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Weekend Open Houses: Gladwyne, Bala, and Haverford

234 River Road Gladwyne

Plenty of lovely homes are open for your viewing pleasure this weekend in nearby Philly ‘burbs. Below are our top picks, including one special 4-bedroom with a listing that asks, “Wouldn’t you like to paddle your kayak across the river and take a Septa train to work?” Wow. Special, indeed. 234 River Road, Gladwyne, PA [...]

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Methodist Church in Bala Is Maybe Less for Sale Than It Looks

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It would seem that the beautiful church we were fretting over–the United Methodist Church of Bala Cynwyd–is on the market, but it’s not ON THE MARKET. We’ve learned that someone offered the full asking price but was turned down. Everything was done through a reputable broker, who was naturally angry that the seller would turn down the full ask.

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Bala Cynwyd Church Does Not Rule Out “Purchase Leaseback”

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Yesterday Property reported that the beautiful Bala Cynwyd United Methodist Church on Levering Mill Road was for sale. Narberth real estate agency Duffy Real Estate Inc. is listing the property for $1,500,000. Today we talked about the church buildings with Michael Duffy.

He said that the church is for sale because the size of its congregation has declined. In addition to exploring any and all options with respect to its building, the members of the congregation are also looking into various options as to where and with whom they will be worshiping.

An ideal scenario from the congregation’s point of view, according to Duffy, would be to find a buyer who would be willing to lease the sanctuary back to the congregation. Duffy also said that the church “would not rule out” the possibility of keeping the sanctuary and only selling the education building.

As is usually the case, the zoning issues will probably add some complications to the potenital sale.

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Newly Listed: The Gorgeous, Gothic United Methodist Church of Bala Cynwyd

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This listing is actually a three-for-one deal. There’s the church itself–such a gorgeous church–and the education building, which has a theater, offices, classrooms, a library, a kitchen, meeting rooms, a common area with the fireplace–all of that is obviously zoned for religious purposes. Two parking lots are zoned for commercial use.

I don’t currently have more information about the sale, but the photos show that it’s a beautiful sanctuary. First Narberth, now this… Well, no need to get maudlin about it.

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Bala Cynwyd Library to Reopen With Better Flow and a Fireplace Focus

BALA LIBRARY ALMOST DONEThe 16-month renovation of the Bala Cynwyd Library included the addition of 6,000 square feet, but the space that’s getting the most emphasis is a small seating area that visitors will see right as they walk in. Chairs are arranged around an ornamental fireplace that’s always been in the building but was pretty much ignored. Now it’ll serve as a focal point, looking more like a living room than a shelving area.

What else will visitors see when they get to go in on May 19th? A mural of children’s stories, easier access to an elevator and the reference desk, a better flow to the sections, and a young adult room. Overall, the building’s multicolored glass windows make for a Mondrian vibe–if a library can be compared to Mondrian.

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New Rentals in Lower Merion?

The Presser Senior Apartments, above, won preservation awards for Nolen Properties, the company that's proposing an 11-story apartment building for Bala Cynwyd.

The Presser Senior Apartments, above, won preservation awards for Nolen Properties, the company that's proposing an 11-story apartment building for Bala Cynwyd.

Nolen Properties is proposing new rentals in Lower Merion: an 11-story building on Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd with 284 units, most of them one-bedroom apartments.

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