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Guess The Address Contest 12/18/14!

It is with great pride that I prepare to introduce you to an exquisite new listing in Swarthmore. This stunning Shingle Style home is on a rare double lot and has been lovingly restored.

As the last few details are attended to before we begin marketing, I will pass the time with a Guess-the-Address Contest!

You know how this works – if you are the first to guess the address of this new listing I will buy you a one-year subscription to The Swarthmorean newspaper!  You can post a reply on this page, or email your answer to carrie@dpwelsh.com.Post light

The center hall is open wide,

Spacious rooms are found inside,

An elegant home for a gracious host,

Where the cat finds a raven on the lamppost!

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Contest time! (Guess the location of my new listing in Wallingford!)

Can you guess the location of my new listing in Wallingford?

Showings won’t start until next week, but until then you are free to guess!


– It’s a very easy walk to Strath Haven Middle & High Schools from this house!

– It is on a cul-de-sac!

– The original owners have never offered it for sale before!

– As you can see, it was custom-built with beautiful stone and brick!

– It features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a full & finished basement, Central Air, two car garage and more….

The first reader to leave a reply below with the correct address of this home prior to MLS listing (Monday, July 30, 2012) will win a one-year subscription to the Swarthmorean newspaper!

(This contest is NOT open to D. Patrick Welsh agents or employees! If you already have a subscription I will extend it for one year!)


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Psst! You heard it here first! New listing on Harvard Ave in Swarthmore!

Buyer agent detective signing in!

It won’t hit the MLS until Wednesday, but…

Our incomparable Becky Hansen Welsh has just taken a new listing at the corner of Harvard and Amherst!  This is a three bedroom rancher that needs your renovation to make it a showstopper.  Loads of curb appeal, great potential to finish the second floor, Central Air, and competitively priced at $275,000!

The race is on, so make plans for a Wednesday showing!  If you aren’t working with a buyer agent, please drop me a line!  I would love to help you explore this beautiful home!  carrie@dpwelsh.com

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SRA Shakespeare Review & Other Offerings!

Friday night one of my small assistants and I checked out SRA’s free performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! The hour-long adaptation was beautifully crafted and cast by director, Thomas Emerson. Twenty-one characters were portrayed by a delicious ensemble of ten middle and high school students.  Minimal costumes were used and no set pieces were required for this talented group to transport the audience to Athens!  Jenny Wei brought life to the often forgettable Theseus and played a masterful Oberon – effortlessly managing the verse and the gender-bending!  Emily Harkness handled both pentameter and sword nicely as Demetrius.  Maya Kapur’s appreciation for Lysander’s silly side was infectious.  Sabirina Caputo made a perfect Hermia – type A, petite, and fierce!  Sophie Everbach’s Helena was lyric and lovely – a professional quality performance.  Emma Burke made an earnest and helpful Puck.  Amy Crouch brought an exquisite geeky quality to Bottom that made him both lovable and familiar, I’ve seen lots of Midsummer productions but this interpretation was new and Crouch made it  her own.  Newton’s Wall was funny and well-paced.  Will McCullough’s Quince made a nice foil for the other mechancials and held their scenes together. The highlight of the evening was Maryrose Zuppo’s totally uninhibited character role performances.  Her Hippolyta was nostril-flaringly indignant, her Titania was steamily hilarious, her Flute was appropriately rough, and her Thisby’s high-pitched death scene brought the house down!  In all it was a magical evening, and my five-year old companion was as wholly entertained as I was – I am very very glad I brought him, it was a perfect introduction to the Bard!

Swarthmore Recreation Association offers a generous variety of sports, arts, and other camps in the summer and throughout the year!  Check out their website at: http://www.swarthmorerecreation.org/!


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Activities in Wallingford, Swarthmore & Media this weekend – July 13-15th, 2012!

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by...

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Noel Paton: fairies in Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight (Friday, July 13th) only – Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by middle and high school students at Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary School on College Avenue in Swarthmore!  This event is FREE!  7pm.

As usual, the Farmers Market will be held at the Swarthmore Borough parking lot Saturday (July 14th) from 9:30am-1:30pm.

Two offerings of children’s theatre are available Saturday:

– Media Theatre presents Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” at 11am Saturday.  Call 610.891.0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org for more information. (My family will be attending this week’s performance – please join us!  We can even talk real estate during intermission!)

– Hedgerow Theatre presents “Snow White and the Little People” at 11am Saturday.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more information!

On Sunday the Blackbird Society Orchestra will perform as part of the Rose Tree Park Summer Festival.  Check out www.co.delaware.pa.us/summer for more info on these outdoor summer performances!

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Why Choose a Swarthmore Realtor?

I was talking with a new client recently about why it is important to have a local realtor!  Here are some of the reasons  you should be working with a Swarthmore Realtor:

We are a very convenient little community, with lots of shops, playing fields, parks, train tracks, and schools connected by some obviously busy streets and some arteries that look quiet but can be quite heavily traveled at certain times of day or year.  Each of these conveniences contributes its own beauty, noise, traffic, and various gradations of property value credits or demerits to the homes around it.  A Swarthmore Realtor will be aware of all the specific location facets of various properties and help you use them to obtain the most value from your transaction!

We are a community that likes to waltz!  What does that mean?  We love our town!  So many of our residents step to the 1-2-3 or the “Swarthmore Shuffle” moving from smaller homes in town, up to larger homes in town, back to smaller homes or condominiums in town over the years rather than changing communities.  This means that when you decide to sell your Swarthmore home, your best potential buyer may be someone already living in  Swarthmore and exquisitely aware of the value gradations mentioned above (even if you weren’t when you bought the property)!

We are a town with older housing stock!  Having a Realtor on your team with contacts to contractors and inspectors who are attuned to the potential defects and special qualities peculiar to older homes can help you better understand your Swarthmore house and provide invaluable input in the negotiation process as you buy or sell!

We are a town with a long memory!  For example:  The section of Rt. 476 “The Blue Route” that goes through Wallingford (the town next to Swarthmore) opened in 1991 after epic battles with Swarthmore College and many of its famous alum as well as regular citizens who did not want the college and town to lose its pastoral aspect.  The highway has been providing convenient access to the Main Line and 95 for more than 20 years now and certainly adding to our property values.  BUT many Swarthmoreans are STILL as offended about the noise we can hear from certain parts of town as though someone had snuck the highway in last night! Even the faintest ocean-like whisper of it overheard in a backyard at rush hour is referred to indignantly as “blue route noise”!  Would you expect a sound you can barely hear to have a possible effect on your property value?

If you are considering moving to or within Swarthmore please feel free to give me a call for more information!  I would be very proud to use my local expertise to add value to your transaction!

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Weekend Activities in town July 7th-9th!

First Friday is tonight, July 6th!  Events are from 5-8pm at the Dew Drop Inn, Aria Mediterranean Cuisine, Hobbs Coffee, Renato Pizza, Occaisionally Yours, the Co-op, the Borough Hall and the Healing Center!  Enjoy great art, great food, and the company of a great community with outdoor dining and live music too!  Check out this article on the topic, where I found a great photo featured to the right: http://daily.swarthmore.edu/2009/09/07/first-fridays/

Media Children’s Theatre is performing an hour-long musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” Saturdays at 11am through July 28th for ages 4 and up.  Visit mediatheatre.org for more info!

Hedgerow Theatre presents “Now, Now, Darling” – a farce by Ray Cooney with John Chapman.  Visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for tickets and information!

Next Friday Swarthmore College is hosting a blood drive at Upper Tarble in Clothier (bell tower building) on campus.  To schedule online: http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 0223806.

More activities can be found in this week’s The Swarthmorean newspaper as well as a great article encouraging us all to switch to green energy in order to up our EPA Community Challenge ranking – currently we are #4 in the nation!  You can go to the “Green Tips” tab at http://www.afewsteps.org and then select “Make a Green Choice for Your Electricity Provider” if you would like to do your part!

My favorite piece in The Swarthmorean this week, however, was a poem “On Leaving Swarthmore” by J. Barrie Shepherd, a twenty nine year Wallingford-Swarthmore resident.

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Twitter reports on homes in Swarthmore…

Just popping on to say that I am touring and reporting back the inside scoop on newsworthy listings in Swarthmore and the surrounding area.  If you would like to know the information that doesn’t appear in the marketing follow @CarriePiccard on Twitter!

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