Kennett Square, PA Real Estate News

By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
OK, it’s been great having temperatures in the 50’s this winter. But when it gets below 30 degrees and the wind blows so hard it keeps me awake at night, I need some respite for my weary mind. So I take myself back to Longwood Gardens in nearby Kennett Square, PA and recall the gorgeous orchids on display in the conservatory in the past.    I know it’s orchid time again, but until I can get myself over there (waiting for a warm and sunny day when the long walk from the visitors’ center won’t freeze my nose off), I will bask in the glory of these orchid photos I took a couple of years ago.  
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By John & Mary Luca, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland - Residential Far
( BHHS Fox & Roach: Broker 302-999-9999 John: 302-999-6966 John's Cell: 302-740-5872)
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By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
Once a year, the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) presents "a pantomime in the British tradition." This means the "dame" is played by a man, the "principal boy" is played by a young woman, and a friendly animal or two are played by, in this case, two girls playing the front and back of a cow. This is the eleventh year of this madness, begun by imports from England who also imported silly songs, silly jokes, and lots of audience participation. I love to go to the Saturday matinee performance (there is also one Friday night and Saturday night) where there are lots of children in the audience. This year, one of my friends brought eight year old twin grandchildren, and we sat in the front row. What a hoot! The kids loved it, especially Frankie, who said it was the best play he had ...
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
The temperatures have turned cold  but there's a warm welcome in the galleries, shops, and restaurants of Historic Kennett Square.  Many businesses are open late on First Friday, this Friday, January 6th 6-9 p.m  and offer special exhibits, light refreshments, and good company.  Some of the activities happening "around the Square" include:     THE PAPER MARKET ECO BOUTIQUE  at 106 West State Street announces a showing of mixed media, watercolors and oil pastels by Unionville artist Charlene Thomforde.  They will offer light refreshments throughout the evening.   BYRSA BISTRO at 102 East State Street will have live music on First Friday and is introducing a new chef's specialty.   THE CENTRE FOR VIBRANT LIVING at 115 Marshall Street (behind the post office & library) presents a photograp...
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By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
Since our market includes the adjoining state of Pennsylvania, it is interesting to look at the market report for Southern Chester County and compare it to New Castle County, Delaware. While new listings in NCCo were down for the year 13%, Chester County new listings were down only 3%. For 2011, Closed sales  in Delaware were up almost 3%, while the total up to November in Southern Chester County were down almost 5%. Days on the market were up 23% in Delaware, while the number was only half that in Pennsylvania. Median sales prices are similar, with prices down 7.3% in Southern Chester County, while the New Castle figure is down 9%. So it looks like we need a little Christmas to get things moving in our adjacent markets in Pennsylvania and Delaware! Since we share the benefits of havin...
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By Pocono Luxury Homes The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Luxury Homes
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
This years theme is gingerbread fantasy throughout the garden. Also do not miss the candy- land Music Room good for the whole family. Here is a time & tickets link  http://www.longwoodgardens.org/TimedTicketing.html Here is the main link http://www.longwoodgardens.org/genpage.aspx?en=events_1_3_3     Jeff and Heather Rickert, Realtor®, RSPSNew Home Construction SalesResale Home SalesInvestment Properties    Keller Williams Real Estate601 Bethlehem PikeBuilding B, Suite 100Montgomeryville, PA 18936Main Office: 215-631-1900Direct: 215-850-9640 · Contact FormWhat Others Are Saying... Real Estate in Lower Salford, Souderton, Telford, Skippack, in Montgomery and Bucks County, PA    
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
  Historic Kennett Square will brings back the"Winter Farmers Market" beginning this Friday, and continuing through April from 2 - 4 pm on the first and third Fridays of each month. The market will be out-of-doors along State Street. Each First Friday market will feature hand-made, functional crafts, accessories, and fine arts items, from eclectic sculpture and prints to note cards, along the Genesis brick walkway. A new aspect of the Winter Market allows customers to place their orders in advance. The vendors will publish their inventory in our market e-newsletter and customers can email their requests to the Market Manager. She will then gather your order and have it ready to pick up. Check the HKS website and sign up for the market e-newsletter for further details on the vendors and ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Busy day tomorrow, so this post is a little early. One of the good things about the Main Line and Chester County is the abundance of local vineyards. Today, I stopped by the tasting room for Paradocx Vineyard located at The Shoppes of Longwood Village, just outside Kennett Square. A great place for a visit the room has plenty of light and John Caldwell the tasting room manager will be glad to help you. The Vineyard is located at 1833 Flint Hill Road, Landenberg, PA 19350 if you want to take a drive out there. I went with a bit of an agenda as I was hoping I can persuade Paradocx to be one of the sponors for the Main Line Antiques Show providing wine for the opening night party. Not sure if that will happen, but we tasted a few options this afternoon. You can see their is quite a select...
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By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
           Part II The Cinco de Mayo celebration in Kennett Square offered variety in the way of a very talented singer, Pedro Camargo, who not only crooned convincingly, but dazzled with his silver-trimmed costume.  And the young dancers from Grupo Folklorico Yaretzi had a surprise in store--dancing a whole number while balancing glasses of water on their heads!  And not a drop was spilled on the spectacular costumes!          A highlight of the festival was the crowning of Miss (Sen~orita) Cinco de Mayo by a man who (I think--but it was all in Spanish) represented Univision TV, assisted by a dapper little Chico who held the crown. After all the royal wedding hats and crowns on last Friday, this was a more down-home version of royalty with a definite local flavor!
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By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
The Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi (Aztec for "you will always be loved") of Norristown, Pennsylvania performed at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 2011.                 Since 2006, the Festival has been sponsored in Kennett Square by Casa Guanajuato, a group promoting Mexican culture. The Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which Mexico defeated forces led by Napoleon III of France.  The many mushroom farms in the area have attracted workers from south of the border, so there was a big crowd present, and the program was in Spanish, with only a few brief words translated for us gringos.            There were trinkets and handiwork from various vendors, and a great choice of food. We sampled some great fresh tacos with all ki...
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 Kennett Square's iconic Brush & Palette, originally an art supply store and frame shop, will  close after a 25 -year run as a mainstay on State Street. The business is for sale. Wanda Kevis and Bert Proscino  developed a remarkable showcase for local artists who offer work as diverse as hand-crafted jewelry, sculpture, and mixed media. Renowned for design, craftsmanship and commited to conservation, Brush & Palette has been a major contributor to the revitalization of Kennett Square, Pa., voted "one of America's coolest small towns."  Kevis, who attended the Moore College of Art and has taught hundreds of artists over the years, and respected by collectors for her own mixed media style, is retiring May 31st, a recent letter noted.  Prosino, attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine...
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By Chip Plumley
(Prudential Fox & Roach)
With April 18th rapidly approaching many are scrambling to complete their taxes. For those who have recently bought or sold a home, there are a number of tax deductions that that may be available to them. Real estate broker’s commissions, title insurance, legal fees, advertising costs, administrative costs, and inspection fees are all considered selling costs and may be used to reduce one’s taxable capital gain by the amount of the selling costs. That could result in a big savings depending on the final sale price. Interest that is paid on a mortgage is also tax-deductible, within limits. A married couple filing jointly can deduct all their interest payments on a maximum of $1 million in mortgage debt secured by a first or second home. Buyers may also be able to deduct some of the inter...
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
If you are 62 or older you can serve time in a variety of interesting capacities and lower your tax bill in theKennett Consolidated School District's Senior Citizen Tax Relief Program. Seniors  can  serve in different capacities within the schools earing  $10.00 per hour of service with a maximum of 50 hours per person.Participants benefit from the personal satisfaction of providing needed services and earn dollars that can be applied to their property tax bills. Program Elements This is a pilot program that will be available for the 2010-2011 school year for the first 20 program applicants. The program will be supervised by a District administrative employee. Participants will be required to attend a group orientation/training session that will be scheduled in October. The maximum reli...
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 Kennett Consolidated School District in southeastern Pennsylvania, is rapidly moving towards completing of the new l Bancroft Elementary School. You can get monthly construction updates on the website. Bancoft Elementary School will be a 105,000 square foot building located on a gently sloping site. The building is designed for the landscape and as such will one-story in the front and two-stories in the back. The exterior will keep with the prevailing architectural look of Chester County and will be brick and simulated stone with a long-life metal roofing system. Highlights of Bancroft Elementary School include: 30 classrooms with the latest IT systems; classrooms will be segregated by pods with six classrooms per pod Special education room with life skills, occupational/physical thera...
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
Goodbye Winter!  Spring has to be just around the corner and to welcome it to Kennett Square, we are celebrating our own Mardi Gras on First Friday, March 4th.  Bring your "krewe" into town and join in the frivolity 6-9 p.m   Participating shops and restaurants are open late and will offer traditional Mardi Gras beads to their customers.  There will be plenty of entertaining activities, tasty food and beverages, and tempting items for purchase throughout Kennett.  To get into the Mardi Gras spirit, the first three email responses with the correct translation of the above phrase "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" will win a free ticket to an upcoming Flash concert of their choice.  Email: admin@historickennettsquare.comAnd, look for the opening of La Michoacana on Saturday, March 5.  They s...
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
Imagine living in a development of single family homes (all "20 something years old) surrounded by exquisite flowers, majestic trees, dazzling fountains, extravagant conservatory,with a price tag in the high $400ks -$500ks   Dalkeith Farm neighbors world-class cultural attraction, Longwood Gardens, just outside Kennett Square, PA.  Its two-story traditionally designed 4 and 5 bedroom homes, set on lots usually.7 to 1+/- acres. Some have inground pools. There wide expanses of open space, owned by Longwood, and storybook views in all directions. Convenient to the major commuting artery, Route 1,it also provides easy access to  Rt 926. Kennett School Disctrict You can sit on your deck and watch spectacular fireworks in the summer. An inexpensive neigbhorhood pass at Longwood means incredib...
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By James Harner, James Harner Group - Philadelphia PA Real Estate
(Considering Selling Your Home? Call 610-310-7646 first)
Kennett Square Homes for Sale | Kennett Square are a Great Value in Chester County Real Estate Are you looking to purchase Kennett Square Homes? Fill out my form to receive our Free Kennett Square Homes Report Fill out my Wufoo form! Kennett Square Homes | The Real Facts on Kennett Square Houses You Should Know Kennett Square is an attractive area which is rapidly turning out to be one of the most popular areas in the country as more families as well as men and women buy Kennett Square Homes. With a human population of roughly 5273 it offers a superior convenience which is associated with a greater population without being overbearing, and is proud to host great schools, widening industry and fantastic arts and culture! There is a growing marketplace for Kennett Square homes for sale in...
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By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
Congratulations to the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS Inc.) for their always fun presentation and Tenth Anniversary performance of a pantomime tradition dating back to 1814. This last weekend, Dick Whittington and His Cat continued a British tradition deriving from several sources, including Commedia dell'Arte, Harliquinades, Slapstick, and Music Hall (vaudeville) skits.                        Presented traditionally in the post-Christmas period, this presentation follows the tradition of several standard parts: a young male lead (the "principal boy") played by a girl, the cross-dressing role of the Dame, an animal (in this case, a cat), a nasty villain, villagers, and a plot line from a fairy story or folk tale. There is a silly song (sung by cast and audience), daft children...
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
Longwood Gardens - where winter wonderlands exists                          Through  January 9, 2011  Imagine half a million brilliant lights strung with over 39 miles of cord. Lit trees the soar 75 feet, and dancing fountains that reach the sky. A 4.5-acre heated indoor Conservatory, featuring a giant Art Nouveau tapestry made from pink poinsettias and ferns, and the richest floral displays imaginable. A Longwood Christmas is a celebration months in the making-with hundreds of amaryllis, cyclamen, narcissus and literally thousands of poinsettias. And if all our must-sees aren't enough, we've got plenty of must-hears, too-with special performances throughout the holidays. Please note that actual bloom times may vary depending on weather. The list of flowering highlights is subject to c...
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By Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley )
 Kennett Square residents may see tax increase Property owners in Kennett Square will be paying an average of $116 more in taxes next year if council adopts the 2011 budget as presented Monday night. The budget includes a 3 percent increase for all uniformed and non-uniformed employees in the borough, as well as a 3 percent increase in water, sewer and solid waste fees. The millage rate in Kennett Square stands at 3.85 mills. One mill generates approximately $220,000 for the borough. The budget calls for a 10 percent increase in health insurance co-pays, plus a higher deductible health insurance plan. All capital outlay has been removed from the budget except for the purchase of a loader to perform tasks like snow removal and debris cleanup. The only option to avoid a tax hike is to red...
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