5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend
Five holiday doorbusters in honor of Black Friday.
Have you already had your fill of Black Friday deal-hunting?
Maybe you should cut loose from the crowd and do some house-hunting instead. You won’t have to get up at 2 a.m., camp out in a line for hours and then fight other shoppers for one of these holiday doorbusters.
And the even better news is: If you need some time to decide after you’ve seen these houses, that’s okay — their already-reduced prices won’t be going back up.
Bucks County: 1925 Waid Way, Doylestown (above) | 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,434 square feet, $474,900
Open house: Sunday, Dec. 1st, 10 a.m. to noon.
This two-and-a-half-year-old townhouse sits at the end of a row of Colonials on a cul-de-sac in a development called Hidden Meadows in New Britain Township. It has a totally open main floor, granite counterops and stainless steel appliances in its kitchen, a tray ceiling and walk-in closet with organizer system in its master bedroom, a rain shower head in its master bath, a bonus room on its third floor and a large deck with fire pit out back. It also has an unfinished basement with a high ceiling that you could turn into a great indoor entertainment space.
Original sale price: $510,000. Total percentage reduction from original price: 7.39. Number of price reductions: 4. Most recent reduction: $100 on Nov. 28th.
1925 Waid Way, Doylestown, Pa. 18901 [Nicolo Perdoncin | J Carroll Molloy, Realtor]
Chester County: 745 S. Franklin St., West Chester | 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths, 1,298 square feet, $415,000
Open house: Saturday, Nov. 30th, noon to 3 p.m.
This cute-as-a-button bungalow near West Chester University dates to the mid-1930s and has loads of character. You’ll find exposed-brick accent walls throughout its open main living/dining area, in its kitchen and in the finished portion of its basement. It offers one-floor living, as all three of its bedrooms are on the same floor; one bedroom is carpeted while the rest of the main floor boasts gleaming hardwood. The basement rec room has built-in surround-sound speakers, and the fenced backyard and side yard includes a handsome paver patio under cooling shade trees. It also has a one-car detached garage and a parking pad for two cars that may be paved by now and will be before the buyer takes possession.
Original sale price: $450,000. Total percentage reduction from original sale price: 7.78. Number of price reductions: 4. Most recent price reduction: $4,900 on Nov. 22nd.
745 S. Franklin St., West Chester, Pa. 19382 [Greg Perry | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
Delaware County: 4 Beechwood Circle, Chadds Ford | 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths, 5,649 square feet, $839,000
Open house: Sunday, Dec. 1st, 1 to 3 p.m.
This modern Colonial has gotten numerous upgrades and improvements since it was built in 1987. It features beautiful cherry cabinetry in several of its rooms, gleaming oak floors, and large windows that let in plenty of light. In the case of the two-story-high great room with its full-height stone fireplace, that includes the skylights in its vaulted ceiling. You’ll also find skylights illuminating its screened-in back porch and the soaking tub in the master bedroom suite’s huge bathroom and dressing room/closet. It also has great amenities for entertaining in its finished basement, a large rear deck and a nicely landscaped backyard beyond that deck.
Original sale price: $1,250,000. Total percentage reduction from original sale price: 32.88. Number of price reductions: 8. Most recent reduction: $10,000 on Oct. 11th.
4 Beechwood Circle, Chadds Ford, Pa. 19317 [Mary Pat Kling | Keller Williams Realty]
Montgomery County: 939 Rydal Rd., Rydal | 5 beds, 5 baths, 4,270 square feet, $564,900
Open house: Sunday, Dec. 1st, noon to 2 p.m.
The owners of this handsome late-1970s center-hall Colonial appear to have already decamped for the West Coast, but they left some of their furniture behind, in particular the dining table and chairs. The rest of this house for sale appears to have been staged by the listing agent, who is also a professional stager and did a nice job of furnishing it for show in a more contemporary idiom than it looks like the owners favored, judging from that dining table. It’s nicely equipped for both family relaxation and indoor and outdoor entertainment. The great room on one end of the main floor has a beamed ceiling and full-height stone fireplace, and the finished walkout basement connects to the lower level of the bi-level rear deck and gazebo.
One feature this house appears to have that doesn’t appear in the listing description is an in-law or au pair suite: we’re pretty certain that’s a second kitchen in the listing photos.
Original sale price: $634,999. Total percentage reduction from original sale price: 11.04. Number of price reductions: 9, plus one sale that failed to close. Most recent reduction: $4,600 on Nov. 22nd.
939 Rydal Rd., Rydal, Pa. 19046 [Jennifer Rappaport | RE/MAX Central – Blue Bell]
Philadelphia: 838-40 Lombard St., Washington Square West | 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 3,343 square feet, $1,899,000
Open houses: Saturday, Nov. 30th and Sunday, Dec. 1st, noon to 4 p.m.
You could call this double-wide townhouse a modern classic: It presents a traditional face to passers-by, but on the inside, it’s totally contemporary. Its large bay window floods the two-story-high living room with light, and large windows in all the other rooms also give them a light and airy appearance. Its well-equipped kitchen separates the living room from the dining room and offers casual dining via the bar facing the living room. It has an ample backyard, a huge master suite with its own sitting area, and a rooftop terrace on its third floor. An en-suite bedroom in the basement could make a good in-law or au pair suite, and it also has a two-car garage.
Original sale price: $2,299,000. Total percentage reduction from original sale price: 17.4. Number of price reductions: 3. Most recent reduction: $100,000 on Oct. 13th.
838-40 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Kristin Daly | The Daly Group | Keller Williams Philly]