What Goes On In Real Estate And Chester County

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5 Things To Do In Chester County In September

Having no weekend plans is a great opportunity to do nothing but relax and maybe spend some well-deserved time at home. When busy week schedules are filled with work, school, dropping off and picking up kids, chores and all those things that we call "daily life", an empty weekend calendar can be a luxurious break. However, if you are looking for something to do the weekends of September, we have a few suggestions:

 1. September 23 - Coatesville Int'l Vintage Grand Prix

This is an individually timed driving event through Coatesville that is open to race cars from 1900-1965 and motorcycles from 1940-1965. If you don't have a vehicle that qualifies for participation, you can be a spectator!   

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 2. September 30 - Kennett Brewfest

For beer lovers and food lovers alike. Local, regional and craft breweries fill the streets together with food, music and vendors. Also, the Brewfest won the Main Street's "Best of 25 Years Award". 

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 3. Sundays through October 1 - Brandywine Polo

A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon - spectators picnic and tailgate while watching the pologame. Relaxed and casual. 

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 4. September 30 - Phoenixville VegFest

A vegan food and street festival with live music and vendors. 

5. September 24 - 44th Annual SPCA Benefit Horse Show

Hunters, jumpers and equitation.

 

Tally-Ho! A Fox Hunting Photo Exhibit

One of the things that is a bit unique about living in Chester County is that it is a longtime stronghold for fox hunting. Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Fox Hounds, or the Cheshire Hunt (Conservancy) for short, is located right outside Unionville and has been an important part of the community since the early 1900s. The hunt and the conservation of open space has a long and historic relationship that can be read about here

Ellie Glaccum is the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy's Secretary and also a talented amateur photographer. She is often seen, camera in hand, following the fox hunt, and the Holly Gross Group now have the pleasure of displaying her photos to the public. We have a great commercial space available for rent that is newly renovated and a perfect spot for exhibiting her images. 

For more information about the event, click the image below:

Tally Ho Fox Hunting Through The Lens Of Ellie Glaccum

 

 

 

Drinks, Food and Art in Kennett Square, PA

There are so many wonderful restaurants and bars in the Chester County area, but one of our favorites is The Creamery in Kennett Square. This seasonal beer garden has introduced a concept unlike any other in the area! Only open during the Summer, there is no fixed restaurant menu. Instead, there are new food trucks there every night (it's open Wednesday-Sunday) who serve delicious meals at reasonable prices. As the name indicates, the venue used to be a creamery and the owners have done an amazing job transforming the old industrial building into a gorgeous rustic yet elegant and cozy place for the whole family. Beer lovers will get their need well satisified by the extensive beer selection; there is live music on a weekly basis and even a play area for the kids. The most recent addition will appeal to art interested guests; renowned local artist Robert C Jackson has recently painted a mural in the back room, depicting his characteristic and humoristic balloon dogs enjoying themselves over a burger and beer. The Creamery really is worth a visit if you haven't been there yet!

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Chester County Real Estate Market Is STRONG

Curious about the Chester County, PA real estate market? Here's a quick update for you:

  • There is an ongoing a positive trend in Settlement Prices for the past few years
  • More properties are being sold
  • Average Settled Price as of April 2017 is $366,000  

If you are thinking about potentially selling your property, this is the time! Give us a call at 610-430-3030 for a free consultation.  

Real Estate Prices Chester County PA 2015-2017

Source: www.trendmls.com

There's Something About Chester County, PA...

Stewart, Holly and Stephen Gross

 Holly, Stephen and Stewart share their favorite things about living in Chester County in Mainline Today.

Holly has lived more or less her whole life in the countryside, and loves the stunning landscape that she prefers to enjoy on horseback. Stephen, who returned to the area after a decade in various countries such as China, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Sweden, is also a big fan of the rolling hills, vast fields and lush woods. As an ultra marathon runner, he spends a lot of time on trails around the Unionville area. "The feeling when you're out running and you suddenly spot a bald eagle flying over you is amazing. There's something humbling about being out in nature and realizing that everything is connected", says Stephen. Stewart, who is a professional bicyclist as well as being a Realtor, claims that the biking in Chester County is probably one of the best biking areas in the nation. "I lived in Colorado for a long time, and the biking there is great - but I dare say that the biking here is better."

Aside from being a great place for outdoor activities, Chester County has something to offer for everyone, whether it be art, culture, sports, restaurants, bars, shopping and great schools. There is always something happening in Chester County!

How To Make Moving Easy And Less Stressful

Moving can be very stressful. Not only are there a lot of financial and practical issues that come along with the daunting task of changing homes, but it can also have surprisingly strong emotional impact. Most of us don't move that often and as such, we usually have a lot of memories and experiences related to the home that we are now leaving. Having said that, moving is also an adventure; an opportunity to start off fresh, to begin somewhere new – and to clean out all those unnecessary items that you have collected over the years and never used…

Here is a checklist that will help you feeling less overwhelmed and more organized for your move:

 

Two Months Before Moving Day

 

  • Decide if you will manage the move yourself or hire a moving company. Book a truck if you’re moving by yourself. If you’re hiring a moving company, get quotas from a few places and read reviews online to ensure you won’t have to deal with unprofessional companies. 
  • Go through your home and start thinking about what you will bring with you and what you will sell/give away/throw out.
  • Start packing items that you want to bring but really don’t need for the coming couple of months (such as seasonal clothing, books, fine china etc). It will reduce the workload later on.
  • It is stressful to moveIf you’re selling items (i.e. anything that is not furniture), start looking into where to sell them. It could be Craigslist, local markets, antique shops…
  • If you are selling a home, start repairing and fixing up the items on the home inspection list. Even the smallest of repairs can add up and take more time than expected. If you’re going to need professional help by e.g. electricians or plumbers, you need to hire them, as their schedulestend to fill up. Don’t forget to keep receipts of everything that you do.

 

One Month Before Moving Day

  • Pack. If you haven’t started yet, you should definitely start by now. Depending on the size of your home, you should try to pack at least a box a day.
  • Change magazine subscriptions; notify organizations that you’re a member/customer with your moving date and new address.
  • If you are planning on selling furniture, it’s time to start looking into that.
  • Find out where you can park if you’re moving into an apartment building or to a house without off-curb parking.

 

Two Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Stop or transfer utilities.
  • Do you have kids or pets that need a sitter on moving day? If yes, arrange for a sitter.
  • It’s time to really speed up the packing process. Don’t forget to organize the boxes so that it’s easy to unpack once you’re in your newhome! It’s a good idea to either write the box’s contents directly on the box; or number each box and keep a list of what each numbered box contains.

 

One Week Before Moving Day

  • Change your driver’s license address as well as your insurance cards and pharmacy in case you have any prescriptions.
  • Confirm date and time of the move if you’re hiring a moving company.
  • Finish up the packing and make sure to keep just the necessities unpacked.

 

Moving Day

  • Empty the fridge and freezer and clean it out. You are not obliged to do this, but nobody likes to move in and find someone else’s old food leftovers in there.
  • If you’re using a mover, bring your most valuable things yourself and if you can, be there when the mover comes to pick up everything else. Ensure that you have enough cash to properly tip the movers.
  • Vacuum or sweep up, take a final look around the house and ensure you didn't forget anything.

 

 

 

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