Archive for March, 2011

Clifton Heights PA Homes Update

March 22, 2011

Clifton Heights PA continues to be a popular housing choice in eastern Delaware County.

Clifton Heights PAIncorporated on June 1, 1885, Clifton Heights PA is located just 6 miles west of Philadelphia. Located on Darby Creek, Clifton Heights was shaped by the development of the mills that drove the local economy. Today it continues to be a great smaller Borough centrally located in eastern Delaware County centered at the crossroads of Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road.

Clifton Heights PA Twin HomeClifton Heights is just minutes off Route 1/Township Line Road to the north, I-476 to the west, and I-95 to the south. The borough is well served by both bus and rail public transportation options. Both the 102 Trolley Line and the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line(check the video) afford quick and easy access to Philadelphia, Media, and multiple connections through the 69th Street Terminal.

Most of the housing consists of either row homes or twins with a good representation of both single family homes and condos as well. Clifton Heights PA Row HomesLike most areas of the county, prices have retreated a bit since reaching the highs seen in 2006 and 2007. Prices peaked with an average price of $135,000 in 2006 and $136,000 in 2007 including two sales reaching into the $270,000 range. Since then average prices retreated to $129,000 in 2008, $119,000 in 2009, and $118,000 in 2010. Today, there are 45 homes currently on the market with an average $119,000 asking price with 8 homes under contract averaging $128,000, and 9 homes sold year to date for $99,000.

With its convenient location, great public transportation, affordable housing, and good range of housing options, Clifton Heights is a great home choice in the area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Cell: 610-618-0808

Concord Township PA Homes Update

March 20, 2011

From condos to large single family homes of every age and style, Concord Township covers all your options.

Historically, Concord Township encompasses four villages dating into the 1600s. Still existing today, they were the villages of Concordville, Elam, Markham, and Ward. These were established as key economic or travel hubs in the original colonial development period.

Today, with its great location at the crossroads of Route 202, Route 1, and Route 322, Concord Township offers its residents the best of all worlds.  Situated on these major commuter routes, it has easy access into Wilmington, West Chester, Media, and Philadelphia.  It also affords quick visits to most areas of Chester County, Delaware County, and the Main Line.  If you do not like to travel, however, it also has multiple dining and entertainment options.  Great shopping options within the township include the Shoppes of Brinton Lake and the recently completed Concordville Town Centre.

Garnet Valley Woods Homes Concord PAOver the last ten years, it has also seen quite a bit of new residential development.  This has only added to the options available in the area and continued to make it a more attractive community in which to reside.  In 2010 sales included everything from 2 bedroom condos starting at just over $100,000 to large single family homes topping out over $800,000.

With the new development, pricing appears to have remained relatively stable although there is a bit of variation due to the impact of the new development.  Average township home prices actually peaked in 2005 at $462,000 but for the most part have remained in the high $300,000s.   In 2006 the average price was $366,000, in 2007 $406,000, 2008 $415,000, 2009 $380,000, and 2010 $389,000.  Home sales activity has eased a bit with 209 home sales in 2006, 142 in 2007, 116 in 2008, 133 in 2009, and 116 in 2010.

In 2011 there have been only 13 completed home sales with an average price of $335,000.  There are also currently 101 homes listed on the market with an average asking price of $496,000 with an additional 14 properties under contract with an average asking price of $481,000.

With its long history, key location on major area transportation routes, and wide variety of housing options, home sales and prices should remain solid well into the future.  You should be sure to include Concord in any home search in the area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Cell: 610-618-0808

Secrets of the Silk Road – Time is of the Essence

March 13, 2011

Only 3 days left to see the Secrets of the Silk Road Mummies at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeaology and Anthroplogy.

The Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibition at the University of Penn Museum is currently on view through March 28th but the mummies will only be available through Tuesday March 15th.  The display includes 125 specially chosen objects providing a great overview of the history, lifestyles, and customs along the Silk Road.  All the items came from several archeolgical sites in the Tarim Basin, the center of the legendary route.

After Tuesday, it will be necessary to return the Mummies to China so the museum is offering extended hours through Tuesday to provide ample opportunity to see them before they are gone.  The remaining rarely seen items will be on display through March 28th.

Be sure to take some time, visit the museum, and see the exhibit before time runs out!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Cell: 610-618-0808