Cindy Ridgway knows Lower Merion real estate. One reason she's such an expert, is because she is constantly touring all the local new listings. That keeps her up to date on everything that's out there, informed on trends and pricing, and arms her with first-hand info to give her clients every edge she can. Hot spring markets are nothing new in this area. What might be a surprise is that this 2020 Spring market seems to have already picked up considerable speed, and we haven't even hit March yet. Well-priced homes, marketed by good realtors in desirable neighborhoods, are being quickly scooped up by eager buyers. That's why many of the homes Cindy has toured in the last two weeks, and even the last couple of days, have already gone under contract. Here are Cindy's notes on thirteen of them - some of the ones that sold and some of the ones that are still on the market - giving you a whirlwind tour of open houses with needing to leave home!
This renovated Colonial in Bala is a 2353 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath that quickly went under agreement after being listed for $679K. It has a back deck, driveway, and detached one-car garage. An open floorplan on the main level leads to white modern kitchen, with stainless appliances and quartzite countertops. The master suite is by itself on the third floor, with a full bath and walk-in closet. 2017 updates included electric, HVAC, and windows. See the rest at: 120 Bentley Ave, Bala Cynwyd.
Cindy toured another renovated Bala Colonial this week, just a block from that last one. This home is a 2671 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath, listed for $775K. Everything is brand new in this modern kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless appliances, and gray-marbled white quartz counters. The double-sided first-floor gas fireplace adds another modern touch, as does the walk-in, frameless glass shower in the master. Go to the March 1 open house, or see more here: 366 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd
In Bala's College Park neighborhood, Cindy toured this 2929 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath Colonial, listed for $699K. If you're looking for that locally-elusive first floor master, this home has one currently being used as a family room. This first-floor master has a big closet and a renovated marble bath. The master suite on the second floor also has a big closet and full bath. It's now listed as active under contract (that's the status today, 2/26), but you can still see photos and details at: 114 East Princeton Road, Bala Cynwyd
Cindy's tour took her to this sprawling mid-century modern home on a couple of acres in Penn Valley. This unique 6833 sq ft, 5 bed/6.3 bath ranch, architect-designed to wrap around a central courtyard with a pool, is listed for $1.2M. One big wing of the home, with its own entrance, is currently being used an as an office, but might have some potential as separate living quarters. Calling this home "one-of-a-kind" feels like an understatement. See for yourself at: 708 Righters Mill Rd, Penn Valley.
Also in Penn Valley, but closer to Narberth Borough, is this 2734 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath stone Colonial. It needs some work, but highlights include a main-floor bedroom with a wheelchair accessible bath. When Cindy toured the home, it was priced, "as-is" at $610K; it's now listed as Pending. You may have missed your chance at this one, but you can still see more at: 712 Arlington Rd, Narberth
Next, Cindy toured this 2259 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, center-hall Colonial, listed for $675K. It sits on .62 acres, with a pool and attached two-car garage, in a Penn Valley neighborhood near the Oak Hill development. The Narberth address might be a little confusing, as this part of Penn Valley is a couple miles from Narberth Borough - but you can drive there in under ten minutes. The master suite has a custom walk-in closet and new master bath with an oversized walk-in shower. Updates include new paint throughout, refinished hardwoods, and updated baths. You can see it at open houses on Saturday and Sunday, or just check out the photos and info here: 1201 Chermar Lane, Narberth
Want to live in a great Wynnewood neighborhood a block away from popular South Ardmore Park? If recent history is any guide, you'll need to move fast to have a shot at this 2912 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath stone Colonial, listed for $610K. The wood-paneled first floor den is a classic touch. A finished lower level has a recreational area, as well as a darkroom with a water source. This one is pretty new on the market, so check it out at 620 Greythorne Road, Wynnewood.
You may have missed your shot at this one in Wynnewood's Penn Wynne section. Before it went under agreement, this 2016 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath stone Colonial was listed for $550K. The quarter-acre lot has a creek running through the middle of the backyard, with a sturdy private bridge joining the two halves. The kitchen has black countertops and stainless appliances. Updates include the master bath upgrade and a newer roof. Take a look at: 54 Allendale Rd, Wynnewood
In Wynnewood's Shortridge neighborhood, Cindy toured this 2149 sq ft, 2 bed/2 bath ranch, listed in "as-is" condition for $525K. This home sits on a half-acre lot, with a driveway and a shed, just a few blocks from Whole Foods and the Wynnewood shopping center. Highlights include hardwood floors, built-ins, and wainscoting. Here's another one that went under agreement in less than a week, but you can still take a look at: 1040 Nicholson Road, Wynnewood
This next Wynnewood home Cindy toured is a 4080 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath stone Colonial, listed for $890K. It sits on a big .87 acre lot with a big backyard, long driveway and oversized two-car detached garage. There's a fireplace and custom bar in the living room with a sink and two fridges. The kitchen has granite and high-end stainless appliances. An adjacent great room has exposed beams in the vaulted ceilings. The master has a big, modern bath and a massive walk-in closet. Plenty to like about this new listing, so take a look at: 128 Farwood Rd, Wynnewood.
You can't get much closer to award-winning Merion Elementary than this 4003 sq ft, 4 bed/2.5 bath in Merion Station, listed for $800K. It sits on more than half an acre, with a big, level backyard and an attached garage. The eat-in kitchen has medium wood cabinetry, light counters, and black appliances, with two sinks, dishwashers, and wall ovens. A partially finished lower level has a wet bar and a laundry area. This is another one that seems to have gone under agreement since Cindy toured it, but you can check out the pics and details at: 415 Baird Road, Merion Station
Next up, in Villanova, Cindy toured this updated 5845 sq ft, 5 bed/3.2 bath Tudor-style carriage house, listed for $1.119M. It's sits on a .68 acre wooded lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Inside is a wonderful mix of old Main Line character, like hardwoods, moldings, built-ins and pocket doors, along with the modern amenities buyers have on their wish lists. The master has a big cedar closet and a luxurious bath. Part of the home is a self-contained, two bedroom apartment, with it's own entrance, that could be an au pair or in-law suite, or be rented as an apartment. See more photos and details at: 1851 Mallard Lane, Villanova
Continuing West out of Lower Merion, Cindy finished up her tour at this 1302 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath saltbox Colonial. This West Wayne home was listed at $475K, but is now showing as under agreement. It has a modern white eat-in kitchen, and a formal dining room. The master has vaulted ceilings and an updated bath. Highlights include Central AC and a partially finished basement. See the rest at: 601 Lanmore Avenue, Wayne
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.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.