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Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
This Tuscany-inspired villa is a hodgepodge of styles and eras, but somehow it works. Overlooking “lush farm fields of Stouts Valley” in Easton, Pennsylvania, the stone farm house was built in 1860 and was renovated in 2003 by John Franklin.
The result is a 4,464-square-foot home that combines colonial elements like wide-plank hardwood floors, large fireplaces, and paneling, with European details like Venetian hand-plastered walls, antique doors, stained glass windows, and other alluring touches.
The double-height living room is the main event, where rough-hewn exposed beams and a hand-painted domed ceiling alcove top the space. A staircase winds its way to a mezzanine space with balconies, while Palladian windows allow natural light to pour in, and French doors open onto the spectacularly landscaped grounds. A fireplace with carved mantel and Moravian tiles complete the room.
Elsewhere, the residence feels like a country cottage, especially in the newly done chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances French-doored breakfast nook, and an adjacent den with stone hearth. A formal colonial dining room is found off this space. Upstairs, the master bedroom and bath have also been recently updated, while the other two bedrooms (on the third floor) retain a more rustic feel. There are three and half bathrooms, while the basement includes a wet bar, media room, wine cellar, and tasting room.
Outside, the 13-plus-acre grounds boast multiple outdoor living opportunities, including a multi-level deck, bluestone terraces, formal gardens, a pond, and pool. Rounding out the property are a large antique barn with two-car garage and a “spring house.” Located at 250 Durham Road, the home is offered at $1.395 million.