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.
Cindy hits every new listing she can in and around the Lower Merion School District. That means tons of broker open houses and scheduled showings, with and without clients. But sometimes it's hard to get all her tour notes collected before a number of the homes are already under agreement. The Spring market in this area is always pretty active, but the 2020 Spring market seems to have gone from 0-60 before the groundhog even made his annual prediction. Some price points are particularly competitive this year. Properly marketed homes in the $800K-$1M range are receiving multiple offers from agents whose clients have dropped normally-standard contingencies. Unrepresented buyers and slow-moving represented buyers are going to miss a few opportunities when things move at a frenzied pace like this. It remains to be seen whether things ease up a little bit as the buyer pool thins, or whether it's just going to be a very active market this year.
This first Wynnewood home was a "quiet listing" when Cindy toured it, but is now listed as "Coming Soon". It sits on a third of an acre in that cute little English Village neighborhood next to Lower Merion High School. This just-built, new construction home is a 3900 sq ft, 4 bed/5 bath, listed for $1.25M. Hardwood floors and a neutral color scheme finish the open concept first level. The large modern kitchen is right on trend, with white shaker cabinets, stainless range hood and high end appliances, big center island, and oversized subway tile backsplash. The second floor laundry area is a dream, with counter and storage space, plus a sink. A walk-in closet/dressing room is a highlight in the master. Catch the open house this weekend, or see more at: 603 Loves Ln, Wynnewood.
Next, Cindy toured this 4838 sq ft, 5 bed/4.1 bath, listed for $899K. The house sits on a half-acre lot in a cul-de-sac, in Wynnewood's Indian Creek neighborhood. Since Cindy toured it, the listing was changed to "active under contract", which means an offer has been accepted. There's a two-car attached garage, and a balcony deck off the master. The kitchen has a warmer look than the typical modern whites and greys. It has granite and stainless, and includes a big pantry, and a wonderful high-ceilinged breakfast area. The finished walkout lower level has plenty of flexible space and a full bath. You may have missed your chance at this one, but you can check it out at: 920 Honeysuckle Ln, Wynnewood.
This Narberth Borough twin has been split into three separate rental apartments. Listed a week ago for $749K, the 2767 sq ft twin has living spaces that are 1077 sq ft, 949 sq ft, and 741 sq ft, with a basement for storage. It has a private drive, two-car garage and wrap-around porch. The North Narberth location is positioned between the Montgomery Ave business district, and Narberth's downtown area, making it walkable to the train and just about everything else. If you're interested in an investment/rental property, or if you think you might like to tackle a project converting it to a single-family home, see more at: 305 N Narberth Ave, Narberth
In a Penn Valley neighborhood between Welsh Valley Middle School and Gladwyne Elementary, Cindy toured this 5890 sq ft, 6 bed, 5.2 bath, listed for $1.505M. It sits on a one-acre fenced lot with a double circular drive, and six oversized garage spaces. As you would expect at this price point, everything on the inside feels spacious, including the living areas, bedrooms and baths. There's even a big lower level with space for entertaining, a gym, and another bed and bath. See more details and photos at: 107 Fairview Road, Narberth.
One home Cindy toured hasn't hit the market yet. It's a 4 bed/3.1 bath in Penn Valley that is projected to hit the market ay $749K. If you want Cindy to keep you updated on this one, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.