What $500K Will Buy You in Malvern

271 Iroquois Dr., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND image by Scott Speese via Keller Williams Real Estate – Exton

The Main Line has traditionally ended at Paoli, but with the extension of the SEPTA Regional Rail line to Thorndale, that most legendary string of suburbs gained a few new member communities.

The first of these is Malvern, the next stop on the line after Paoli. The compact borough is the site of the 1777 Paoli Massacre during the Revolutionary  War and home to several of the region’s most admired companies, including Vanguard, Liberty Property Trust and the American operations of Saint-Gobain.

New mixed-use developments with apartments above and shops and restaurants below have added more vitality to Malvern’s very walkable town center. These three homes in the surrounding townships put you within an easy drive of everything Malvern has to offer. Read more »

First-Time Find: Cozy Cottage in Wallingford for $125K

758 Pennsylvania Ave., Wallingford, Pa. 19086 | TREND images via Long & Foster Real Estate

Generally speaking, if you want to send your kids to school in one of our region’s top-ranked suburban school districts, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege.

But there are exceptions to every rule, and this cozy little rancher in Wallingford is one of them.

Did we say little? It is small — at 694 square feet, it’s smaller than many of those famously tiny Philadelphia trinities. Yet this small package is loaded with good things. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Downingtown

1207 Indian Trail Dr., Downingtown, Pa. 19335 | TREND image via Long & Foster Real Estate

Downingtown is perfect suburban living. City life is not for everyone, and this suburban destination is nicely situated away from the chaos. New construction homes abound in our target price range in this community just beyond the fringes of the Main Line, and while these three homes aren’t brand new, they’re all of recent vintage and reflect the community’s dominant Colonial house style. With the average home value at $332,900, a $500K budget will get you a pad with plenty of space and an abundance of room for the kids to play. (And when they’re not playing, they will attend the highly regarded Downingtown schools; the Downingtown STEM Academy magnet school was rated one of the 10 best in the state this year by Niche.com.) Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in West Chester

10 Reservoir Rd., West Chester, Pa. 19380 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

Home to West Chester University and QVC, the Chester County seat of West Chester has a thriving local economy. College students and year-round residents alike flood the overwhelmingly walkable streets in town, lined with uniquely local shops and small businesses. You can relax at restaurants, browse through antique shops or stop by the West Chester Growers’ Market; there is something for just about everyone. The charming character, stellar school system and easy accessibility to the center of town makes this suburb a great destination for people of all ages — especially those looking to settle down and start a family.

With a median home value of $380,900 and the median listing price falling at $449,000, a $500K budget will get you everything you need. Take a peek at our three picks for a taste of Chester County charm. Read more »

First-Time Find: Live/Work in Bryn Mawr for $269.9K

881 Glenbrook Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Long & Foster / Christie’s International Real Estate

Starting a small business and a small family at the same time? Looking for live/work space that won’t bust your budget as well as a good place to raise your children? Want to do all this and have a Main Line address?

Your search is over.

This home in Bryn Mawr is zoned for commercial use, which means you can run your small business from the first-floor space that’s set up for it. It consists of a reception area separated by French doors from the office space, behind which is a kitchenette with laundry and a bathroom. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Huntingdon Valley

279 Betsy Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006 | TREND image via Long & Foster Real Estate

Let’s get one thing straight right away: Huntingdon Valley, a small village in Montgomery County’s Lower Moreland Township, is probably not somewhere you’re going to move for no reason at all. In fact, you will probably only move here if you are looking to settle down in the Philadelphia suburbs with your family and your search led you here, or you have some other tie to the community. It’s pretty much as suburban as it gets, but we still think it’s pretty great.

If you happen to be one of those individuals who just might purchase a property in Huntingdon Valley, good news: there are several options available right now. If your budget falls somewhere around $500,000, even better news: the median listing price in the area is $439,000. To see for yourself just what this neighborhood has to offer for home listings in the $500,000 range, read below. We picked out our top three. Read more »