Archive for the ‘Philadelphia’ Category

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone!

Take the long weekend to enjoy the weather, food, friends, and family. Don’t eat too much, shop too much, travel too much, or spend too much! Relax and enjoy.

Warmest Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving – Dave

2012 Election – VOTE!

November 6, 2012

Take some time and let your voice be heard!



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

Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter to All!

Enjoy your time with family and friends on a beautiful day.

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

Philadelphia Auto Show

February 4, 2011

The Philadelphia Auto Show is now on through February 6!

Philadelphia Auto Show 2011Philadelphia Auto Show 2011Just a quick reminder that the Philadelphia Auto show is in full swing downtown at the Philadelphia Convnetion Center.

The show will be open from 12:00-10:00  Friday, 9:00-10;00 Saturday, and 9:00-6:00 Sunday showcasing all the major manufacturers with special sections devoted to exotics, historic, and Dub Show 2011.  Sunday February 6 is Kids’ Day at the Auto Show where kids 12 and under will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.

Be sure to take some time off, visit the show, and enjoy more that this area has to offer!

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

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Fall Garden Festival

September 9, 2010

Save the Date: PHS Fall Garden Festival is this  Saturday Sept 11 .

RoseThe Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, PHS, is holding its Fall Garden Festival this Saturday September 11.  This year the event is being held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 11:00 – 4:00.  Everyone is invited to this free event.

Formerly the PHS Member’s Day, the event has been expanded and opened up to the public with numerous events and items on sale.  PHS will be providing information on their ongoing programs and along with PECO, the Neighborhoods Garden Association, and other local organizations will be teaching about green living at the PHS Green Stop.  There will multiple educational exhibitors available.  Even a preview of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show will be presented.

TomatoThere will be full shopping and tours available.  Plants, food, and gardening items will be for sale including PHS’s award-winning Gold Medal plants from PHS’s Meadowbrook Farms.  A live auction will begin at 1:30 with an amazing variety of interesting and useful items.  Live music will be performed by Prose from Dover.

This will be the perfect fall opportunity to get your gardening questions answered, learn about area green initiatives, entertain the children, and provide ideas to improve the quality of life in your local community.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-359-3853/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

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

Anderson Av Station SEPTA 101 Trolley Drexel Hill PA

November 1, 2009

Anderson Ave Station SEPTA 101 Trolley Drexel Hill PAWelcome to the Anderson Avenue station of the SEPTA 101 Trolley in Drexel Hill PA Upper Darby Township.

The station itself is located at the dead end of Anderson Avenue just two blocks south of State Rd.  It is an on-demand stop located midway between the Aronimink and Drexelbrook stations just on the backside of the Drexelbrook apartments.  This location provides easy access to the entire Aronimink section of Drexel Hill.

Anderson Ave has no dedicated commuter parking at this location and limited access so it is primarily a local commuter stop.  There is a small shed on the eastbound side for waiting commuters.  The video will provide a better feel for the area.

Like Aronimink, this station is in the center of the greater Drexel Hill residential area providing a great mix of twins, row homes, and a wide variety of single family homes throughout the area  Please check out the Aronimink Market Update for the complete sales statistics.

The Anderson Av Station is an ideal local station providing easy access to Media to the west and to the 69th Street Terminal and Philadelphia beyond to the east.

As always, should you have any questions, need any additional information, or be considering a move in the area, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Local Finds: Pennsylvania Veterans Museum – Media PA

August 20, 2009

Now is a great time to take advantage of the remaining days of summer to visit the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media PA.

Pennsylvania Veterans Museum Media PAAs the summer days grow shorter and families begin to look toward school and all the fall activities, there is still time to take advantage of the remaining days to enjoy some of the local attractions.  This becomes even better when the admission is free.

One of the newest museums in our area is the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media PA found on the lower level of the old Media Armory below Trader Joes in Media PA. D Day Pennsylvania Veterans Museum Media PA Opened on Veteran’s Day 2005, the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum has quickly expanded and developed its collections. “The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the legacy and dignity of all veterans of the U.S. military.”

It has great displays covering different aspects of the conflicts in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.  The museum is filled with exhibits, artifacts, dioramas, and first-hand accounts of the battles and events through the wars. Korean War Pennsylvania Veterans Museum Media PA The displays include special sections on the Tuskegee Airmen and the role women have played during the wars.  Three weeks ago, they opened a new diorama on the Korean War.

When I visited, they were several veterans on hand to answer all questions and provide in-depth descriptions of the articles on display.  Many of the items have been donated by local veterans who are still very much involved in the museum.  The museum also works closely with local veteran’s groups as they plan and attend reunions and gatherings throughout the area.  When visiting, be sure to save some time to view their educational filmsDisplays Pennsylvania Veterans Museum Media PAIn their “Ruptured Duck Theater“, they have half dozen films available ranging from the history of World War II to pieces on the “Women in the Military” and “The American Humanitarian Effort” during Vietnam.

This is a smaller museum packed with informative, thought-provoking displays that are perfect educational tools.  This is a great break from the summer heat.  The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 and special tours are available.

As always, if you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to let me know.