West Chester, PA Real Estate News

By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
This Sunday is............ drum roll please........   The 10th Annual West Chester Rotary Chili Cook-off!!! October 14, 2012 Presenters will arrive earlier but they will start serving chili at 12 Noon.  This is fun family event with lots of things to do for everyone.  You can go to the link above and get discounted tickets up to the day of the event.  You can buy an armband on the day of the cook-off as well.  $10 to taste unlimited amounts of chili! Vote for your favorites!   While West Chester is a pet friendly town, no pets allowed at this event so please leave your best buddies at home. Click here for a schedule of events. Our office participated in a few chili cook-offs in the past.  Here's the logo from my apron when we participated in the 1st Chili Cook-off!
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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)
Chester County Day ™ - A Chester County Tradition The annual Chester County Day House Tour is the oldest house tour in the nation. This year, on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm,you will experience Chester County's finest examples of original, reclaimed, restored, new and historically significant homes. While you are enjoying "The Day," you will also be supporting The Chester County Hospital in its ongoing mission to bring world-class care close to home. If you love architecture, artistry and antiques, you won't want to miss this premier house tour. The picture on the right was taken on last year's tour of Oakbourne, an 1804 house outside of West Chester, Pennsylvania. My plans for the tour each year are the same. On Friday night before the tour, a friend and I attend a powe...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
The 33rnd CHESTER COUNTY RESTAURANT FESTIVAL  9/16/12 FROM NOON UNTIL 5:30. Come to DOWNTOWN WEST CHESTER on 9/16/12, noon through 5:30 PM and enjoy a taste of some of the best food our area has to offer.  The festival is expanding this year and spilling over from High and Gay Streets, onto Darlington and Market Street!  This is a free event.  The rain date is 9/23 but I'm hoping for wonderful weather. There will be 60 plus restaurant and food vendors, crafters and bands with a Beer and Wine Garden on Church Street.  My favorite Restaurant, Limoncello Ristorante, will once again be participating!  Check out West Chester Dish for more details! This is a fun event for the whole family but please leave your beloved dogs at home.  It's too crowded for one thing. Enjoy!  It's a gorgeous day ...
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By Bill Gero, CRS, CLHMS, REALTOR - Chester County & Main Line o
(RE/MAX Professional Realty - Malvern/Exton/Downingtown/West Chester)
  West Chester Recreation Presents The 33rd Annual Chester County Restaurant Festival  Sunday, September 16th, 2012  12 Noon – 5:30 PM (Rain Date September 23rd, 2012) Downtown West Chester Gay St, Darlington St, Market St Its always a great time at the Restauarnt Festival. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great food in West Chester!   On Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington  And Market Street between Darlington and High    60+ Restaurants and Food Vendors   110+ Crafters & Information Booths   Beer and Wine Garden on Church Street    Band Line Ups & Locations   Matlack   Barakka Band-12:00 PM-1:45PM   Spotted Atrocious- 2:00PM- 3:45PM   Kuf Knotz- 4:00PM – 5:30PM   Beer Garden   Tom Larsen Band 12:00PM – 2:00PM   The National Rifle 2:30PM -5:00PM   Darlington   Nicole Zell...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
I often write about this lovely over 55 community in East Goshen Township.  Hershey's Mill consists of many different villages, varying sized homes, prices and amenities.  What all the homes and villages share is the fantastic landscaping and views throughout.  One of my all time favorite spots in Hershey's Mill is right here.  In every season, this spot makes me want to pull over, and just sit in peaceful silence. Another view of the pond is just as inspiring. If you've been thinking about a move to an over 55 community, I would love to show you around this wonderful community.
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
    This is exciting news for West Chester Borough! The Hotel Warner, located at 120 N. High Street is now open and they are accepting reservations! Grand Opening this weekend,  Open House this Sunday from 2 to 4 PM! The staircase in the lobby. This mural is in the lobby.  Beautiful! This hotel features the historic 1930 Warner Theatre lobby!  The Warner Theatre originally opened it's doors in 1930 and was quite grand for such a small town.  The new hotel will also feature an indoor pool, rooftop patio and private meeting rooms.  This will be wonderful for business and for great overnight stays.   It is the only hotel in historic downtown West Chester and is an easy walk to all of the fine restaurants and shops in the borough.   Call 610-692-6920 for reservations.      
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
West Goshen experienced a tragic fire this week on Gail Road which killed an elderly couple in the early morning of 8/10/12.  Several of our area fire companies and medics responded to the blaze. 3 young men from Station 56 of the Goshen Fire Company went the extra mile today by visiting neighbors on Gail Road and talking to them about smoke alarms.  Offering to test the smoke alarms, the 3 men realized that some of the alarms either didn't have batteries or the batteries were dead.  The firefighters then used their own money and replaced batteries for those that needed it. The firefighters, Ryan Herman, Steve Hiro and Dusty Kilgore, all from Station 56 are just 3 of the many volunteers that put themselves in harm's way to keep our neighborhoods safe from fire.  The mission station of t...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Although I am sad to see the days getting shorter, the sky was certainly beautiful this evening in East Goshen!
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Come into West Chester tonight and enjoy First Friday!  Stores will be open late all metered parking is free after 12 today!  Woo hoo!   You'll want to check out the Vintage Garage Sale, stop in at the Chester County Historical Society and get a bite to eat at one of the wonderful restaurants in Downtown West Chester.   Have Fun!  There's always something fun to do in West Chester! Click here for all the details.
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
As of August 1, there are 173 homes for sale in East Goshen Township.  Of these 173 homes, 71 are single homes, 2 are twins or semi detached (lest you feel these are your run of the mill twins, I'd like to add that they are priced at $800,000 and $839,000).  82 of the 173 are rows or townhouses and 18 are flats.  That is a lot of variety for a small township that measures 10 square miles!  Prices of the active homes range from $110,000 to $2,599,000.     As a resident of East Goshen Township, I can highly recommend the area.  I've lived here for a happy 20 years so far.  According to googlemaps, it's 41 minutes to Philadelphia International Airport and about 45 to 55 minutes to center city Philadelphia depending on the route you take.  I can get to South Jersey in 45 minutes and to Ocea...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
I've updated this post from last year because I simply love this photo of my son Mike.  He's 23 now  but would you look at this little face?   East Goshen is not considered rural.  It's not considered country.  But the first week in August always bring a little of rural Chester County to East Goshen with the Goshen Country Fair! Rides for the kids, shows and music, livestock, food, games and just about everything you've come to expect from a good old fashioned Country Fair.  And the best part is that it is a 100% volunteer organization and benefits The Goshen Fire Company.  We've always brought the kids to this fair.  Now, at 23 and 16, they are too old or too cool to visit with their parents.  Pictured here is Mike, my 23 year old at age 1 on his first pony ride!  My husband Jack and I...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...  Maria, in the sound of music had a list of her favorite things.  I am in agreement with some of them but others, meh.   I have no idea what a schnitzel is.  I have no quarrel with the noodle, as an American  of Italian descent, I've eaten more than my share of noodles.  Wild geese that fly are only something I can appreciate in the spring when they fly in.  When I hear them honking overhead while flying south it can only mean one thing.  Summer is coming to an end.  Spring and summer are my seasons and autumn, while beautiful is always bittersweet to me.  Winter and I have an understanding; I won't complain too much and winter won't last forever. There's a tradition in this area, a longstanding one, that the first week in August brings The ...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
To encourage  people to enjoy Downtown West Chester and all the greats shops and restaurants it offers, The West Chester Borough parking code now allows FREE parking after noontime on Fridays in July & August, but only at the meters.  At this time this information is not posted on the meters. The Justice Center Garage is also free after 5:00pm on Friday and remains available for free parking throughout the weekend. The other municipal garages on South High Street and East Chestnut Street are open and continue to charge a fee. If you have any questions, you can call the West Chester Parking Department .  They can be reached at 610-696-4521.
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Historic Country Home in West Chester, PA – Weekend Escape? Bed and Breakfast?   137 N. Wawaset Road   This is a bit unusual.   I’m writing about a listing that isn’t even mine.   It’s also not anywhere near me, in fact it’s 2000+ miles away, on the East Coast.   But I know this property pretty well, and I thought I would do what I could, through the power and reach of ActiveRain, to help my Mom sell her house.     137 N. Wawaset in West Chester PA offers a wealth of opportunities, including potential Bed and Breakfast or a country home escape form the city, by virtue of its uniqueness.   Nestled in the hills a few miles outside town on the edge of fox hunting country, 137 N. Wawaset, c. 1750, is on 4+ acres of land with gardens and plentiful trees, set far back from a country road at t...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Thursdays have a special meaning in East Goshen Township.  It's the East Goshen Farmers Market!  Every Thursday, at East Goshen Park from 3 PM to 7 PM.   It features a growing list of farmers and food artisans offering locally grown and produced products. This week at the market, it's Dad's Day!  Shop for something special for that special man in your life!  The market is for producers only.  East person participating must grow or produce their product locally.  Here's a link to all the great information about this week's East Goshen Farmers Market.          
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
SUPER WEEKEND, May 31–June 3 Downtown West Chester comes alive starting with Swingin’ Summer Thursday on May 31 from 6:30 to 9:30pm on Gay Street between High & Darlington Streets.  This Thursday will be Blues Night! The Gallery Walk takes place June 1, from 5 to 9:00 PM.   Please sure the click the Gallery Link walk in the previous sentence to get the details on special things happening on 6/1 Up on the Roof is June 2 and marks the 10th anniversary!  This takes place on the rooftop of the Chestnut Street garage from 7 to 11 PM. Last but definitely not least is Super Sunday, from 11am to 5pm on June 3 — FREE for the whole family, presented by West Chester Parks and Recreation on Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington Streets.  There will  be 4 bands playing throughout the day.   Good...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
Broker's Open Houses are for agents to preview homes, but I am always happy to see the public attend one of my open houses.  Tuesday, 5/22/12 I will be hosting a broker's open house from 12 to 2 at 1333 Greenhill Road, between Boot and Chester Roads.  Come one, come all and have a meatball sandwich and preview this large home on a 1 acre lot in popular East Goshen Township.   Click here for additional photos.  
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
First time buyers Jason and Dana outside their new home they purchased and settled on this last Friday in Exton Station. Jason a Navy Veteran used a VA loan, provided through Prosperity Mortgage to purchase the home. VA loans have many benefits for buyers who qualify, allowing them to obtain a 100% loan, with no mortgage insurance premiums, and if the Veteran has any disability rating even as low as 10% the funding fee can be waived which is a significant saving. It also allows some seller assistance as well which can be helpful for young buyers purchasing their first home. This home was a wonderful town home in the Exton Station development. After looking at several other homes in Exton Station and at a few other developments Jason and Dana focused in on this town home, on four levels...
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
It's been an unusually dry April but we had a soaking and cleansing rain over the weekend.  Here's the result of the rain and sun in East Goshen, Chester County.   April showers came all in two rainy days and brought gorgeous blooms to my East Goshen Garden. Looking to move to Chester County?  It's a gorgeous time to look for a home.
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By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
It's been a very mild winter and a lovely spring so far in Chester County and it got me thinking that the mild weather has gotten many buyers out looking earlier than usual this year.  The statistics do not lie. As of this morning, there are 178 settled properties in the West Chester Area School District since January 1.  Prices of the homes that have gone to closing range from $90,000 to $850,000. There is even more good news.  Pending sales in the district are a whopping 150 homes with prices ranging from $113,900 to $1,017,549. While there are still 567 homes currently for sale, the numbers are encouraging.  With rates still low and nice homes to choose from, I'm confident that many more homes will go pending and get to settlement before the end of summer. Spring is definitely in the...
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