Calling the Narberth Borough Spring real estate market "hot" is a real understatement at this point. The world has apparently discovered what the locals have long known - that Narberth is at the top or near the top of the list for just about everything the modern homeowner is looking for. It checks all the boxes, with the region's easiest commute, unmatched walkability, top-notch schools, close-knit, front-porch neighborliness, an amazing downtown with a movie theater, shopping and dining, and year-round community events. The rarest of Main Line towns, without a major road running through the middle, Narberth manages to be close to everything and off the beaten track at the same time!
There are no bargains to be had this year, but some features will make the bidding especially fierce. Big yards and new construction are hard to come by in the Borough, so you'll pay an even bigger premium to get a large lot or a home that is completely "done" with new kitchens, baths, and Central AC. Recent buyers have shown a distinct preference for expanding the budget rather than taking on an immediate project.
Narberth's amenities don't stop at the borders, so there's also a brisk market for homes in the streets surrounding the Borough. The term "Near-berth" describes the various neighborhoods, just outside Borough limits, which are part of the greater Narberth community, and consider Narberth's business district "their downtown" too. It's a short walk to Narberth's downtown for many in Merion Park, Merion Station, and Wynnewood's Shortridge neighborhood. (There are even some Lower Merion neighborhoods outside Borough limits that have Narberth street addresses.) Regardless of municipal boundaries, "Narbs" and "Nearbs" make up a tight and friendly community that share the downtown along with the local little leagues, parks, and schools.
Every week, Cindy tours new listings throughout Lower Merion and Narberth to make sure she stays on top of the market's inventory and pricing. In a competitive market like this, buyers need an agent that can give them an edge on the competition. Cindy's hard work and deep ties to the community gives her buyers that edge, and ensures her sellers the best results for their home sales. Check out her reviews on Zillow to see what her clients say.
This week's tour notes specifically highlight a few of the new listings Cindy saw this week in and around Narberth Borough. Follow this page for more of Cindy's tours throughout the year.
You can't get much closer to a Blue Ribbon-award elementary school than this Narberth Borough listing that Cindy toured on Saturday. This south Narberth home is not only in the Merion Elementary walk zone - you can actually see the school out the back windows ! It's a 2098 sq ft, 3 bed/2.1 bath, listed for $499K. The original front porch is now enclosed and heated to add more living space, and the finished basement has a full bath and kitchenette. If you missed the Sunday open house, take a look at the photos and details here: 314 Merion Ave, Narberth.
Prefer to be close to daycare? This 2240 sq ft, 5 bed/2 bath colonial is right by the MELC, on the north side of Narberth Borough. Listed for $600K, this one has front and back covered porches, a driveway and garage. It has an updated kitchen with granite counters and a big linen closet in the second floor bath. The basement is partially finished, and has a second full bath. See more at: 506 N. Essex Ave, Narberth.
Also on the north side of the Borough, and just a couple blocks from the last one, is this 1252 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath twin, listed for $429K. The home received a major restoration, including new baths and a new modern, open kitchen, with granite, stainless and white shaker cabinets. Also new, is the backyard fence, plumbing , electric, AC and heat. Check it out at: 227 Wayne Ave, Narberth.
The Cindy Ridgway team just listed this Narberth Borough home over the weekend. It's a 2614 sq ft, 4 bed/2.1 bath, on a quiet cul-de-sac, listed for $625K. Here's our description from the listing: Move right into this spacious and light filled 4 bedroom colonial home on one of the few cul-de-sac streets in Narberth! The open floor plan offers new hard wood floors throughout with a perfectly placed powder room and a coat closet. Welcoming you just inside the front door is a cozy family room with a fireplace and large window. There is also a spacious and open concept living and dining area with a large bay window opening to the street and with sliding doors opening up to a hard-scaped patio that overlooks the large flat fenced yard. This house has great flow, with easy access to an updated and large bright white eat-in kitchen with pantry and gas range. The kitchen adjoins the laundry room, home office, and also has access to the garage which is great for storage. An open and modern staircase leads to the 4 bedrooms. The large master suite has ample storage with a wall of closets and an updated master bath. Three additional bedrooms have access to the hall bath which is updated and offers a tub and shower. Don't miss this house with a driveway in a premium location which is walking distance to all Narberth has to offer, plus the regional rail line which is an easy commute to Center City Philadelphia. See the rest of the photos and details here: 3 Narwyn Ln, Narberth.
Though not technically in the Borough, this home has a Narberth address and is just a few blocks from the center of the downtown. It's a 2357 sq ft, 4 bed/3.1 bath, listed for $719K. The home has some nice touches, like french doors in the dining room, hardwood floors, a stone fireplace, and built-in bookcases. The kitchen has cherry cabinets and stainless appliances. There's a full bath in the finished lower level, and one more on the third floor, where the fourth bedroom is. It's already under contract, but you can check it out at: 422 Anthwyn Rd, Narberth.
Cindy's tour took her next to the Shortridge neighborhood of Wynnewood, which borders Narberth to the West. This neighborhood surrounds Shortridge Park, and is a short walk to Narberth's downtown, both the Wynnewood Whole Foods and Giant shopping centers, and two different train stations. This 2486 sq ft, 3 bed/3.1 bath is listed for $665K. Buyers looking for one-floor living don't have a ton of choices in the area, but this one could work, with its first floor master and second bedrooms. The third floor has a small bedroom and a big storage attic. A lower level has more storage, access to the garage, and a powder room. See for yourself at: 506 Williams Rd, Wynnewood.
While in the Shortridge neighborhood, Cindy also toured this 1758 sq ft, 3 bed/2 bath listed for $600K. It has a big driveway that leads to a rear-facing attached garage. Recent updates include the driveway, roofing, windows, siding and the back deck. The kitchen has white cabinets and stainless appliances. The unfinished basement and attic both have plenty of expansion possibilities to add more living space. See what Cindy saw at: 1017 Nicholson Rd, Wynnewood.