Lower Makefield Twp, Bucks County, PA

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Farmview is a 340 home development located on 430 acres. It was built in six different phases from the early to mid 1990s by Realen Homes. The phases/sections are named: Brookfield, Fairfield, Gatefield, Kimbles Field, Leedoms Field and Penns Field.

When compared to other developments of the same era, the smaller lot sizes (approximately 1/2 acre) permitted conservation of more than half the development as permanent farmland or woodlands (30% farmland and 22% woodlands) . Built according to Lower Makefield's "Farmland Cluster Ordinance," the tillable land (which is leased to 2 local farmers) is separated from residence rear yards by a buffer of vegetation. In order to maintain "rural" views, the lots are mostly located away from pre-existing town roads. All lots are served by public water and sewer. By reducing the developable land area and lot width, Farmview had savings in construction costs and promises lower, long-term public maintenance costs.

The establishment of the quasi-political "Farmland Preservation Corp." -- as well as success of the concept -- has resulted in a highly-desirable living environment.

Homes are primarily 4/5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 baths with 2 car garages.

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