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.
Early January 2020 New Listing Tour
Cindy started the year right where she left off, touring new listings in and around Lower Merion to make sure her clients have the latest info on the local market. She saw several homes in the first couple weeks of 2020, including a few that have been on the market for a number of weeks in addition to the new ones. Here are her notes on a baker's dozen of them for your virtual touring pleasure!
Cindy's first tour of the new year started in Bala Cynwyd, with this 3838 sq ft, 5 bed/3.2 bath Colonial, listed in "as-is" condition for $800K. The home boasts plenty of classic Main Line style, with high ceilings, built-ins, wainscoting, arched windows and original hardwood floors. Don't sleep on this one if you'd like to check it out, because inspections must be done, and bids in, before the seller considers offers on Friday, the 17th.
See more at: 15 Colwyn Ln, Bala Cynwyd.
In a Bala neighborhood close to Cynwyd Elementary and BC Middle School, Cindy toured this 2239 sq ft, 5 bed/3.5 bath stone Tudor, listed for $725K. Its sits on a third-of-an-acre corner lot. The newish white kitchen has granite and stainless. The laundry room/mudroom leads from the kitchen to a back deck, and there's also a stone-pillared covered porch. See all the pics and details at: 26 Penarth Rd, Bala Cynwyd
Also in Bala, was this 3667 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath, on a big .77 acre lot, listed for $649K. You may want to update the eat-in kitchen, but it's pretty big, with windows on two sides, and stainless appliances. Two of the bedrooms, an office, and an updated full bath are on the third floor, which may work as an au pair suite, or could just offer some space to teenagers. The lower level has some finished space, with storage and a laundry area See the rest at: 41 Oakland Ter, Bala Cynwyd.
Most of the housing inventory in Narberth borough is decades old, so the small handful of newer homes tend to be quite popular when they hit the market. This home was custom built in 2011 along with three others on lots that were all once part of a larger property on this corner. It's a 4684 sq ft, 4 bed/4.1 bath Craftsman style, listed for $1.3M. The kitchen is white and modern, with stainless appliances and both an island and a big granite wraparound bar. The master suite has tray ceilings, a sitting area with gas fireplace, a big custom walk-in closet, and a gorgeous master bath. See more photos and all the details at: 5 Sabine Ave, Narberth.
If you're looking for walkability, it doesn't get much better than the south side of Narberth Borough. Merion Elementary is just a couple of blocks in one direction, while Narberth's beloved downtown of shops and restaurants is just as close in the other. If you're looking for a project, ready for your own personal touches, you might want to check out this 2570 sq ft, 6 bed/2.2 bath Colonial, listed in "as-is" condition for $499K. You won't find many singles in the Borough in this price range, but if you're interested, you'll need to move quickly. It started getting offers immediately, so see it before it's gone at: 303 Woodside Ave, Narberth.
Right next to Narberth Borough, is Wynnewood's Shortridge neighborhood, where Cindy saw this 2890 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath split level. This $649K listing isn't new, but Cindy toured it this week with a client moving to the area. The kitchen looks pretty modern, with granite counters, stainless appliances and a center island with cabinets and an overhang for seating. The walk-out lower level has a bedroom and a larger space used as an office. 1026 Stanford Dr, Wynnewood.
Cindy's tour took her to another Wynnewood neighborhood, across Lancaster Ave from the last one, and closer to Lankenau Hospital. This one is a 4946 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath stone Tudor. It has been on the market for a couple of months, and is listed for $1.3M. The acre+ lot, with a guest cottage out back, sits on a private road in a quiet neighborhood of large estates. The massive eat-in kitchen has a butler's pantry and high ceilings with exposed beams. Lots of vintage character on the first floor, with more of a modern touch to the upstairs bedrooms. Room to expand with storage attic and lower level. See for yourself at: 404 Minden Way, Wynnewood.
In one of Wynnewood's Penn Wynne neighborhoods, Cindy toured this 2310 sq ft, 5 bed/4.1 bath stone Colonial, listed for $550K. It has an updated kitchen with granite and stainless. The finished lower level, with full bath, has potential as an in-law or au pair suite. The attached garage accesses the lower level, and has a deck above it that accesses the first floor. Like many Penn Wynne homes, the driveway and garage access is though a back alley. See more details and the photo gallery at: 1504 Sheffield Ln, Wynnewood.
Wynnewood is huge, and has several distinct neighborhoods, including this next one, close to Lower Merion High School, and a short drive from just about everything. That's where Cindy toured this 3175 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath stone Colonial, on a half-acre lot, and listed for $1.05M. The updated kitchen has white counters, and cabinets. On the second floor, a bedroom adjoining the master is being used as a sitting room, making the suite feel very large and luxurious. See the rest at: 210 Almur Ln, Wynnewood.
In North Bryn Mawr, by Ashbridge Park and Bryn Mawr College, Cindy toured this 4539 sq ft, 5 bed/4.2 bath brick Colonial, listed for $1.195M. An addition added a high-ceilinged family room, with a wall of windows, that's open to the kitchen. The master bedroom is connected to two bathrooms. Another bedroom has an en-suite bath and a stairway down to the kitchen. Take a look at: 1111 Ashbridge Rd, Bryn Mawr.
There's only so much inventory on Lower Merion, so Cindy's been spending quite a bit of time checking out listings in Wayne these days. This 5162 sq ft, 5 bed/4.3 bath custom-built manor home, with carriage house, is listed for a cool $2.1M. It sits on a landscaped half-acre lot with a pond, just outside of downtown Wayne, and a couple of blocks from Radnor Middle School. The main home has all the amenities you'd expect at the price point, while the carriage house adds a two-car garage, a gym with powder room, and a 2 bed/1 bath apartment. See more at: 201 Pembroke Ave, Wayne.
Cindy headed next to Haverford's Coopertown neighborhood, bordered by Merion Golf Club and Coopertown Elementary, and not far from Haverford College. There, she toured this 3449 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath Cape, listed for $762,500. It has a nice, flat, fenced back yard and an attached two-car garage. The first floor bedroom and full bath is a coveted feature for some buyers. See for yourself at: 136 Buck Ln, Haverford.
In a Havertown neighborhood by the YMCA and Lynnewood Elementary, Cindy toured this 1856 sq ft, 4 bed/2 bath brick Colonial, listed for $375K. It has cute back yard and backs right up to a park. The kitchen looks relatively updated and has stainless appliances. A partially finished basement offers some living space and some additional storage. See more pictures and details at: 305 Colfax Rd, Havertown.
Every week, Cindy tours new listings in and around the Lower Merion School District to keep up with the market trends and inventory for her clients. Demand for local homes remain strong, as seen by the several of them that are already under contract after just hitting the market in the past week or so. With the speed things are moving, prospective buyers are advised to enlist the help of an agent who is an expert on their target neighborhoods. Cindy's strong network in Lower Merion and Narberth has let her help several buyers move quickly this year, sometimes before, and sometimes immediately after a home is listed. If you don't have a local expert looking for you, you'll be a step behind the competition for the most sought-after homes and neighborhoods.
Cindy toured this big estate in Merion Station, but the property has since gone under contract. It's a 5430 sq ft, 4 bed/4.1 bath that was listed for a cool $1.5M. The almost-an-acre lot has plenty of lawn, a back patio with pergola, big driveway, and a huge garage. The impressive eat-in kitchen is large, with a big center island, granite countertops, and high-end stainless appliances. The finished walkout lower level is one of the home's highlights, with a beautiful bar, wine cellar, entertaining space, home gym, and full bath. See what you missed at: 626 Hazelhurst Ave, Merion Station.
The next one was a quiet listing when Cindy toured it last week, but it has since hit the market for $1.85M. This 6 bed/5.1 bath French Colonial has 7356 sq ft of living space on a 1.79 acre lot in a Penn Valley neighborhood, next to Welsh Valley Middle School. The outside is amazing, with a long tree lined drive that leads to a circular driveway and big garage, with a swimming pool and tennis court out back. The kitchen is huge, with granite and stainless, and two islands. A big first-floor office used to be the master, and comes complete with a full bath. The current master suite, on the second floor, has a massive walk-in closet and dressing area. See more at: 326 Rosemary Ln, Penn Valley.
Next up on Cindy's tour was this 2708 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath ranch, listed for $825K. It sits on over half an acre in one of Wynnewood's Penn Wynne neighborhoods. Updates include a new kitchen, new roof, new garage addition, new windows, new hot water heater, new flooring, new baths, and a renovated lower level. The white, open kitchen has a large granite island and stainless appliances. A finished lower level has room for a playroom, entertaining space, and storage. See all the details and photos at: 267 Tomkenn Rd, Wynnewood.
Have a taste for new construction along with a healthy budget? The next home Cindy toured is this 5 bed/5.2 bath listed for $2.699M, in the sprawling neighborhoods behind Lower Merion High School. This brand new home sits on an acre and a half, with a three-car garage and pond views, at the end of a cul-de-sac. The interior has everything you'd expect at the price point, with a modern kitchen, and bedroom suites complete with luxurious bathrooms and feature-laden walk-in closets. See the photo gallery and all the details at: 425 N. Sydbury Ln, Wynnewood.
Cindy's new listing tour took her next to Bryn Mawr, where she saw this 2429 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath Cape, listed for $650K. It has since gone under contract, but you can still take a peek at the photo gallery here: 809 Coopertown Rd, Bryn Mawr. The home has a nice kitchen, with two walk-in pantries, a big marble island, and high-end appliances. The Cape Cod style delvers that sought-after first floor bedroom suite, complete with marble surround gas fireplace, full walk-in closet and updated bath, with radiant heat and walk-in shower.
The fall market seems relatively healthy, as this next Havertown listing is already under contract as well. It's a 1533 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath Cape in the Brookline neighborhood, that was listed for $364,900. The kitchen has updated appliances, and granite countertops. A partially finished lower level has a carpeted entertaining area, an office area, and a separate storage/laundry space with outside access. See what it looked like at: 426 Kathmere Rd, Havertown.
Each week, Cindy Ridgway tours new listings in and around the Lower Merion School District, making sure that her clients are the first to know about any new wrinkles in the market. The feeding frenzy that was the 2019 Spring Market has subsided enough that new listings are lasting through their opening weekends. This gives patient buyers the opportunity to view and consider more homes without feeling the need to immediately pull the trigger. If you want more info on anything you see here, or want to see some homes in person, just reach out to Cindy to set up a good time.
First up on Cindy's tour this week was a renovated colonial in College Park, listed for $649,999. This 2568 sq ft 4 bed/2.1 bath is all classic Main Line on the outside, with the modern interior amenities buyers want, like a white modern kitchen, with granite and stainless, and renovated bathrooms. Updates include new electric, HVAC, and windows, and a finished basement. See more at: 715 Harvard Rd, Bala Cynwyd.
Also in Bala's wonderful College Park neighborhood, was this 2495 Sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $549K. You'll notice in the picture gallery, shots showing the room empty and also with virtual staging. This computer-generated furnishing gives you an idea what a finished room could look like. The interior looks recently painted. Plenty of storage possibilities with the unfinished attic and basement. See more at: 625 Fordham Rd, Bala Cynwyd.
Next up was this 5500 sq ft, 7 bed/4.2 bath stone colonial. listed for $1.385M. It sits on a .9 acre lot, with a circular driveway and a pool, just down the street from Wynnewood Valley Park. This is a great house for entertaining, inside and out. In the back, by the pool is a flat yard and a big flagstone patio. The rooms on the first floor are all large, with a kitchen that has six burners, three sinks, a big peninsula, and a huge fridge. There's so much room in the lower level that the space is divided into five different areas for relaxing and entertaining. See for yourself at: 1311 Remington Rd, Wynnewood.
On a half-acre corner lot, just down the street, is this 4203 sq ft, 6 bed/5.1 bath center-hall stone Colonial, listed for $848, 800. There's plenty of parking, with a big driveway and an attached two-car garage. The eat-in kitchen has been remodeled, as has the master bath and the full bath in the finished basement. The master and another second-floor bedroom have access to an second-floor deck. See the details and more photos at: 1335 Remington Rd, Wynnewood.
In the Ardmore neighborhood behind Chestnutwold School, Cindy toured this 1280 sq ft, 3 bed/1 bath twin, listed for $279K. It has classic character touches, like newly refinished hardwood floors, crown molding, and arched doorways. Updates include replacement windows throughout, new interior paint, a new roof, and a new stackable washer & dryer (coming). The nice back deck offers some weather shelter for the attached garage, and there's also additional parking. Check it out at: 657 Georges Ln, Ardmore.
A few blocks from downtown Bryn Mawr, Cindy toured this 3898 sq ft, 5 bed/3.2 bath, listed for $899K. This Main Line Victorian has great curb appeal, with its mature landscaping a big wraparound porch on a pretty one-third acre lot. There's plenty of classic character inside as well, with high ceilings, exposed beams, crown molding, pine floors, and wrap-around staircase. The kitchen is more modern, with granite counters, tile backsplash, and stainless appliances. See the rest at: 119 Montrose Ave; Bryn Mawr.
In North Bryn Mawr, in a neighborhood over by the Baldwin School and Harcum College, Cindy toured this 3324 sq ft, 6 bed/3.1 bath stone Colonial, now listed for $889K (after a recent price reduction). Plenty of classic touches here, with an updated kitchen. The killer feature in this one is the amazing second-floor home office, with wall-to-wall cabinetry. See for yourself at: 194 Fishers Rd, Bryn Mawr.
Cindy's tour next took her to Havertown, where she saw this 2541 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $799K. There's an attached garage, and a composite deck with a retractable awning out back in this 1/3 acre lot. The kitchen is newer, with granite and stainless. All three bedrooms are on the second floor, where the master bath has been expanded, and the master also has a laundry area. The home has a partially finished basement, and a partially floored attic. See the rest at: 17 Woodcroft Rd, Havertown.
In one of the Haverford neighborhoods behind the Merion Cricket Club, Cindy toured this 5106 sq ft, 6 bed/4.2 bath stone manor home, listed for $1.699M. The 2/3 acre lot is impressive, with a circular driveway, stone pathways and walls, a flagstone patio, waterfall, and pond. The three-car attached garage is on the lower level with an exercise room. The interior of the home has been extensively renovated, including all four bathrooms. The kitchen has the amenities you'd expect at this price point, with hardwood floors, skylights, high-end appliances, a back staircase, and a butlers pantry. See all the details and photos here: 334 Laurel Ln, Haverford.
Next up in the north side of Haverford, close to the Cricket Club, was this 4200 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath center hall Colonial, listed for $1.05M. Outside is a covered front porch, and yard with an irrigation system, and a composite back deck. It has a big modern kitchen with white cabinets, skylights, and a large granite island with a cooktop. Upstairs, the master bath has been newly expanded bath to include a large walk-in shower and dual sinks. See for yourself at: 138 Little Ln, Haverford.
Still in Haverford, but on the other side to Montgomery, close to the Haverford School, Cindy toured this 1938 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath. It has a wraparound porch out front and a brick patio out back. That patio is accessed through the kitchen, which has granite counters and stainless appliances. The basement is half-finished and ready for the new owner's ideas. See for yourself at: 37 N. Buck Ln, Haverford.