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.
Cindy's tour this week really reflects the way the market is going these days, because so many of the homes she was in are already under contract. You may still get something from her notes, as you can see where the market prices are and take a look at what kinds of homes are moving fast. If you're interested in learning more about any of these homes, or if you need Cindy's help buying or selling a home in and around the Lower Merion School District, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This home just went on the market, in the South side of Narberth Borough, a block from downtown Narberth, and literally within sight of the train station. Its a 2267 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, with some relatively recent updates, listed for $625K. The front porch was enclosed to add more living space, and the unfinished basement gives extra storage space. Want a master with a little separation from the rest of the house? The entire third floor has been converted into a master suite, with an ensuite bath that includes a separate tub and shower. See more at 110 Elmwood, Narberth.
Quiet, horseshoe-shaped Shirley Road is a very popular street on the North side of Narberth Borough. That's where Cindy saw this 2086 sq ft, 5 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $735K. The quarter-acre lot is pretty big by Narberth standards, and this one is nicely landscaped, with a driveway and a shady covered porch. The updated kitchen has white cabinets and newer stainless appliances, a pantry, and a door to the back yard. The master and two bedrooms are on the second floor, with two more bedrooms and a bath on the third. Updates include newer central AC and a waterproofed basement. See the rest at: 15 Shirley Rd, Narberth.
Next up on Cindy's tour was this 4490 sq ft, 6 bed/4.1 bath stone Colonial, in Wynnewood, listed for $995K. It sits on a .69 acre lot with a pool, and an attached, heated two-car garage. Above the garage is a second-floor bonus room that the current owners use an office. Since it does have a full bath, the space has some real potential for those buyers that need a separate, private living space to use as an in-law, au pair, or guest suite. The master has a wood-burning fireplace. See for yourself at: 1115 Remington Rd, Wynnewood.
In one of Wynnewood's Penn Wynne neighborhoods, Cindy toured this 2206 sq ft, 4 bed/3.2 bath stone Tudor, that was listed for $684,900, and has already gone under contract. The fenced backyard has a patio and a hot tub. The eat-in kitchen has a white onyx backsplash, a dual-fuel range, Miele dishwasher, a farmhouse sink, and a separate prep sink. An attached garage is accessed through a large mudroom, with storage, a laundry area, and a powder room. See what you missed at: 51 Allendale Rd, Wynnewood.
Also in Penn Wynne, is this 1822 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath brick Colonial, listed for $450K. The updated kitchen has granite, stainless and plenty of cabinets, with a peninsula that connects to a small sitting room. The master shares a bathroom with two other bedrooms on the second floor, but when the lower level was refinished, a full bath was added down there as well. See all the details and photos at: 1531 Brookhaven Rd, Wynnewood.
You can't get this next home either, because Cindy's clients just took it off the market with the winning bid yesterday, after it was listed this week for $649,900. The 2530 sq ft, 4 bed/2.3 bath split-level sits on a .62 acre lot, with a pool, in the neighborhood between Belmont Hills Elementary and Welsh Valley Middle School. It has an updated kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and high-end appliances, and a first floor master with a renovated master bath. See why it went so fast at: 1209 Greentree Ln, Narberth.
Just around the corner from Ardmore's popular downtown is this 3152 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath that went under contract this week after being listed for $585K. The home has a big covered front porch, and has permits for a private driveway. As soon as you're inside, you'll notice the classic features like hardwood floors, dark woodwork, leaded glass windows, pocket doors, and turned staircase. The character continues throughout the house, but the kitchen looks modern, and there is a convenient second floor laundry area. See more at: 38 Saint Pauls Rd, Ardmore.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.