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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

Open House Sunday – 690 S Bryn Mawr Ave Home – Radnor Township PA 19010

September 21, 2011

Open House this Sunday September 26 from 1:00-3:00
at 690 S Bryn Mawr Avenue Radnor Township PA.

This Sunday we will be holding an Open House at 690 S Bryn Mawr Avenue. 690 Bryn Mawr Ave 19010This home is located on the north side of Bryn Mawr Avenue just east of Route 320 / Sproul Rd in Radnor Township. This location provides almost immediate access to much of the Main Line as well as most of Delaware County. The home is also minutes from Route 476 with quick connections to I-95, the Philadelphia Airport, greater Philadelphia, and south to Wilmington.

690 Bryn Mawr is listed by Marie Gordon for $415,000. The home is a 3 bedroom 2 bath one floor ranch style property with over 1600 square feet built in approximately 1955. With hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen, and over one acre of property, this is an ideal location for those looking for convenient one floor living. Radnor PA HomesThis home includes a great light open floor plan, one car garage, and basement.

The home is easily accessed from much of the area. From West Chester Pike and I-476 travel west to Rt 320 / Sproul Rd; turn north until you reach the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue; turn east to 690 Bryn Mawr. From Lancaster Avenue head south on Sproul until you reach Bryn Mawr Avenue and turn east.

If you are looking for convenient one floor living with immediate access to the Main Line, Chester County, and Delaware County with access to the Radnor schools, you should be sure to include this home in your search.

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

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

The Philadelphia Union is Ready to Rock!

March 25, 2010

Welcome to the new Philadelphia Union Soccer team as they play their first game ever in Seattle today March 25.

We’ve been waiting a long time but today the Philadelphia Union finally brings Major League Soccer to our area.  They will play their first match in Seattle in about 5 hours.  The Union will arrive in the Philadelphia area with their first home game on April 10.  On June 27, they will finally come to their permanent home now still under construction on the Chester PA waterfront.

In February 2008, it was announced by Major League Soccer that Philadelphia would be the new home of the League’s 16th Franchise.  This was the result of intense effort by the local community to win the team and of continuing efforts to forge ahead with the redevelopment in Chester PA.  With the partnership of the State, County, local supporters, and the City of Chester, a state of the art new stadium was planned for the Chester Waterfront just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.

Today, all that effort is about to pay off.  The team has been formed and was named the Philadelphia Union by a vote of the fans in February 2009.  The players were assembled in the November 2009 expansion draft.  Now the team plays their first game in Seattle on March 25.  After a week off, they will play their first “home” game in Lincoln Financial Field on April 10.  After four more away games, they will return to South Philadelphia’s Lincoln Field on May 15.  Then after several additional away games, the Philadelphia Union returns on June 27 to their permanent home in the brand new state-of-the-art 18,500 seat PPL Park located on the Chester Waterfront in Chester PA.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Union, Chester PA, and all the organizations and people that have worked so hard to make this happen.  It should be a great soccer season!

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

Chestnut Hill PA Named A 2010 National Trust Distinctive Destination

March 22, 2010

Chestnut Hill PA has been named one the National Trust for Historic Preservation 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

Distinctive Destinations are cities or towns “that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes, and a strong commitment to preservation sustainability, and revitalization.”

Chestnut Hill is now part of Philadelphia, but it was originally a small town serving the local farming community and later acted as a summer vacation spot for Philadelphians.  It was one of the earliest suburbs of Philadelphia and has a history predating the Revolutionary War.  In 1854, it became part of the City of Philadelphia under the 1854 Act of Consolidation when all government entities within the County of Philadelphia were consolidated under the City of Philadelphia government.

Today, “Chestnut Hill is one of Philadelphia’s premier neighborhoods.  It has a long history of preservation beginning in the 1960s and has continued to keep its historic districts largely intact. Germantown Avenue and its adjoining streets have more than 150 boutique shops and restaurants, making them destinations for shoppers and architectural historians alike.”

Residents and visitors to the Chestnut Hill PA area continue to enjoy its history and entertainment options offering a small town feel but still only minutes from all that the City of Philadelphia has to offer.  Congratulations for the designation.

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 EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPP) Rule Affects You!

February 2, 2010

I just wanted to pass on a reminder from the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties that the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RPP ) rule will be effective on April 22, 2010.

From the EPA website:

“Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

The EPA RRP Rule covers any work for pay that disturbs 6 square feet or more in the interior or 20 square feet or more of lead based paint on the exterior.  As with most government mandates, consumers should expect increased costs and time associated with any of this work in the future.  “By April 22, 2010, firms must have “Certified Renovators” assigned to jobs where lead-based paint is disturbed.”

In our day-to-day activities, it is important to note that this does apply to Property Owners of Rental Housing.  It also can impact all the associated groups such as Contractors, Homeowners, Tenants, Realtors, Property Management Firms, and Training Providers so it is essential that individuals be aware of the new rules and general requirements.  For more information or questions on the EPA RPP Rule (Renovation, Repair, and Painting), be sure to check out the EPA Website.  You can also find more general information on their site at their Lead Home Page.

This is important information for this region as there are many homes and buildings built prior to 1978 that could potentially contain lead based paint.  EPA fines per violation are $37,500 so it is important not to ignore the potential consequences of not following these new regulations.  The National Association of Realtors Site also has a great Lead Paint Renovation Rule Compliance Guide answering the most frequently asked questions.

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

Split Levels Rising

November 25, 2008

It’s about time. 

As you travel to different parts of the country, styles and tastes in homes (and everything) change continually.  Today, one style that is beginning to receive renewed interest is the split level home.  We all know them.  We lived in them, or our grandmother lived in them, or our friends did.  I think it is time to take a second look.

Beautifully Updated Split Level Home

Beautifully Updated Split Level Home

Throughout the fifties and sixties, the Philadelphia PA and Delaware suburbs experienced a tremendous amount of growth.  One of the primary style beneficiaries of this growth was the development of the split level home.

As homes expanded and families needed additional room to grow, styles shifted from predominately small ranch homes and custom built housing to splits and colonials.  Splits in particular were very popular throughout the region due to their flexible floor plans and ease of construction on many land topographies.  They were built in every style, shape, and location and proved a convenient alternative to both one level and 2+ story homes.  Their flexibility, ease of access, and reduced stairs proved popular with both families and those who were looking for easier access.

Today, the area continues to contain a rich variety of split level homes in all shapes and sizes.  From small to large, city to country, two to six levels, there is an endless variety of configurations.  In Delaware County, in addition to entire developments of split level homes, they were also commonly used to infill lots in older developments as well as being built as single family homes on very large lots in the western townships of the county. 

Since they are now frequently fifty to sixty years old, many are in the process of being redone: both updated to reflect today’s tastes as well as being retrofitted to mirror the styles from when they were built.  The beauty of the split level style is that many offer a fairly clean palette that can be modified to reflect almost any time or style.

After being passed on for years to more traditional styles, split level homes are now receiving increased interest as families again are looking at more imaginative and practical living opportunities.  It’s time to take a closer look.