Archive for May, 2010

Tree, Shrub, and Perrennials Identification Course – Swarthmore College PA

May 29, 2010

The Tree, Shrub, and Perennials ID Course arrives at the Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore PA.

Have you always wondered what kind of tree that was?  What kind of bush or plant is flowering like that?  Or even where will this plant fit into our landscape?

Now you have the opportunity to learn everything you wanted to know with the Tree, Shrub, and Perennials Identification class in Swarthmore PA.  This class is being offered through the Penn State Extension Green Industry Education Committee.  The Green Industry Education Committee (GEIC) is comprised of Extension educators that work with the Green Industry in Southeastern PA.  They offer a full calender of courses throughout the region including the Tree Tenders teaching programs.

Locally, they are offering the Tree, Shrub, and Perennials ID Course in June.  This course is being taught on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 8th through the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore PA.  The course itself will cover 25 species per session with detailed species information and landscape use.

This is a great chance to get to know our local trees and plants and learn more about the environment surrounding us.  For more detailed information, you can contact Cheryl Bjornson.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

Morton Borough PA Market Update

May 24, 2010

Morton PA is one of the smallest Boroughs in PA with a great downtown area and solid housing stock.

Morton PA is located in the south-eastern  portion of Delaware County.  It is located just south of Baltimore Avenue and east of the intersection with Route 420 / Woodland Avenue.  This allows quick access to the Blue Route just due west on Baltimore Pike and to I-95 directly to the south off Route 420.  The SEPTA R3 Media/Elwyn Line also has a station in the center of the Borough providing direct access to Media and downtown Philadelphia.

Founded in 1898, Morton Borough is one the smallest Boroughs in the County with only approximately 0.4 square miles of land.  Morton was named after John Morton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his son Sketchey Morton.  From the tax records, there are 781 residential properties listed in Morton and has a great downtown commercial area centered on the historic Morton Train Station.

The home market has held up fairly well in Morton.  As seen in much of the area, activity peaked in 2004/2005 while home prices peaked in 2006.  From an average price well below $150,000 in 2003, prices in peaked in 2006 with an average price of $218,000.  Since then prices have drifted to $207,000 in 2007, $188,000 in 2008, and $180,000 in 2009.  Today, there are 19 homes with an average list price of $252,000 and 3 pending for an average of $285,000 with the prices reflecting new construction in the Borough.  Three properties have settled year to date with an average sold price of $185,000.

With its convenient location and strong housing stock, Morton Borough PA should remain a great option in Delaware County PA.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

(All statistics per the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

I-95 Pennsylvania Welcome Center closes for Reconstruction

May 12, 2010

The I-95 Welcome Center has closed for reconstruction.

With 15 Welcome Centers scattered throughout the state of Pennsylvania, you are never far from a friendly face offering plenty of local information.  For the next year or so, though, you won’t be able to find one as you enter Pennsylvania from Delaware along I 95.  The I-95 Welcome Center, built in 1971, closed in April and is expected to remain closed for reconstruction until May 1, 2011.

Statewide the PA Welcome Centers have approximately 3.7 million visitors per year. The I-95 space needed both upgraded facilities and a larger space to handle the expected demand.  They are investing $5.9 million to replace the two existing structures with one larger facility containing about 8500 square feet of space.  The new center will provide restrooms, tourist information, vending machines, and picnic facilities.

For the next year, travelers will still have plenty of options to obtain visitor information throughout the region.  In Philadelphia, the Independence Visitor Center continues to serve the entire greater Philadelphia Region.  In Delaware County, the Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau, located at the intersection of Route 202 and the Beaver Valley Rd in Chadds Ford (just across from WAWA and just north of the Delaware State line), will continue to serve Delaware County and the entire Brandywine Valley.

It is always a great time to visit the area and information is always available.  If you ever need any information or have any questions, let me know.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 9, 2010

To all the Mom’s


Take off, relax, and enjoy your day!  Have a great one!

Hi Mom!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808

The 2010 Wilmington Flower Market Arrives This Week

May 6, 2010

The Wilmington Flower Market opened today in Rockford Park DE continuing its 90 year tradition of support for the local community.

The Wilmington Flower Market began its traditional Mother’s Day weekend run on Thursday May 6 and will run through Saturday May 8.  Filled with flowers, plants, vendors, rides, and fun, it appears that it could not be a better weekend for the event.

The Wilmington Flower Market was founded in 1921 as a volunteer organization by Mrs A. Felix duPont to raise money to benefit children in the Wilmington area.  Through its history it has been held in Cool Spring Park, Brandywine Park, and since 1952 in Rockford Park and is run with support of the community and now over 6000 volunteers.

This year the market will be held Thursday through Saturday and is open from 10:00-7:00 each day.  This year’s entertainment is provided by 93.7 WSTW and 1150 WDEL and will be presented by Horizon Services on the Arbys Stage.  Along with numerous local recording acts and celebrities, the line up also includes national recording acts We The Kings, Cartel, Mayday Parade, and Iyaz.  be sure to check out WSTW’s site for the complete list with times.

So be sure to take some time this week, visit Rockford Park and enjoy all that the Wilmington Flower Market has to offer – Another great Delaware Tradition that everyone can enjoy.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

National Train Day – Philadelphia May 8

May 5, 2010

On May 8th, Philadelphia will be one of the main event locations for National Train Day.

The Third National Train Day is being held this Saturday, May 8th, at locations throughout the country.  From Wasilla, Alaska to Miami, Florida and almost every state in between, events will be held celebrating train travel and history.  Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia will be holding major events including special train equipment displays/tours, special exhibitions, and celebrity appearances.

In Philadelphia, there will be a special exhibit on the History of Baseball and the American Railroad: Baseball Junction, train equipment displays, and numerous exhibits.  The event is being held inthe 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia from 11:00-4:00 – and – it’s FREE.  This is another great chance to get out and enjoy all the region has to offer.

As always, let me know if you are considering a move in the area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808