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.
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.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.