Archive for September, 2012

OPEN HOUSE this SUNDAY 9/30 – 7 Dasher Ave Bear DE 19701

September 24, 2012

OPEN HOUSE this SUNDAY from 1:00-3:00 at 7 Dasher Ave in Whethersfield Bear DE 19701

This Sunday, we will be holding an Open House for a Just Listed bank owned property located at 7 Dasher Ave in the community of Whethersfield located in Bear DE with zip code 19701.

Dasher Ave is a great one story ranch house with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with approximately 2,000 square feet per the tax records. It has been nicely updated with a new roof, new paint, and new carpet – all in neutral colors. It also has a ideal large carpeted finished basement with separate work room, laundry area, and finished bonus room with walkout.

Whethersfield is an ideal location with immediate access to Route 40, Route 1, Route 7, and I-95. It is very close to the Christiana Mall and is a great location for commuting throughout New Castle County.

If you are looking for a home in the area, 7 Dasher Ave is a great opportunity that you won’t want to miss. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you there.

Directions: From Route 7 go south on School Bell Rd to right on Dasher to property. From Route 40, go north on School Bell Rd to left on Dasher

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

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Delaware Art Museum Free Sundays Continues

September 17, 2012

The Delaware Art Museum continues to offer FREE admission on Sundays from noon to 4:00.

You probably need a cultural lift and you can continue to get it for free every Sunday at the Delaware Art Museum. Through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the admission fee is waived.

This provides you a great opportunity to reconnect with the Delaware Art Museum. Celebrating 100 years since its founding in 1912 to preserve the works of Howard Pyle, the collection now includes over 12,000 pieces including works by his students such as NC Wyeth and many highlights from other American painters. The museum also contains America’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art along with various temporary special exhibitions. With its expansion in 2005, the museum now has over 80,000 square feet of space. You can once again see all their galleries.

Fall is a great time to relax a bit, enjoy the art, enjoy the grounds, and again take advantage of all this region has to offer!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Sunflowers for All – From Farm to Feeder: A Sunflower Celebration

September 14, 2012

This Sunday at 1:00: From Farm to Feeder: A Sunflower Celebration!

We’ve been driving by the brilliant fields – now you can learn the rest of the story. On Sunday September 16, you will have the chance to visit the Myrick Conservation Center to learn the story behind the local sunflower fields. Meet Charles Shattuckof Wild Birds Umlimited and Jamie Hicks and learn the complete story behind these locally grown, locally milled, and locally sold flowers.

Be sure to contact the Red Clay Valley Association to make reservations and get more information.

Another chance to get out and enjoy more of what this area has to offer.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Open House This Saturday & Sunday – 118 Cross Ave New Castle DE 19720

September 12, 2012

We will be holding an Open House this Sunday at 118 Cross Ave in Swanwyck New Castle Delaware from 12:00 to 2:00 and Saturday from 11:00-1:00.

118 Cross Ave is a nice single family home listed for $119,900 and located in Swanwyck just south of I -295, west of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in eastern New Castle County. This location provides immediate access to Wilmington, much of New Castle County, and southern New Jersey. With over 450 homes, the three Swanwyck communities were mostly completed during the fifties. Generally the homes were 3 bedroom 1 bath properties with between 900 and 1500 square feet.

118 Cross Ave is a great 3 bedroom 1 bath single story Ranch built in 1956 with central air and gas heat. It has recently been renovated with new interior paint, floors, bath, and windows. The kitchen was updated with new appliances, counters, and refinished cabinets. It also has open covered patios in both the front and rear.

Cross will be open this Saturday from 11:00-1:00 and Sunday, September 16, from 12:00 to 2:00.

Directions: From I-295 go south on Route 9 / New Castle Avenue. Take the first right on Stamm Blvd at the entrance to Swanwyck Estates. Take the first right on Glen Avenue to second left on Cross Ave. The property is up the block on the left. I look forward to seeing you there!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Sharpley Homes Update – North Wilmington Delaware 19803

September 12, 2012

Sharpley continues to be one of the most popular, convenient, and stable home communities in North Wilmington.

Sharpley is located just north of Wilmington to the west of Route 202, north of Route 141, and south of Silverside Rd. It is adjacent to Woodbrook, Tavistock, and Eden Ridge with the communities loosely bounded by Route 202, Rockland Rd, and Mt Lebanon Rd. This provides immediate access to Wilmington and all of North Wilmington with easy commutes into southeastern PA and to I95 toward Philadelphia or Washington. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options surround the area.

Sharpley is a comfortable, well established neighborhood with wide tree lined streets and plenty of open space. With just over 400 homes, it contains a nice mixture of Colonials, Cape Cods, and Ranch style homes. Construction began in 1959 and continued  throughout the 1960s with a few properties not completed until the early 70s. Sizes range from modest 1500 sqft Ranches to over 3000 sqft Colonials. The majority of homes have 4 bedrooms with approximatley 2500-3000 square feet of living space.

Sharpley home sales prices and activity have followed the same pattern seen throughout the area but have remained more steady than most communities.  Generally there have been between 10 and 15 home sales per year with the exception of 2009 when there were only 4 home sales reported. The average sales price peaked in 2006 at $429,000 and dropped to $350,000 by 2010 but recovered nicely in 2011 to $401,000. Prices have eased this year to date with 7 sales having an average sales price of $360,000. There are also currently 4 homes on the market with an average asking price of $384,000 and 2 homes under contract averaging $371,000.

With its reasonable pricing, solid homes, and prime location, Sharpley should remain a preferred housing choice in North Wilmington for years to come.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Swanwyck, Swanwyck Gardens & Swanwyck Estates DE Homes Update

September 11, 2012

Swanwyck, Swanwyck Gardens & Swanwyck Estates seem to be experiencing stronger sales and pricing as we continue through 2012.

Swanwyck, Swanwyck Gardens & Swanwyck Estates are three adjacent communities located just south of I-295 and west of Route 9 in New Castle Delaware providing easy access to much of New Castle County and immediate access to New Jersey across the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Originally part of an estate began in 1805, redevelopment in the area began as early as the late 1930s but was mostly suspended due to the war. Today most of the approximately 450+homes were built as ranch style properties during the 1950s. Although some properties range over 3000 square feet, most homes average between 900 and 1500 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath.

As seen throughout New Castle County, home prices peaked in 2006 and 2007 with the average sales price here above $180,000. In 2008, the average price fell to $173,000 and continued down to level out at $113,000 in 2011. In 2011, individual home sales prices ranged from a low of $65,000 to over $169,000 with an average home being on the market for a total of 141 days.

In 2012 year to date, we have seen some strengthening in the market as the average sales price has climbed to $124,000 with 12 sales. In addition, there is currently one home under contract that was listed for $127,500, and 11 properties currently available for sale with an average list price of $145,000. Prices still remain under pressure through short sales and bank owned properties in the area.

Based on the current activity and sales prices seen to date, it appears that Swanwyck may have already reached a good price bottom last year and is building on that base. If the economy stabilizes, prices and activity should continue to grow as we head toward the end of the year and into 2013.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

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

2012 Revolutionary War Reenactment – Brandywine Creek State Park Delaware

September 9, 2012

The Revolutionary War Reenactment is taking place next Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, at the Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington Delaware. 

Looking for something different to do this weekend? The 2d Virginia Regiment will once again be hosting the Revolutionary War reenactment at Brandywine Creek State Park to commemorate the 235th anniversary of the Philadelphia Campaign. This two day event will replay the local events of the Campaign and provide visitors with the chance to walk among the troops and visit period merchants.

A half dozen Crown Troop Units and over ten Continental Forces Units are already registered representing infantry, artillery, and calvary forces.

Be sure to check out the Philadelphia Campaign website for complete details of the event. Brandywine Creek State Park is located just north of Wilmington at the intersections of Route 100 and Route 92. The site will be open to the public from 9-4 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday.

Be sure to take some time off, enjoy the park, learn some history, and enjoy more of what this area has to offer!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Deerborne Woods Newark DE Homes Update

September 8, 2012

Deerborne Woods continues to be a desired development with stabilizing pricing and sales activity.

**** Be Sure to Check Out the Deerborne Woods Open House****
****This Sunday from 1-3****

Deerborne Woods is located south of I-95 just south of Old Baltimore Pike, west of Route 896, just before the Maryland State Line. The community contains approximately 190 single family properties per the tax records and the homes were built between 1999 and 2006. Most of the houses are 2 story 4 bedroom Colonials with between 2200 and 2700 square feet. Properties in the community range from approximately 2000 to over 3000 square feet. Deerborne Woods is in the Christina School District.

Recently, Deerborne Woods has continued to see fairly strong home sales activity while the fall in prices appears to be leveling out. Resale prices peaked in 2006 and 2007 when the average sales price reached over $390,000 with 12 sales each year. Since then, sales prices have been declining. In 2008 the average sales price dropped to $367,000, in 2009 to $346,000, in 2010 to $347,00, and in 2011 to $316,000. In 2012 the average sales price has settled at $310,000 with 5 sales year to date. There are also 3 properties currently on the market with prices ranging from a $269,00 to $399,000.

With a great location, newer homes, and stabilizing sales and prices, Deerborne Woods appears to be in a great position for long term stability and growth. Buyers should be sure to consider the community in any search in the area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Easttown Homes Update – Chester County PA

September 7, 2012

Easttown home sales activity and pricing remain under pressure

Easttown Township is located in eastern Chester County adjacent to Tredyffrin Township to the north, Willistown Township to the west, and in Delaware County – Radnor Township to the east, Newtown to the south. Easttown was established in 1704. Founded originally as an agricultural area, its development grew as early roads developed and it became a stop on the Main Line to Philadelphia allowing an influx of new residents. Beginning in the 1950’s, population growth accelerated as older farms were sold and homes were developed.

Today Easttown has a population of over 10,000 with a prime suburban location on the Main Line. SEPTA provides convenient access to Philadelphia through the Paoli, Daylesford, Berwyn, and Devon Regional Rail Stations. It is also easily accessed by road on Lancaster Pike traveling east-west or Route 252  north-south toward Route 202 or Newtown Square. This location is ideal for commuting throughout eastern Chester County or western Delaware County. It is also surrounded by dining, entertainment, historic, and shopping options.

Homes in the area range across all styles, sizes, designs, and ages. From older properties built in the 1700s to Main Line estate properties, you can probably find it here. The majority of properties are single family homes but there are also a good variety of townhomes and twins. Businesses are centered along Lancaster Pike while the Township Offices are located at the intersection of Newtown and Beaumont Roads.

Home sales activity and pricing has largely followed the trends seen throughout the county. Prices peaked in 2006 when there were 161 sales with an average sold price of $958,000. Activity peaked in 2007 with 169 sales while the average price eased to $771,000. Prices dropped to a low of $587,000 in 2009 with 128 sales but recovered to $752,000 with 136 sales in 2011.

In 2012  the average price has again eased to $662,000 with 82 sales year to date. There are also currently 63 properties on the market with an average asking price of $1,289,000 while 19 properties are under contract averaging $560,000. As can be seen from these numbers, activity remains tilted toward the lower price sale points. Sales have ranged from a low of $229,000 to a high of $2,075,000. Listed properties range from $215,000 to over $8,000,000.

Easttown remains a popular Main Line housing option but home sales pricing and activity continue to fluctuate. In the near term, higher end homes prices and activity may continue to remain under pressure due to the overall economy and political uncertainty, but at the lower end of the market, lower prices are attracting solid activity which should put a good foundation for future pricing stability. With its prime location and great amenities, Easttown will remain a solid top choice for years to come.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Open House Sunday – 109 Berwyck Ct Newark DE 19702

September 6, 2012

We will be holding an Open House this Sunday at 109 Berwyck Ct in Deerborne Woods Newark Delaware from 1:00 to 3:00!

109 Berwyck Ct is a nice single family home listed for $269,900 and located in Deerborne Woods south of I95 and Newark DE in western new Castle County. The Deerbourne Woods community of approximately 190 single family properties per the tax records was built between 1999 and 2006. Most of the homes were 2 story 4 bedroom properties with between 2200 and 2700 square feet. Properties in the community range from 2000 to over 3000 square feet. Deerborne Woods is in the Christina School District.

109 Berwyck Ct is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath two story single family Colonial located on a corner lot with Glen Avon Dr. The property is approximately 12 years old and is listed in the tax records with 2,225 square feet. It is a bank owned property with new carpet, new paint, a finished basement, and many interior upgrades. It has a large open kitchen – family room area with a fireplace and sliders to a rear deck.

Berwyck will be open this Sunday, September 9, from 1:00 to 3:00.

Directions: From Route 896 south of  I95, go west on Old Baltimore Pike. After you pass the intersection with a light at Pleasant Valley Rd/Otts Chapel Rd, Deerborne Woods is the first community to the left (south). Turn left on Deerborne Trail to first left on Berwyck. The property is on the left. I look forward to seeing you there!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808
www.DelawarePAHomes.com