West Chester, PA Real Estate News

By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Walking my little dog JJ after dinner  tonight, I once again marveled at the beauty of this town I live in. I love living in East Goshen!  So do a lot of folks and while we have many transplanted transferees here, we also have a lot of people who've moved here from Delaware County.  East Goshen is about as far as some Delaware County buyers are willing to go into Chester County.   East Goshen is home to many price ranges and styles of homes.  Currently, there are 169 homes price from $119,900 (for a one bedroom condo in Cider Knoll) to $1,470,000 (for a carriage house in Applebrook).   Two of my favorites just happen to be my listings (so, I'm a little partial)!  532 Beaumont Circle in Bow Tree, a gorgeous single home with a new kitchen, listed at $589,900.   917 Continental Drive, at $...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Gallery Walk in West Chester Borough tonight!  Starting at 5 and ending at 9 PM.   This is a self-guided tour of downtown West Chester's unique galleries.  There will also be special one night only shows!  So come on into town and enjoy West Chester's First Friday.  Click here for a brochure.   *Information obtained from the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.  Link above is to their website with information on all the great things to see and do in West Chester  
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
I am very thankful that I have been very, very busy this year.  None-stop busy and please God, keep it coming!  Life has been hectic but good in the way that only someone in sales can appreciate.  Everyone in my office is just as busy as they could possibly be and I am thrilled for all of us.  But all work and no play makes all of us a little jumpy so I am thankful that today is Swingin' Summer Thursday in West Chester! I love West Chester and in summer, it's absolutely the best place to be in the evening.  Great restaurants with outdoor tables, people walking and enjoying life, it's just the best.  Tonight is the first Swingin' Summer Thursday of the season and it's sure not to disappoint!  There will be food, live music, dancing and fun!  There's a Latin theme and nothing gets people ...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
I love living in East Goshen and Spring is undoubtedly the loveliest time of the year here!  I don't know if it was the record breaking snow or the severity of the winter, but this spring, East Goshen is really showing off it's Spring colors! This tree sits next to a lovely bed and breakfast on Chester Road in East Goshen.  The Tory Inne was originally the Goshenville General Store and Post Office and is currently listed for sale and was built in the spring of 1800!  The property is listed with Weichert Realtors. This is a gorgeous weeping cherry tree and it sits in front of Sullivan House, one of the social centers in Hersheys Mill.  These gorgeous tees are just outside of Eaton Village in Hersheys Mill.  I have a listing in Eaton Village, 426 Eaton Way, listed at $174,900.  This is a ...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
There are many pleasures to be found living and working in East Goshen Township but none can equal the pleasure and joy of walking JJ around the neighborhood.  JJ is always on a leash, as I believe is the township law and I always carry a bag in my pocket so I can pick up after JJ as he frolics to and fro.  Because I am showing houses nearly all day today, I opted to skip the gym in favor of a walk with my favorite 4 legged creature.   I came across this article on About.com about walking your dog.  I never had JJ formally trained and I do allow JJ plenty of lead on his retractable leash.  I really enjoy his joyful, in the moment, meanderings, sniffing, lifting his leg at every street sign routine.  I read once that a dog will try to be the highest "pee on the pole".  There is no way th...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Support the Goshen Fire Company and come out tomorrow, 1/24/10 from 8 AM to noon to enjoy a Buffet Breakfast or simply to pick up some of the delicious Goshen Fair Donuts.   Station 54 1320 Park Avenue, West Chester You can even order them via email to donuts@goshenfireco.org.  Include your name, address, phone number and your preference for plain, power and/or cinnamon.  $5.75 per dozen.  Simply the best around.  My favorite is the white powder!  Yummy!      
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By Arleen Pecone
(ReMax Main Line)
Wow, where did all the Buyers come from? who opened the flood gates!!! So good to see that there is a lot of activity and people are starting to think about moving.  I know all of my collegues are busy too, I have an offer in for one of my clients and we are competing with two others. We are seeing a real spark in activity.  Lots of great properties for sale, must be priced right for the market with so much competition. Tonight I am attending an "information session" from a National Builder who has moved into West Chester to build 56 townhomes on the site of the OLD SHANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL in West Chester west of St Agnes Church. http://www.newhomesource.com/communitydetail/market-0/builder-7524/community-48308 HIGHPOINTE AT SHANAHAN is its name and its in West Chester borough and its all ...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Just a reminder to all East Goshen residents that there is a change in our normal trash days that will start tomorrow, 1/4/10.  All residents living north of Paoli Pike and also all residents of Clock Tower (as if this isn't confusing enough) your new trash days will be Monday and Thursday.  All residents on the south side of Paoli Pike, of course with the exception of Clock Tower, will be Tuesday and Friday.  The normal recycling will be the first day of the two, Monday or Tuesday, depending on where you live. Christmas tree recycling pick-up will be Wednesday, 1/13/10.  The township recommends you put your tree at the curb the night before and remove any plastic bag that may be on it.  Bulk trash days for January are 1/14/10 for the homes north of Paoli Pike and 1/15/10 for the homes ...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
It's snowing in West Chester, PA!  The weather outside is frightful, but my 13 year says it's delightful!  His only complaint is that it's not a school day! It is beautiful but what a giant monkey wrench it's throwing into my Christmas shopping schedule! I woke up to a blanket of snow and the excitement of a hushed snow day.  It didn't last long, the hush that is, because shortly after that, everyone else woke up too! The keystone cops routine started with trying to get cars up the driveway and up our street to the store for food we didn't need.  I stayed in my jammies while the confusion was sorted out! I was supposed to work today, I had 6 houses to show but I simply couldn't get my car up the street for my appointment.  So now we'll have to reschedule for even closer to Christmas!  N...
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By Geoff Wilkinson, CFP
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
As many people are now struggling with unemployment we hear about the "real' unemployment rate.  The "real" unemployment rate includes people who have given up trying to find work or who have taken part time work and are no longer searching for permanent full time employment.  Obviously in this economy the "real" unemployment rate is higher than the 10.00% unemployment rate announced by the U.S. Labor Department on Friday. The inventory of homes for sale in any market can be looked at in the same way!  We have the currently listed homes which is comparable to the current unemployment rate.  We have expired and withdrawn listings which did not sell in 2009.  These listing are comparable to the people who gave up looking for work.  Combine these numbers together and you get the "real" inv...
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By Angela Myrtetus
(Independent Projects, LLC)
Independent Projects offers support to busy real estate professionals in virtual marketing.   Fewer and fewer people are looking to their local newspapers to find listings or real estate agents.   Get a step ahead and find out what virtual marketing can do for your real estate business.  http://ipro4u.com/2009/12/virtual-support-for-real-estate-professionals/   
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
For those of you who were not able to be there, here are some pictures from the West Chester Christmas Parade December 4, 2009 The parade ran past businesses on Gay Street and was watched by hundreds of children and adults standing along the street (or huddled under blankets in temperatures hovering above 40 degrees). The Pre-teen, Junior, and Natiional 2009 Teen queens were followed by baton twirlers and the Conestoga H.S. Band. These Civil War Cavalrymen re-enactors were followed by the VERY rhythmic Conestoga Angels Precision Drill Team and Drum Corps from West Philadelphia. This little drummer boy from Conestoga Drill Team was really swinging it! And the colorful indigenous South American group was also very spirted! This really authentic looking Chitty Chitty Bang Bang even brought...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
  Tonight is our office Holiday Party.  Today I once again, publicly acknowledge our brokers Mike Santoleri and Mike D'Adamo for making both of our offices, in Newtown Square and West Chester, the best offices in the area.  Mike and Mike are generous and kind and the continuing educational opportunities and the state of the art technology make us all the best we can be.  So tonight we will be celebrating the holidays in style.  Thank you Mike and Mike... for EVERYTHING! Carpe Diem!      
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
This Friday is West Chester Borough's Old Fashioned Christmas Parade.  Friday is actually the kick off to an entire weekend of fun things you can do with your family, with your friends, with your honey, with anyone at all or completely by yourself.  There is something for everyone! On Friday, 12/4, beginning at about 5:30, many merchants will be open for refreshments and/or entertainment.  If you haven't visited West Chester lately, you are in for a treat.   We have many high-end restaurants, boutiques, gift shops and more.  I just love it here and I know you will too! The Christmas Parade starts at 8:00 PM, which is an hour later than it has traditionally started and I believe the route is a bit different.  Please use this link to get all the details!  http://www.gwcc.org/chamber-event...
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By Arleen Pecone
(ReMax Main Line)
For years, 22 years to be exact, I remember this 1st weekend in December for the Old Fashioned Christmas,  SANTA on the Fire Truck parade down GAY Street in Downtown West Chester http://www.downtownwestchester.com/ I remember it very specifically because we would always meet friends in front of the court house every half hour on the half hour (back then we didn't have cell phones) until we were together in a group sipping our hot chocolates and visiting all the "christmas programs".  The local banks and galleries have events going on and serve refreshments like free cookies and hot apple cider and it is  just a great social time. ......and then, after the visits to the banks and galleries we would hit the bars. That one in 1986 was particularly memorable. My husband and his friend were ...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
It's a beautifully sunny day in West Chester today and I took a few hours out of the day to bag leaves.  There was a time when I wouldn't have considered working in my garden in the middle of a work week for fear that a client or a potential neighbor-turned client would think that I wasn't a busy Realtor!  I now realize that most people understand that real estate agents work when everyone else is home.  Sure, I work lots during the work day, processing sales, doing paperwork, attending home inspections, prospecting for new clients, emailing current buyers homes for them to preview, marketing my listings and countless other jobs.  But the face to face buyer/seller time is usually done in the evening and on weekends, when most people are enjoying their families or friends.  Yesterday, th...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
West Chester Borough is a college town and a wonderful place to visit.  Thursday night was the annual Halloween Parade.  Words just can't do this town justice as a place for families and friends to gather to celebrate life. I'll let the pictures do the talking! The marching bands from all 3 high schools and West Chester University were in attendance!!   Various color guards and cheerleaders... Adults and children alike were in costume... Santa even made an appearance, although he looked a bit peaked.   State Senator Dinniman along with his dog and Representative (my all time favorite) McIlvaine Smith were also in attendance! My son Max and his friends enjoyed it immensely!                 I always enjoy going to events in West Chester borough.  If you have never been there, it's worth t...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
I live and work in East Goshen, Chester County.  It's a lovely township, some liken to the suburbs of Delaware County, as East Goshen is sometimes as far West of the city of Philadelphia as some buyers would like to be.  The mission statement of the township, as per their website is as follows:            Endeavor to be one of the premier communities in Chester County by continually           improving the quality of life while, at the same time, managing growth and development           in a manner consistent with the protection of our environment and preservation of our           natural and historic resources. I can speak to my experience here as a convenient, clean and welcoming township that boasts two gorgeous parks, with great walking paths, a responsive township, some decent piz...
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