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 did her usual new listing tour this week, getting the scoop on some new homes that might interest her clients. For the first time in a while, she managed to get her notes finished before any of the homes she saw went under contract. Maybe that's just coincidence, or maybe it's a sign that the market is slowing just a bit. In any event, let Cindy know if you see anything you like.
Cindy's tour started on the north side of Narberth Borough, at a home right across the street from Sabine Park. This 3025 sq ft, 4 bed 2.1 bath is listed at $735K. Outside, there's a deck, flagstone patio, paver walkway and big, private driveway. Inside, the house has a number of renovations, including an updated kitchen, and all-new carpeting. There's a laundry area on the second floor, with the bedrooms, and another in the unfinished basement. See more at: 220 Sabine Ave, Narberth.
Want one of those gorgeous stone French Normandy homes in Merion Station - but also want modern amenities inside? Have the best of both worlds with this renovated 5887 sq ft, 6 bed/5.1 bath, in the Merion Park neighborhood, listed for $1.295M. It has the beautiful kitchen and baths you'd expect at this price point, plus the character details you'll love, like multiple fireplaces, exposed beams, original ironwork, arched doorways, and more. There's also a finished lower level and half an acre of landscaped property outside. See for yourself at: 223 Hamilton Rd, Merion Station.
Just down the street from Wynnewood Valley Park, in Wynnewood's Penn Wynne neighborhood, was this 2296 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $569K. The updated eat-in kitchen looks modern with white cabinets, granite counters, wood floors and a SubZero fridge. The master has a large closet, tray ceiling, and the ensuite bath has a huge walk-in shower. The partially finished basement is a blank canvas that could be finished into a gym, entertaining space, or playroom. See the rest at: 233 Crosshill Rd, Wynnewood.
This next home is practically next door to the Haverford School, in Haverford. It's a 5 bed/3.1 bath, with 2737 sq ft of living space, listed for $725K. The listing describes the home as "in need of updating", but it has many attractive features. Outside is a level, fenced lawn and a side brick patio, with a driveway and a garage. The eat-in kitchen is big, and has a butler's pantry. The master suite comes with three large closets. See the photos and details at: 38 Buck Ln, Haverford.
Last but not least on Cindy's tour was this 4446 sq ft, 4 bed/4.1 bath in Villanova. Listed for $773K, it sits on a .69 acre lot, not far from Villanova University. The house has a very cool feel, almost hotel-like with its warm woods, open spaces, high ceilings, game room, and bedrooms with a lower-level view. Check out the walls of windows and skylights that let in so much natural light. See this one for yourself at: 1930 Stoneridge Lane, Villanova.
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Formerly a Philadelphia lawyer, Cindy is a realtor who specializes in real estate located in Narberth and Lower Merion Township.