May 16, 2016 |
Population: 4,872 (2013) Median household income: $61,681 Area: 1 square mile Settlements in the last three months: 8 (5 in Montgomery, 3 in Bucks). Homes for sale: 7 Average days on market: 78 in Bucks; 27 in Montgomery Median sale price: $232,000, Bucks; $239,000, Montgomery Housing stock: 1,977 units, from the 1860s to new construction School district: Souderton Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors HomExpert Market Report
May 16, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Here's something you can't do in most Pennsylvania communities: walk back and forth between two counties without leaving town. But you can on North Main Street in Telford, part of which lies in Bucks County and part of which is in Montgomery County. All of it is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, not far from Route 309. It's been that way since Jan. 11, 1935, when the Boroughs of Telford and West Telford became one with a stroke of Gov. Gifford Pinchot's pen. Telford was incorporated in 1886, West Telford in 1887.
May 9, 2016 |
A triangular tract of now mostly vacant land that was the engine of Merchantville's growth in the 19th century could be the key to the borough's future. "This is the last developable site in town," says Mayor Ted Brennan, a lawyer, a father of four, and an energetic proponent of a renewed effort to strengthen the Camden County suburb's somewhat faded heart. "We want to build something that will stand the test of time," adds the mayor, whose father, Patrick, served in the same role from 1995 until 2006.
May 4, 2016 |
Barbara Cohen, all 5 feet of her, stood tall at the front of the charter bus, the teacher who would educate a fresh crop of teachers about the history of Phoenixville. Over there, that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, she told them, and those were the homes of former mayors, and that once was the 130-acre tract that housed the steel behemoth that defined the borough. The 74-year-old Cohen was in her wheelhouse: The history buff had helped leverage the Chester County borough's historic district a generation ago and raised millions of dollars to spur a local renaissance and one of the region's economic success stories.
April 13, 2016 |
SEPTA and Tullytown have made peace about a month after the transit agency sued the borough in a dispute over construction at the Levittown train station. The two reached a settlement April 7 regarding construction at the Levittown train station in which SEPTA agreed to pay the borough $34,031 in professional fees and accepted full responsibility and liability for the new station. In return, the borough won't claim any authority over SEPTA's construction plans for the station. "The borough is pleased the lawsuit is settled and it will no longer have responsibility for this project," said Michael Sellers, the borough solicitor.
April 11, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From what Realtors say, Perkasie is a place coveted by those enamored of small-town living. A whole lot of building designed to enhance that small-town experience is going on now in the Bucks County borough 30 miles north of Philadelphia. That includes more than 300 homes, a surprising number in a community of 8,515 people, especially considering there isn't as much residential building going on in the suburbs now as there was before or during the boom years of a decade ago. "Today's buyers want new, and residential construction is a good sign of an active real estate market," says Frank Dolski, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Lahaska.
March 5, 2016 |
SEPTA wants a federal judge to issue a restraining order against a lower Bucks County municipality that the transit agency contends has imposed "exorbitant" fees and "excessive" regulations that are delaying a $36 million upgrade of its Levittown station. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the transit agency asked the court to bar the Borough of Tullytown from asserting any authority over the work at the station, which began in November. More than $250,000 in borough fees and other "regulatory burdens" have been preventing SEPTA from finishing the project, it claims.
February 14, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There are those who might observe that a visit to Berlin, N.J., was "long-a-coming. " This Camden County borough was originally known by that name, attributed alternatively to shipwrecked sailors looking for a brook with clean water, to stagecoach travelers stopping here on an otherwise boring ride from Philadelphia to the Shore, or, most likely, to the Leni-Lenape and the Lonaconing Trail from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean, as the historic marker notes.
February 7, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. On one January Sunday, Kennett Square basked in bright sunshine and, according to the National Weather Service, a record-setting 65 degrees. It was a picture-perfect day for a visit to what is still considered "the Mushroom Capital of the World," even though there has been a lot of industry consolidation in recent years. Nursing- and rehabilitation-center giant Genesis HealthCare, with $4.4 billion in annual revenue and 90,000 employees, made 101 E. State St. its corporate headquarters in the late 1990s and has contributed to Kennett Square's growth and prosperity since.