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Open House Alert: 2403 Northridge Ct, Phoenixville, PA 19460

by Mike Richter

Come one, Come All.... Stop in and see this stunning property over looking one of the largest front yards in town!!!

June 8th from 1:30-4:00 pm

2403 Northridge Ct, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Please contact Michael Richter, of Re/Max Achievers, Inc. at 215-919-1445 with any questions or if you need directions.  The office number is also 610-489-5900.

This is an opportunity to own a truly stunning town home that has a front yard of more than one ACRE of open space all maintained by the HOA. It is most certainly worth your time to visit! You enter the front door, and are welcomed into an open foyer and finished lower level that is currently utilized as a private office. Step up the stairs, and you're going to be blown away by the HUGE kitchen that is equipped with solid cherry wood cabinets, hard wood floors, granite counters, and an island that would be perfect for preparing large meals or entertaining. The Dining room shares the matching hardwoods, and overlooks the back deck via french doors that allow an abundance of natural light. Off the kitchen is a spacious living room with windows that overlook the common area and a stone fireplace with raised hearth. Retreat to the top floor and enter the master suite where you will find a tray ceiling, large walk in closet, master bath with soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity sink. The rest of the 2nd floor is equipped with 2 very functional bedrooms and another full bath. The entire home has pre-wired speakers allowing music throughout. All of this...and you get the benefits of 2 CAR GARAGE! Phoenixville is truly a great town to live in with fantastic activities that go year round!

 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to bake? Really bake? Do you want to be that person who pulls the fresh baked scones and perfect baguettes out of the oven every weekend?

Well, this Sunday you can begin your journey to become a master baker at the Cooking Spotlight as Executive Pastry Chef Sammy Saad begins his three-part course in the basics of baking.

The course will last three consecutive Sundays.

Cooking is an art, but baking is a science. In order to master baking, you need a great teacher who can instruct you not just in the fun stuff but in the science behind baking.

Chef Sammy Saad is that kind of teacher. Trained at the Culinary Institute in Heidelberg, Germany with extended course work at the Culinary Institute of New York in Hyde Park, Saad’s education is second to none. In addition to his grounding in formal cooking and baking techniques, he has also worked in some of the area’s most prestigious institutions such as the Plaza Hotel, Restaurant Daniels, La Viola and the Rester Bakerie.

March 30 – Dough and strudel

April 6 – Cream puffs and fruit tarts

April 13 – Muffins, coffee cakes and scones

The complete course costs $125 per person and includes all three classes and all course materials and ingredients.

The Cooking Spotlight is located at:

The Village at Eland

Phoenixville, PA

For more information and to register, please visit the Cooking Spotlight’s official site.

Michael Richter
RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.
Your Source for Chester & Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Real Estate

www.homefinderpa.com
MikeRichterRealtor@gmail.com
Office: 610-489-5900
Cell: 215-919-1445

Photo courtesy of the Cooking Spotlight.

Spring is here, and with it comes the "Charlestown Sale"

The Charlestown Playhouse, which is a long-standing institution to Charlestown Township, is hosting their yearly "Charlestown Sale" this week, starting March 26th with a preview sale.  This school really is a strong part of the community with families working hard to insure a quality-learning environment for all of its students.  My children didn’t have the opportunity to attend the school, but I can tell you that I have personally interacted with both parents and representatives from the school, and I have always been impressed.   I would welcome you to participate in this up coming event!  It’s certainly a win-win allowing you to purchase quality items at a discounted rate, while helping the school raise funds for its continued success into the future.

Beyond that, if you have a young child in the Phoenixville area, you look into this school as a potential option for him/her.  They create a well-rounded education experience, while allowing your child and family to create bonds with an organization really is a shining part of the Charlestown Township

If your looking for more detail on the Charlestown Sale…. Simply click this link!

Kimberton Firehouse & Fairgrounds
762 Pike Springs Road | Phoenixville, PA 19460
610-933-2762

The Charlestown Spring Sale, offering gently used clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, jewelry, furniture, linens, books and more, will open to the public on Friday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kimberton Firehouse, Route 113, Kimberton.

The gigantic rummage sale, which remains open for more than a week, benefits the Charlestown Playhouse, a nonprofit cooperative preschool and kindergarten located in Charlestown Township.

Could Easter mean chickens for your family?

by Mike Richter

Easter Chicken VS New Family Pet

So this morning I saw a post on Facebook about families that were placing baby chickens in there children's Easter basket this year.  The person posting is an old friend, and it was posted with concern about the future of these decorative chickens.  Certainly if you have no desire to own chickens, that is not the best idea....BUT, have you ever thought of having chickens? 

I happening to be a planning commissioner for Charlestown Township. Were squeezed  between Phoenixville and Malvern, and were very proud of the rural environment that our community has to offer.  About a year ago, we evaluated our animal ordinances in the township.  This was to insure that there was a property environment for both the animals and the people living around them. We have a ton of horse owners in the community, and I thought for sure the pressing issue or concern would be about horses.  I could not have been more wrong with my assumption, it was Chickens. We had a huge turn out, and many, and in some cases most of the people in the meetings were there to discuss there concerns about chickens. Heck, we even had a lady show up with a chicken in her purse!

When it was all said in done, I needed to learn why everyone was so excited about their chickens.  In the process, I was hooked as well.  I have not gone the distance to get my own chicken house just yet, but its certainly something I have debated considerably.  I have the design all picked out, I want the Witchata Chicken Coop in my back yard, and I think 4-6 birds will be the max for me.  I got excited by the idea for a few reasons.  I have two young boys, and I have decided that its very important to me that they know where food comes from.  Its an opportunity to have fresh organic eggs year round, and If you have not sat back with a cup of coffee and relaxed while watching a few chickens... You should.  There is something really peacefully about it.

Its something that may be a hair outside of the norm, but once you poke around a bit, I think you will be shocked to see how popular its become.  Check out www.BackyardChickens.com they have tons of data about raising and care for chickens.  Also, before you dive head first into the idea, do your research.  Check with your local officials to learn the codes that may be in place for how many chickens you may have. 

This is an great alternative pet that your and all your friends may truly love!

I attached this video so you can learn more about chicken houses, and some of the thought that goes into having a well planned environment in your backyard.

Your local Realtor,

Mike Richter, Re/Max Achievers, Inc.

This Saturday, March 22, the Phoenix #1 Fire Company, Phoenixville’s local fire department, will host their annual “Night at the Races” event.

This event is a great way to support your local fire department and show them how much you really appreciate them – and maybe win a little money in the process.

The fun starts at 6pm. The firefighters will be serving the great food for which they are famous. Right after you fill yourself with beef and beer, you can try your hand at a little blackjack, register for the raffles or place a bet on the horse races.

So, this Saturday, come out to “A Night at the Races” and have a great time supporting a great cause that benefits the entire community.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Doors open at 6pm and the races begin at 7pm.

You can sponsor and name your own horse for an additional $10.

The event will be held at:

Phoenix #1 Fire Company

177 Church Street

Phoenixville, PA 19460

For more information or to reserve a horse, please call 610-933-9717 or visit the Phoenix #1’s Facebook page.

Michael Richter
RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.
Your Source for Chester & Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Real Estate

www.homefinderpa.com
MikeRichterRealtor@gmail.com
Office: 610-489-5900
Cell: 215-919-1445

Photo courtesy of the Phoenix #1 Fire Company.

Low Budget Remodeling Projects Make a Big Impact in Your Home

by Mike Richter

Home remodeling is an easy way to update a house you just bought, bring new life to your existing living space, or fix up your property before you sell.

If you’re not careful, professional home remodeling projects can cost tens of thousands of dollars. You don’t need to call in the professionals, though. There are many small projects you can do yourself that will add value to your home and make your house more livable, without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas to update your home without spending a lot of money.

  • Make a big impact by painting the exterior of your house. If you do the work yourself, your only cost is the paint and a few brushes and tools. This is an easy way to spruce up your home from the outside and improve your curb appeal.
  • The kitchen is another place where you can spend thousands of dollars for complete remodel, or just a few dollars to brighten it up. Give your kitchen a facelift with new paint on the walls. Replace old appliances, and your kitchen will automatically look updated. You can also make a dramatic change in your cabinets by repainting them and replacing your hardware.
  • Increase your storage by installing closet organizers. You’ll not only make better use of your closet space, but the rest of your home will look larger when you can put everything away.
  • While you’re painting the exterior of your home and your kitchen, go ahead and paint the rest of the interior. Fresh paint will brighten your space and make your home look new.
  • Finish the job by taking care of your flooring. Professionally cleaning your carpets, or doing it yourself with a steam cleaner, will make them look new again. Wooden floors and tile can benefit from a deep cleaning, as well.

If you’re preparing to sell your house, you can tackle these easy and economical jobs around your home. Contact me today if you’re ready to put your home up for sale. I’ll help you determine the value of your home and advise you on the best remodeling jobs that will get you the best price for your house.

Michael Richter
RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.
Your Source for Chester & Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Real Estate

www.homefinderpa.com
MikeRichterRealtor@gmail.com
Office: 610-489-5900
Cell: 215-919-1445

Photo courtesy Felixco, Inc., FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Come out to the Trout show!!

This is an event that I personally take great enjoyment in, and I welcome everyone to stop in and participate. This years show is of great importance and hits close to home this year because of the recent sewer main break that dumped over 5,000,000 gallons of raw sewer into Valley CreekValley Creek is one of our local natural trout streams and one of the local assets located just south of Phoenixville that  Trout Unlimited helps maintain. This broken main will have a tragic effect on the natural habitat of this water system.

Often we are so busy in our work, family, and daily activities its easy to forget about all the wonderful natural assets we have in our own back yard.  Trout Unlimited, and especially the Valley Forge Chapter works exceptionally hard to protect these assets.  The up coming Show on March 27th, 2014 is one of the chapters largest fund raisers, and an incredible opportunity to learn about these natural assets, Trout Unlimited, and fly fishing as a sport.

The chapter will be hosting a guest speaker "Underwater Oz"!  Oz will take your understanding of where trout lie to new levels through his entertaining and educational presentation.  Oz films trout underwater to gain unique insight to their habits. He’ll be generously sharing his knowledge with us.

For me personally.... the best part of this show is the people, and the knowledge they are so eager to share with others.  If  your interested in the organization, anything to do with Trout, or any of our local water systems.... This is the place for you.  Then there is the auctions!!!!  There are tons of auctions of some really cool stuff.  Half of my personal fly fishing equipment has been won at this show!!

Date:  March 27, 2014
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Valley Forge Middle School, 105 W Walker Rd, Wayne, PA 19087

Also.... Just a little side note.  If your interested in a guided fly fishing trip check out my buddy Todd Bowersox, and Allegheny River Fly Fishing Company !  Tell him "Richter sent you!!!"

Young love is a beautiful thing, but what happens when it is time to bring two disparate families together for the very first time? In the case of the play “You Can’t Take It With You”, hilarity. 

This classic, Pulitzer Prize winning play has been delighting audiences since 1936 and encourages audience members to question what defines “crazy” as the delightfully kooky, but loving, Sycamores meet the staid and buttoned-up Kirbys.

It’s the classic story of two star-crossed lovers with a supporting cast that includes a family where every member qualifies as the “crazy uncle”.

The audience will sympathize with the plight of the two young lovebirds while laughing at the increasingly odd behavior of the Sycamores and the Kirby’s as the play reaches its ultimate conclusion. There’s even a Russian Grand Duchess moonlighting as a waitress thrown in for good measure.

Perfect for a family outing or a date, this great play that has stood the test of time and changing audience tastes.

Produced by the St. Peter’s Players and directed by John Hunter Orr, “You Can’t Take It With You” will be performed March 13-15. The show begins at 7:30 PM each night and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

The theater is located at:

2475 St Peter’s Road

Malvern, PA

Michael Richter
RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.
Your Source for Chester & Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Real Estate

www.homefinderpa.com
MikeRichterRealtor@gmail.com
Office: 610-489-5900
Cell: 215-919-1445

Photo courtesy of Westchester Patch.

How to Buy a Home in Any Market

by Mike Richter

Every day it seems that something happens to affect the real estate market. Home prices are going up in many areas. Inventories of homes for sale are low, so available properties are scarce.

Consumers may not know how to buy a home under today’s conditions. Fortunately, best practices don’t change. Whether it’s a buyer’s market, seller’s market, or something in between, these tips will help you buy a home in any market.

  • Don’t to get too emotional about the process of buying a home. It’s easy to lose your cool if the property you love is sold before you get a chance to look at it, or if someone outbids you for your dream house. Remember that there are always more properties out there, and that you will find one that is right for you.
  • Don’t try to time the market. Purchasing a home is a long-term investment. You are going to live in this house for several years. Don’t rush to buy because you think prices are going up, or put off buying because you think prices are falling.
  • Do make your best offer. A lowball offer on a property simply wastes the seller’s time, and your own. If you are serious about buying the house, put your best foot forward and make an offer that reflects the value of the home and the neighborhood.
  • Do work with a good Realtor®. A knowledgeable real estate professional can help you get a good house at a fair price, instead of overpaying for a home you don’t like, or not finding a property at all. Your Realtor® knows the market and can help you find the best options in your price range. They’ll also help you structure your offer to make it attractive to the seller.

In this real estate market, home buyers could use a helping hand. Contact me today for an appointment to discuss the property you’re looking for. I can guide you through the buying process and help you end up with your dream home.

Michael Richter
RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.
Your Source for Chester & Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Real Estate

www.homefinderpa.com
MikeRichterRealtor@gmail.com
Office: 610-489-5900
Cell: 215-919-1445

Photo courtesy Michelle Meiklejohn, FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

St. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than by attending an Irish wake – of a sort.

In honor of this most Irish of holidays, the Methacton Community Theater will be offering their interpretation of “The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole”.

As the title implies, “The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole” is the story of the events following the death of the mischievous prankster Patty O’Toole. The story takes place at Patty’s wake and follows several of his friends and family as they attempt to eulogize the man. Everything goes a bit awry as the ghost of Patty O’Toole shows up and the hilarity begins.

“The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole” is a great show that will delight all audiences – even those without a speck of Irish blood.

So, this weekend, March 7-9, come out and celebrate your Irish heritage – even if you don’t have any – by taking in this hilarious play.

Show times are at 6:30 PM March 7 and 8 with a matinee performance March 9 at 1:30 PM

The Methacton Community Theater is located at:

Center Square Golf Club

2620 Skippack Pike

Worcester, PA

For more information and to purchase tickets for the show, please visit the Methacton Community Theater’s official website.

Michael Richter
RE/MAX Achievers, Inc.
Your Source for Chester & Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Real Estate

www.homefinderpa.com
MikeRichterRealtor@gmail.com
Office: 610-489-5900
Cell: 215-919-1445

Photo courtesy of the Methacton Community Theater.

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