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April 2009

Water Gap Home Is Not Sold...Yet!

45 Minsi Road, Delaware Water Gap

Situated on a corner lot with mature plantings and a rockin' chair porch from which to enjoy it all, this home has remarkably spacious rooms despite it's seemingly small stature. There are some wood floors under the carpeting, and the dining room has built-in curios, typical of the craftmanship found in homes built in the 1950's. There is also a nice big kitchen which opens to a sun room facing the back yard.

There are lots of bonus features here including a basement, a carport and outside storage sheds. And, the walk-up attic could easily be finished in to a studio, home office or an extra bedroom.

A Poconos Walkable Community

Water Gap is a unique location, much-loved and well-known for it's small town atmosphere. It's famous for it's yearly jazz festival and other cultural activities. Additionally, most homes, including this one, are within walking distance to the town's main attractions, the post office, places of worship, stores and restaurants and more. Also, hike the Appalachian Trail from the access point a few blocks away!

Commuting And Traveling Are Easy From Here

Located just over the border from New Jersey, this town offers great access to Route 80 for those who need to commute to that state or to New York City. Travel options include commuter bus service which serve most of the major stations. If you prefer scenic driving, follow route 611 south along the river and be inspired!

Priced under $200,000, this home is ideal for 1st time homebuyers, retirees looking to downsize or anyone looking for a modest home that is a good value.

Other Pertinent Property Details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
1,135 square feet, plus basement and attic
Lot size: .28 acre
Oil heat
Affordable taxes: $2,737.49/year

For more information on this home or for any other Pocono real estate need, contact me via email [email protected] or by phone 570.421.8950

Stroudsburg in the Spring (or Summer!)

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The hills around Stroudsburg as seen from Northgate Road in Stroud Township

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought I'd share with you a nice summary of things to do in Stroudsburg and the surrounding Pocono area in the Spring and Summer. Newsday did a real nice job of showing all the different sides of our area in their recent article. You will find advice on where to stay, where to shop, historic places to visit downtown, shows to see, where to eat, and much much more. The Poconos really does have something for everyone, in every season!

Oh yeah...and don't forget about Pocono Restaurant Week (April 23 - May 2, 2009)!

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Neighborhood Market Data for the Poconos


Pocono Listing & Sales Updates

Are you a homeowner who is interested in what houses are selling for in your neighborhood or community these days? Looking to keep tabs on what homes are on the market near yours? Your Pocono real estate education begins with data and I can provide you with it easily, right to your computer.

Or are you a potential buyer, not quite ready to make the move but interested in keeping tabs on your favorite areas in the Pocono Mountains? It's very easy to gather all of the important market data you need to make smart decisions about your future real estate purchase. Additionally, you can be among the first to know when the 'good listings' come on the market. As things get busier and prices begin to shift upward, this becomes increasingly important.

Personalized Neighborhood Portal

With just a few pieces of information from you, I will create a personalized neighborhood portal that will continually update you on listing and sales activity in the areas you specify. This is real-time, accurate MLS data, not the stale and out-dated information found on so many of the 'big' listing aggregator sites out there. Real estate markets are local, and real estate statistics are much more meaningful when they come directly from the local source. So if you are looking for information on property values in areas of Monroe, Carbon & Pike (ie Tannersville, Stroudsburg, Brodheadsville, Saylorsburg, Pocono Lake, Bushkill, Albrightsville, etc) let me help you by setting up one of these great tools according to your personal search criteria.

To get your Personalized Neighborhood Portal, simply send me an email requesting one! [email protected]

Alternatively, you can create a home or property search yourself and save your favorite listings by checking out my Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS MLS / IDX Property Search.

As always, feel free to call me at 570.421.8950 ext 394 to discuss real estate in the Poconos!

Open To Preview This Saturday: A Starter Home With Style!


Check out the details for the Penn Estates Community Open House, and put this beauty on your must-see list! (Open House Saturday, 4/18/09, 11am - 4pm) Whether you are a first time buyer looking to take advantage of this year's stimulus tax credit , or just want a modestly sized home that doesn't need any work, you'll appreciate the care and detail of this contemporary home.

Pocono Home Sweet Home!

This two bedroom charmer has plenty of extra room to accommodate guests or your craft/hobby room or home office - in the lower level family room or the upstairs loft, take your pick! Shining hardwood floors accentuate the main living area, and rich sculptured carpeting is the perfect comfortable accent downstairs. Many other fine details will surprise you throughout.

Living room   Family room

Enjoy the wooded setting outside from the deck or the screened porch, a must-have feature in the Poconos!

180 Academy Drive Listing Details

  • Master Suite with private bathroom & walk-in closet
  • 2nd Bedroom (main floor) also has attached bathroom
  • Kitchen appliances only 2 years old
  • Brick fireplace & a separate woodstove downstairs
  • Almost 1700 square feet of finished living space
  • Garage with automatic door opener

For more information on this house or other fine Penn Estates properties, please contact me via email [email protected] or by phone 570.421.8950 ext 394.

Open House This Weekend: 5 Bedrooms Under $200k

Multiple Homes Open For Viewing This Weekend

In case you haven't heard, the Penn Estates Community Open House is happening this weekend. Bring your friends along for this trip to the Poconos because there are upwards of 15 homes available to tour during this day-long event...there's something for everybody!

Don't Miss 161 Overlook Drive in The Highlands

The Highlands, the fancy-schmancy name for Section A of Penn Estates, is an excellent location. The first section on the left after you enter the gate at the main Hallet Road entrance, The Highlands is conveniently located to the main amenity complex which includes the pools, the Community Center and the Country Kitchen. This section also abuts Highland Lake, the most popular of the community's three lakes and home to our beautiful beachfront amenities.

The property at 161 Overlook Drive is very close to this lake and overlooks a lovely stream, which provides a peaceful soundtrack to outdoor gatherings on the 30 foot deck.

One of the other special things about this home is that it offers one level living...and then some! Three of the bedrooms, including the privately situated master suite, are on the main level with the kitchen and other public living spaces - the perfect ranch style floor plan! But then there is the bonus of two more bedrooms on the second floor creating another 'wing' for extended family, hobby areas or home office space. All of this artfully arranged space accommodates every need: privacy where necessary & enough rooms to allow for unique lifestyles. The sparkling white kitchen isn't the only room that welcomes you...there is lots of light thru-out! As a matter of fact, the entire home and property are lovingly maintained and warm & inviting.  Featuring many extras found in more expensive properties, this home is a great value for those who need a lot of space on a small budget.

Big Upgrades & Low Price

  • Cozy stone fireplace in the living room
  • Efficient pellet stove supplements the electric heat
  • Storage basement for seasonal items and yard tools
  • Sun room off the living room adds another gathering place
  • Complete appliance package is included
  • Recent neutral paint throughout
  • Master suite with walk-in closet and private bathroom
  • And much much more!

Visit the community open house on April 18, 2008 from 11am to 4pm, or contact me by email [email protected] or phone 570.421.8950 ext 394 for a private showing. I am also happy to address any questions you may have about real estate in Penn Estates or other amenity communities in the Pocono Mountains.