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.
The local Spring market is well underway, and we've learned a few things. The pent-up demand for homes, plus the urgency to buy in Spring and close during summer vacation, has created a seller's market. Well-priced homes, especially those in certain price ranges, are inspiring bidding wars, with winning bids substantially above asking price. Like last year, homes that are "done" with new kitchens, baths and/or central air are commanding outsized premiums over houses that need updating. With interests rates still relatively low, buyers are showing a strong preference for taking on a larger mortgage over living through a renovation project. New construction or wholly renovated homes, in established neighborhoods, are particularly prized and especially competitive.
Cindy's buyers and sellers have kept her plenty busy this Spring, but she's still managing to get out on tour to stay on top of the local inventory. Here are a couple dozen of the new listings she saw in the last two weeks. Many of them are already under contract, but it's worth checking them out if you want to start getting a handle on the current market.
Cindy started her tour in Bala with this 7708 sq ft, 6 bed/4.2 bath colonial, listed for $1.25M. This home sits on over 3/4 of an acre, next to a wildlife preserve, with a patio and large deck out back, a driveway and attached garage. This home is relatively young for the area, at just 22 years old, and has some updated features like new kitchen counters, new roof, and new two-zone gas heat. The large master suite has a sitting room with a gas fireplace, and a tray ceiling in the bedroom. See more at: 116 Righters Ferry Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
Right down the road from award winning Merion Elementary, was this 3010 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath. It was listed for $819K, but like many of the homes Cindy visited, this one didn't last on the market very long, and is currently under contract. The updated kitchen has butcher block counters, Viking professional range, Liebherr refrigerator and a Bosch dishwasher, but the stainless steel cabinetry is the really unique touch. See more details and all the photos at: 626 S. Bowman Ave, Merion Station.
Also on Bowman Ave, but in Wynnewood's Shortridge neighborhood, was this 1608 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath stone colonial. It was listed for $559K, and is under contract. The updated kitchen has granite and stainless, and ceiling height cabinets. An unfinished attic offers possibilities for additional living space. See all the pics and details at: 931 Bowman Ave, Wynnewood.
This 2153 sq ft, 5 bed/2.1 bath colonial is also under agreement. It's in a Lower Merion neighborhood with a Narberth street address just outside of the Borough, itself. The property has a great covered front porch, a detached garage and driveway, and a partially finished basement. The mudroom has wonderful and smart built-ins, and the added butler's pantry is also a great first floor space. The location doesn't get much better than this, either. Check it out at: 434 Anthwyn Rd, Narberth.
When the photo gallery for a new listing includes some aerial photography, it typically indicates a larger, higher budget, impressive home. This custom built 7448 sq ft, 4 bed/5.2 bath, listed for $1.825M, does not disappoint. The one-acre lot sits on a quiet street next to the third fairway of the Philadelphia Country Club. It has four fireplaces, arched doorways, high coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, first-floor radiant heat, and a gourmet kitchen. The master bedroom suite is huge and loaded, with his-and-hers walk-in closets, and marble bath, with stall shower, whirlpool tub, and radiant heat floors. See the rest of the details and all the photos at: 921 Stony Ln, Gladwyne, PA 19035.
Want two houses on one lot? On almost half an acre in Gladwyne, is this 2689 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath, with a 1500 sq ft house out back at the far end of a flat grassy yard. Listed for $995K, this property could be configured to give you a guest house, in-law or au pair residence, studio, or office. The kitchen is open to a breakfast area and a sitting room, that has french doors to the deck and back yard. See the rest of this unique listing at: 305 Righters Mill Rd, Gladwyne, PA 19035.
Next up was this 3 bed/2.1 bath updated Bryn Mawr home, listed for $995K. It sits on more than half an acre in a North Bryn Mawr neighborhood adjacent to Harriton High School. The current homeowners reconfigured the home layout and added a cape-style second floor with two bedrooms and a bath. The updated kitchen is open, with granite counters and white cabinets. A first-floor master suite is on the wish-list of some buyers, and this one is large, with huge walk-in closets. The property also has a big yard, with a patio, and a two-car attached garage. See the rest at: 730 Woodleave Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Cindy toured two Bryn Mawr properties listed at $995K, and this second one, just down the street, was a 3655 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath Spanish style home. It has a marble entryway, and hardwood floors throughout much of the first floor. The modern kitchen has a big Viking range, center island, granite counters, white cabinets, walk-in pantry, and a breakfast room that leads to the patio. The Spanish style is carried throughout the house, especially the back yard and patio. See for yourself at: 1310 Pine Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Halfway between Harriton High School and the Philadelphia Country Club, was this 7300 sq ft, 4 bed/4.2 bath, listed for $1.5M. The one-acre lot has a big terrace on the back of the house, overlooking a large, flat, nicely landscaped back yard. This home has pretty much everything you'd expect at the price point. The kitchen is stocked with features, including: granite countertops, a new Sub-Zero fridge, Bosch dishwasher, a new Wolf gas-burning stove with double ovens, 6 burners, griddle & stainless overhead exhaust, and a wall mounted Thermador double oven. See all the details and photos at: 840 Roscommon Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
The next Bryn Mawr home Cindy toured had a list price of $1.175M, and quickly went under contract. This 5392 sq ft, 4 bed/3.2 bath sits on a half-acre lot on the other (South) side of Bryn Mawr, near Sacred Heart Academy. The big updated kitchen has a Butler's Pantry, granite countertops, double wall ovens, pantry closet, 5 burner gas range, double stainless steel sinks, hardwood floors, and an adjoining breakfast room. The master suite has a large bathroom, dressing area, and two, huge walk-in closets. A three-car garage connects to the mud room, which has a closet with plumbing to be an additional powder room. See more at: 304 W. Laurier Pl, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
Another one that went under contract right away was this 4 bed/3 bath split level in Bryn Mawr's Garrett Hill neighborhood, next to a park and playground. Listed for $635K, this home was extensively remodeled in 2016. One nice addition is the upper floor master suite, with custom his/her walk in closet and an elegant master bath. Check it out at 309 Rockingham Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
A few blocks from South Ardmore Park, Cindy toured this 1260 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath twin, listed for $364,500. It was a "coming soon" listing when Cindy saw it, and it quickly went under agreement. The updated kitchen has granite and stainless, while then lower level has a family room/guest room, with a full bath and laundry room. It's off the market now, but you can see what you missed at: 2211 Bryn Mawr Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Next up was this 5222 sq ft, 5 bed/5.1 bath, in a neighborhood next to the Merion Cricket Club, listed for $1.425M. The modern, open kitchen has a marble backsplash, custom cabinets and high-end stainless appliances. The master suite includes a walk-in closet, dressing room, loaded bathroom, and a Juliette balcony overlooking the patio. The upper floor has another suite that could either be used as a second master or an au pair/guest suite. See it for yourself at: 227 Winsor Ln, Haverford, PA 19041.
Since there are so many neighborhoods in sprawling Wynnewood, there are often a number of new listings in a given week. Cindy started the Wynnewood leg of her tour with this 2016 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath colonial, listed for $520K, just across Montgomery Ave from Narberth Borough. The first level has hardwood floors, built in cabinetry, arched doorways, and a fireplace. There's an attached garage and an unfinished basement with a laundry area. See the rest at: 1259 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Next up was this 3364 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath split level, in a Wynnewood neighborhood halfway between Lankenau Hospital and South Ardmore Park. Listed for $800K, the property includes an attached garage, a driveway, and a brick patio out back. An eat-in kitchen has plenty of windows and a center island. The lower level has a family room with gas fireplace and wet bar, a workshop, and a billiards room. Check out the details and photos at: 448 Ballytore Rd, Wynnewood.
In Wynnewood's Indian Creek neighborhood, behind St. Charles Seminary, Cindy toured this 3677 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath colonial, listed for $889K. The half-acre lot includes a patio, a koi pond, and a newly renovated pool. The renovated great room, currently set up like an office, has a vaulted ceiling with skylights and ceiling fans, a wall of windows, and beautiful wooden built in shelving. The finished lower level with a bar and entertaining space. has a retro feel, described as a 50's theme. It's already under contract, but you can still check it out at: 917 Honeysuckle Ln, Wynnewood.
Cindy also toured another Indian Creek listing, and as of 4/22, this one still on the market. It's a 4051 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $819K. The family room has a stone fireplace, french doors to a deck, and skylights in a cool two-story vaulted ceiling. A center island in the large eat-in kitchen has a gas cooktop built in. The finished lower level has office space, a family room, laundry and storage. See more at: 812 Primrose Ln, Wynnewood.
This 2579 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath colonial, near South Ardmore Park, was listed for $765K, and quickly found a buyer. The wall of glass block in the kitchen lets in plenty of light. Built-in shelves in one of the bedrooms make it serve well as a guest room/office. The two-car attached garage and the full unfinished basement both add more usable space to the home. See what the buyers saw at: 1329 Wyngate Rd, Wynnewood.
In that same Wynnewood neighborhood, Cindy toured this 3120 sq ft, 6 bed/3.1 bath center hall colonial, listed for $839K. Don't fall in love with this one either because it has also gone under agreement. The updated kitchen has granite counters, tile backsplash, white cabinets, a wine fridge, and high-end stainless appliances. There are plenty of upgrades, including many newer windows, refinished floors and upgraded heating system. This one's off the market, but you can still see the photos at: 1319 Hillside Rd, Wynnewood.
In Wynnewood's Penn Wynne neighborhood, Cindy toured this 2520 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath center hall colonial, listed for $642,500. Classic Main Line features like built-in shelving, hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting, and a stone fireplace coexist with contemporary amenities, like a modern, white kitchen with high-end stainless appliances and granite counters. The unfinished basement serves as a playroom, laundry and storage. See the rest at: 50 Rosedale Rd, Wynnewood.
Another home that drew immediate interest and a quick offer is this 4189 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath center hall colonial, that was listed for $899K. It's in the Wynnewood neighborhood next to Lower Merion High School, so it's also close to downtown Ardmore. A nice kitchen is connected to a huge mudroom, that leads to a brand new composite deck. The upgraded master bath has a spacious walk-in shower. Other updates include a new architectural shingle roof, complete professional repainting of exterior and interior, and a new split zone central air conditioning system. The lower level is very nicely finished. See for yourself at: 337 Wister Rd, Wynnewood.
One more Wynnewood home on Cindy's tour went under contract before these notes were published - it's a 3010 sq ft, 4 bed/2.2 bath, that had an asking price of $600K. It has a nice, white, modern kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. The built-in cubbies for the kids, by the playroom, is a nice touch. See what you missed at: 39 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.