Sally A. Downey

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A Montgomery County rancher, perfect for all ages

Perfect as the newlyweds' first purchase, this Ambler home still works for the couple now in their 70s.

New development’s sample house in Ambler becomes 30-year home

The couple, who have lived for more than 30 years in the house, never forget their settlement date: 8/8/88.

Former one-room schoolhouse in Chester County retains its protected view

The original 500-square-foot one-room schoolhouse was used by farm children from 1842 until the early 1940s. The school was converted to a residence in 1948.

Decorations from around the world help carry on family tradition in Chestnut Hill

“We’re passionate about Christmas,” says one of the Chestnut Hill homeowners, "or crazy.“

Nearly identical on the outside, these Wynnewood Colonials couldn’t be more different inside

The four-bedroom, two-story homes, built around 1939, are mirror images. Both have bay windows in the living and dining rooms, and fireplaces in the living rooms. But the styles are very different.

Sold on a pool, homeowner relishes outdoor living in Delaware County

Even before he set foot inside the three-story house in Glenolden, Tom Lamb was sold. The 50-by-25-foot backyard pool was a dream come true.

A Montgomery County home surrounded by an English country garden

The homeowner was inspired by her father-in-law's garden, which “was natural and free flowing" and "there was always something in bloom. “

They retired in the Poconos house they had admired for years

The Solanos, who vacationed in the Poconos, had admired the stone house for almost 20 years. In 2006, they bought it from a friend.

A Doylestown home that satisfies his and her retirement needs

He wanted a place to display the couple's art, furnishings and collectibles. She wanted "a bedroom and full bath on the first floor and no steep steps." They compromised.

A Devon rancher quadrupled in size to suit a family of five

Beth Hixon’s family thought the couple was crazy for buying what her mother nicknamed “the sugar shack.” Additions have included a great room, kitchen, mudroom, laundry, powder room and two-car garage.