For years, Cindy Ridgway shared her tours of new listings in and around Lower Merion. However, just like most industries in the region, the local real estate scene has gone through quite a few recent changes. There are currently no in-person open houses and broker tours, and individual showings have a number of restrictions and guidelines. For that reason, we've started including both homes we've been in, and also some good market examples that we've only seen in photo and video.
Fortunately, many of the recently listed homes have "virtual" tours that let you see the property through a guided video walkthrough. These video tours do a pretty good job of showing the homes (scroll down and check out some of them), but nothing compares to seeing them in person. If you'd like to set up an in-person showing of any homes you see here, contact Cindy Ridgway to set it up for you.
You'll notice that many of these listed homes went quickly under agreement. (They are included here not because they are available, but to help give an overview of where the market stands.) That's not uncommon these days, especially in some very desirable neighborhoods and price points, and especially in the case of homes that are new or extensively renovated. Local inventory is very limited and interest rates are low. That makes it a competitive situation for buyers, who benefit from knowing as soon as a house hits the market, or even before, if their agent has a strong network of local sources. Sellers with strong agents can take advantage of their extensive network, and maximize home value by attracting and negotiating multiple offer situations.
If you need an agent in and around the Lower Merion School District, get Cindy on YOUR side. Not only does she have the most Narberth home sales over the last six years (Bright/Trend 2014-2019), she also wins awards every year for her sales volume in the Lower Merion area.
This Wynnewood home just hit the market this past weekend, and it's already listed as active under contract. It's a 3398 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $775K. It sits on a big, landscaped .44 acre tree-lined lot, with a porch and pergola out back. The three-year-old kitchen still looks and feels new, while most of the house has a more classic charm, with plaster walls, flagstone floors, arched doorways and a slate roof. You may be too late to get thsi one, but you can still see the photos and details at: 1442 Hillside Rd, Wynnewood.
Another one that went active under contract during its first weekend on the market is this 2200 sq ft, 4 bed/1.2 bath, listed for $499,900. What's not to like in this Havertown Colonial, with a covered front porch, fenced back yard and detached two-car garage? The home is very well-maintained, and features an updated custom kitchen, ventless gas fireplace, charming built-ins, and a great mudroom/laundry room. There's plenty of storage in the partially-finished basement and the walk-up attic that has plenty of renovation potential. It's a great house that moved quickly. See for yourself at: 536 Kathmere Rd, Havertown
This big Penn Valley home is still relatively new, listed just eight days ago (as of June 10), but unlike the first two, it made it through its first weekend on the market! It's a 6473 sq ft, 5 bed/4.2 bath, on a 1+ acre lot near Rolling Hill Park, listed for $1.449M. The first floor has a dramatic, high ceilinged entry foyer, formal dining and living rooms, an office, and a great room that opens to an updated eat-in kitchen. There's a loaded lower level, with a bedroom and bath, and plenty of living space. The home has a deck and walkout patio out back, and three-car attached garage. See more details, photos, and even a video tour of the home at: 111 Fairview Rd, Penn Valley.
This Penn Valley home isn't a new listing, but it is still available, and it just had a price reduction. It's a 2734 sq ft, 5 bed/4.1 bath ranch, now listed at $669K. The ranch style may work for buyers looking that first floor master. If not, the big lot may work for someone who wants to tear down and build new. It sits on a one-acre corner lot with a private driveway, an attached two-car garage, and a patio out back. A 2014 renovation included a new kitchen, a new lower level bedroom, and two new baths. See more pics and details at: 909 N Woodbine Ave, Penn Valley.
This Villanova home is coming to market this weekend. It's a 4 bed/3.1 bath French Colonial, with a half-acre lot in a quiet cul-de-sac, listed for $750K. Call Cindy if you want to learn more about this coming soon Villanova listing.
The next listing has been on the market for two weeks, and is listed for $900K. It's a 3073 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath on a third of an acre backing up to the Cynwyd Trail. Recent upgrades include a new kitchen, powder room, Central AC, new hardwoods, and painting inside and out. It has a private driveway and a detached two-car garage. Additional photos and details can be found at: 308 Llandrillo Rd, Bala Cynwyd. You can take a video tour of the property here.
This 3826 sq ft, 4 bed, 2.2 bath Cape, on 3/4 of an acre in Villanova, is listed for $887,500. The home boasts some luxurious features, like a first-floor master suite with a huge walk-in closet and master bath, and an updated kitchen with a Viking cooktop and two SubZero refrigerators. There is plenty of room for storage with a big basement and a two car garage. See more details and photos, and a video tour at: 1621 Old Gulph Road, Villanova.
This new listing is a 2748 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath Colonial in Gladwyne, for $745K. It sits on .7 acres, with a white picket fence, not far from Gladwyne's cute little downtown village. Interesting touches include exposed beams in the living room and eat-in kitchen, office built-ins, a big, heated sunroom with high ceilings, skylights and ceiling fan, french doors to the dining room, and multiple fireplaces. See more, and take the video tour at: 914 Black Rock Rd, Gladwyne.
This Penn Valley home is already listed as pending after only four days on the market. It's a 1604 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath Ranch that was listed for $665K. It sits on almost an acre in the neighborhood between Penn Valley Elementary and Welsh Valley Middle School. You may have missed this one, but you can still check out the pics and details at: 231 Stacey Rd, Penn Valley.
This Merion Station home went fast, too, going active under contract, after 8 days on the market listed at $685K. The home is a 4222 sq ft, 4 bed 3.1 split-level near Waldron Mercy Academy, and not far from Narberth Borough. Someone else got to this one first, but you can still see it at: 506 Barbara Circle, Merion Station.
One that is still active after a week on the market is this 2932 sq ft, 5 bed/3 bath, listed for $749K. It has extensive gardens on the 3/4 acre lot just around the corner from Harriton High School. The first floor master is a sometimes elusive feature on the wish-list for buyers, as it's relatively uncommon in this area. Check it out at: 654 N. Ithan Ave, Bryn Mawr.
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.