Schwenksville Homes for Sale

The Heart of the Perkiomen Valley

Schwenksville is a small and quiet borough located in the heart of the Perkiomen Valley, Montgomery County, PA, 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia and located on the Perkiomen Creek.  The town was founded in 1684, when the Lenni-Lenape Indians ceded to William Penn the land along the Perkiomen Creek; it was incorporated in 1903.  The borough was named for George Schwenk, whose son, Jacob Schwenk, served in George Washington’s army.  At the 2010 census, the population was 1,385.

Schwenksville homes for sale is also the gateway to the Perkiomen Trail, a nineteen-mile section of the former Reading Railway’s Perkiomen Valley corridor. It now serves as a multi-use rail trail and was completed in 2003.

History Around Schwenksville Homes for Sale

The Borough was originally part of Perkiomen Township and home to the first copper mine in Pennsylvania. Ice harvesting was a major industry in the area. Several large icehouses were located along the creek, and ice was regularly shipped to Philadelphia. Mills devoted to grain and textiles were also very prominent which is evident by the existing historic structures. The area was and still is, to some degree, rural – with many woodlands and farmlands still in existence. And Schwenksville homes for sale location along the Perkiomen Creek made the Borough a great summer resort community during its early existence, and the Schwenksville homes for sale area was once home to The Red Fox Inn, The Perkiomen Inn, Spring Mountain House, and The Woodside Inn.

Today, those areas (primarily the 19473 zip code region) include parts of Lower Frederick Township, Limerick Township, Perkiomen Township, Skippack Township, and Lower Salford Township, along with the Borough of Schwenksville homes for sale. While some farmlands and woodlands still remain, growth and development in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s have seen many new homes, businesses, roads, and people.

Despite its small size, Schwenksville Homes for Sale has played an impressive part in Pennsylvania and American history, going back to pre-Revolutionary War days.  General George Washington and the Continental Army camped in and around Schwenksville – September 26 to 29 and October 4 to 8, 1777 – prior to and immediately following the October 4 Battle of Germantown. Washington’s headquarters probably was at the Henry Kelly House (now demolished), just southwest of the town that he called “Pawling’s Mill.”[4] The bulk of the Army camped on the opposite side of the Perkiomen Creek, at Pennypacker Mills.

Some 124 years later in 1901, a descendant of the Pennypacker family, Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, took ownership of the Schwenksville estate. He was also the 23rd Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1903 to 1907. Pennypacker died at his Schwenksville home in 1916 and the property is now preserved as part of the Montgomery County park system.

Shopping Around Schwenksville Homes for Sale

There are numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options for Schwenksville Homes for Sale residents. The King of Prussia Mall, the Plymouth Meeting Mall, the Coventry Mall, the Montgomeryville Mall, and the relatively new Providence Town Center are all within a 25 minute drive. In particular, Providence Town is just a few miles south of Schwenksville Borough on Rt 29 in Upper Providence Township and boasts Wegmans super market, Olive Garden restaurant, Movie Tavern, and Best Buys as anchor stores, along with dozens of other retail shops and restaurants.  There’s also the Limerick Outlets along Rt 422 in Limerick – just 15 minutes away.  And then there are the quaint shoppes of Skippack Village, Main Street Collegeville and Bridge St  Phoenixville – all offering a variety of dining and shopping experiences.

Schools Around Schwenksville Homes for Sale

Public school children in Schwenksville Borough, Perkiomen Township and Skippack Township attend the Perkiomen Valley School District.   Perkiomen Valley High School ranked #16 out of 134 Montgomery, Bucks, Chester & Delaware county high schools in the 2016 SPP (School Performance Profile) scores provided by The Department of Education.  Public school children in Lower Salford Township attend the Souderton School District and children in Limerick Township attend the Spring-Ford School District. Spring-Ford Senior High School ranked #3 in the 2016 SPP scores provided by The Dept. of Education.

As for commuting to work, the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area has easy access to Rt 422, Rt 73 (Skippack Pike) and Rt 29 (Gravel Pike). A 15 minute car ride will get you to Kulpsville, where you can pick up the PA turnpike.  Rt 73 and Rt 29 actually converge at either end of Schwenksville Borough and form Main Street, Schwenksville, making the Borough a “pass through” town for many commuters in central and western Montgomery County.

How else do Schwenksville Homes for Sale residents spend their time when not at school or work? They can attend any one of a number of places of worship in and around the 19473 zip code region, they can catch a movie at the Movie Tavern (Providence Town Center), they can volunteer to assist at the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry (Perkiomen Township), they can walk, jog or ride a bike on the Perkiomen Trail, they can fish, swim or boat in the Perkiomen Creek, or they can simply relax on their porch and enjoy the crisp, clean country air.

This author’s personal experiences around Schwenksville Homes for Sale

Writing this article was especially easy for me. In addition to being a long time real estate broker in and around the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area, I grew up, along with my 3 siblings, in the Borough of Schwenksville. My parents grew up in the Schwenksville homes for sale area, too.  And while my 4 grandparents grew up elsewhere in Pennsylvania, they all eventually settled in Schwenksville and all passed away in Schwenksville homes for sale.

I recall as a child in the 1960s and 70s spending much of my summers playing baseball during the day and flashlight tag at night wherever we could find open space – not a problem in the very rural Schwenksville Homes for Sale area. A few families had swimming pools – another pleasant way to spend those hot summer days. I also swam, fished and boated in the Perkiomen Creek with a posse of neighborhood kids. Because I had such a large extended family in the area, that posse often included at least a couple of cousins.

During the school year, I walked to the elementary school in town – seemed like quite a hike at the time. Now when I drive through that short half mile stretch, I just chuckle to myself. High school was in the current Perkiomen Valley high school building on Rt 29 in Perkiomen Township. But I can tell you that because of major renovations and expansions over the years, the current building (a campus, really) looks nothing like it did when I graduated in 1981.

Here’s a pretty cool memory: the Reading Railway (now the Perkiomen Trail) was still in operation when I was a kid. It no longer carried passengers by then – that service ended a decade or two earlier when the automobile industry had grown to the point where pretty much every family had at least one car. But the Railway still operated as a cargo transport service from Philadelphia to points north and west. When it got close to town (from either direction), the whistle would blow and you could hear it from most anywhere. We’d run down to the tracks and put a penny or two on the rail. Then stand back while the train rolled by. Afterwards, we’d look for those pennies and could usually find them – flat as can be and big as quarters. They wouldn’t spend at the penny candy shop in town next to the only gas station, but they sure served as a conversation piece!

In summary, the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area is a vibrant, bustling community filled with diverse people with diverse passions, hobbies, employment, and dreams. Doesn’t Schwenksville sound like the place you’s like to buy a home? You’ll find all available Schwenksville homes for sale listed below.

Current Schwenksville Homes For Sale:

 

212 GOSHEN ROAD 

Every once in a while a pretty little property like this one struts its way onto the market. Spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Cedar Hill townhome located in Lower Frederick Township and the highly touted Perkiomen Valley School District. The first floor offers a living room and a dining room with hardwood flooring, convenient laundry area and an open floor plan that allows for loads of natural light. The dining room has French doors leading to a secluded 16×16 trex deck with adjacent storage room. The kitchen includes upgraded cabinetry and lighting, a stylish Corian countertop and stainless steel appliances. The second floor boasts a spacious master bedroom and full bath, 2 more bedrooms and a second full bath. Oh, almost forgot about the basement – a 20×15 famly room with new paint and carpet and a 23×16 unfinished area housing the home’s mechanicals and offering loads of storage space. It doesn’t end here, folks. In 2013, a new high efficiency heat pump, new Andersen windows, new doors, and a new roof with transferrable warranty were installed. This home is convenient to commuter routes Rt 29, Rt 73, Rt 113, and Rt 63. Shopping, eateries, a neighbrhood park, a municipal park, the Spring Mountain ski slope, and the Perkiomen trail are all just a short distance away. The home qualifies for 100 percent USDA financing. Reasonable real estate taxes, NO homeowner association fees and an attractive price make this a terrific opportunity at affordable homeownership! Visit this home... buy this home… enjoy this home.

 

In summary, the Schwenksville Homes for Sale area is a vibrant, bustling community filled with diverse people with diverse passions, hobbies, employment, and dreams. Doesn’t Schwenksville sound like the place you’s like to buy a home? You’ll find all available Schwenksville homes for sale listed below.

Interested in homes for sale in other Perkiomen Valey towns check out Collegeville & Skippack.

 

What's Happening in the Schwenksville Homes for Sale Area

You’ll find lot’s of exciting events in and around Schwenksville homes for sale throughout the year.  Check back for the latest calendar of events in the area.

Take The family out to see neighborhood Holiday Light displays in Montgomery County.  Click here for list of addresses.

December 16 – 6pm to 10pm Parents Night Out Upper Providence Township Recreation Center at Anderson Park.  Ages 4 to 14.

November 25 thru December 23 – Illuminaire Nights Wednesday & Fridays in Skippack 5pm to 6pm.  Luminaries line the sidewalks outside the stores and restaurants.

December 30 – Snow Dance Bonfire at Spring Mountain Adventures

January 30 2017 – Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race at Spring Mountain Schwenksville PA All Competitors Welcomed.  www.springmountainadventures.com/snowhoe-race for more info.

 

Spring Mountain – Offers special rates on College Night every Friday, Family Night every Sunday, Student Night every Thursday.  Check the website for more details.

Bouncetown – Norristown PA

Sky Zone Trampoline Park – Oaks PA

Arnold’s Family Fun Center – Oaks PA

Green Lane Park Amphitheater schedule.

Sunday Classic Movies at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.  Movies like Papillion, Planet of the Vampires, Alien, Smokey and The Bandit, West Side Story and many more.

The Perkiomen Trail covers 20 miles and meanders through some of our most picturesque destinations; the gurgling of the Perkiomen Creek is never out of earshot of runners, hikers, bikers or horseback riders.

The Collegeville Economic Development Corporation runs a full slate of events throughout the year, including the release of ducks (plastic) in a race down the Perkiomen Creek.

Evansburg State Park is an outdoor haven, where visitors can hike, camp and fish, thanks to the stocking of Skippack Creek with brown and rainbow trout

Discount Movie Tickets and Amusement Park tickets are available year round at Upper Providence Township and Skippack Township buildings.

Restaurants in and around the Schwenksville Homes for Sale Area

Moccia’s Train Stop – 1004 Gravel Pike, Schwenksville PA 19473

Moccia’s offers the best sandwiches, pizza and pasta in the area.   It’s been around for as long as I can remember and is one of my places to eat In the Schwenksville homes for sale area as well as the Perkiomen Valley.

Spring Mountain Tiki Bar – 757 Spring Mount Rd., Spring Mount PA 19478

The Tiki Bar offers great food in an unusual outdoor mountain scenery.  Always a good time in the summer months.  Don’t forget to try their signature cocktail “The Hurricane”.   The Tiki Bar is only open during the summer months but Spring Mountain has a lot to offer throughout the year.  Be sure to check out Spring Mountain’s current events.

Additional restaurants outside the Schwenksville homes for sale area can be found in HarleysvilleSkippackCollegeville, Phoenixville, Audubon, Kulpsville, Blue Bell and Lansdale.

 


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