Just a few miles north of New Hope is historic and mostly rural Tinicum Township consisting of 31.2 square miles. Here the broad, fertile river floodplain meets the steep cliffs of the Palisades. Swaths of woodlands abut farm fields. Tiny 18th and 19th century villages, including Erwinna, Uhlerstown, Ottsville, Smithtown and Sundale, appear at the junctions of old toll roads and long-forgotten ferry crossings.
Once the hunting and fishing grounds of the ancient Lenni Lenape Indians, Tinicum (a corruption of the Native American word “tennicunk”) is now home to families with generations-old roots and newer residents who have found the privacy and room-to-roam; many residents are weekenders from New York and Philadelphia who enjoy the rural atmosphere with easy access to restaurants, cultural activities, and recreational attractions; there are farmers who grow soybeans, corn and hay and perhaps raise a few chickens, sheep, goats or steers; and equestrians enjoy the proximity to the polo matches at Tinicum Park, a 126 Acre county park. There is a growing contingent of writers, artists and artisans who find a market for their creations in the shops of Doylestown and New Hope .
The area, a part of which has been designated a National Heritage corridor has resisted the large-scale housing developments that are more common in other Bucks County communities. But newer, single-family homes are available. Rolling Hills is a subdivision of 72 homes built between 2004 and 2007 with square footage in the 4,000+ range, on at least a few acres. Everbreeze, built in the ‘80s features 2,500 sq. ft. ranch and colonial-style homes on 1.5 to 2.5 acres. Most of the homes in Tinicum Township, however, are one-of-a-kind ranging from estates like the former home of literary legend Dorothy Parker, to modest,1 bedroom homes. Scattered throughout the 31.2 square miles of Tinicum the home styles, ages and acreages vary tremendously, offering 19th century farmhouses, 1970s bi-levels and ranches, turn of the 20th century river-front bungalows, and a smattering of Victorians, contemporaries, log cabins and converted barns on lots as small as a third of an acre, and as large as 100+ acres.
Camping, hiking, biking and kayaking opportunities plus seasonal white water rafting are among the activities that draw visitors and prospective residents to Tinicum, as do the scenic vistas, historic grist mills and quaint covered bridges. State game lands #56, with its 600+ acres of pristine forest is a huge attraction for hunters and hikers alike. There is little commercial development, but Tinicum does boast great parks, Sand Castle Winery, a few antique shops, several great restaurants , D&L canal and the bridge to Frenchtown, NJ.
The natural beauty of Tinicum – it’s narrow, winding roads, red shale cliffs, streams, some deep enough to swim in, and even the unique fragrance of freshly fallen black walnuts provide a lovely refuge from the hectic pace of day-to-day life.
Gail Nagele-Hopkins is an experienced, local real estate professional with substantial buying and selling experience in the Tinicum area, managing and overseeing millions of dollars of real estate transactions. For true expertise and outstanding service, contact Gail directly at 215-859-9304.