Housing is Hot in Havertown

You may have heard that Havertown’s real estate market is particularly in demand lately. Maybe a house in your neighborhood sold in a matter of days – or even hours – or a neighbor was able to sell their house for a nice profit. Maybe you’re thinking about selling your Havertown home?

Throughout the spring, I kept hearing conversation about Havertown’s housing market, and even started seeing regular Facebook posts asking for leads on houses that would soon be available for sale. In March of this year, Havertown was named one of the area’s 11 Hottest Towns by Main Line Today magazine.

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A map from Zillow.com showing all active homes for sale in Havertown

According to Coldwell Banker, as I write this, there are 87 homes for sale in Havertown and the median home price is $350,000.

I spoke with two real estate agents who work in the Havertown market. Both are also Havertown natives and current residents themselves: Erica Deuschle and Kevin Toll.

HavertownLife: How was the spring market in Havertown this year? 

Erica Deuschle: The spring market was crazy. Inventory was at an all-time low, and that drives values up.

Kevin Toll: The demand is amazing. Lack of inventory is the main thing. We always felt Havertown could become a hotbed, because the home values are at the mid-point of neighboring towns. I’ve been told Havertown is one of the hottest markets in Pennsylvania.

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Recently sold listing (photo courtesy of Kevin and Megan Toll)

HL: What’s bringing buyers to Havertown?

Erica Deuschle:  Havertown has always been a place people want to live, and the market has always been good. I have been working in this market for 10 years, and every year we are selling more.

People like the walkability of certain neighborhoods in Havertown, the culture, schools, and something I think is unique about Havertown is the economic diversity. You have every income level under the sun here. People work hard to maintain their properties, and every neighborhood has their own nook.

Kevin Toll: A lot of my clients are having kids and looking for a house where they will raise their family. The location of Havertown, with accessibility to the city and the highways, is a draw for some people. And then you have people who grew up here, and want to stay here because they are happy and close to their family.  It’s a family town.

There is demand coming from the city, and now you see the restaurants and businesses coming in, it’s all attractive to people who are used to walking places. We have sidewalks, even in the quieter neighborhoods. There’s just a feel to Havertown that people like.

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For Sale: 110 Ivy Rock Lane, Havertown (Listed by Erica Deuschle)

HL: Are there specific neighborhoods in Havertown that are more popular than others?

ED: It depends on the buyer, but there’s demand across Havertown. When I have buyers coming from the city who really want to be able to walk everywhere, they may be more interested in the Brookline or Penfield neighborhoods, for example.

KT: It’s across the board. The tricky part can be finding the type of house you want in the neighborhood you want.

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The backyard of one of Erica Deuschle’s recent listings in Havertown

HL: What are you most excited about in Havertown right now?

ED: I have always felt Havertown was a great place to live. I grew up here, moved away for a little while, but then came back for that reason. There is a great community and a lot of history.

KT: The economic development is great to see. The restaurants and there’s just a good overall vibe here. We have activities, festivals, and people get to know each other and enjoy life.

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412 Lincoln Ave, listed by the Kevin Toll Group, has 3 beds and 2.5 baths.

HL: What would you tell someone who wants to buy in Havertown?

ED: Interview agents. Look for full-time agents. If you’re buying in Havertown now, you almost need an “in.” I think it’s really important to find an agent who understands the market on a hyper-local level.

KT: You definitely want a full-time agent. Be ready to make a strong offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Earth Day in Havertown

Communities across the country will gather this weekend to mark Earth Day. Havertown will be no exception, thanks to the efforts of environmental advocate Aurora Dizel and the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC).

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Garden clean-up (Photos courtesy of Aurora Dizel)

A wide range of environmentally-focused activities will take place at the CREC on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. as part of the 2018 Haverford Earth Day Celebration.  Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive an electric car provided by Armen Chevrolet, learn about bats with Riverbend Environmental Center, learn about recycling, worm bin composting, and participate in tree planting – just to name a few of the activities planned.

Dizel, who took over planning of the Earth Day event in 2015, says the event has grown every year and this may just be the best year yet.

“We have more sponsors, educational booths and service projects than ever,” she says.

Like many of the volunteers on the EAC, Dizel joined the committee because of a deep interest in local environmental issues.

“I have always cared about the environment. I am a lifelong gardener, inspired by working with my grandmother in the garden as a child,” explains Dizel, who worked in corporate banking before becoming a stay-at-home mother to her two children. “When I joined the EAC, I was looking for a way to get outside and become involved in something meaningful in my community.”

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The EAC meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the township building. Meetings are open to the public, and Dizel says new members are always welcome.

“Anyone who has an interest in the environment is welcome,” she says. “We have some people with professional backgrounds in environmental fields, and some who are simply passionate about helping and learning as they go –like me! Both are important and valued within our group.”

In addition to the annual Earth Day celebration, the EAC also hosts the “Green Zone” at Haverford Township Day every October, which is a dedicated area for environmentally-friendly businesses and non-profit organizations.

And as Havertown residents gear up for spring landscaping projects, another great resource is the Hav-A-Rain Garden group, which is working towards installing 100 rain gardens over the next ten years in Haverford Township. The group installs ten gardens per year – for free – on residential properties. Residents who are interested in receiving a garden can request an assessment and submit an application, and the group is always looking for volunteers to help with installation. The gardens are a great way to manage storm water, which helps protect local waterways.

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Learning about composting

A lot has changed since Earth Day was founded nearly 50 years ago; however, the idea that citizens can make simple changes to help reduce their impact remains the central message of the day.

 

Details: 2018 Haverford Earth Day at the CREC (9000 Parkview Road, Haverford). 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. More details and a list of sponsors can be found here.

Rocking Out on Eagle Road: The New Kelly Center

Over the past six years, a small group of committed individuals have made Havertown a more musical town. Kelly Music for Life is the non-profit organization responsible for establishing the annual Haverford Spring Fest, Havertown Irish Festival, and Concert in the Park series.

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Dancing at Merwood Park last summer (Photo: Erin Ingraffia/ Five & Dime Studio Photography)

Led by Havertown resident Tom Kelly, the all-volunteer organization has created opportunities for both musicians and the community alike, and all proceeds go back into local charities and initiatives benefiting Haverford Township and the surrounding communities.

“In 2010, the Haverford Township Civic Council approached me about creating more arts and music-related events,” said Kelly. “We launched the Haverford Music Festival the following year.”

The Music Festival was so well-received that Tom, along with his wife Sheri, as well as his brother Paul and his wife Susan,  decided to set up a separate non-profit organization dedicated to creating more opportunities for community-building through music and arts. Kelly Music for Life was born.

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“Offering music and arts related events is all part of having a well-rounded community,” says Kelly.

Now they are taking on their biggest project yet. The Kelly Center for Music, Arts and the Community will set up shop at 4 Eagle Road. The Center will be home to professional music performances, after-school and senior programs, art exhibits, poetry readings; anything related to creative expression and – this is important -accessible to all ages.

“Over the years, I have been exposed to the talent of the young people in our community,” Kelly says. “There aren’t enough opportunities for them to perform. The only option for live music in Havertown right now is in the bars.”

There will also be programs aimed at the senior population of the community, which is a group that can often be overlooked in community activities.

Since Tom Kelly and his wife Sheri moved to Havertown in 1989, they have been actively involved in the community as volunteers. Tom’s love of music, and professional background in radio broadcasting, have led him to understand that music has the power to connect people.

Havertown, in particular, is full of people willing to “step up and make the town better,” says Kelly. “I have lived in a lot of places and not every town is like that.”

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Architectural renderings courtesy of Kelly Music for Life

 

In order to make the Kelly Center a reality, the organization has launched a major fundraising campaign. To support this enhancement to our community, donate online: https://kellycenter.causevox.com/

 

Small Business Spotlight: Renee James Boutique

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Renee James Boutique on Eagle Road offers a beautifully curated selection of women’s clothing, accessories and gifts (Photo: Instagram)

Renee James Boutique is a dream come true for its owner, Havertown resident Renee Giacometti.

Giacometti opened up shop on Eagle Road in 2016. Renee James Boutique offers a wonderfully curated selection of clothing, accessories and gifts. Everything is hand-selected by Giacometti, and when you visit the store, she will be there to help you select the perfect item for yourself, or to give as a gift.

Make sure you follow Renee James on social media. It is the best way to keep up with new items being offered in the store – and they sell quickly!

Follow Renee James on Facebook and Instagram 

Q&A with Renee Giacometti of Renee James Boutique

When did you start your business?
I opened up shop on November 25, 2016. Black Friday!

How did you decide to take the leap?
I am a nurse, but I have wanted to open a boutique for the last 15 years. I love different, cute clothing and could never find what I was looking for that was also afforable. After the sudden death of my in-laws, I decided it was time. Life is short, you just have to go for it!

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Storefront at 10 E Eagle Road in Havertown

What are your favorite items in the store?
I try to put everything I love in the store, but my favorite items are the local products we sell. From candles to pottery to soap, when you buy local, we all win.

What do you love about Havertown?Havertown is a large community with that small, hometown feel. We have so many great things happening, from restaurants to shops to great schools. Everything is right here!

What are you up to when you’re not in the store?
I love Philly sports teams, of course! Especially the Eagles and the Flyers. My son also plays ice hockey! I have a wonderful husband. He and my son have supported me every step of the way. I love animals; I have one dog and…more than one cat. I am very blessed!

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VISIT Renee James Boutique: 10 East Eagle Road, Havertown. 610-952-8129. Hours: Wed & Thurs: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closed Mon & Tues. 

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