The Best Places to Cool Off Around the Main Line Area This Summer

Ah, summertime around the Main Line: warm rays, blue skies, and hot temperatures. While we do enjoy all of the sunshine that comes with the season, sometimes you need a little relief. Luckily, the area has plenty of swimming holes, pools, and lakes perfect for cooling off!

Whether you’re willing to take a quick trip out of the city or prefer to stay close to home, here are a few of our favorite swimming spots around the Main Line.

Bellmawr Lake

A dock at a lake.

Located just 16 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Bellmawr Lake is one of the most popular swimming spots around the city thanks to its convenient location and affordable admission fee. In addition to the lake itself, there’s also a soft white-sand beach, beach volleyball courts, a water slide, horseshoes, and picnic shelters.

An added bonus: You can also grab a drink at the on-site beach bar, and enjoy a game of mini golf once you dry off!

Atsion Recreation Area

A man grilling by a lake.

Another short trip from Philadelphia (just 45 minutes away), the Atsion Recreation Area is home to Atsion Lake, a 100-acre body of water surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. In addition to swimming in the lake, you can also rent canoes and kayaks from nearby Pinelands Adventure or hike around the two trails around the waterfront.

Feel free to pack a picnic and some cool drinks, and use the picnic pavilions and grills to enjoy some lunch. Other amenities around the area include playgrounds, athletic fields, and a concession stand. Be sure to get there before the park reaches capacity!

Clementon Park & Splash World

A girl in a water slide.

Part theme park, part water park, wholly fun—Clementon Park and Splash World is just outside of Philadelphia and offers tons of attractions to fill up your weekends. The water park has three different thrill ride slides, a giant wave pool. a lazy river, river rapids rafting, and a kids’ zone.

Since daily admission includes access to both the theme park and water park, why not hit up the rides after you dry off? From roller coasters to ferris wheels and everything in between, you’ll find plenty of rides for all ages.

Dilworth Park Fountain

People running through a fountain.

Located in the heart of the city, the Dilworth Park Fountain features a thin layer of water constantly replenished by three-foot-high bursts of water, interspersed throughout the large expanse of pavement.

The city uses rainwater collected on-site to keep the fountain filled, making it a fairly self-sufficient system. If you’re walking around the city and working up a sweat, then the Dilworth Park Fountain is the perfect place to get your feet wet and cool off!

Find Your Home around the Main Line

No matter the season, life around the Main Line is truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re thinking of buying a home here, take a look at our in-depth community guides to learn more, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options.

Once you’re ready to get started, just give our team a call!

This Spring is the Best Time to List Your Main Line Home—and Here’s Why

There are tons of articles telling you all about the perfect season for buying and selling your home, but most agree—spring is an undoubtedly busy time for real estate.

If you’re on the fence about listing your Main Line home on the market this season, here are a few reasons to make the leap.

It’s Convenient Timing

Kids playing in a grassy field.

While location is always a priority for buyers, timing is just as important. Spring is the perfect window between the cold weather of winter and the hot temperatures of summer, making it ideal for moving. It’s also a nice gap before the new school year and the holiday lull of summertime.

Since the timing is so ideal, you’ll also be dealing with more serious buyers. This is good news for you, since more foot traffic means more offers.

Your Home Has Never Looked Better

A backyard garden.

Staging your home is half the battle in a successful selling experience, and spring is one of the best times to show your property off! Take advantage of warm weather and fresh blooms, and put out some colorful flowers, new plants, and seasonal lawn decor.

But it’s not just the inside of your home that benefits from the season—there are plenty of ways to use spring inside, as well. Natural light is a great mood-booster, and open windows can make your space look larger, so throw open those curtains and let the sun in. Want to make your home smell fresh? Bring in a few of those flowers from outside for a pleasant scent and a pop of color.

More Competition Means Higher Prices

A woman counting money.

When you’re selling your home, you want to get the best price possible. After all, you’ll probably be using your profit as a down payment on a new place. When you sell in the spring, the influx of interested buyers often leads to higher prices—and maybe even a few bidding wars.

Not sure how to price your house competitively? No worries! I can find the best listing price for your interests and field all of the incoming offers.

Quicker Closings

A couple being handed the keys to a home.

On average, the closing process takes around 50 days, although that number tends to fluctuate based on season. Lucky for you, the springtime usually means quicker closings.

Since buyers are more active and motivated, the usual roadblocks that slow the process down—like lack of funds, delayed mortgage approval, and no homeowner’s insurance—are usually taken care of ahead of time.

The Market is Prime

A house.

If you’re thinking of selling this year but on the fence about putting it off, experts say that the 2019 market is your best option. This year, a large wave of millennial buyers is expected to hit the market A recent survey from Trulia found that out of 2,000 US adults, more than one-fifth of people between 18-34 said they were looking to buy this year.

Additionally, interest rates have remained relatively low lately, but they are expected to keep climbing over the next year. For buyers looking to get low rates, now’s the time to act.

Ready to List Your Home?

If you’re gearing up to sell, there’s no better time than this spring. With motivated buyers and an ideal market, don’t miss out on capitalizing on better profits and quicker closings.

Ready to list your Main Line home? Just give the MacDonald Team a call today!

Art, Dinos, Adventures and More: Check Out Local Events this Month

2019 is finally here, and the MacDonald Team would like to officially wish you a happy New Year! Whether you’ve committed to getting more active, drinking an extra bottle of water daily, or making sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night, we hope your resolutions are going well.

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and what better way to kick off the year than by investing in your community? The Main Line and Center City neighborhoods are packed full of events this month, so get out and get involved as you welcome 2019!

Watson Adventures

Two women on their phonesWatson Adventures is a company that hosts scavenger hunts all around the country, using challenges and clues to help participants explore their community and build relationships. During the month of January, Watson Adventures will be hosting two different hunts, on the 12th and the 26th.

The first Watson event’s theme is Munch around the Market, and participants will explore Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, sampling a variety of foods and solving clever clues. The second event conjures up a Wizard School theme, perfect for any Harry Potter lovers! Prices for each event varies, so make sure to buy your tickets online beforehand.

Hand-Crafted Holiday and Ornament Market

A festive handmande ornament Although the holidays are over, the Hand-Crafted Holiday and Ornament Market is the perfect chance to snag that special piece before the holiday season starts next year. Hosted at the Clay Studio, the market only runs until January 13th.

Get out and support local art as artists Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens share their handmade ornaments, ceramic objects, treats, and holiday decor. Don’t forget to grab one of the Limited Edition Holiday Ornament, designed by Pew award-winner Lauren Mabry.

Dinos After Dark

A miniature dinosaur fossilEnjoy a night at the museum with the Dinos After Dark event. Hosted at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Dinos After Dark features board games, a beer garden, tasty food, and special dino-themed exhibits in the Dino Hall. Although there will be alcohol at the event, it’ll still be totally family-friendly!

The museum’s admission for the night will be pay-what-you-wish, although the suggested price is $10. Other major happenings of the night will include a bug show, talks with scientists, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Bring along the whole family or just enjoy a fun night out in the city, and celebrate all things Dino!

46th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale

Rows of original artwork displayed on easelsHosted by the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, the art show and sale has been a long-standing tradition in Villanova. Over 100 artists will display their work at the exhibit, with a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, paint, ceramics, glass, and more.

In addition to the weeklong exhibit, there will also be a catered reception to kick things off. The exhibit itself will be free, but those interested in the reception will have to purchase tickets. To learn more about this year’s featured artist and what the exhibit will include, check out the art show’s official site!

Find Your Home in the Main Line and Center City

Bustling community life awaits you in the Main Line and Center City — start the New Year off right by getting involved!

Are you looking to make a move to the area? As your local experts, the MacDonald Team is here to help. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are ready to get started, give us a call today!

Historic Meets Hip in Center City, A Community in the Heart of Philly

Are you looking for a home in the heart of Philly that combines the city’s historic past with its sophisticated future? Stretching from the Schuylkill River to the banks of the Delaware, Center City is home to some of the most popular attractions in the Philadelphia.

Chic shopping centers, historic plazas, luscious city parks — they all find their home in Center City. Explore a little more about this one-of-a-kind neighborhood, and let us help you find your home here, too.

Old City

The Liberty BellA neighborhood within a neighborhood, Old City is located within Center City and is packed full of national history and waterfront attractions. For example, did you know that both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — not to mention places like the American Jewish History Museums and Constitution Center — are located in Old City? If you’re a history buff, then you can easily get lost for hours exploring this neighborhood.

If history isn’t really your scene, then Old City still has plenty to offer. The Delaware River Waterfront is home to tons of yearly events, stunning walkways, and a smattering of shops and restaurants. Check out a few of the can’t-miss sites and sounds along the Delaware River!

Rittenhouse Square

A city street in Philadelphia near Rittenhouse SquareWhen you live in Philadelphia, almost every part of the city has some sort of claim to historical significance, and Rittenhouse Square is no exception. A neighborhood that perfectly blends the historic with the modern, Rittenhouse is one of the five original squares mapped out by William Penn, the city’s founder.

Now known as upscale and exclusive, Rittenhouse Square is home to tons of top-notch restaurants, boutiques, and luxurious high-rise homes. Plus, the neighborhood is centered around a luscious city park, filled with cozy benches, shady trees, and immaculate landscaping. When you live in Center City, Rittenhouse Square is just one of the many attractions that are a stone’s throw away.

City Parks

A fountain in a city parkOld City and Rittenhouse Square offer a great blend of city amenities and small parks, but there are also plenty of stand-alone parks to explore in Center City. If you’re looking to lace up your shoes and enjoy a breath of fresh air, here are a few of the best parks in the area.

Dilworth Park is the latest edition in the city and has quickly become a hub for activity in the community. Enjoy the interactive fountain, on-site cafe, and active events calendar — featuring live music, festivals, and move screenings. For more of a traditional park experience, we recommend hitting the Sister Cities Park, which features gardens, ponds, and playgrounds.

Luxurious Homes

A modern loft in the cityIf the amenities of Center City aren’t enough of a highlight, then the homes will definitely grab your attention. Whether you’re looking for a historic brick-front townhouse or a modern high-rise loft, we can help you find your dream home in the heart of the city.

Homes in Center City offer exclusive features like hardwood floors and granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, exposed brick, and private balconies — not to mention some of the best views of the city. A few examples of amenities in the buildings include private parking and an automated parking system, expansive pools, modern fitness centers, and full spas.

Ready to see more? Explore a few of our favorite listings, and find your modern metropolitan home in Center City!

Let’s Get Started

If you’re looking for a neighborhood in the middle of big-city action that effortlessly maintains its historic charm, then Center City is the place for you. There’s truly no other place like it on Earth!

If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like to get started, don’t hesitate to contact the MacDonald Team today!