Celebrate Independence Day around the Main Line with These 4th of July Events

The Main Line and Philadelphia area played a pretty important part in America’s history…so Fourth of July around here is kind of a big deal! From parades and festivals to food and fireworks, the communities around the Main Line are pulling out all the stops for Independence Day.

Still looking for holiday plans—or wondering how many celebrations you can visit in one day? Check out our highlights!

Wawa Welcome America

A crowd of people at a concert.

When: June 29th – July 4th

Where: Various locations

What: Wawa Welcome America is a huge, multi-day festival featuring free concerts, outdoor movie screenings, free museum admission, community block parties, multiple fireworks shows, and more. It all concludes on the night of the 4th, with fireworks and live performances from artists like Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor!

Narberth Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 10am

Where: Narberth Playground

What: The biggest yearly celebration in Narberth—and maybe even the biggest Fourth of July event on the Main Line—the town hosts a day full of activity. The morning starts off with a baby parade, sports contests and games, and a pie eating contest. Then, after a little break, things resume around 7pm with live music and fireworks!

July 4th in Phoenixville

Fireworks in the sky.

When: July 4th, 9:15pm

Where: Friendship Field, Fillmore & Franklin Avenue, or Reservoir Park

What: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Phoenixville’s Fourth of July celebration, where you can expect a dazzling fireworks show and on-site vendors (water ice, fries, and other tasty treats will be available).

Patriots in the Park

When: July 4th, 11am

Where: Valley Forge

What: Valley Forge was the site of a major encampment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and the Patriots in the Park event is all about celebrating and remembering that history. Throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy tons of crafts and activities, live demonstrations, guided tours, and more—not to mention a pop-up beer garden!

Garrett Hill-Rosemont July 4th Parade

A man with his daughter on his shoulders.

When: July 4th, 10:45am

Where: Conestoga Rd & Williams Rd

What: Bryn Mawr’s most popular Independence Day event, the Garrett Hill-Rosemont Parade will feature bikes, floats, special characters, and more. After the parade, there will be festivities in Clem Macrone Park, including live entertainment, inflatables and rides, kids’ activities, and food and drink vendors.

Tredyffrin Township’s 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 7:15pm

Where: Wilson Farm Park

What: Over in Wayne, the Chester County Band will be playing a set of lively patriotic music, followed up by a brilliant fireworks show at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs, as well as their own food and drinks—although there will be vendors on-site!

Celebrate on the Main Line

There are plenty of reasons to find your home in a Main Line community, and the passionate and active community is certainly one of them! No matter the year or season, you’ll always find something exciting happening on the community calendar.

If you’re interested in buying a home on the Main Line, take some time to explore our community guides, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options. Once you’re ready to get started, just give us a call!

Going Green: Eco-Friendly Updates to Up Your Home’s Value

Eco-friendly and energy efficient upgrades aren’t just good for the earth—they’re also good for your wallet! While tried-and-true value-boosters like updated kitchens and bathrooms and new flooring still boost your price, energy-efficient additions are in, and people are willing to pay extra for them.

If you’re looking to boost your Main Line home’s value and save some in the long term, here are the best eco-friendly updates to make before selling.

Energy-Efficient Windows

Windows.

While replacing your windows can be a little pricy—ranging from a few thousand dollars to over $20,000 based on the number and quality of windows you choose—your savings will more than pay for it. According to a recent Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling, replacing 10 of your windows with vinyl upgrades can add almost $11,000 to your resale value.

Along with windows, replacing your door can be a much more affordable choice, but it won’t net as high of a return.

Solar Hot Water Heater

Solar hot water heaters are an energy-efficient alternative to a regular hot water heater and can decrease your water heating bills anywhere from 50% to 80%.

Many times when buyers are seriously looking at a home, they’ll ask the owners for recent utility bills. Handing over a bill that’s less than half the cost of what’s expected not only gives you a huge leg up on the competition, but it also makes your home more valuable.

Insulation

Replacing your insulation is one of the more affordable options for upgrades, coming in at just over $1,000. But when you’re reselling? New insulation—in just your attic alone—provides a 116% return on investment.

Other insulation options include your walls and basement, and these options will also up your home’s value and save money on heating and cooling bills.

Solar Panels

A solar panel.

Obviously, solar panels are going to be one of the most expensive eco-friendly upgrades. A decent portion of the profit from solar panels comes after they’ve been installed for a few years, so it might be an update you make early on in home-owning.

If you do opt to install, the average added profit for a medium-sized home with panels is just under $30,000. Plus, homes with solar panels typically sell 20% faster than those without. Of course, if electricity prices rise or are already high where you live, then you can expect that number to be a little bigger.

Smart Technology

A smart thermostat.

Smart tech in the home is one of the most popular current trends. In fact, 70% of millennials—AKA one of the largest home-buying demographics this year—say that they specifically look for homes with smart technology.

When it comes to being eco-friendly and energy-efficient, smart technology offers a few options. Smart thermostats can help regulate your home’s temperature and save your money on bills. Smart lighting can turn on and off based on when you’re at home or in certain rooms. Best of all? These are some of the most affordable upgrades, but will make your home rise above the competition.

Ready to List Your Main Line Home?

Now that you know what it takes to boost your home’s listing price, it’s time to get ready to sell. Explore some of the resources my team has to offer sellers around the Main Line, and give us a call when you’re ready to get started!

Award-Winning Restaurants to Try around the Main Line this Month

A few days ago, the annual James Beard Awards were hosted, honoring the best chefs, restaurants, food journalists, and more throughout the United States.

The awards are some of the most prestigious recognitions in the culinary world, often referred to as “the Oscars of the food world,” and Philadelphia brought home one of the highest honors. From the Outstanding Restaurant winner to several top-ranking nominees, here are the top restaurants around the Main Line to check out this month!

Zahav

Chefs in a kitchen.

The big news of the awards’ night: Philadelphia restaurant Zahav took home the title of Outstanding Restaurant, making it the best restaurant in the entire country.

Specializing in Israeli cuisine, Chef Michael Solomonov has brought the flavors from where he was born to the city where he was raised. Grilled duck hearts, branzino, chicken shishlik, fresh laffah—the menu offers a variety of traditional flavors combined to make unforgettable dishes.

Vetri Cucina

Pasta.

Tucked in an intimate townhouse on Spruce Street, Vetri Cucina chef and Philadelphia native Marc Vetri snagged a nomination for Outstanding Chef. Although the award went to a Raleigh-based chef, Marc Vetri’s dishes at Vetri Cucina can’t be missed.

The restaurant’s specialty is handcrafted pastas and creative flavorful combinations, inspired by Vetri’s years of working in top Italian kitchens—not to mention the truly unique atmosphere.

High Street Hospitality

A scallop.

Nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur, Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality runs a number of eateries around the city, including Fork, High Street on Market, High Street on Hudson, High Street Provision, and A.Kitchen + Bar.

Coffee, pastries, and croissants. Roasted scallops, whole black bass, and potato gnocchi. Outstanding wines, Sylvetta arugula, and bison tartare. Each restaurant has a different specialty, with a focus on sustainability and local ingredients.

Royal Izakaya

Sushi.

Chef Jesse Ito, nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year, is only 29 years old but has already made a name for himself on the culinary scene. His restaurant, Royal Izayaka, is known for its Japanese fare and inventive sushi combinations.

On the menu, you’ll find sushi like salmon skin rolls, yellowtail rolls, and salmon sashimi, as well as other dishes like yaki curry tofu, pork belly, and chashu buns.

Vedge

Roasted veggies being sliced.

If you couldn’t guess from the name, Vedge is all about vegetable-based dishes. Run by Chef Rich Landua, a nominee for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region, Vedge has been serving up fresh dishes for almost ten years.

The Vedge menu is seasonal, and while it is vegetable-centered, even meat-eaters will find the flavor combinations to be mouthwatering. Applewood smoked tofu, asparagus carbonara, eggplant braciole, stuffed avocado—is it time for dinner yet?

South Philly Barbacoa

tacos.

The last Philly restaurant on the list of nominees, South Philly Barbacoa‘s Chef Cristina Martinez also snagged a nomination for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region. An unassuming little restaurant near Passyunk Square, South Philly Barbacoa regularly boasts lines that wrap around the block.

With highly affordable prices, authentic tacos and tortillas, and a wholly unique atmosphere, you won’t want to miss the flavors and experience that South Philly Barbacoa offers.

Explore Life around the Main Line

Award-winning restaurants are just the beginning of what life around the Main Line has to offer. Big-city amenities, suburban peace and quiet, tight-knit communities, and so much more—don’t miss out on your chance to find a home here!

When you’re ready to get started on your real estate journey—or if you have any questions about the process—just give the MacDonald 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!

The Top Factors that Make the Main Line a Great Place to Call Home

If you’re looking to relocate to the Philadelphia area, don’t look any further than the Main Line. Taking its name from the Philadelphia Main Line Railroad that is spans across, the Main Line is comprised of some of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the state.

The Main Line offers a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural living, so there’s an ideal neighborhood for every lifestyle. Wondering what life in the Main Line could look like for you? Dive in to the top reasons why locals love the area, and find your new home in one of these communities today.

A Variety of Amenities

An art exhibit.Whether you settle down in Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, or Villanova, you’ll never be far from all of the amenities you need. Each community offers a variety of things to do, including movie theaters, shopping malls, five-star restaurants, and museums and galleries.

If you’re looking for a little more excitement, Philadelphia is never too far away. Take a trip into the city and enjoy visiting major attractions like the Philadelphia Mills shopping center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the weekly events in the iconic LOVE Park.

Stunning Parks

A person exploring the woods. A major selling point of the Main Line is living near the city, but there are also tons of natural areas to explore! Visit the historical sites, monuments, and meadows of the Revolutionary War site and national park, Valley Forge. For beautiful sites and sounds, explore the American College Arboretum or Chanticleer Gardens, both of which are known for their stunning and diverse array of flora and fauna.

Other smaller parks — like The Willows, Saw Mill Park, and Ithan ValleyPark — are scattered along the Main Line. These natural areas provide residents with access to hiking, fishing, picnicking and more!

Active Community Life

A Holi festival color celebration. Are you looking for a place where you can get involved with weekly, monthly, and annual events? The Main Line is always buzzing with celebrations, festivals, and performances that are open to the public. From expansive holiday markets to elaborate parades during every season of the year, there’s something happening every weekend on the Main Line.

The tight-knit, active community provided by the towns along the Main Line are hard to find anywhere else. Stay up-to-date with the community calendar so you don’t miss out on any of these events.

Breathtaking Homes

A beautiful new home. Are you looking for a multi-million dollar estate? A modest single-family home? Or perhaps a cozy townhome near the city? Whatever you need, the Main Line has it.

If you’re looking for luxurious living, explore some of the listings above one million dollars. These homes offer unique access to features like home theaters, marble floors, fitness centers, and wet bars. Many of these impressive listings are under 30 minutes from the heart of the city, and provide acres upon acres of privacy.

Is your style of living more suited to a private penthouse suite? We offer several different listings located in exclusive penthouse buildings that offer unbeatable city views. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious amenities, and easy access to all that the heart of the city has to offer.

Find Your Main Line Home

The Main Line is one of the most unique collections of neighborhoods in the country. No matter what sort of home you’re looking for, you’re never far from the heart of the city. Explore more about the Main Line, and find your new home here today.

If you have any questions or want to set up a showing, feel free to contact the Macdonald Team today!