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Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for May 2017

by Scott Darling

Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for May 2017

Chester County PA single family homes saw pending sales increase by 12.4% in May 2017 when compared to May 2016. 663 homes sold in May with a median sales price of $333,000, a 5.71% increase from May 2016.  The average sales price increased by 4.8%, and homes were on the market 10 days less.

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Selecting Plants and Flowers for Home Garden

by Scott Darling

Many of us select plants for the garden at our Chester County PA home based on their visual effect—color, height, size of blooms, etc. And so we should, as the sight of our plantings should be pleasing to our sense of sight. As we plan our garden, however, we should also be aware of the other four senses—and include plants which appeal to each of them.

SMELL: Aromatherapy is a powerful practice. With nothing more than a simple scent, the brain can be triggered to remember long forgotten memories, emotions, and feelings. With that being said, it is important to carefully select the flowers you want in the garden of your Chester County PA home. With a few simple choices, you can create your own "memory lane' or relaxing oasis. In terms of fragrance, it’s hard to beat roses or lavender. Wisteria and jasmine are scented climbers which can really enhance the sensory pleasure of a garden, and amaryllis belladonna and spirea both add pleasant scents.

SOUND: Few of us associate the sense of sound with our garden, but the rustling of long grasses and the chirping of birds add a much-appreciated dimension. To attract songbirds, use fruit-bearing understory trees like dogwoods and service berries and shrubs such as viburnums and hollies and introduce low growing perennials and dwarf shrubs like creeping juniper and cotoneaster. You can also plant vines, ground covers, and sunflowers to increase chirping and tweeting.

TOUCH: Texture in garden design refers to the surface quality of the plant. Plant textures range from delicate and fine to coarse and bold. The feel of the foliage in your Chester County PA home’s garden is not the only element of texture, however, as the texture can change with the play of light and shadow and even with viewing distance. Plants with thread-like leaves call out to be touched, so consider adding cosmos, baby's breath, asters, and grasses. In addition, iris and lamb’s ear will each provide softer tactile experiences.

TASTE: The world of herbs is nearly without limits. Think about basil, chives, rosemary, chamomile, cilantro, mint, and parsley, to name just a few tasty garden additions. Consider, too low bush blueberries or ligonberries. Lesser known, but equally valuable as salad additions are the flowers of the hibiscus shrub, columbine, and daylilies.

Some of the plants you have selected for your garden will serve more than one purpose and will appeal to more than one sense, so be sure to sniff, feel, taste, listen to, and view each of them!

Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

Tips for Creating a Perfect Kitchen Pantry

by Scott Darling

The typical household kitchen pantry is full of items that are needed and some items that may have been in there way too long that are no longer needed or good for that matter.  Perhaps you have tried in the past to clean out your pantry to make it more efficient to no avail.  Below are a few tips for a perfect kitchen pantry that may help you clean and organize yours once and for all.

  1. The best way to start organizing your pantry is to clean everything out of it and start from the beginning.  It may make a mess at first when you begin taking all of the items out of your pantry but sometimes you have to make a mess in order to get rid of a mess.   Be sure to look through all of your items throwing out anything that is outdated or spoiled. 
  2. Another tip for a creating a perfect kitchen pantry is to install shelving that makes it more efficient.  You can purchase shelving for your pantry at most local hardware stores or you can build them yourself out of wood, whichever works best for you.   You can make the shelves stationary or you can choose to make them where they will pull out so that you can get things out a bit easier. 
  3. Putting all your staples such as flower and sugar into air tight containers then labeling them is a great way to organize your pantry and make it more user friendly.  Once you get all of your staple items into containers you can then more easily organize them. 
  4. Another good tip for creating a perfect kitchen pantry is to use one shelf for each type of food.  For example you can put cereals together all on one shelf,  spices on one shelf and  items that you use daily on a shelf that is eye level. 
  5. If your pantry is dull and dreary, you can always paint it a light color to brighten it up after you organize it all. 

Once you get your kitchen pantry all organized exactly like you want it you will likely want to spend more time in the kitchen creating fantastic meals for your friends and family.  

Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

Malvern PA Real Estate For Sale: 565 Clothier Springs Rd

by Scott Darling

In times of rushing around and meeting deadlines, wouldn’t be nice to be able to come home to a peaceful and tranquil setting? 565 Clothier Springs Road is just that place. A combination of old and new greet you at this lovingly maintained home. Back in 1880 this home was built for the times and then some, standing tall and majestic. Since then, the current owners of this home have added a beautiful addition and upgraded a number of amenities to make you comfortable in a home that also has the character you’ve been looking for. Sitting atop Valley Forge Mountain, you’ll feel a sense of calm yet also like you’re on top of the world. With nine and a half foot ceilings, you won’t feel the closeness or cramped feeling you get in a typical older home. Elegance, detailed moldings and lovely hardwood floors are common in nearly every room. Whether you’re entertaining guests in the formal dining room, sitting by the fire in the large and inviting living room or maybe a more casual setting in the newer family room addition, (large enough to spread out and also room for a full-size pool table) you’ll find that there’s always a place for family or friends. 6 beautiful acres (some fenced already) and a 4-stall barn are ready for fun and games whether it be just to enjoy the manicured gardens or maybe you want to bring a horse along. Some of the wonderful amenities in this home include a whole house backup generator, 2 zone heat, 3 zones for A/C, Marvin windows in the addition, front and side porches, two-tiered brick patio, 2 car garage, additional parking for an RV and at least a half dozen more cars, deep window sills and 12’ ceilings in the family room. Updated systems and a home in pristine condition… what more could you want. Come by for a visit, rest a spell on the patio and you’ll know this is the home for you for years to come.

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Scott Darling
RE/MAX Action Associates
403 W. Lincoln Highway #101
Exton PA 19341
(610) 594-SCOT
610-363-2001
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