Saturday, September 8, 2018

Once Again - Netflix Movie Recommendation


Often these smaller budget films are lost, and never reach audiences in small town USA where I live.  However I am so grateful it was recommended by a fb friend, so I saw it on Netflix instant streaming.

My last movie review post on my blog, was back in 2012, which shows you how inspired I was, after watching this movie.  I was surprised to see a mediocre 2.5/5 or 6.4/10 ratings for the film on popular Movie Review sites.  Here is my attempt to promote it, in the hope that more such movies will be made, and more importantly, be available to worldwide audiences easily. 

The setting and Mumbai scenes make you fall in love with this incredible city all over again!  The juxtaposition of a south Indian menu/chef, in an Iranian cafe style restaurant w/marble top round tables, shopping at the fish market with some local Marathi thrown in...was incredible. 

I totally loved the sounds of the restaurant kitchen chopping, frying, tadka and the Bombay traffic and street background noises which were all silenced for the simple dialogues.  Scenes where Tara marinates fish and cooks in a clay oven, or rubs some herbs in her hand and offers them to Amar so he can smell, or notes about the food and the occasion behind it ...were all highly appreciated.

The actors in "Once Again" have incredible chemistry, they don't really need dialogues to communicate.  Their facial expressions and silences are enough.  I absolutely loved Shefali Shah's colorful cotton sarees, and identified with her completely, in trying to juggle and balance her work, grown children, society expectations and her personal passions.  Amar's character was surprisingly humble and down to earth, not a typical film star profile.  The actor Neeraj Kabi gave it an additional dimension of sensitivity and I for one, will be following and watching his movies in future.

Speaking of grown children, both protagonists had children whose stories were woven into the movie. However, apart from the glimpse at contemporary India with children who have open thoughts, much more relaxed relationships with parents, some millennial generation selfishness and contemporary fashion choices - I believe they were just background.

I hope I have created enough intrigue, but not set really high expectations for the movie.  Watch it and Enjoy!  Let me know what you thought about it - post in comments below.

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
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Monday, August 6, 2018

507 Downing Court- Exton- PA 19341 - Woodledge At Whitford








Impeccable, well appointed end unit townhome in an unbeatable location! Why wait for new construction when you can get this extremely well maintained, freshly painted, move-in-ready home now. Real estate is location location location. This home is convenient to any work commute, minutes to 3 train stations for a SEPTA ride into Philly, or AMTRAK ride into NY City. Around the corner from plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Well suited to anyone with a fast paced lifestyle that needs maintenance-free living, and homeowners who like to be close to all activity, yet not too far from nature. Enjoy biking on nearby Chester Valley or Struble Trails, boating and other activities at Marsh Creek lake, only 15 mins away. A small, quiet, welcoming neighborhood tucked away like an oasis. This is the lifestyle change you were looking for. Cut down on your work commute, make it easy to drive little ones to various activities, make quick runs to grocery stores. Or simply book your theatre/movie tickets, and make your restaurant reservations in nearby downtown West Chester and enjoy retired living.

The home offers one floor living with a master suite on the main level. Spacious main level with a living/great room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and pantry, elegant master bedroom suite with dual walk in closets, a bright well-lit sun room which can also be a home office, and a deck for some seasonal grilling. Upstairs is a large loft area which can be a den, playroom or home office and 2 large bedrooms and a full bath. 2 car garage and a large unfinished basement for storage if you are downsizing from a large home, or waiting to be finished if you need additional living space. Highly rated West Chester schools. Doesn't get much better than this. Call 484 947 3127 to schedule a showing  appointment!


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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Help my buyers find homes! - check in for me please.


I have discussed with many of you recently - this real estate season has been particularly low in
inventory, and buyers are having a hard time finding homes. If you know someone who wants to sell -or are even remotely thinking of selling - I am happy to follow up and see if there is a good fit.

In no particular order, this what my buyers are looking for....

250-320k - First time very young buyers, lovely engaged couple - he is a car fanatic owns 3 cars,
worked in Detroit for a few years - lovely fiance keeping him in check. So 2 car garage preferred -
open to single family or town homes...access to SEPTA train station preferred but not necessary.

250-300k Couple has been renting for too long - need a full bath and bedroom on main level. Prefer
older house with lower taxes. Open to a large radius King of Prussia to Chester Springs or
Collegeville. Single or town home is fine.

600-900k Cash buyer looking for a nicely appointed single family in Downingtown Schools. Walk out basement and pubic water and sewer, backyard privacy preferred. The wife says husband is picky -so need to please the husband.

300-400k Cash buyer - looking for a small single family with a small yard, where he can garden an
grow vegetables and fruit. Prefers close to Chester Valley trail in Exton because he loves to walk on
that trail.

450-500k - Chester Springs, updated move in ready. Downingtown schools. Mrs Buyers is a Doctor
and needs to be within certain distance of turnpike entrance for when on call. Townhome or single is
fine.

325-375k Townhome in West Chester schools - Fugett middle school a must for his daughter who
does not want to move to any other school. She has actually drawn a beautiful home with a white
picket fence and shared with me - but dad thinks town homes will be best - low maintenance.

500-650k Single Family - Downingtown West schools. Preferably move in ready, 3000+ sq ft. Wife
has a Delaware commute so East & West Brandywine, Caln, Uwchlan and West Bradford townships
work best. (as opposed to Wallace or Upper Uwchlan) Chestnut Ridge Preserve, Applecross.

150-275k Lionville Middle school area. Lovely family looking to stop renting, and start building equity.Liongate, Rhondda neighborhoods would work great. Mostly condos in this price range.

500-650k Single Family - Downingtown West schools. Preferably move in ready, 3000+ sq ft.
Chestnut Ridge Preserve, Applecross.

Call 484 947 3127, thanks.


Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

1192 Dunsinane Hill -Chester Springs



Peaceful country living on a quiet street, off Historic Horseshoe Trail! This street is very desirable, and the home has excellent curb appeal, with mature landscaping and a lovely wooded backyard with a large wrap-around deck, to enjoy all seasons. Enter into a large 2 story open foyer with the master bedroom on the main level to the right, and a enormous coat closet. The Master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, and a large walk-in closet. The family room has an inviting fireplace and the formal dining area has a large slider to the backyard deck. Eat in kitchen has an island, a pantry, as well as the laundry room closet. Very spacious family room with vaulted ceiling, skylights, built-ins and 2 large sliding glass doors. Step out on the deck through these doors and enjoy the lush wooded backyard, which offers complete privacy.


 The home has had a lot of recent updates - Hardwood floors beautifully sanded and refinished, whole house, including trim and ceilings professionally painted, brand new carpet, freshly painted exterior, newly paved Driveway and more. Owners are meticulous about maintaining - new Roof 2017,newer water heater,HVAC serviced regularly,Septic tank recently pumped and tested, newer kitchen appliances, all receipts available to interested buyers upon request. Some kitchen and bath updates needed, and basement awaits finishing but the price factors that in. Convenient location, situated close to Routes 401/113, minutes from a Great Valley corporate center commute, and the PA Turnpike. Did we mention the Award Winning Downingtown East Schools, home to the STEM Academy, ranked #1 in PA? Schedule your showing today!



For more information on this listing or to schedule a visit please call 484 947 3127.

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Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Before and After Photos of Home Renovations


Family Room Before
Family Room After 

Real Estate is Location, location, location! Recent clients really loved this Chester County location because it was central to family and friends-some in Delaware County, some in the State of Delaware and they have kids living in New York City- so access to Downingtown train station was a must.

When looking for homes they were not finding anything just right.But this house had the perfect location,size of house,great yard and a finished basement, all of these elements exactly what they were hoping to find in a home. Decor was not to there taste, inside the house was very dark and outdated. After giving this house some though, they decide to go ahead and purchase the home with plans to renovate after they moved in.

 So they moved in and in a few short months they completely redid the cosmetics....painted the entire house -new fireplace mantel and surround-new light fixtures-removed all gold hinges and door handles- redid all flooring and baseboards -stairs-removed the half wall and added  a new kitchen island.

The above picture is what the family room looked like before and after.Its hard to believe this is the same room,it looks so much brighter and open with the half wall gone which makes the room even look much larger than  before. The clients are now delighted to live there!House looks great-access to restaurants-nature and loving it!

Foyer Before 
Foyer After 



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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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New Construction with Toll Brother-Chester,Bucks,Montgomery,Delaware Counties





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Communities Coming Soon 

BuckinghamFenton’s Corner – Luxury single-family and carriage homes

PhoenixvilleKimberton Glen – Luxury single-family and active adult single-family homes

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QuakertownTwin Lakes – T-Select single-family homes


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Oakmont – Newtown, PA – Harding Country Manor move-in ready! Last home remaining!

Reserve at Makefield – Newtown, PA – Decorated model home is for sale!

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Looking to move quickly? Here are a few of our many Quick Delivery Homes. 


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Newly Opened Communities and Collections – call now to schedule your appointment:

Townes at Chester Springs – Downingtown - Townhomes

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Hilltown – Regency at Hilltown – Townhomes

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Schwenksville – Meadow Glen at Skippack – Single-family homes

Newtown – Enclave at Upper Makefield – Carriage homes

Yardley – Regency at Yardley – Carriage homes


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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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New Construction in Downingtown Borough-Chester County-Downingtown Schools


On January 19th, 2018, the stacks of the old Sonoco paper mill in Downingtown, PA were imploded. Apartments, shops and a new train station will be built in place of the dilapidated and abandoned paper mill.

The Hankin Group an Exton based real estate development, construction, and management company  has announced, in coordination with the Borough of Downingtown, Hankin’s acquisition of an approximately 70-acre tract of land located at the intersection of Boot Road and Route 322 in Downingtown Borough and East Caln Township will be turned into a planned development with apartments and retail space. 

 The projected is slated to have 442 apartments and 14,500 SF of retail space split between six densely arranged buildings.

The planned Development is called "River Station", so named because it is on the future site of the relocated Downingtown Station, which will serve both SEPTA and Amtrak. The exact schedule of the train station's construction  has yet to be determined. The  Hankin Group said they are proceeding with a phased construction on the $100M development regardless.

The property consists of 40 acres in Downingtown Borough and 28 acres in East Caln Township, The development will feature a pedestrian bridge connecting Downingtown's Johnsontown Park to east bank of Brandwine Creel and a trail system that links the proposed extension of the Chester-Valley Trail system. It will also include more than  100,000 square feet of commercial office space.


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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Marsh Harbour- Home For Sale-Downingtown Schools-Chester County





Immaculate, updated, well maintained home on quiet cul-de-sac street in highly sought after Marsh Harbour community! Gorgeous custom installed hardwood floors throughout the house, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gleaming granite counters and subway tile backsplash. Home features an open floorplan, backyard privacy provided by trees on the generous sized deck, gas fireplace for ambience. Luxurious master suite with double door entry, updated master bath with tile, double sink vanity. A finished basement, with plenty of unfinished storage space. New Roof, newer HVAC with humidifier, new Electric panel & Water Heater. ... nothing to do but move in! 

Click here to view a virtual tour of the property- http://www.homesforsaletours.com/12-blue-heron-lane--downingtown--pa.html

Enjoy the beautiful Marsh Creek State Park all year around. Summer is the perfect time for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing in the 500 acre lake. The 1700+ acres of the park offer walking or mountain biking along the many trails, family picnics and barbecue areas, and of course glorious lake views and sunsets. Marsh Harbour Home Owners Association includes swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and fitness center. Did we mention the Award Winning Downingtown Schools, home to the STEM Academy, ranked #1 in PA? Well-situated with minutes to Major Routes (100/401/113/30), PA Turnpike.

For more information on this listing or to schedule a visit please call 484 947 3127.

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Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Keva Flats- Exton- New Construction -Chester County





The Hankin Group is working on its latest apartment projected in Exton called "Keva Flats"a $60M project on 21 acres which will consist of  five buildings that will have 240  apartment units on Business Route 30 in Exton, behind the Kohls's store.

Designed by the international architectural firm, Norr, Keva Flats will mix one and two bedroom units and will include covered parking. The styling of the new apartments blends natural materials with floor to ceiling windows, bold angles and open floor plans. Millennials and residents moving from single family homes are the likely market for the apartments that will rent for $1,365 to $2,450 a month. The apartments will be ready for occupancy in August, 2018.

Keva Flats will include a clubhouse with a coffee bar, business lounge and multi sports simulator. It will also have a fitness center, yoga studio, a private dining room, a club house with demo kitchen and a rooftop terrace with fire pits, grill and seating. There will be a sport court that offers basketball, tennis and volleyball. Adjacent to the sports court will be an outdoor pool with grilling stations. Dogs will be welcome too said the developer.

The development will have sidewalks which will connect Keva Flats to Whiteland Town Center. Eventually the developers hope to link the sidewalks to the Chester County Trail System.

For more information  on the community you can call me directly at 484 947 3127 .

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Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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