Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell Home Is Pending Sale

Ryan Howard's Blue Bell home

Exterior shot of Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home.

Ryan Howard’s custom-made home in Montgomery County, placed on the market in June, is now pending sale. The deal is expected to close sometime in August, according to Philly.com. What does it mean? Where is Howard going? When? Will the Phils release him?

From a baseball standpoint, we don’t know right now. But from a real estate standpoint, we do know this: He’s certainly not going to live in his still-in-construction 20-room Florida mansion. He used to spend time in Rittenhouse Square, where pals Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon settled, as PhillyChitChat’s HughE Dillon noted in October:

Whatever the case, the sale of his Deerfield Estates home is a lucky break. The property may have attracted more curious fans than actual potential buyers in the beginning, as hinted by the listing’s closing line: “Only qualified buyers, please. Listing agent must accompany…” 

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Midday Headlines: Montco Considers Spending Millions on Norristown HQ

Montgomery Plaza office buildings, courtesy of Google Street View

Montgomery Plaza office buildings, courtesy of Google Street View

The Inquirer’s Jessica Parks reports that Montgomery County, after selling off much of its property over the last year, is reconsidering what to do with its headquarters and central offices in Norristown. The county is hiring a consultant to study the options, “including rehabilitating One Montgomery Plaza, building atop the county courthouse plaza, replacing an underground parking garage, renovating or tearing down the old stone prison, or even expanding the county footprint by buying the Post Office building behind the courthouse.” The 10-story One Montgomery Plaza alone needs at least $17 million in repairs.

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Montco Bank Barn Turned Loft Home Designed by Terence Woods

250 Montgomery Avenue, Erdenheim, PA

250 Montgomery Avenue, Erdenheim, PA

Converted barns are always fun to look at to see how owners decide to use all that space (here’s one resembling a resort). This Erdenheim, PA, home was originally a Pennsylvania Dutch Bank barn built around 1900. The current owners chose to renovate and reinvent, along with architect Terence Woods, who has since moved back to Dublin.

In the stone-walled great room is a 30-foot stone fireplace and a loft overlooking the area. Exposed beams and timber framing are distributed here and there throughout the home, as are custom iron railings, and flooring consisting of wide-plank cypress and radiant heating. The original barn doors were kept, as well.

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Report: Montco GOP Chair Will Be Charged with Sexual Assault

The Daily News has a juicy, juicy scoop:

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, [Montgomery County Republican Party] Chairman Robert J. Kerns, partner in the Lansdale law firm Kerns, Pearlstine, Onorato & Hladik, LLP, allegedly got drunk the night after a major GOP power-broker dinner last month and sexually assaulted a female with whom he worked. Rumors are also circulating that a grand jury is being convened and Kerns’ law partner was subpoenaed.

The night before, Tom Corbett was in town for the party’s annual fall dinner in West Norriton. The DN says several anonymous sources corroborated the rumors, but Kerns himself could not be reached, and several state party leaders would not comment.

Look Out, Abington: the Red Light Cameras Are Coming

Red light cameras: not just for the city anymore. We all have Abington Township , the first municipality outside of Philly to install the cameras, in Montco to thank for that. The township could see up to three cameras go up before the year’s close.

PennDOT approval is still pending, but the township has already signed a deal with a Massachusetts-based company to install the lights at several high-traffic points around town:

If PennDOT gives the final green light to the project, cameras could be functioning by year’s end at Old York Road and Susquehanna Road, Old York Road and Old Welsh Road, and Moreland Road and Fitzwatertown Road.

Philly is the only municipality in Pennsylvania with red light cameras currently, but nationally, more than 500 communities across 24 states utilize the technology. The possibility for cameras in the ‘burbs only opened up last year, when legislation passed to allow their installation. [CBS]

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