5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend
This week, we offer you five houses whose owners would really love for you to buy them already.
Twice so far this year, we’ve given you fresh new listings to gawk at over the weekend. This week, we turn to the other end of the market. The five open houses on this weekend’s must-see list have all been on the market for quite some time — in fact, they’re the weekend open houses that have been on the market longest in each county.
These listings have thus aged like fine wine, and the houses for sale have likewise aged very well. But fine wine collectors are content to let prized bottles sit in their cellars for years before drinking them. Sellers of houses, on the other hand, would rather someone took them off their hands before too long. Maybe that someone might be you? Take a look at these houses this weekend, run the numbers, and see if you can help these poor sellers out.
Bucks County: 5441 Carversville Rd., Doylestown (above) | 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths, 6,330 square feet, $2,375,000
Days on market: 994. Original asking price: $2,795,000. Open house: Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 2 to 4 p.m.
Stop us if you’ve seen this spectacular house in Buckingham Township before — and if you’ve been reading this section regularly, you have. We featured this John Wolstenholme-designed reclaimed barn when it went on the market in 2015 for $3.195 million; it’s been delisted and relisted twice since then, and it’s shown up in at least one other article in this section during that time. Everything we said about this house in 2015 remains true today, so the only thing we will add now is: Go check it out and buy it already!
5441 Carversville Rd., Doylestown, Pa. 18902 [Kristin McFeely | Philadelphia Home Collective | Compass]
Chester County: 3 Holly Dr., Kennett Square | 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 3,504 square feet, $575,000
Days on market: 591. Original asking price: $675,000. Open house: Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Are you a nature lover? Do beautiful gardens cause you to jump for joy? Run, don’t walk, to this gorgeous 1929 Colonial in Kennett Square’s Hamorton Gardens section, then, for it has a neighbor you’ll absolutely love. According to the listing agent, this house was “built under the watchful eye of Pierre DuPont right next door to his beloved Longwood Gardens.” And to prove it, you’ll get the original blueprints along with your purchase.
The house itself is as beautiful as those gardens. It’s been meticulously maintained and updated over the years, and the updates architect John Milner made to its kitchen, family room and mudroom in 2010 maintain the stylistic integrity of the house (and you get the plans for those as well). We’re particularly fond of the Art Nouveau pendant lights over the kitchen’s bar seating. Several of the bathrooms retain their vintage fixtures, and one has its original tilework intact and sparkling.
The grounds are a garden unto themselves, with attractive landscaping and two fish-stocked ponds, one with a waterfall.
3 Holly Dr., Kennett Square, Pa. 19348 [Noelle M. Barbone | Weichert Realtors]
Delaware County: 671 Church Rd., Wayne | 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths, 9,323 square feet, $1,895,000
Days on market: 905. Original asking price: $2,450,000. Open house: Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 1 to 3 p.m.
The agent’s marketing copy describes this as a “custom builder’s home first time offered on the market.” The agent’s marketing person might want to revise that copy now, for this 2006 creation has been delisted and relisted twice since it was first offered for sale in 2013. This house has all the classic Colonial frou-frou, taken to the next level: tray ceilings in abundance, lots of fanlight windows, turn-of-the-century chandeliers, plenty of fireplaces and even an inlaid wood ceiling in the dining room.
It also has next-level amenities, including a third-floor fitness room, a finished basement with bar, a wine closet, an eight-burner Wolf gas range with pot filler in its kitchen, and two outdoor terraces, one with a grill and the other with a fireplace and pergola. The only one of the baubles you’ll see that you don’t get to keep is the dining-room chandelier.
The agent marketing this house is also its owner.
671 Church Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 [Art Herling | Long & Foster Real Estate]
Montgomery County: 190 Presidential Blvd. #319, Bala Cynwyd | 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,711 square feet, $675,000
Days on market: 855. Original asking price: $795,000. Open house: Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 2 to 4 p.m.
Why are we showing you the overdone front entrance to the building containing this sparkling, well-maintained condominium in the Corinthian in Bala Cynwyd? Because the interior photos consist only of empty rooms without much other visual interest.
Fortunately, those rooms have brand-new hardwood floors that shine, walls painted attractive pastel shades, and like-new crown moldings. The kitchen features more contemporary cabinetry, and so do the bathrooms. Other goodies include surround sound in the living room, a granite fireplace and three-zone climate control. Building amenities include a concierge, a fitness center and morning coffee in the residents’ lounge if you’d rather not make your own in your kitchen’s breakfast bar. This unit also comes with two deeded parking spaces in the building’s garage.
The $1,086 per month condo fee covers common facilities and building and grounds maintenance.
190 Presidential Blvd. #317, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 [Jeffrey Goldstone | Herbert Yentis & Co. Realtors]
Philadelphia: 1919 Chestnut St. #923-24 | 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,581 square feet, $484,900
Days on market: 594. Original asking price: $569,000. Open house: Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
On the other hand, the agent marketing this William Penn House co-op had it virtually staged to give you some idea of what it could look like with the right touch. It has strong bones on which to hang your imagination, including a large open living/dining room, a kitchen that’s a vision in white and a bedroom with handsome built-in bookshelves.
The building’s amenities include a fitness center and a 25-meter rooftop pool with great views. Valet parking is also available for $80 per month. As this is a co-op rather than a condo, there are some extra steps involved in purchasing this unit, but given its location, condition, amenities and price, we’d say it’s worth the hurdle-jumping.
The $1,112 monthly condo fee covers not only building amenities and maintenance but also maintenance of your unit’s appliances, property taxes, all utilities and basic cable TV.
1919 Chestnut St. #923-24, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 [Damon Michels | Damon Michels Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]