What $500K Will Buy You in Phoenixville

The borough's catching on with a new generation - but most of them are renting, and the homes for sale haven't caught up with the apartments yet. You will, however, find plenty to choose from in the surrounding townships in its zip code.

606 Cherry Lane, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | Image via Century 21 Norris – Valley Forge

If you haven’t heard yet, Phoenixville is yet another of those old Schuylkill mill towns that’s enjoying a renaissance. New apartment buildings are popping up all over, luring younger residents into the borough. We expect the crowd at next year’s Blobfest to be even bigger than this year’s as a result.

But homes in the borough remain modest and modestly priced. Just outside it, however, are a bunch of very attractive houses, several of them, including two of our picks, in a subdivision just across the river from downtown. But before we get to those, we have a one-of-a-kind “fixer-upper” for you to consider.

606 Cherry Lane (above) | 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 4,320 square feet, $525,000

The face this home presents to the street looks like a French country home, but it’s not. Instead, it’s a reworking of a three-story barn many of whose elements were incorporated into the finished product when it was turned into a residence in the late 1950s. The lower level, for instance, retains the original beamed ceiling and stone walls and serves as a large recreation room; it has a stone hearth fireplace and wet bar. The home retains many of its Midcentury Modern features, nowhere more noticeable than in the kitchen and on the top floor, where vaulted beamed ceilings add dramatic flair to the large flexible space that currently serves as a family room, home office and bedroom. This home is being promoted as a find for a buyer with the creativity and vision to bring this striking home in tune with today.

This home’s price was reduced by $60,000 on Aug. 11.

606 Cherry Lane, Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 [Lynne Norris | Century 21 Norris – Valley Forge]

318 Quail Dr. N., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND image via RE/MAX Action Realty

318 Quail Dr. N. | 4 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths, 4,016 square feet, $499,999

One of two picks located in the Rivercrest subdivision just outside town, this young Colonial boasts a number of luxurious touches. Indoors, those include a spacious open kitchen/great room combination that offers a fireplace and a skylit dining area along with a master suite with a spacious bathroom outfitted with a corner tub, walk-in shower and double vanities. Outdoors, you’ll find a spacious deck with a two-year-old built-in hot tub and a very nice view of the grounds. The basement rec room and family room has its own wet bar and built-in speakers as well. And it’s in a gated community that boasts a golf course, community pool, fitness center and clubhouse for the residents.

This home’s sale price was reduced by $10,001 on June 29,

318 Quail Dr. N., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 [Linda Dale | RE/MAX Action Realty]

56 Quail Dr. S., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

56 Quail Dr. S. | 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 3,288 square feet, $500,000

Like its neighbor to the north, this home is a Colonial that greets you with a two-story foyer, albeit this one’s a little more modest than that found at 318 Quail Drive North. Its living room, however, is more striking, with an open plan that flows into the dining room. The kitchen is similarly open with a sunlit breakfast area on one side of it and a family room with fireplace on the other. The master suite also has a custom walk-in closet, coffered ceiling and spacious bathroom with large soaking tub and dual vanities. Downstairs, the basement rec room has an electric fireplace, and there’s a separate home office on this level as well. Stairs up from the rec room and down from the kitchen breakfast area lead to an attractive paver patio that’s perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining.

56 Quail Dr. S., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 [Colleen Sullivan | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]