Convenience In Updated Units On Macdade Boulevard, It's Not Isolated.

Posted: September 04, 1998

Glen Brook Apartments, Glenolden, Delaware County When Jean Behrle sold her house in Upper Darby, the Glen Brook Apartments on MacDade Boulevard was where she wanted to move.

``For me, it's just very, very convenient,'' said Behrle, a waitress. ``I don't drive. I can walk to the MacDade Mall, the post office, and the bank.

``I love the apartment,'' said Behrle, who has a two-bedroom unit. ``It's nice and roomy. I'm not cramped. I have a modern kitchen.''

Within the last five years, the interiors of all the apartments in the 173-unit complex in Glenolden have been remodeled, said Shelly-Ann Schaeffer, property manager. The kitchens have new cabinets and flooring, and most of the two-bedroom units have new ceiling fans and compact dishwashers.

Ridley Management Co., which owns the complex, is sprucing up the exterior of the brick buildings with awnings for the entrances and additional landscaping, she said. There are also garden spots available for tenants who want to plant flowers.

The management provides a welcome packet for new tenants and quarterly newsletters, Schaeffer said. The complex has attracted single and married professionals, families with young children as well as students from Widener University and retirees, she said.

Margie Naimoli, who has been at Glen Brook about a year, said, ``It's the first time I ever lived in an apartment. I like the privacy here. It's very peaceful and quiet.''

Naimoli, a retired General Electric employee, said she doesn't hear the traffic buzzing along MacDade Boulevard from her apartment. A creek borders one side of the complex, providing a tranquil spot for tenants. On a recent afternoon, Naimoli took a book outside to read and ended up chatting with some neighbors. ``Everyone is congenial,'' she said.

The complex is close to the Glenolden Community Park that has ballfields, playground equipment, tennis courts and picnic areas. It's also near the borough library. The Ridley Area YMCA, which has a pool, is a short drive away.

The Glenolden School, which is part of the Interboro School District, is right across from the complex. On the Glen Brook property are two hair salons and an insurance company claim center.

Tenants can also walk to supermarkets and stores on MacDade Boulevard and there are lots of restaurants in the area, Schaeffer said.

Tenants have access to public transportation; a SEPTA bus stop is at the corner, and the Glenolden train station is within walking distance. There is also easy access to Interstate 95 and the Blue Route, Schaeffer said.

The complex has an on-site rental office where Ruth Dougherty has been the leasing manager for about eight years.

The complex offers two models - the larger model A two-bedroom units rent for $595 to $625. The model A one-bedroom units rent for $530 to $550.

The B model units are located in one building on MacDade Boulevard. That building, where the units feature large windows in the living room, was added to the original complex. The rents in that building are $520 for a one-bedroom apartment and $575 for a two-bedroom unit.

There are two maintenance men on site and 24-hour maintenance service, said Bobby McDonough, superintendent of maintenance for Ridley Management. There is also a full-time housekeeper to keep the hallways and laundry rooms clean, Schaeffer said.

Behrle said, ``If you need maintenance, all you do is pick up the phone and they accommodate you right away.

``Everyone is very nice, very helpful,'' Behrle said, noting that the office staff checked on her when she returned to the complex after a hospital stay. ``I love it here.''

Naimoli agreed, ``It's everything I need.''

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