Cindy Ridgway knows Lower Merion real estate. One reason she's such an expert, is because she is constantly touring all the local new listings. That keeps her up to date on everything that's out there, informed on trends and pricing, and arms her with first-hand info to give her clients every edge she can. Hot spring markets are nothing new in this area. What might be a surprise is that this 2020 Spring market seems to have already picked up considerable speed, and we haven't even hit March yet. Well-priced homes, marketed by good realtors in desirable neighborhoods, are being quickly scooped up by eager buyers. That's why many of the homes Cindy has toured in the last two weeks, and even the last couple of days, have already gone under contract. Here are Cindy's notes on thirteen of them - some of the ones that sold and some of the ones that are still on the market - giving you a whirlwind tour of open houses with needing to leave home!
This renovated Colonial in Bala is a 2353 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath that quickly went under agreement after being listed for $679K. It has a back deck, driveway, and detached one-car garage. An open floorplan on the main level leads to white modern kitchen, with stainless appliances and quartzite countertops. The master suite is by itself on the third floor, with a full bath and walk-in closet. 2017 updates included electric, HVAC, and windows. See the rest at: 120 Bentley Ave, Bala Cynwyd.
Cindy toured another renovated Bala Colonial this week, just a block from that last one. This home is a 2671 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath, listed for $775K. Everything is brand new in this modern kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless appliances, and gray-marbled white quartz counters. The double-sided first-floor gas fireplace adds another modern touch, as does the walk-in, frameless glass shower in the master. Go to the March 1 open house, or see more here: 366 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd
In Bala's College Park neighborhood, Cindy toured this 2929 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath Colonial, listed for $699K. If you're looking for that locally-elusive first floor master, this home has one currently being used as a family room. This first-floor master has a big closet and a renovated marble bath. The master suite on the second floor also has a big closet and full bath. It's now listed as active under contract (that's the status today, 2/26), but you can still see photos and details at: 114 East Princeton Road, Bala Cynwyd
Cindy's tour took her to this sprawling mid-century modern home on a couple of acres in Penn Valley. This unique 6833 sq ft, 5 bed/6.3 bath ranch, architect-designed to wrap around a central courtyard with a pool, is listed for $1.2M. One big wing of the home, with its own entrance, is currently being used an as an office, but might have some potential as separate living quarters. Calling this home "one-of-a-kind" feels like an understatement. See for yourself at: 708 Righters Mill Rd, Penn Valley.
Also in Penn Valley, but closer to Narberth Borough, is this 2734 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath stone Colonial. It needs some work, but highlights include a main-floor bedroom with a wheelchair accessible bath. When Cindy toured the home, it was priced, "as-is" at $610K; it's now listed as Pending. You may have missed your chance at this one, but you can still see more at: 712 Arlington Rd, Narberth
Next, Cindy toured this 2259 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, center-hall Colonial, listed for $675K. It sits on .62 acres, with a pool and attached two-car garage, in a Penn Valley neighborhood near the Oak Hill development. The Narberth address might be a little confusing, as this part of Penn Valley is a couple miles from Narberth Borough - but you can drive there in under ten minutes. The master suite has a custom walk-in closet and new master bath with an oversized walk-in shower. Updates include new paint throughout, refinished hardwoods, and updated baths. You can see it at open houses on Saturday and Sunday, or just check out the photos and info here: 1201 Chermar Lane, Narberth
Want to live in a great Wynnewood neighborhood a block away from popular South Ardmore Park? If recent history is any guide, you'll need to move fast to have a shot at this 2912 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath stone Colonial, listed for $610K. The wood-paneled first floor den is a classic touch. A finished lower level has a recreational area, as well as a darkroom with a water source. This one is pretty new on the market, so check it out at 620 Greythorne Road, Wynnewood.
You may have missed your shot at this one in Wynnewood's Penn Wynne section. Before it went under agreement, this 2016 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath stone Colonial was listed for $550K. The quarter-acre lot has a creek running through the middle of the backyard, with a sturdy private bridge joining the two halves. The kitchen has black countertops and stainless appliances. Updates include the master bath upgrade and a newer roof. Take a look at: 54 Allendale Rd, Wynnewood
In Wynnewood's Shortridge neighborhood, Cindy toured this 2149 sq ft, 2 bed/2 bath ranch, listed in "as-is" condition for $525K. This home sits on a half-acre lot, with a driveway and a shed, just a few blocks from Whole Foods and the Wynnewood shopping center. Highlights include hardwood floors, built-ins, and wainscoting. Here's another one that went under agreement in less than a week, but you can still take a look at: 1040 Nicholson Road, Wynnewood
This next Wynnewood home Cindy toured is a 4080 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath stone Colonial, listed for $890K. It sits on a big .87 acre lot with a big backyard, long driveway and oversized two-car detached garage. There's a fireplace and custom bar in the living room with a sink and two fridges. The kitchen has granite and high-end stainless appliances. An adjacent great room has exposed beams in the vaulted ceilings. The master has a big, modern bath and a massive walk-in closet. Plenty to like about this new listing, so take a look at: 128 Farwood Rd, Wynnewood.
You can't get much closer to award-winning Merion Elementary than this 4003 sq ft, 4 bed/2.5 bath in Merion Station, listed for $800K. It sits on more than half an acre, with a big, level backyard and an attached garage. The eat-in kitchen has medium wood cabinetry, light counters, and black appliances, with two sinks, dishwashers, and wall ovens. A partially finished lower level has a wet bar and a laundry area. This is another one that seems to have gone under agreement since Cindy toured it, but you can check out the pics and details at: 415 Baird Road, Merion Station
Next up, in Villanova, Cindy toured this updated 5845 sq ft, 5 bed/3.2 bath Tudor-style carriage house, listed for $1.119M. It's sits on a .68 acre wooded lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Inside is a wonderful mix of old Main Line character, like hardwoods, moldings, built-ins and pocket doors, along with the modern amenities buyers have on their wish lists. The master has a big cedar closet and a luxurious bath. Part of the home is a self-contained, two bedroom apartment, with it's own entrance, that could be an au pair or in-law suite, or be rented as an apartment. See more photos and details at: 1851 Mallard Lane, Villanova
Continuing West out of Lower Merion, Cindy finished up her tour at this 1302 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath saltbox Colonial. This West Wayne home was listed at $475K, but is now showing as under agreement. It has a modern white eat-in kitchen, and a formal dining room. The master has vaulted ceilings and an updated bath. Highlights include Central AC and a partially finished basement. See the rest at: 601 Lanmore Avenue, Wayne
The unseasonably warm weather seems to be accelerating buyers' calendars and launching the Spring market right in the middle of Groundhog and Superbowl season! Well-priced homes in popular neighborhoods are all drawing attention. The ones marketed by skilled agents, with local ties and experience, are experiencing this even more so, often drawing feeding-frenzies of competing buyers. The best agent-listed properties have been pushing asking prices and leave nothing on the table in these multiple offer scenarios.
Do yourself a favor if you're looking to buy - get an agent who knows your target school district, target neighborhoods, and even the streets you prefer. If you don't have one, in a fast-moving market like this, you'll likely be watching the buyers who do, get the houses you want. If you're selling, get an experienced agent to make sure you generate maximum attention, properly manage the interest, channel the activity into strong offers, and guide you through inspections to maximize your bottom line when the sale is complete.
Here are notes on nineteen of the homes Cindy toured recently. Some of these were broker open houses, and some were homes she toured with clients. As you'll see, many of them are already under agreement - so if you see something you like, don't hesitate to investigate. And if you want help finding something specific, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and have her set up an automatic search for you. That way you'll get alerts when new stuff hits.
First up, on a third of an acre, in a Bala cul-de-sac, is this 2691 sq ft, 3 bed/3.1 bath split level. It was listed for $619,900, but is already listed as "sale pending". The kitchen has stainless appliances and quartz countertops, with a middle island. The ground level family room has a Murphy bed and an adjoining half-bath. An updated master bath has heated floors and an oversized walk-in shower. The family member looking for privacy will love the third-floor bedroom with built-ins and it's own full bath. See more at 107 W Rock Hill Rd, Bala Cynwyd.
Also in Bala, close to the Cynwyd Trail, Cindy toured this 5346 sq ft, 6 bed/4.1 bath center-hall stone Colonial, listed for $1.225M. The home is full of classic touches like crown molding, original hardwood floors, built-ins, and deep-silled windows. The modern white kitchen has granite and stainless, double ovens and double sinks, a big center island and terra cotta floors. The light-filled family room has beautiful windows and high ceilings, with exposed beams. See the rest of 315 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd.
Next up was this 3625 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath carriage house on 1.89 acres backing up to the Merion Tribute House in Merion Station. It came on the market with a list price of $1.1M, but is now listed as "active under contract". So you can still see it, but they're working with an existing offer. It has a beautiful stone exterior, and the inside looks freshly painted. The kitchen has a modern look, with porthole doors, peninsula cooktop, and stainless appliances. An unfinished "hayloft" may have potential to be renovated as a master suite with high ceilings and exposed beams. See for yourself at: 354 Baird Rd, Merion Station.
You can't get much closer to Narberth Borough's popular downtown than this Narberth Victorian. It's a 2866 sq ft, 5 bed/4 bath that's currently configured as a 4-unit residence, each with separate utilities. The owners lived on the first floor, renting two apartments on the second floor, and one on the third. All three rentals are currently occupied, and the home was offered at a list price of $699K. Like the last couple of homes mentioned, this one has already gone under agreement. See the rest at: 102 Grayling Ave, Narberth.
Just a couple blocks from Narberth Borough's Montgomery Avenue border is this 1270 sq ft, 3 bed/1 bath Penn Valley twin, listed for $275K. The price is low for a home this close to the Borough because, according to the listing, it "reflects the need for substantial updating". Buyers who are looking to put their own stamp on a property will like the location, front porch, brick fireplace, and flat back yard. See the rest of the photos and details at: 428 Brookhurst Ave, Narberth.
Wynnewood stretches for quite a bit across Lower Merion Township, with many distinct and very different neighborhoods. Cindy toured through several of these neighborhoods in the past few weeks, starting with this 3978 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath in Wynnewood's Penn Wynne section, listed for $799K. It sits on more than a third of an acre, a short walk from both Penn Wynne Park and Penn Wynne Elementary. It has an attached garage with lower level access, an updated kitchen, and central AC. See more at: 218 Lloyd Lane, Wynnewood.
In that same neighborhood, on a quarter-acre lot, a little closer to Penn Wynne Park, Cindy toured this 2892 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath split level, listed for $593K. An eat-in kitchen has white cabinets, counters and appliances, with a stainless fridge. The walk-out finished basement has everything you need to make it an in-law or au-pair suite, with a bedroom and full bath and living space with a fireplace, in addition to laundry and a half bath. Check it out for yourself at: 260 Wiltshire Rd, Wynnewood.
On the other side of Penn Wynne Elementary is this 1056 sq ft, 3 bed/1.1 bath twin, listed for $315K. Upgrades include a white, updated kitchen with stainless appliances, new recessed lighting throughout, a new stone and mantel fireplace, a new boiler, and a new hot water heater. The walk-out lower level has entertainment space, laundry, and a bedroom. 260 Henley Rd, Wynnewood.
In one of Wynnewood's Haverford Township neighborhoods, Cindy toured this 2597 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath Colonial, listed for $725K. Built in 2014, it's practically new by Main Line standards. The feature-laden master bedroom suite clicks all the boxes, with its high tray ceilings, twin walk-in closets, and luxurious bath, complete with soaking tub and large stall shower. It's already under contract, but you can see more photos and details at: 1001 Hampstead Rd, Wynnewood.
In a popular Wynnewood neighborhood surrounding South Ardmore Park, Cindy toured this 2607 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath stone Colonial. It was listed for $600K, but has gone under agreement since Cindy toured it. The driveway wraps around to an attached garage in the back. The kitchen has double gas ovens and connects to a breakfast room. A number of rooms have built-in wood shelving, including a newly carpeted first-floor office. See what you missed at: 627 Greythorne Road, Wynnewood.
Right across from South Ardmore Park is another new listing that quickly went under contract. It's a 2489 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath stone Colonial, that received multiple offers after being listed for $649K. The kitchen isn't huge, but it's been recently updated with white cabinets, granite and stainless. The outdoor areas are nicely landscaped and well-kept. See more at: 1407 Sussex Road, Wynnewood
In that great Wynnewood neighborhood wedged between Suburban Square, Narberth Borough, and Lower Merion High School, Cindy toured this 6498 sq ft, 6 bed/6.1 bath English manor home, listed for $1.575M. This big home has a gorgeous stone exterior, and sits on a large (.68 acre) yard with a pool. The spacious eat-in kitchen, updated in 2012, has white cabinets, high-end stainless appliances, marble countertops, and a large center island. The master has two walk-in closets and a master bath with a luxurious walk-in shower. See more details and photos at: 320 Fairhill Rd, Wynnewood.
This next one, on the same street, has already gone under contract. It's a 3401 sq ft, 5 bed/4.1 bath, that was listed for $795K. The first floor has wood floors, neutral colors, and high ceilings with recessed lighting and built-in speakers. The kitchen has wood cabinetry with high-end stainless appliances. All the bedrooms have attached baths. The home has an attached 2-car garage and a finished lower level with a recreational area, wet bar, laundry and storage. You may be too late for this one, but you can still see it at: 325 Fairhill Road, Wynnewood.
Not all the new listings were in Wynnewood this month! Here's one that Cindy toured in Ardmore, just two blocks from Chestnutwold Elementary. It's a 1572 sq ft, 3 bed/1.1 bath, with a driveway and detached garage, listed for $428K. The first floor has hardwood floors, and exposed beams, with a gas fireplace in the living room. The eat-in kitchen has decent size and potential. An addition on the back added two bedrooms. The finished basement offers additional living space, and includes a powder room and a utility sink. See more at: 2430 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Ardmore.
In North Bryn Mawr, halfway between Rosemont College and Harriton High School, and close to Ashbridge Park, is this 5726 sq ft, 8 bed/4.1 bath, listed for $879K. On almost an acre of land, in this neighborhood, and at the asking price, this large house offers a great opportunity for someone looking to make their own updates. It's a very cool house, with tons of character and interesting features, but, for example, most contemporary buyers will want to update to a bigger, modern kitchen. You could put a number of kids on the third floor with its five bedrooms and two baths, creating a space all their own. Make sure to check out the amazing wraparound porch. See for yourself at: 333 Thornbrook Avenue, Bryn Mawr.
Also in Bryn Mawr, was this huge 9283 sq ft, 8 bed/7.1 bath manor home, listed for $1,695,750. It's steeped in Main Line character, with 10-foot ceilings, extensive woodwork, original hardwood floors, detailed molding, and seven fireplaces. Old world meets new when you get to the modern kitchen and butler's pantry, with sub-zero fridge, 6-burner commercial range, two dishwashers, and built-in pizza oven. The master has a fireplace and a luxurious marble bath. See the rest at: 624 Morris Avenue, Bryn Mawr.
Just around the corner from Gladwyne's charming little village, is this 2748 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath Colonial, listed for $745K. This historic property sits on .7 acres, with a landscaped backyard, 2-car garage, and a slate patio. You can see the property's vintage in the wood floors, classic windows and exposed-beam ceiling, but the eat-in kitchen looks modern and practical. A sunroom addition overlooks the backyard. See more at: 914 Black Rock Rd, Gladwyne.
Heading west of Lower Merion, Cindy toured a couple of Wayne homes, starting with this 3615 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath Arts & Crafts Victorian, listed for $950K. This 1890's home features a split staircase, built-in bench, original wainscoting, pocket doors, and built-in shelving. A 2004 renovation expanded the kitchen, and added a breakfast area and a deck. Other additions include an expanded master bath, hall bath, and second floor laundry area. See more pics and details at: 415 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne.
Last but not least, in the South Wayne Historic District, Cindy toured this 3478 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath Colonial, listed for $1.365M. The .3 acre lot includes a gated driveway, detached two-car garage with storage above, and a level backyard. The bright, high ceilinged kitchen includes a butler's pantry, two ovens, a Sub-Zero fridge, and a big center island. Updates include new windows, refinished hardwood floors, updated wiring, new hot water heater, new boiler (converted from oil to gas), and an updated Central AC system. See it for yourself at: 237 Pembroke Avenue, Wayne.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.