Every week, Cindy Ridgway tours new listings in and around the Lower Merion School District. Here's a collection of notes she took from homes she previewed in the past two weeks, in Bala Cynwyd, Penn Valley, Narberth, Wynnewood and Ardmore. If you see one you like, or even if you're looking for something different, get Cindy on your side to give you the edge you need in this competitive market. Contact Cindy.
Starting on the eastern side of the LMSD, Cindy toured a few new Bala Cynwyd listings. First up was this 2800 sq ft, 5 bed/2.1 bath stone colonial, listed for $599K. It's in a Bala neighborhood just east of the revitalized NOBA district, with a flat backyard and a detached garage. You can give a couple of kids their own floor, because three bedrooms, including the master, are on the second, with two more beds and a bath on the third. The kitchen is updated with stainless and granite, and there's central AC on the upper two floors. See more at: 4 E. Newfield Way, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
On the same street, is this 4 bed/3.1 bath colonial listed for $925K. It has 3555 sq ft of living space on a third of an acre, with a big back patio and a detached two-car garage. There are couple of special touches, like heated marble floors in the foyer and a wraparound staircase, plus some modern upgrades, like a new heating system, new AC, a security system and smart-home wiring. See the rest at: 13 E. Newfield Way, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
Next up was this 4 bed/3 bath Cape Cod in Penn Valley, listed for $850K. The half-acre lot, with detached garage, is in a neighborhood just around the corner from both the Belmont Hills Pool and Library. The charming stone exterior is paired with a more modern interior, including a nicely updated eat-in kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and hardwood floors. First floor master suites aren't terribly common in this area, but the traditional Cape layout of this home offers one. This is especially noteworthy to those searching for one-story living, for themselves, or as an "in-law" suite possibility. See for yourself at: 1126 Hillcrest Rd, Penn Valley, PA 19072.
In another Penn Valley neighborhood, this one just across Montgomery Ave from Narberth Borough, Cindy toured this brand new 5 bed/4.2 bath home. New construction is at a premium in densely populated Lower Merion, so it's unsurprising that this big, beautiful new house carries a $1.925M price tag. It has the requisite huge, bright white kitchen, with Quartzite countertops and high-end stainless appliances, along with the gorgeous bathrooms you'd expect in this price range. Plenty of living space inside, with a .65 acre lot that's a short drive to everything. Check out the details and photos at: 626 Broad Acres Rd, Narberth, PA 19072.
Homes in Narberth Borough are always in demand because this small community has everything so many modern buyers have high on their checklists. If you want true walkability, a real downtown, and the region's easiest commute, in a tight-knit community known for its free family events, Narberth tops every list. (See more about the Borough of Narberth here.) But good things come in small packages, and the entire Borough occupies a scant half-square mile. If that doesn't limit inventory enough, you could target a specific neighborhood, like Narbrook Park. This private community, just across the street from Narberth Park, has so few homes, it's easy for years to go buy without any coming on the market. So if you've been waiting for one, you'll want to check out this 1772 sq ft, 4 bed/1.1 bath Colonial, listed for $600K. Look inside and read more at: 42 Narbrook Park, Narberth, PA 19072.
This Wynnewood mansion has the feel of a property that could be updated into something spectacular. It's a 10,000 sq ft, 5 bed/3.1 bath classic Tudor, on .78 acres, near the grounds of Lankenau Hospital. Listed for $785K, the home is full of elegant touches, like dramatic staircases, intricate moldings, built-ins, and exposed beam ceilings. See more of this unique home at: 310 E. Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
,Also in Wynnewood, in a neighborhood by Penn Wynne Park, is this 3993 sq ft, 4 bed/3 bath split level. The main floor library/office with a full bath, adds bedroom potential for those who need a one-floor living solution. Depending on your bedroom needs, you could create one big master suite on the third level, complete with outdoor upper deck access. The lower level is being used as a media room, with a big movie screen on one wall. See more at: 1303 W. Indian Creek Dr, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
Right around the corner from the last two Wynnewood properties is this 3200 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, on .62 acres with a big back yard and a gorgeous pool. Listed for $899K, the home has a dramatic high-ceilinged foyer, with a big sweeping staircase, next to a formal dining room with wainscotting and inlaid parquet floors. The master bath is big and loaded with features. The pool is one of the highlights of this one, so we included a pic from warmer weather, so you could appreciate it. See the rest at: 312 Barwynne Lane, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
This 1240 sq ft, 3 bed/1 bath twin proves that you don't need a big budget to get into one of the hottest towns on the Main Line. Listed for $329K, this Ardmore home is a the neighborhood next to Lindenwold Elementary School, and just a mile from Ardmore's bustling downtown. The updated kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. Check out all the details and pics at: 625 Georges lane, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Just a couple of blocks over is this 1987 sq ft, 4 bed/2 bath Ardmore twin, listed for $349K. The entire third floor is the master suite, which is perfect for a parent getaway, with the kids in the three second floor bedrooms. A laundry shoot leads to a full basement. The house also has a detached garage and an updated kitchen. See more at: 2922 Rising Sun Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003.
Some agents surely had more exciting plans for President's Day Weekend, but staying in town gave Cindy the edge she needed to score this property for her clients. Cindy kept tabs on this "coming soon" listing for a month, so when it hit on Saturday, she had her clients in it, and an offer made, before most people knew it was on the market. Speed was especially important in this highly competitive Merion Golf Manor neighborhood. It's a 2014 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath brick colonial that was listed for $565K. See what you missed at: 109 Shawnee Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003.