Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Scenes at Athertyn

Residents enjoy the warmth and comfort of their luxury condominium homes as winter embraces the Main Line Philadelphia area.  Part of the advantages of living in a lifestyle community like Athertyn is not having to worry about shoveling your sidewalks or plowing your driveway.

Residents enjoy the warm and comfort of their luxury Athertyn condominium homes as winter embraces the Main Line Philadelphia area.
Residents enjoy the warmth and comfort of their luxury Athertyn condominium homes as winter embraces the Main Line Philadelphia area.
The Athertyn Residents' Clubhouse on a snowy winter night
The Athertyn Residents' Clubhouse on a snowy winter night
Snow covered trees of the Haverford Reserve park land from one of the residences at Athertyn
Snow covered trees of the Haverford Reserve park land from one of the residences at Athertyn

The main entry to Athertyn blanketed by snow.  Residents have no worries as the sidewalks and driveways are cleared for them after each snow fall.
The main entry to Athertyn blanketed by snow.  Residents have no worries as the sidewalks and driveways are cleared for them after each snow fall.

The Parkview Drive entry into Haverford Reserve on a snowy winter day
The Parkview Drive entry into Haverford Reserve on a snowy winter day

Overlooking the Haverford Reserve from the terrace of one of the Athertyn residences
Overlooking the Haverford Reserve from the terrace of one of the Athertyn residences


Athertyn Enrichment Series: Healthy Fall Cooking with Carlo deMarco of 333 Belrose


On Wednesday, November 7, 333 Belrose's Chef Carlo deMarco joined us for an evening of innovative cuisine
Healthy Fall
Cooking

333 Belrose's Chef/Owner
Carlo deMarco shared his approach to innovative American cuisine through a cooking demonstration of a healthy fall dinner spread. Guests enjoyed the wine and samplings of the fresh, seasonal dishes he prepares.



Chef Carlo deMarco of 333 Belrose shows the audience at the Athertyn Clubhouse how to to prepare some innovative healthy fall dishes Chef Carlo deMarco of 333 Belrose shows the audience at the Athertyn Clubhouse how to to prepare some innovative healthy fall dishes

Chef Carlo deMarco of 333 Belrose shows the audience at the Athertyn Clubhouse how to to prepare some innovative healthy fall dishes
Chef Carlo deMarco of 333 Belrose shows the audience at the Athertyn Residents' Clubhouse how to to prepare some innovative healthy fall dishes

This was a Limited Seating, complimentary event held at the
Athertyn Clubhouse
7700 Parkview Drive, Haverford
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carol Jacobs on Right-Sizing Her Home: 'It's One of the Best Transitions I've Ever Made'



Main Line resident Carol Jacobs knows all about transition. For over 14 years she’s been the Director of College Guidance at Bryn Mawr’s Jack M. Barrack
Hebrew Academy, where she assists high school students with the college process, from visits and applications to decisions. But three years ago she made her own change - rightsizing from her large house to a new home at Athertyn. From travel and beach time to grandchildren, she’s now free to spend her days off doing what she enjoys most. Read on for her story:








What made you consider moving to a lifestyle community?

After caring for a large home longer than I needed
to, it was time for a change. I was spending so much
time doing household chores and yard work when I
could have been pursuing my own interests. A big
house wasn’t the best lifestyle for me since I regularly
spend weekends in Avalon and both of my daughters
are grown.


After exploring your options, what made Athertyn the first choice?

Charlie and I looked at everything — ranch homes,
apartments and other condominiums — but
nothing compared to the beauty, spaciousness and
surroundings that Athertyn provides.


When researching housing options I attended
an Athertyn homeowner event and realized all
the preconceived notions I had about a lifestyle
community — the kind of people I would be living
near — were inaccurate. We met people of all ages
who were vivacious, active and interesting. Meeting
our future neighbors made a big difference!


What do you love most about living here?

I’m focusing on enjoying life. When we first moved
in a beautiful white snow had fallen. Instead of
shoveling the driveway, I put on my boots and went
for a hike with one of my new Athertyn neighbors.
It was gorgeous. Because yard work is taken care
of, my time is spent tending to our tomato patch
in the community garden. I enjoy sitting outdoors
on the terrace and hearing the faint noise from the
Reserve’s playing fields — it adds a sense of vibrancy.
And when my granddaughter visits, we walk to the
fantastic new township playground, where there’s
lots of room to run around and play.


What was the transition like, balancing a full-time job and a move?

When you’re downsizing, it’s a process and there are
a lot of decisions to be made. But moving within the
same neighborhood made it easier. And once we
arrived, we settled into the lifestyle immediately. The
week we moved in people were showing up at our
door with meals they had made for us! I would tell
anyone to attend social gatherings at Athertyn before
moving in — getting to know some of the neighbors
beforehand makes the transition that much easier.




Which Athertyn amenities do you appreciate most?

I enjoy attending the Enrichment Series programs
and monthly gatherings. Everyone is so warm and
welcoming; it’s great to chat with people from so
many backgrounds.

The fitness center is so convenient! No matter the
weather, I can zip over to meet my personal trainer
or for a yoga class. The yoga instructor is fabulous
— she challenges us to keep focused, but she’s
cognizant of the fact that most of us are over 55. I
enjoy keeping in shape and also frequently use the
trails for walking. And, the Clubhouse is the perfect
space for entertaining; I recently hosted a baby
shower there.


What are the advantages of an Athertyn home?

There are so many benefits to the homes here at
Athertyn. Like the fact that I never hear my neighbors.
And the layout! The great room is fantastic for
entertaining and easily seats 12 for a dinner party.
We have a corner residence that provides lots of light
from different directions. Yet, it takes very little air
conditioning to keep things cool.

There’s all the privacy in the world, but you can still
look out the window and see people coming and
going. People at Athertyn are very friendly, open and
diverse. They’re from different backgrounds, jobs
and ages. We enjoy going out to dinner with other
couples; our conversations are always interesting.


How were you able to achieve your vision for your home?

When we moved into our home everything had
already been retrofitted beautifully. I appreciate
the gracious archways, custom woodwork and that
each room has its own unique design. We added a
custom built-in in our dining room to store linens
and china. It was enjoyable to start fresh and choose
where to display our favorite paintings and antiques.
Everything found a place in our home. In fact, the
only new purchase we had to make was a rug.


How has your life changed since moving to Athertyn?

Now I’m spending my free time doing what I love,
from photography and volunteer work to beach
weekends. Most importantly, I feel comfortable
‘lock and leaving’ when I visit my children and
grandchildren, or take a trip abroad. This summer
we spent three weeks in Scandinavia and Russia and
not once did I worry about our home.


And all that is wonderful about life remains. I’m in
the same neighborhood; have my fulfilling job and a
great circle of friends. All that has changed is that I
now live in a beautiful new home, with little upkeep.
Life here at Athertyn really is simplified...It’s one of
the best transitions I’ve ever made.


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Athertyn Pursuits Fall-Winter 2012 -- Best Community of the Year

Best Community of the Year

Athertyn at Haverford Reserve garnered six regional awards to add to its local and national acclaim, including the 2012 Best Lifestyle Community of the Year award from the Home Builders Associations of Bucks and Montgomery, and Chester and Delaware Counties. All of the awards recognize regional home builder excellence in innovation, design, and craftsmanship: 

• Best Lifestyle Community of the Year
• Best Home of the Year (Furness)
• Best Community Clubhouse
• Best Exterior Landscaping
• Best Interior Design (Furness)
• Best Use of New Media (Athertyn Video)



Athertyn at Haverford Reserve luxurious dining room/kitchen model

Athertyn was also voted the 2012 Best Luxury Condominiums by Main Line Media Newspapers’ Readers’ Choice Awards.





Atheryn homeowner John Curtin, enjoys a game of billiards at the Residents' Clubhouse

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Experts Say Housing is Back for Southeastern Pennsylvania

After predictions last year that the housing market would return, and many non-believers said that it would not happen due to a glut in foreclosed houses, they were proven wrong and the housing market is definitely back and doing well.  Forecasters at Forbes predicted this would happen and it came true.  Single-family home sales started climbing last October and have continued to do so.


Home sales in Southeastern Pennsylvania have been on the rise since September 2011
Home sales in Southeastern Pennsylvania have been on the rise since September 2011



Economic Growth Spurring Delayed Buyers


Now that the prices of homes have bottomed out, buyers who were delaying a purchase are searching seriously to buy a new home.  They are realizing that holding out, looking for a better deal, is less likely going to happen.  The jobless rate is slowly declining and has fallen below 8% for the first time in a long while.


Southeastern Pennsylvania job growth is on the rise
Southeastern Pennsylvania job growth is on the rise


The Housing Glut Never Materialized


The bulk of the foreclosed homes that glutted the market have been bought up by investors who have converted the properties into rentals for a large return on investment.  So the glutted market that was foreseen by many, never materialized.  Now, home buyers actually looking to live in the homes are turning to buy homes on the market vs. those in foreclosure.  The Case Shiller Home Price Index shows that home prices are also on the rise, so more and more buyers are rushing to take advantage of the low prices while they still can.


Case Shiller Home Price Index shows a rise for homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Case Shiller Home Price Index shows a rise for homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania

A Good Time for Home Buyers and Sellers


Home buyers and sellers are benefiting from the current state of the market.  Buyers are getting a good deal with some of the lowest prices ever seen in Southeastern Pennsylvania and sellers are benefiting because there are now a growing number of seriously interested buyers.  It is a win/win situation for all as the housing market continues to thrive. 

Although, unfortunate for many, the unforeseen damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, could be a deciding factor for those contemplating moving away from the shore and moving further inland and into the Southeastern Pennsylvania region where homes are less likely to take the brunt of ocean going storms.  Those doing so will be looking to buy or purchase a new home.

Interest rates are at an all time low, much lower than experts have ever seen.  This is another factor that is fueling the buying spree that housing shoppers are going through.  Many are taking advantage of these low rates and reaping the future benefits of a lower mortgage payment.




Mortgage rates are at an all-time low in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Mortgage rates are at an all-time low in Southeastern Pennsylvania


So if you are wondering when is a good time to buy or sell your home in Southeastern Pennsylvania, now is that time!

References:

Prudential Fox, Roach Fall/Winter Chairman’s Report for Southeastern Pennsylvania


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