Every week, Cindy Ridgway tours new listings in and around the Lower Merion School District. Here's a collection of notes she took from homes she previewed in the past two weeks, in Bala Cynwyd, Penn Valley, Narberth, Wynnewood and Ardmore. If you see one you like, or even if you're looking for something different, get Cindy on your side to give you the edge you need in this competitive market. Contact Cindy.
Starting on the eastern side of the LMSD, Cindy toured a few new Bala Cynwyd listings. First up was this 2800 sq ft, 5 bed/2.1 bath stone colonial, listed for $599K. It's in a Bala neighborhood just east of the revitalized NOBA district, with a flat backyard and a detached garage. You can give a couple of kids their own floor, because three bedrooms, including the master, are on the second, with two more beds and a bath on the third. The kitchen is updated with stainless and granite, and there's central AC on the upper two floors. See more at: 4 E. Newfield Way, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
On the same street, is this 4 bed/3.1 bath colonial listed for $925K. It has 3555 sq ft of living space on a third of an acre, with a big back patio and a detached two-car garage. There are couple of special touches, like heated marble floors in the foyer and a wraparound staircase, plus some modern upgrades, like a new heating system, new AC, a security system and smart-home wiring. See the rest at: 13 E. Newfield Way, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
Next up was this 4 bed/3 bath Cape Cod in Penn Valley, listed for $850K. The half-acre lot, with detached garage, is in a neighborhood just around the corner from both the Belmont Hills Pool and Library. The charming stone exterior is paired with a more modern interior, including a nicely updated eat-in kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and hardwood floors. First floor master suites aren't terribly common in this area, but the traditional Cape layout of this home offers one. This is especially noteworthy to those searching for one-story living, for themselves, or as an "in-law" suite possibility. See for yourself at: 1126 Hillcrest Rd, Penn Valley, PA 19072.
In another Penn Valley neighborhood, this one just across Montgomery Ave from Narberth Borough, Cindy toured this brand new 5 bed/4.2 bath home. New construction is at a premium in densely populated Lower Merion, so it's unsurprising that this big, beautiful new house carries a $1.925M price tag. It has the requisite huge, bright white kitchen, with Quartzite countertops and high-end stainless appliances, along with the gorgeous bathrooms you'd expect in this price range. Plenty of living space inside, with a .65 acre lot that's a short drive to everything. Check out the details and photos at: 626 Broad Acres Rd, Narberth, PA 19072.
Homes in Narberth Borough are always in demand because this small community has everything so many modern buyers have high on their checklists. If you want true walkability, a real downtown, and the region's easiest commute, in a tight-knit community known for its free family events, Narberth tops every list. (See more about the Borough of Narberth here.) But good things come in small packages, and the entire Borough occupies a scant half-square mile. If that doesn't limit inventory enough, you could target a specific neighborhood, like Narbrook Park. This private community, just across the street from Narberth Park, has so few homes, it's easy for years to go buy without any coming on the market. So if you've been waiting for one, you'll want to check out this 1772 sq ft, 4 bed/1.1 bath Colonial, listed for $600K. Look inside and read more at: 42 Narbrook Park, Narberth, PA 19072.
This Wynnewood mansion has the feel of a property that could be updated into something spectacular. It's a 10,000 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath classic Tudor, on .78 acres, near the grounds of Lankenau Hospital. Listed for $785K, the home is full of elegant touches, like dramatic staircases, intricate moldings, built-ins, and exposed beam ceilings. See more of this unique home at: 310 E. Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
,Also in Wynnewood, in a neighborhood by Penn Wynne Park, is this 3993 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath split level. The main floor library/office with a full bath, adds bedroom potential for those who need a one-floor living solution. Depending on your bedroom needs, you could create one big master suite on the third level, complete with outdoor upper deck access. The lower level is being used as a media room, with a big movie screen on one wall. See more at: 1303 W. Indian Creek Dr, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Right around the corner from the last two Wynnewood properties is this 3200 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, on .62 acres with a big back yard and a gorgeous pool. Listed for $899K, the home has a dramatic high-ceilinged foyer, with a big sweeping staircase, next to a formal dining room with wainscotting and inlaid parquet floors. The master bath is big and loaded with features. The pool is one of the highlights of this one, so we included a pic from warmer weather, so you could appreciate it. See the rest at: 312 Barwynne Lane, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
This 1240 sq ft, 3 bed/1 bath twin proves that you don't need a big budget to get into one of the hottest towns on the Main Line. Listed for $329K, this Ardmore home is a the neighborhood next to Lindenwold Elementary School, and just a mile from Ardmore's bustling downtown. The updated kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. Check out all the details and pics at: 625 Georges lane, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Just a couple of blocks over is this 1987 sq ft, 4 bed/2 bath Ardmore twin, listed for $349K. The entire third floor is the master suite, which is perfect for a parent getaway, with the kids in the three second floor bedrooms. A laundry shoot leads to a full basement. The house also has a detached garage and an updated kitchen. See more at: 2922 Rising Sun Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Some agents surely had more exciting plans for President's Day Weekend, but staying in town gave Cindy the edge she needed to score this property for her clients. Cindy kept tabs on this "coming soon" listing for a month, so when it hit on Saturday, she had her clients in it, and an offer made, before most people knew it was on the market. Speed was especially important in this highly competitive Merion Golf Manor neighborhood. It's a 2014 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath brick colonial that was listed for $565K. See what you missed at: 109 Shawnee Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003.
While it's not quite prime house-hunting season yet, the real estate market in and around the Lower Merion School District actually seen a good deal of activity in these first weeks of 2019. Cindy toured quite a few places already this year, and a number of the properties are already sold or under agreement. She'll still give you some notes on the unavailable ones just so you can see what the inventory looks like this winter. If you want more info on anything that still out there, or have any other questions about the local real estate market, reach out to Cindy here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First up was this Villanova 4 bed/4 bath, listed for $839K. The home has a classic stone exterior with a modern feel inside. It sits on 3/4 of an acre, with a pool and a pond, in a nicely landscaped back yard, close to Montgomery Ave and not far from Villanova University. The kitchen has granite counters and high-end stainless appliances. Clever built-ins and good storage throughout. See more at: 415 Spring Mill Rd, Villanova, PA 19085.
Cindy toured some homes outside the LMSD, including a few just a bit west down Lancaster Ave, in Wayne and St. David's. This 3436 sq ft, 6 bed/2.5 bath colonial in Wayne is listed for $715K. It's on a quiet cul-de-sac, with a 3/4 acre+ lot, in a neighborhood between Wayne's downtown and the King of Prussia Mall. The laundry room is on the second floor with the master and the other five bedrooms. there are hardwoods throughout the first floor, and a sun porch. The property has a driveway and an attached two-car garage. See the rest at 907 Ivycroft Rd, Wayne PA 19087.
Also in Wayne was this $1.150M 6 bedroom corner property that needed a bit of work. It was a quiet listing that has since gone under agreement.
This new listing was the furthest from LMSD, out in Newtown Square in a neighborhood next to Delaware County Christian School. It's a 2633 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, on almost an acre of land, listed for $675K. The kitchen has nice cherry cabinetry, granite counters and stainless appliances, and the bathrooms have been newly updated. The partially finished lower level looks like a great teen hangout. See more at: 805 Malin Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073.
Want the convenience of a Lower Merion address, with the feel of a house in the woods? Check out this Gladwyne 3 bed/2.5 bath, listed for $509,900. On the plus side are the .8 acres on a wooded lot, the detached garage with an in-law suite above, and updated kitchen and baths. The home definitely needs the right buyer, as evidenced by this seller disclaimer: "This property is in need of renovations and is bank owned. There is no seller's property disclosure, the buyer is responsible for obtaining the U and O and the property is being sold as is." Check it out for yourself at: 1125 Mill Creek Rd, Gladwyne, PA 19035.
This Haverford home sits at the end of a long driveway on a cul-de-sac of impressive homes in a high-end Haverford neighborhood. It's a 5860 sq ft, 6 bed /6 bath, listed for $1.75M. There's plenty to like inside this home, including an outstanding modern kitchen with white cabinets, wet bar and wine fridge, high-end appliances, and butler's pantry. One property highlight is the guest suite on the lower level, below the large, detached garage. See the rest at: 32 Evans Ln, Haverford, PA 19041.
A few Bryn Mawr options have already hit the market in 2019, including this completely renovated home that looks like new construction in the neighborhood behind the Baldwin School. This 4490 sq ft 5 bed/5 bath was listed for $1.495, but is now under agreement. If you like the look of new, clean, white and modern, you'll want to check out the rest of the photos at: 613 New Gulph Rd. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
This 140-year-old Montgomery Ave building, just a block away from Bryn Mawr's charming downtown, was recently converted into three luxury condos. #1 is a 2778 sq ft, 2 bed/3 bath, available for $769,900. This condo has a sweeping grand staircase, high ceilings, antique tiled fireplace, and beautiful architectural features throughout. It does a good job of bringing old Main Line charm and character into an updated modern condominium. Take a look for yourself at: 802 Montgomery Ave W, #1, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Unit #3 is a loft condo, accessible by staircase of private elevator. It's a 2277 sq ft, 2 bed/ 3 bath, listed for $649,900. See the rest of the details and all the photos at: 802 Montgomery Ave W, #3, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
This Ardmore home, on Berkley Rd, went under agreement and quickly closed. The new owners got a 1705 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath in a neighborhood near Haverford College.
If you're looking in that part of Ardmore, you'll want to check out this new listing right around the corner from the last one. It's an 1837 sq ft, 4 bed/2 bath mission-style bungalow, listed for $469K. It has a newly-built sunroom in the front and, relatively rare for the area, a first-floor master. The updated kitchen has granite and stainless and a center island. See for yourself at: 2924 Morris Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Wynnewood is very big and spread out, with all types of neighborhoods, some very different from each other. So while many of the homes Cindy tours have Wynnewood addresses, you'll often see quite a variety of locations and styles. First up of the Wynnewood new listings on Cindy's tour was this 1866 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath in the Shortridge neighborhood, near Whole Foods market and the Borough of Narberth. Listed for $599K, this home has flat back yard, with a deck, driveway, and attached garage. An addition on the back added a den/office with skylights. The updated kitchen has white cabinets and stainless appliances. See the photo gallery and more info at: 405 Holly Lane, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Next up was this 5 bed/5 bath, listed for $1.175M, in a neighborhood by Friends Central School. It has 4423 sq ft of living space on almost an acre of land, with a porch and deck out back. The interior features plenty of updates and renovations, including carpets, refinished floors, painting, a new roof, windows, doors, siding, plumbing, electrical, recessed lighting, 200 amp service, hard-wired smoke detectors, and two HVAC systems. The home has a modern kitchen with white cabinets, stainless appliances and quartz countertops. It went under agreement already, but you can still see more at: 231 Hemlock Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
This 1689 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath brick colonial, listed for $450K, is located in the Penn Wynne section of Wynnewood. Enter through an enclosed, heated front porch/playroom. The updated kitchen has an attached breakfast room that leads to a fenced in backyard. There's more potential living space in the partially finished basement. See the rest at: 130 Henley Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Just down the street is a 4 bed/4 bath, listed for $429,900. The first floor built-ins on the walls of the study and the living room are a nice touch. The basement adds more living space, and the attached garage is convenient. A third floor bed and bath offers some separation from the rest of the living quarters. It's under contract, but you can take a look at: 30 Henley Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
This 3385 sq ft 4 bed/3.1 bath stone colonial is listed for $800K. It sits on a quarter-acre lot in a Wynnewood neighborhood just north of Narberth Brough. Outside features include a slate front porch with ceiling fan, plus patios and pergolas on the side and out back. The updated kitchen has granite counters, white cabinets, hidden pantry, and high-end, stainless appliances. The home has a new roof and a finished basement. See the rest of the photos and all the details at: 551 Hansell Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Cindy toured a few new listings in nearby Havertown, including this one, which quickly went under agreement. It's a 2332 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath that was listed for $399,900. The quarter-acre lot, with big fenced back yard, is across the street from the Merion Golf Club west course. The newer kitchen has updated stainless appliances and sliders to a back deck. Someone beat you to this one, but it can't hurt to look at the pics, here: 405 Ellis Rd, Havertown , PA 19083.
This Havertown 1510 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath, is listed at $374,900. It has flat backyard, with a composite deck and new storage shed, and the attached garage connects right to the kitchen. The first floor has new hardwood floors, and features replacement windows, central air, gas heat, 200 amp electric, and a finished basement. Take a look at: 1737 Ridgeway Rd, Havertown, PA 19083.
Within walking distance from that last one was another one that went quickly under contract - this 3 bed/1 bath, listed for $349,900. This Havertown home came with a workshop/garage out back, a finished basement and a walk-up attic for storage. See more detail and all the pics at: 1111 Larchmont Ave, Havertown, PA 19083.
You may have seen this interesting 2722 sq ft, 4 bed/2 bath home on Manoa Rd. in Havertown. The inside has a pretty unique look, too, with the two story living room with the arched ceiling and vintage windows. Don't fall in love, because someone already put this one under contract. You can still see it here: 615 E Manoa Rd, Havertown, PA 19083.
This Havertown 4 bed/2 bath is listed at $379,500. It's on a cul-de-sac street that ends on the Pennsy walking trail. The home has been extensively renovated, including a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and new stainless appliances. The basement is a great storage area now, but it's in good shape, and the ceilings are plenty high enough to finish it into additional living space. See more at: 117 Yale Rd, Havertown, PA 19083.
You can't get much closer to the Bala schools than the adorable College Park neighborhood in Bala Cynwyd - and this 4 bed/2 bath is practically across the street from Cynwyd Elementary and the Bala Cynwyd Middle School. Listed for $609,900, it looks like a classic stone colonial on the outside, but features a completely updated interior. The hardwoods throughout were refinished with a dark stain. The modern kitchen has white shaker cabinets, stainless appliances and granite counters. If you check out the photos in the gallery, you can see what "virtual staging" looks like (Think empty rooms with furniture photoshopped in.) See it for yourself at: 70 W Princeton Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
Still in Bala, but in a gated community closer to City Ave, is this 5506 sq ft, 5 bed/4 bath, listed for $1.050M. The first floor has a high-ceilinged foyer, a private home office, a large great room, and a big kitchen with tons of storage, two sinks and a massive island. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all big and beautiful. See more at 101 Minfford Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
This Merion Station home is in the Merion Park neighborhood, named for the nearby General Wayne Park. The home is a 3 bed/2.1 bath colonial with 1920 sq ft of living space, and a list price of $549,900. It's a pretty house on the outside, with a nice shady backyard. The powder room is updated, and other newer features include windows(2008), new roof(2007), all new gutters(2008), new furnace/central air(2008), french drain and sump pump(2012). see for yourself at: 507 Monroe Rd, Merion Station, PA 19066.
Narberth Borough homes are always sought after, and this one is in the very popular Shirley Road neighborhood. It's a 2010 sq ft, 4 bed/2 bath, with an asking price of $699K. The first floor has a fireplace with wood-burning insert, and a kitchen updated with white cabinetry and appliances. The master bedroom has good closets. See the rest at: 11 Shirley Rd, Narberth, PA 19072.
Cindy toured a 9 bed/8 bath unique Cotswold manor house, in Gladwyne. It's a quiet listing offered at $1.99M. Contact Cindy if you're interested in learning more on this one.
There was also quiet listing in Merion Station. It's a 5 bed/5.1 bath Normandy home in the Merion Park neighborhood. This home features a relatively recent (2011) full renovation by local builder, Sposato.