5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend
This week: Five affordable finds for you to check out before your Memorial Day cookout.
You may be headed down the Shore this weekend, and if you are, we hope you have a blast! For those of you staying closer to home, we have five attractive and affordable finds for you to check out before your cookout.
Bucks County: 422 Durham Rd., Langhorne (above) | 4 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths, 3,454 square feet, $449,900
Open house: Saturday, May 25th, 1 to 3 p.m.
Isn’t that one of the most welcoming porches you’ve ever seen? We were reluctant to feature this house lest you show up at the open house with your lounge chair or rocker and pitcher of cocktails and simply camp out on it all weekend. The house it embraces, however, is just as nice: it just got a total makeover that has made everything sparkle, from its updated kitchen to its gleaming hardwood floors to its beamed living- and family-room ceilings. The guts of this house have also been renovated, as has the pool in its backyard. In short, you’re getting an all-new old American Foursquare farmhouse here. “Motivated sellers have accepted dream jobs out of state and are passing a huge savings on to you,” says the listing agent. Looks like a sweet deal to us.
This house’s sale price was reduced by $30,000 on May 23rd.
422 Durham Rd., Langhorne, Pa. 19047 [Eileen Marie McWilliams | Keller Williams Real Estate – Langhorne]
Chester County: 30 Treaty Dr., Chesterbrook | 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,742 square feet, $425,000
Open houses: Saturday, May 25th, noon to 2 p.m., and Sunday, May 26th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The listing agent dispensed with a written description of this handsome townhouse condo, so we’ll provide a brief one for her: The folks at Niche consistently rank Chesterbrook the best place to live in Pennsylvania. The master-planned community dates to the early 1980s and looks it, but if you like 1970s and 1980s contemporary design, you’ll love this community. Inside, this particular house looks more traditional, with wood mantles surrounding its fireplaces and traditional turned wooden dowels on the stair railings. It’s been maintained very well over the years and has nice amenities that include a rear deck off the dining room and a patio and yard behind the walkout basement rec room. The master bedroom features a dressing room, dual walk-in closets and dual vanities in its bathroom, so you and your spouse won’t get in each other’s way.
The monthly $160 condo fee covers lawn care, trash and snow removal.
30 Treaty Dr., Chesterbrook, Pa. 19087 [Babette Sutherland | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Delaware County: 60 Providence Rd., Morton | 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths, 1,422 square feet, $298,500
Open house: Sunday, May 26th, noon to 2 p.m.
This cute Cape rises above the crowd — literally: it sits atop a small rise on a tree-shaded lane in this onetime resort town. Yet it fits in with the crowd too, for that lane is filled with cute Capes like this one. This house built in 1950 has been totally updated and refreshed with an open-plan main floor. The makeover appears to have turned its living-room fireplace into a decorative one, but if you love fireplaces, you might want to consider reversing that move if possible, for it’s a particularly strong and attractive design element. The house has spacious bedrooms, a handsome new kitchen and an upgraded hall bath with dual vanities. Its fenced-in side yard includes a brick-paved patio for outdoor enjoyment too.
60 Providence Rd., Morton, Pa. 19070 [Karen A. Micka | Weichert Realtors]
Montgomery County: 719 Meetinghouse Rd., Elkins Park | 6 beds, 3 baths, 3,454 square feet, $315,000
Open houses: Saturday, May 25th, noon to 2 p.m.
This handsome center-hall Colonial dates to the depths of the Great Depression, but there’s nothing depressing about its features, its condition or its location. The heart of the house retains all of its original charm and has been renovated so it gleams. On one side of the main floor, next to the living room, is a sunroom; on the other, accessed from the kitchen, is a family room with a more contemporary vibe and a wood-burning stove. (The kitchen is in good shape but could use a refresh.) Above that family room is a private deck attached to the commodious master bedroom, and the other five bedrooms have decent closet space. There’s also a patio off the kitchen for outdoor dining and enjoyment. This house is also convenient to Elkins Park’s charming business district and Regional Rail station.
719 Meetinghouse Rd., Elkins Park, Pa. 19027 [Sharyn Kabbani | Keller Williams Real Estate]
Philadelphia: 3 N. Columbus Blvd., Unit TD441, Old City | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,300 square feet, $349,900
Open house: Saturday, May 25th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Who needs the Shore when the Delaware River lies right outside your building’s front door? Okay, you can’t swim in it, but Spruce Street Harbor Park is as much fun as any Jersey beach, and it’s just a short stroll away from this sunny Pier 3 condo. The steel cross-bracing in its living room and bedroom lends a touch of industrial chic to this modern condo, and a balcony off the bedroom looks out on the building’s sun-splashed atrium. From the living room you get a great view of the river and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Community amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, sauna, spa, hot tub and swimming pool, making this the functional equivalent of a beachfront resort — only minus the beach.
The $901 monthly condo fee includes a garage parking space and covers common area and exterior maintenance and insurance, security and concierge services and community amenities. This condo’s sale price has been reduced four times, most recently by $49,100 on May 17th.
3 N. Columbus Blvd. #TD441, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Bill Ndreu | RE/MAX Affiliates]