By Liz Johnson
If you're looking to buy a home in Bucks County, now is the time. According to Realtor.com, Bucks County is a buyers’ market with more homes for sale than buyers. New Hope and Solebury are the most expensive areas in the county, with a median home price of $909,000. Levittown is the most affordable community with a median home value of $269,900, according to Realtor.com
On average, homes are sitting on the market for an average 41 days compared to 38 days a year ago, says real estate agent Long and Foster. The county’s median home price has remained relatively stable at $330,000 over the past year. Here’s a look at how sales are playing out across the county.
The County Seat
Doylestown currently has 212 homes for sales and 48 homes to rent with a median price of $559,900 according to Realtor.com. It's an area known for above average schools and a low crime rate.
Still, there are deals to be had, such as a 1,196 square foot, 4-bedroom home on Evergreen Drive selling for $299,900. Built in 1951, amenities include a 2-car garage, large lot, utility upgrades and a lovely breezeway.
If you're thinking historic treasure in the heart of the county seat, a 6,760-square-foot, 3 bedroom home is available on Oakland Ave for $599,000. Built in 1858, amenities include a large back yard with barn and alleyway for off street parking.
Levittown in the lower part of the county has a number of affordable three-bedroom homes for sale. Currently there are 218 houses on the market and 8 homes for rent, according to Realtor.com. Recognized as America’s first suburb, Levittown encompasses Bristol Township, Middletown Township and Falls Township and was built by William Levitt in 1947 with affordability in mind. For example, a 3-bedroom Cape Cod-style home with a wood-burning fireplace in Middletown Township is selling for $260,000. It sits on a 7,000-square-foot lot with a large back yard and covered patio.
Newtown, Yardley and Lower Makefield are known for their good schools, low crime rate and larger lots (although condominiums and townhouses also abound). Currently there are 259 homes for sale and 57 homes for rent. Median prices range from $529,000 in Yardley to $600,000 in Newtown.
Currently, a Victorian home on State Street in Newtown is selling for $799,000 and includes a main parlor with high ceilings, intricate woodwork, a large gas fire place, finished basement, large master bath and full attic.
Nearby Yardley has a mix of colonial homes and townhomes for sale. Currently, our 2020 Happening List Winner for Real Estate Agent, Jacqueline Hillgrube has a listing for a 5,000+ square foot home with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms on two lots. It's priced at $824,900. You can view more photos and read more about it HERE.
New Hope, Solebury and Upper Makefield are the county’s most exclusive municipalities, home to many large estates and luxurious homes with high-end amenities such as heated pools and helicopter pads.
For example, a 7-bedroom/8.5+ bath home is currently for sale at $3.75 million in Upper Makefield. The home, located on Vintage Farm Lane in Newtown, features a pool, spa, wine cellar, gym, home theater and more.
Bensalem and Southampton and Western Bucks
Bensalem and Southampton neighbor Montgomery and Philadelphia counties with easy access to the Pennsylvania turnpike, making them a commuter haven. Southampton is known for its low crime rate, while Bensalem is home to Parx Casino. Median prices range from $313,000 in Bensalem to $434,700 in Southampton.
Bensalem is one of the county's more affordable communities with easy access to the city. Currently a 4-bedroom fixer upper is for sale at $119,900. For someone who doesn't have the fixer upper inclination, a 3-bedroom Cape Cod-style home built in 1953 on a dead-end street and recently renovated by a customer home builder is selling for $260,000.
In neighboring Southampton, a 3-bedroom home on Davisville Road is selling for $275,000. It sits on a tastefully landscaped half-acre lot with a new roof, original hardwood floors and open floor plan.
For commuters looking for a location closer to the train station, a 2-bedroom condominium in Belmont Station is selling for $169,900.
Quakertown and Upper Bucks
Quakertown, in the most northern part of the county, is both rustic and affordable. While farmland abounds in the surrounding townships, Quakertown is a bustling town filled with antique shops, offices and restaurants. It’s home to a number of affordable townhomes, condos, two bed-room units and multiple family dwellings. Currently there are 139 homes for sale and 18 homes for rent. Among them: a 2-bedroom manufactured home going for $80,000 and a 4-bedroom 1830s federal style home on Main Street with a walkup attic and walk-in closets and 4-car garage selling for $259,900.