Sure, you could meander north through upstate New York and New England to do your leaf peeping. Or, if you own a massive estate that happens to be nestled in one of the most verdant settings outside Philadelphia, you could just stay at home and enjoy the view. These three New Hope estates are set on arboretum-like grounds and offer scenery as lovely as anything you’ll see up north.
6356 Meetinghouse Road, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $4,404
Tell me all about it: Cross Creek Farm is among the largest properties in Solebury Township. On its nearly 93 acres, there are plenty of trees and leaves to peep. The interior isn’t too shabby either, with a grand in-law suite and a lower-level gaming room. And in case you’re wondering what to do with those acres? The listing suggests becoming either an executive farmer or a gentleman farmer.
402/404 Rockwood Path, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $11,729
Tell me all about it: This estate sits on 50 preserved acres with leafy, mature trees galore. In addition to a heated outdoor pool, the grounds include a pond with gazebo, fruit tree orchards, open fields and private woods with shade trees and perennial gardens. Put it this way: the outside is so lovely that you’ll hardly notice the thousand-bottle wine cellar and the gorgeous library.
5453 York Road, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $15,958
Tell me all about it: Elm Grove Estate sits on 75 acres, but there’s even more cachet than that: This is only the second time since 1680 that the home is being sold outside the original family owners from Colonial Pennsylvania. So you’ll be able to feel pretty good about that while you enjoy the leaves turning yellow outside of your enormously tall Jefferson windows. Of course, the property includes several other barns and out buildings to explore as well.