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 email@example.com, 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.
In the real estate calendar, the first day of school means the start of the Fall Market. The rush to get settled in a new home, or even new school district, is mostly over for the year. People still need to sell their homes, but the inventory contracts a bit. Buyers are still out there looking, too, but they often have less urgent deadlines or no timetable at all.
Cindy always has buyers and sellers in every season, so she keeps on top of the market with her new listing tours in and around the Lower Merion School District. Here are a dozen or so newly listed properties that Cindy toured in the last couple of weeks:
First up was this six-year-old custom contemporary home in Penn Valley, near General Wayne Park, and not far from Narberth Borough's northern border. It's a 4118 sq ft, 5 bed/4.1 bath, listed for $995K. Plenty of modern touches here, with the open floorplan, clean lines, and high ceilings. The first floor master is big with a cathedral ceiling, gas fireplace, and great en-suite bath, with access to an outdoor deck. See more of this unique house at: 423 S. Woodbine Ave, Narberth.
Just a few blocks from the last one, is this 3126 sq ft, 4 bed/3.2 bath, in the Merion Park neighborhood. The home has been extensively renovated, so everything looks clean, new, and modern. It has two master suites, one each on the first and second floors. The white kitchen has quartz countertops, wood floors, and stainless appliances. The huge, finished lower level is a blank slate, with storage, laundry and a powder room. See more at 504 Lafayette Rd, Merion Station.
Here's another new listing Cindy toured in a "Near-berth" Lower Merion neighborhood, just outside the Borough. This 2391 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath Colonial is listed for $715K. The kitchen has granite and stainless, with cherry cabinets. Looking for a master on its own floor? This one has a third floor bed and full bath with master potential. Someone else may have been interested in that feature, because this one went under contract since Cindy's tour! See more photos and all the property details at: 428 Anthwyn Rd, Narberth
Five years ago, the church buildings at the corner of Price and Essex, in the middle of Narberth Borough, were completely renovated and converted to a number of residences. One of them is this 2521 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath condo, listed for $839K. With a side ramp that leads to ten front door and a main-floor master bedroom, this home offers real possibilities for one-floor living. The second first-floor bedroom has an en-suite bath and a gas fireplace. A modern, all-white kitchen has quartzite counters and hardwood floors. See the rest at: 206 Price Ave, Apt#1, Narberth.
Here's another newer Narberth home on Cindy's tour. Like the last one, it's an example of the premium price that is commanded in this local market when you combine newer construction with a highly desirable location. Narberth's combination of desirable features makes it incredibly competitive already; the few homes in the Borough that are relatively new are highly sought after by bigger-budget buyers, and are pushing the high end of Narberth's historical top-end prices. This unique home is a 4203 sq ft, 3 bed/3.1 bath craftsman, listed for $1.25M. It is gorgeous inside and out, with every feature you'd expect at the price point. Check it out for yourself at: 1 N. Sabine Ave, Narberth.
The next home on Cindy's tour was this 4 bed/2.1 bath split level, listed for $525K. It sits on a 1/4 acre lot in the Belmont Hills section of Bala, right around the corner form the Belmont Hills Pool and Library. There are custom built-ins throughout the house, in bedrooms and the walk-out lower level. There's an attached one-car garage, and also a patio out back. See more details and photos at: 115 Harvest Cir, Bala Cynwyd.
Cindy next toured this 2649 sq, 5 bed/3.1 bath renovated Mid-Century Modern Ranch style home, listed for $949K. It sits on a half-acre lot a few blocks away from Penn Wynne Elementary School. The ranch floorplan makes one-floor living possible for those buyers who need it or just want it! It has a modern kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and new stainless appliances. Updates include a new roof, garage, windows, hot water heater, and flooring. See the rest at: 267 Tomkenn Rd, Wynnewood.
Here's another home that went under agreement fast - this one in a neighborhood by South Ardmore Park. It's a 3453 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath center hall stone colonial, that was listed at $789,900. This one has a newer kitchen, finished basement and unfinished attic. You probably missed your chance to buy this one, but you can still see the details and all the pics at: 1301 Grenox Rd, Wynnewood
In nearby Ardmore, not far from Merion Golf Club, Cindy toured this 3078 sq ft, 3 bed/2.2 bath contemporary twin, listed for $475K. The kitchen is modern, with white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. There are two bedrooms and baths on the second floor, including the master. The third floor is an open loft with skylights that could easily serve as a bedroom or a home office. See for yourself at: 507 Haverford Ct, Ardmore.
The next home on Cindy's tour was located on almost an acre of land in a North Bryn Mawr neighborhood between Ashbridge Park and Bryn Mawr College. It's a 6632 sq ft, 6 bed/6.2 bath stone estate home, listed for $1.35M. The interior has all the classic Main Line touches you'd expect once you see the impressive exterior. There are hardwood floors, exposed beam ceilings, a grand front staircase, and dark wood features throughout. The vintage touches come with modern updates like a thoroughly modern white kitchen and a big, beautiful master suite. See more details and the rest of the pictures at: 1120 Ashbridge Rd, Bryn Mawr.
Next up, on 3/4 of an acre in Gladwyne, was this 2520 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath split level, listed for $724,999. It has a renovated kitchen with custom whine cabinets and countertops. The all-season glass sunroom and added sunroom are nice features, as is the attached two-car garage. The room that is currently a home office could easily be converted to be a fourth bedroom. See the whole photo gallery and more info at: 1611 Winston Rd, Gladwyne.
If it's big and it's new , and it's located in Villanova, you know it won't be for the faint of budget! But new construction isn't easy to come by in Lower Merion, and this gorgeous, brand new home has every feature you'd want and expect at this price point. The kitchen and the bathrooms are large and luxurious, and even the mudroom is smart and attractive. The bedrooms come with plenty of space and plenty of closets. Check this one out at: 1914 Stoneridge Ln, Villanova
This last home was in Wayne, further west on the Main Line from Lower Merion. It's a 3800 sq ft, 5 bed/4 bath updated stone colonial, listed for $1.49M. This one is perfect for the buyers looking for classic main line charm on the outside, with updated conveniences and amenities on the inside. The interior has both beautiful vintage elements where you want them, like wood floors, moldings and built-ins, along with modern touches like a killer kitchen and bathrooms. Outside there's a detached garage and a gorgeous covered back porch on the .8 acre lot. 304 Orchard Way, 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.