Since its construction in the fifties, Briarcliffe (/ Briarcliff) in Darby Township Pennsylvania has always been one of the most popular communities in the area.
This Suburban Philadelphia community with over 2000 homes is centrally located in eastern Delaware County just west of Collingdale, north of Glenolden, and generally southeast of Springfield. Ashland Avenue, which runs through the center of Darby township and the community, provides direct access up to Providence Road or south to MacDade Boulevard. Oak Lane on the eastern edge is a major generally north - south route in the area.
Briarcliff is part of the Southeast Delco School District. The Darby Township School, serving grades 1-8, is located on Ashland Ave within easy walking distance of much of the community. The Kindergarten Center has its own location just off Rively Ave. This is adjacent to the Briarcliff Athletic Association. This great facility includes baseball fields, field house, in-line hockey rinks, snack stand, and all the support facilities required for a strong community sports program. Briarcliffe also has its own Briarcliffe Fire Company on Beech Avenue which has served the Briarcliffe and the surrounding communities since 1954.
Real Estate Values have done very well here over the years and continue to hold up well. After having an average sales price below $100,000 in 2003, prices rapidly appreciated to top out with an average sales price of $148,000 in 2007. Since then, as seen in most areas, prices have drifted down - about 3.4% in 2008 and an additional 3.3% in 2009 with eight properties having settled year to date in 2009 with an average sales price of $138,000, down 6.8% from their peak. There has also been a corresponding drop in activity from 101 homes sales in 2006, to 96 home sales in 2007, and to 65 settled properties through 2008.
Currently there are an additional 15 properties for sale in Briarcliffe at an average list price of $147,000. Nine homes are under contract with an average list price of $154,000 indicating continuing strong demand in the area, particularily for those in move-in condition.
If you are considering a move into the area, need a good central location, and want to be in a strong community, you need to check out Briarcliffe.
If you need any additional information or are considering buying or selling in the area, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime with questions.
(All statistics are from the TrendMLS System and believed accurate but not guaranteed.)