What Goes On In Real Estate And Chester County

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Amazing Christmas Hacks

Yes, yes, we are only about a week away from having a strange man with a big white beard climbing down our chimney while his raindeers are waiting on the rooftop. As stressful as it may be to get everything ready for the big day (some of us may or may not still have "clean the house and put out decorations" on the to-do-list...), it is a wonderful time of the year. Here are a few Christmas Hacks that will make your celebration easier and/or more magical!

1. Use plastic cups to store ornaments

This is brilliant - why haven't we thought of this before??

Cups for ornament storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Wrap Christmas lights around a hanger

Oh the hours we have spent trying to un-tangle those lights...! 

Wrap lights around hanger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Use pumpkins to make snowmen

It makes total sense to reuse the pumpkins instead of throwing them out.

Pumpkins as snowmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Glue together two candy canes to make placement cards

And you can eat them, too, if you have enough room after dinner...

Candy canes for place cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Create a Christmas chandelier by hanging ornaments in it

Actually, this can be applied for all seasons by just using different ornaments.

Ornaments in chandelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. A waste basket makes perfect wrapping paper storage

A wine crate works too!

Store wrapping paper in basket

Wine crate for storage

 

 

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". 

Kennett Brewfest 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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. 

Brandywine Polo Toughkenamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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!

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