February 26, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole…

A number of people commented on how “inexpensive” yesterday’s house seemed, and in the scheme of things – other similar houses in different locales – it does come in on the lower end. A friend sent me a listing for a similar-sized house in Scarsdale, NY which was listed for more than three times the price of Tyrconnell. image

At the end of the slideshow for the house above, there were previews of a number of other slideshows for other houses for sale. That lead me to a wonderful property outside of Pittsburgh, which the owner had originally purchased in 2000 to farm to donate food to a food-bank and teach her children about charity in the process. The 150-acre property was originally $400,000, but the current selling price is not available. image

In addition to farming the property, and donating 150,000 lbs. of food the charity over five years, the owners also make a number of improvements, and really made a special place. image

The property includes a historical farmhouse converted for residential use, a multipurpose barn, these twin greenhouses, a tool shed and other outbuildings.image

The main house was renovated and covered with reclaimed barn wood. image

The interiors feature many reclaimed, recycled and salvaged pieces. imageimage

The property also has a two-story barn, which is used for entertaining.image

It’s used for everything from barn dances to formal dinners. (I am thinking maybe these two chairs should be a little closer to each other!)image

The barn’s lower level has stables and an office.image

The property also features five “view houses” each distant, yet visible to each other. image

The property was originally listed for $10 million, but there have been several price drops, and it will go to absolute auction in May.


  1. Oh, wow...can you provide a link for the listing? Thank you.

  2. That property is my idea of heaven.

  3. Here's the link to the property: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914204579393531509280724

  4. The property in Scarsdale was really tacky though unlike the house in Baltimore which was just SO LOVELY. I'm calling it the 'lottery' house of the week -aka what I'd buy NOW if I won the lottery tomorrow ;-) Of course I'd need to play to win........

    1. You gotta play to win... i think that's the MD lottery slogan!

  5. this is divine. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    1. And the idea behind the property is fun, too.

  6. I'd take the Baltimore property in a nanosecond.

    This house in my neighborhood has been on the market for a couple of years. (http://www.oldtownhome.com/2011/7/12/Brother-Can-You-Spare-6000000-for-the-Lord-Fairfax-House/) The children are grown, and the husband died. The gardens are lovely---the lady of the house is a past president of the Garden Club of Virginia. What she doesn't know about boxwood, you don't need to know.

  7. The farm in Pittsburgh has its own Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Farm-Pennsylvania/318871474887095


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