Aching to Buy? Check Out These 5 Homes for Starters
If you're one of those Millennials raring to get started as a homeowner, these five homes might fill the bill. They're good starter choices even if you're not.
As you may have read earlier, it seems that Millennials are eager to buy. And they’re approaching the age where they’re also thinking about raising families, which means they’re also looking for good homes with room for kids in good school districts.
We’ve found a few of those in the ‘burbs and offer them here for your consideration.
445 Lombardy Rd., Drexel Hill (above) | 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 3,041 square feet, $299,000
They don’t build ’em like this anymore. This 1920s Tudor home in the Drexel Park section of Drexel Hill boasts all of its original architectural details, from leaded glass windows to stone and marble fireplaces to pegged hardwood floors to beautifully maintained oak banisters and trim. Its improved kitchen and well-maintained bathrooms compliment its Old World charm. This home also includes a two-bedroom au pair/domestic help suite with its own bathroom. It’s close to the Route 101 and 102 trolleys for convenient transit service to 69th Street Terminal, University City and Center City.
445 Lombardy Rd., Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026 [Madeline O’Fria | Long & Foster Real Estate]
818 Biddle St., Ardmore | 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,368 square feet, $297,000
This home looks like it came out of a storybook, it’s that cute. Not only has it been well maintained, it’s been kept up to date with a newly renovated kitchen and bathrooms. You’ll want to greet your neighbors from the full-width front porch, and when the weather’s nice, you can relax and entertain on the huge deck in back. In addition to the large master bedroom and two other bedrooms, this home has a walk-up attic with plenty of storage space and a walkout basement with two rooms that can fill a wide variety of purposes. Ardmore’s lively town center is a short distance away, and the Tired Hands Brewing Company is right around the corner.
818 Biddle St., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 [Andrea Cooper | Long & Foster Real Estate]
808 Aubrey Ave., Ardmore | 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,487 square feet, $299,900
This home is one block over from 818 Biddle St., so you’ll enjoy the same convenience and walkability here as you will there. This home, however, has a more urbane personality. The exposed brick accent wall in the dining room shows off the home’s original character, and you can even see where the original gas lighting fixtures were. Today, you have modern recessed lighting, though. The kitchen and bathrooms have all been updated, and your backyard opens onto Normandy Park. The Ardmore Busway runs right behind the park and has a stop down the block from you. Other transit options include Ardmore Avenue station on the Norristown High-Speed Line and Ardmore Regional Rail station in that lively town center.
808 Aubrey Ave., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 [Ryan Heenan | Ryan Heenan Real Estate | Coldwell Banker Preferred]
267 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne | 3 beds, 1 bath, 1,102 square feet, $289,900
Want to send your kids to Radnor Township schools? Of course you do, and with this home, you can actually afford to live there. Like the two Ardmore properties featured here, this home has been refreshed and updated over the years, with a bright paint scheme, energy-saving ceiling fans, new appliances and tile floor in the kitchen and a freshly painted bath. The master bedroom has two closets with ample storage space, and there’s a nice backyard for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. This home is close to both St. Davids and the center of Wayne, giving you plenty of options for shopping and dining nearby.
267 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 [Amber Strand | Tom Toole Sales Group | RE/MAX Main Line]
2519 Reeder Rd. #3, Solebury | 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths, square footage unavailable, $260,000
Bucks County beckons with this contemporary split-level with loads of personality in a secluded sylvan setting. Hardwood floors, a beamed cathedral ceiling and a fireplace with a 19th-century marble mantle make the living room a distinctively original space. The rustic kitchen has been outfitted with all-new stainless steel appliances, and a new loft above it offers an intimate retreat. In addition to the existing bedrooms, there’s space in the walkout basement to create an au pair suite. Your forested lot in the Solebury Woods subdivision backs onto a creek and the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, and you’re just seven minutes away from the heart of Bucks County’s year-round playground in New Hope.
This home’s sale price was reduced by $29,900 on March 19.
2519 Reeder Rd. #3, Solebury, Pa. 18938 [Daniela DeLuca | Addison Wolfe Real Estate]