Weekend Open Houses: Gladwyne, Bala, and Haverford

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
Gladwyne 234 River Road

Open House: September 22, 12-4pm
Price: $1,199,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.1
3,408 sq. feet

 

 

35 Llanberris Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Bala 35 Llanberris RoadOpen House: September 22, 2-4pm
Price: $625,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 2.1
3,276 sq. feet

 

 

243 Cheswold Lane, Haverford, PA
Haverford 243 Cheswold LaneOpen House: September 22, 2-4pm
Price: $65,000 (reduced from $1,085,000)
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.1
2,808 sq. feet

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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Schlotzsky’s Bala Cynwyd Opens… In Philadelphia

schlotz For a while, I had been hearing that some chain called Schlotzsky’s was debuting on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Well, after some delays, Schlotzsky’s Bala Cynwyd finally opened last Thursday. Only it’s not located in Bala Cynwyd at all. No, Schlotzsky’s Bala Cynwyd is actually located in Philadelphia.
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Bala Cynwyd Church Does Not Rule Out “Purchase Leaseback”

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

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?

Traffic. You can bet when the members of the Lower Merion Township’s planning commission meet next Monday, traffic will be on the agenda. To be discussed? A tentative plan, submitted by Nolen Properties, for new rentals in Lower Merion—specifically, an apartment building at 335 Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd. According to the Main Line Times, the apartment building would have the following specs:

    11 stories total
    284 units
    5 acres
    Majority 1BR units
    Two- or three-floor parking garage
    333,893 square feet
    120 feet high
    438 parking spaces
    6 car-share spaces
    Majority parking below-grade
    35,000-square-foot public gathering place
    Multipurpose public path

When it comes to suburban development, it’s always about traffic. Here’s some nitty-gritty for signal watchers. From the Times:

Based on a traffic study submitted with the plan, the new apartments will generate an average of 1,846 weekday trips, including 174 new trips in the key afternoon peak hour. At $1,544 per trip, its total fee, which will go into a general fund for improvements, comes to $286,656. The traffic study indicates that increased traffic on Righters Ferry Road from planned development will be accommodated by a proposed new traffic signal at Righters Ferry and Monument roads, and with signal phasing changes at the Righters Ferry/Belmont Avenue intersection.

The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd’s Amara Briggs told the Times that the “overarching concern was not the plan itself, [but] was with respect to traffic.”

“This is just one project of several being considered for the area,” she said. A question will be “Overall, what is our tolerance” for additional traffic.

Honeygrow in Bala Is Now Open

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Honeygrow’s Justin Rosenberg just opened his second stir-fry, salad and smoothie location. This one is  at 169 E City Avenue in Bala. The new location is about twice the size of the initial 16th and Sansom Street location.

honeygrow [Official Site]

Honeygrow Rolls Out New Dishes for Winter

Honeygrow has debuted three new stir fries for winter. Each dish offers a new combination of noodles, protein, fresh vegetables and warming spices.

  • 5 Spice Stir-Fry, combining freshly seared pork, bell peppers, carrots, scallions, broccoli and egg noodles. – $8.25
  • Gluten Free Coconut Curry Stir Fry, includes tofu, bell peppers, carrots, onions, Thai basil and rice noodles – $8.75
  • Lemon Miso Tahini Stir-Fry, edamame, grilled chicken breast, carrots, shitake mushrooms and egg noodles – $8.25

Honeygrow is opening its second location this February, in Bala Cynwyd. The location will be at 169 City Avenue, near the Chili’s at City and Belmont Avenues.

Honeygrow [Official Site]

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