lit by dreamy skylights.
Outside, the kooky hillside property offers off-street parking, a large storage shed and patio space. Located at 95 Mechanic Street, it's asking $799,000.