Archive for the ‘Springfield’ Category

Thompson Ave Station SEPTA 101 Trolley Springfield PA

December 3, 2009

Welcome to the Thompson Ave Station of the SEPTA 101 Trolley in Springfield PA.

This is one of the small on-demand trolley stops on the SEPTA 101 Trolley Line running from the 69th Street Terminal to Media PA.  It is located at the crossing of Thompson Avenue just to the east of Sproul Rd and north-west of its intersection with the Baltimore Pike. This is just one stop to the west of the larger Woodland Avenue stop and the next station west is the Springfield Mall trolley stop.

The station itself has a small shed on the south side of the track (there is only one track from Woodland through Media).  There is no dedicated SEPTA parking at this location and only limited areas on the adjacent streets to park or to drop off/pick up passengers.  It is conveniently located to several residential communities of mostly single family homes.  The video will provide a better idea of the immediate area:

There is a nice selection of homes throughout this area of Springfield.  On the far side of Sproul Rd are the Villas at Golf View, a recently completed active adult community of 194 single level homes.  Just to the north is the community of Mary Dell Farms containing mostly split level single family homes.  Toward the east and south is a nice community of mixed style single family homes.  Pricing in the area for homes currently on the market range from a low of $239,000 to a high of $379,000, averaging $297,000.  Sales in the last six months have ranged from $169,000 to $419,000 averaging $273,000.

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

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Paper Mill Rd SEPTA 101 Trolley Stop Springfield PA

June 22, 2009

Located in Smedley Park, today we are taking a look at the Paper Mill Rd Trolley Stop.

Paper Mill Rd SEPTA 100 Trolley Crossing Springfield PAPaper Mill Rd is a local stop on the SEPTA Route 101 Trolley line running from the 69th Street Terminal out to State Street in Media.  It has frequent service 7 days a week and multiple stops throughout its line.  The Paper Mill Rd stop is located in Smedley Park adjacent to the I476/ Blue Route Corridor.  The stop is just one block north of Baltimore Pike at this point and Paper Mill Rd is the first intersection east of the Blue Route.

Smedley Park is a Delaware County Park that was named after the founder of the County’s Parks & Recreation Board: Samuel L Smedley.  The park contains approximately 120 acres of land and is located just north of Baltimore Pike and runs under the Blue Route.  The park contains various picnic facilities, athletic fields, and hiking paths.  It is also the home of the Penn State’s Cooperative Extension of Delaware County.

This is a local stop with no assigned commuter parking.  It is within walking distance of much of the park, but commuters would probably be better served through one of the adjacent stations that have assigned parking.  It is very convenient for park events and is within easy walking distance of the Cooperative Extension Office.

As always, if you have any questions or are thinking of a move, feel free to contact me anytime.

MarpleWoods and Haverford Hill – Condos & Town Homes in Delaware County PA

April 8, 2009

(Be sure to check out the Haverford Hill update)

If you want to live outside the city but still crave the convenience of condo and town home living, you have a wide variety of options throughout Delaware County.  The area contains a diverse collection of condominiums ranging from the east with traditional properties such as the Contemporary Village in Glenolden and the Wildman Arms in Lansdowne to the more recent additions to the north and west such as Green Countrie Village in Newtown Square  and Runnymeade Farms in Edgmont Township.

With most of the communities under common maintenance, they allow the owners the flexibilty to come and go as they please knowing that their properties will be well tended.  Haverford Hill Condominiums Havertown PAMany owners also look for easy access to primary transportation links.  Two communities that are centrally located in the county close to major county crossroads are the Haverford Hill Condomiums and the townhomes in the adjacent communities of MarpleWoods and San Francisco East.

The Haverford Hills Condominiums are located just east of the intersection of I-476 (The Blue Route) and the West Chester Pike on Glendale Road in Havertown, Haverford Township.  They include over 250 one, two, and three bedroom units in several traditional buildings.  Haverford Hill Condo Entrance Havertown PennsylvaniaThis location affords easy commuting options both locally as well as into much of the Main Line, east and west along West Chester Pike, and to points ouside the immediate area using The Blue Route.

In Haverford Hills, the pricing has remained fairly solid over the last several years with the two bedroom units rising from an average price of $149,000 in 2005 with 18 sales to $162,000 in 2007(14 sales) and $163,000 in 2008(9 sales).  In the last six months 3 units have settled with an average price of $162,000 and an additional eight are currently on the market for  an average list price of $174,000.  The average price will be coming down as there is currently one unit pending with a list price of $149,000.

MarpleWoods Entrance Marple Township PAOne exit to the south on the Blue Route (I-476) at the Route 1 intersection in Marple Township, you can take advantage of the adjacent communities of Marple Woods and San Francisco East located just to the west of the freeway.  Located at the top of a hill north of Old State Rd, these communities contain over 200 town homes in a nice private environment.  This location provides you with easy access to much of the area by both Route 1 (which becomes Township Line Rd and then City Ave as you head further north and becomes Baltimore Pike to the south) and I-476.  You are also just minutes from Route I-95 and the airport.

San Francisco East Condominiums Marple Springfield PAWith a nice mix of mostly two bedroom units in both communities, the average sales price has remained between $203,000 and $207,000 from 2005 through 2008.  In the last six months, there has only been one sale for $190,000 and it appears prices are also heading down here with the current list prices averaging $205,000.  This mirrors what we have been seeing in many communities in the county.

These are just two of the many options in the area.  If you want to take advantage of suburban Philadelphia living but still want the convenience of condominium or townhome living, you have a wide variety from which to choose.

If you have any questions or would like to investage further, feel free to contact me anytime.

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

Springfield Mall PA 101 Trolley Stop

January 9, 2009

Following the eternal quest to answer the question “What’s there?”,  I have found many of the questions have centered around the various transit stops throughout the area.  People are interested in mass transit but aren’t ready to commit until they have a better understanding of the areas and “What’s there”.

101 Local Trolley at Springfield Mall PAToward that end, over the next few months, I will periodically add videos to the site both to document the various stops and provide you with some additional information on the surrounding areas.  In due course, I should be able to cover all the various rail lines that continue through the county into Philadelphia.  I will also cover the adjacent areas in Montgomery County and New Castle County, DE.  Hopefully, this will provide you with a better feel for the options available as you look around the county and adjacent areas.

The first stop here is the Springfield Mall Trolley Route 101 stop.  This stop is located just behind the Springfield Mall in the north east corner at the trolley’s Route 320/Springfield Rd underpass.  There is no parking directly adjacent to this stop; however, the stop is located just a short walk downhill from the mall itself.  There are also stairs directly to Route 320 and the connecting bus services.

The Springfield Mall itself is currently undergoing some major changes.  The former Strawbridges store has now been removed and they are in the process of building a new anchor Target Store.  In addition there are over 70 stores listed in the mall with Macy’s anchoring the far end.

BTW: I will work to come up with a consistent format – any suggestions, just let me know.