Main Line Monday: The Main Line Dream on a Budget in Penn Valley

This Colonial just outside Narberth has been updated with a modern color palette and updated features, making it an outstanding value for a Main Line home. And its location can't be beat either.

523 S. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Benjamin Hardy Real Estate Group

523 S. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, Pa. 19072 | TREND images via Benjamin Hardy Real Estate Group

For many buyers, Lower Merion is one of the most desirable places to live. With its top-notch schools, easy access to the city, and charming shops and restaurants scattered throughout this township at the Main Line’s heart, it offers just about everything a sophisticated suburbanite might want.

Usually, it costs a pretty penny to gain access to all this. But not this time. Just off Montgomery Avenue on the Lower Merion side of the Lower Merion-Narberth border lies a charmingly renovated Colonial at a price so attractive that even some first-time buyers could consider it.

A handsome stone facade and full-width front porch greet you as you enter through to the home’s living room. Hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves and a gorgeous stone fireplace add flair to this classic home. Natural light is also key here, as the room boasts six large windows bringing light to every corner. This carries through to the dining room, where a large bay window again provides light and a sense of openness.

The dining room’s sense of openness is enhanced by its connection to the kitchen via a breakfast bar. The kitchen’s vintage cabinetry has been given a fresh lease on life with new paint in the same neutral color scheme of light gray and white that’s found throughout this home. A half bath off the kitchen, a shallow closet for canned goods and an exit to the landscaped back yard finishes off the first floor.

Upstairs, four large bedrooms make this place perfect for a new family while also providing an area for guests as well. A hallway linen closet and updated bathroom with a new Toto toilet and modern retro fixtures completes the top floor.

The unfinished walk-up attic includes a cedar closet and could be converted into the ultimate master suite, or whatever your heart desires. This home also features an unfinished basement that houses the laundry facilities and offers the perfect blank canvas on which to spark your creativity.

What’s more, this home offers unrivaled convenience in its location. You’re right off Montgomery Avenue, which offers many great restaurants and shops, and just a short walk from the center of Narberth, with its classic small-town charm and easy access to Center City via SEPTA Regional Rail. Suburban Square, downtown Ardmore and the Ardmore Farmers Market are just a short distance away. As mentioned above, your kids will attend schools in the top-flight Lower Merion district and can choose from either of the district’s two high schools once they reach that age.



BATHS: 1 full, 1 half


SALE PRICE: $399,900

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was reduced by $39,100 on Oct. 11.

523 S. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley, Pa 19072 [ Liz Burns | The Benjamin Hardy Real Estate Group | Keller Williams Realty]