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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year to All!

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Congratulations to everyone on their new homes in 2010 and looking forward to a great year in 2011.  Relax and enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend and be ready for all the opportunities the New Year will bring.

Best Wishes


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

Brandywine River Museum – Free September Sunday Mornings

September 16, 2009

The Brandywine River Museum Chadds Ford PABrandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford PA is offering free museum admission for Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 12:00 through September.

Recently I completed a series of posts on Free Summer Activities in the local area.  Since then, I have received several recommendations of additional activities which could be great options and will be explored next summer.

This month, however, you may want to take advantage of the Brandywine River Museum’s free September Sunday Mornings.  For the next two Sundays, you can still take advantage of free museum admission from 9:30-12:00.  In addition to the extensive continuing exhibitions of the NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth works, this will include the new exhibition of Jamie Wyeth – Seven Deadly SinsBrandywine River Museum Chadds Ford Delaware County PAYou can also visit the Intrepid and Inventive: Illustrations of Rockwell Kent exhibition and receive a free second audio tour with the rental of one at regular price.

The museum is located on the south side of Route 1 just west of the intersection of Creek Rd on the banks of the Brandywine.

This is a great chance to take a break from the fall rush of activities, enjoy the museum, and see more that the region has to offer.

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

Chadds Ford PA Notes & Market Update

June 15, 2009

Located in the southwestern corner of Delaware County PA, Chadds Ford really combines the best of Delaware County, Chester County, and New Castle County.

Brandywine Battlefield Chadds Ford PAOriginally known as Birmingham Township, Chadds Ford finally changed it’s name on December 11, 1996.  The township is steeped in history.  It was named after John Chad who, at the urging and with some help from the county, ran a ferry over the Brandywine in this area starting in 1717.  The township  later hosted a critical battle during the Revolutionary War when the Battle of the Brandywine occurred just to the east of the river.  On September 11, 1777, 11,000 soldiers under Washington were defeated by 18,000 British and Hessian Troops as they advanced into Pennsylvania.

More recently, the area has been renowned as the foundation of the Brandywine School of Art and the residence of the Wyeth Family.  Begun as a summer school by Howard Pyle, the Wyeths came as students and three generations have never left.  Brandywine River Museum Chadds Ford PAMany of their works can now be found in the Brandywine River Museum located along the banks of the Brandywine near the original ford.

For years, agriculture was the primary activity in the area, but beginning in the last half of the 1800’s the Brandywine Valley became popular as a second home for families from both Philadelphia and Wilmington.  The valley continues to have the same attraction today and continues to be popular with families working in Wilmington, Philadelphia, and throughout Delaware & Chester Counties.

Real Estate activity in the area has followed much the same pattern we have seen throughout the county – although some of the actual numbers have been skewed by new construction activity in the region and some very high end property sales.  Sales activity in Chadds Ford Township Delaware County peaked in 2004 with 95 sales at any average price of $385,000.  Archie's Corner Chadds Ford PAIn 2005, prices spiked up to $506,000 but sales fell to 81 properties.  Sales continued to slide to 75 properties in 2006, 62 in 2007, and 50 in 2008.  Prices were more volatile with the average price falling to $455,000 in 2006, rising to $495,000 in 2007, and falling again to $404,000 in 2008.

In 2009 so far, 15 properties have sold for an average price of $400,000.  There are an additional 11 under contract with an average list price of $416,000.  Finally, 51 properties are currently still active on the market with an average list price of $648,000.   As you can see with all the above numbers, pricing can be very erratic due to the wide range of types and prices of the properties within the township.  On the other hand, sales activity has been similar to what we have seen throughout the county as it has drifted down over the last several years.

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

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

Local PA Finds: Penns Woods Winery & Chaddsford Winery

March 25, 2009

Chadds Ford Winery Entry Chadds Ford PAAs we enter the last weekend of March, you still have the opportunity to take advantage of the Barrels on the Brandywine Event put on by the member wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail.  The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail encompasses seven wineries (soon to be eight) ranging from just west of Philadelphia to eastern Lancaster County.  Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 are the last two days of the event and offer a perfect opportunity to sample the new 2008 vintages at each location.

With over 120 Limited Wineries, Pennsylvania has a rich variety of wineries throughout the state.  Of the seven on the trail in this region, five are located in Chester County, one in Delaware County, and one in Lancaster County. Penns Woods Winery Chadds Ford PA Locally, there are two that are easily accessible for anyone in Delaware County or New Castle County Delaware.

Penns Woods Winery is the only winery exclusively located in Delaware County.  Situated just west of Route 202 on Beaver Valley Road in Chadds Ford Township, Gino Razzi started crafting wines in 2002 and in 2004 bought the former Smithbridge Winery.  This allows him to take  advantage of a combination of 25 year old vines on an ideal vineyard site with the latest in technology in his state of the art processing facility.  This is a smaller exclusive winery producing about 2000 cases per year grown, processed, and bottled in Delaware County.

Just to the west of the Brandywine Creek in Chester County is the Chaddsford WineryChadds Ford Winery Chadds Ford PennsylvaniaThe Barrels on the Brandywine event is just the beginning as they gear up for the Spring season.  Beginning in April, they kick off their Spring Wine Education Schedule with Wine 101 on April 9.  This is the first of  nine scheduled events lasting through May 17th.  In addition, they are beginning their New Technical Tour of the winery on April 1.  Finally, following up on their successful promotion in 2008, they are again joining with WMMR’s Pierre Robert to produce a new wine, “Pierre Noir“, for 2009.  Bottled locally here in Chadds Ford, the winery both grows its own grapes at the Miller Estate Vineyard in Elverson and purchases additional grapes from throughout the area.

As we continue into Spring, this is another great opportunity to get out and sample more of what the area has to offer.  Enjoy!

As always, if you have any questions or need any information on your real estate needs, do not hesitate to contact me anytime!