Virtual Reality? Video Games the Right Way! $1,000+

You may have seen virtual reality in the movies or on your favorite TV show but right now your kids are hoping you drop $1,000+ and fulfill their gaming dreams.  In this article, we are going to review the Playstation VR available this Christmas.

Chances are you have heard of Playstation before but you may not have tried the just over a year old virtual reality set up available from SONY for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

The PlayStation VRPhoto of SONY VR Skyrim bundle

SONY’s new Playstation VR comes with three main elements which support virtual reality gaming. Purchasers will need to make sure they have the VR Headset, PlayStation Camera and the PlayStation Move Controllers.  All three are essential for the virtual reality experience.

SONY’s Playstation VR is an immersive dive into 3-D gaming and provides unique, graphically enhanced 3D gaming. The headset is less cumbersome than you might imagine and once inside it is easy to get lost within the 3D environments which several of the games provide.

The Games

Games such as Farpoint, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Grand Tourismo, Resident Evil 7 and over 200+ titles provide immersive gameplay for the heavy gamers.

PlayStation 4 Pro

For those of you who have advanced to 4K television and who are feeling extra generous for the holidays, you may want to upgrade your gaming system to the new PlayStation 4 Pro. With a  faster processor, better graphics card and support for 4k graphics and streaming, the PlayStation 4 Pro might be what your gaming system needs for 2018! 

Accessories

As with any gaming system, there are a number of accessories which make the gaming experience come to life. The VR Headset, Move Controllers, and PlayStation Camera are all required but these accessories will make your gaming experience top notch.

Photo of SONY AIM controller bundleAim Controller

Available in a bundle with Farpoint for $79.99 from most stores that sell PlayStation VR, the Aim Controller puts the feeling of a real rifle in your hands. It makes games like Farpoint, ROM: Extraction, Bravo Team, and Arizona Sunshine so much more realistic and fun to play.

Steering Wheels

Are you a Grand Tourismo fan? Like racing games? Well look into one of the awesome steering wheels and shifting pedal packages that are compatible with PlayStation VR. For driving fanatics, there is nothing like using Playstation VR and one of the driving accessories packages to make you feel like you are in the car. Wait till you’re behind the Ferarri 458 Italia downshifting into that turn and Indianapolis in the Playstation VR  Headset.

What we recommend:

PlayStation VR: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bundle: $450

Photo of SONY Skyrim VR bundle box

PlayStation Pro (Star Wars: Battle Front 2): $450

Photo of Playstation Pro Battlefront II bundle

FarPoint Aim Controlled bundle: $79.99

Photo of Sony VR AIM controller bundle

Racing Wheels (Several Manufacturers):  $199 – $399

Games : $20 -$49 +   

Make sure you pick up 4-5 games to make sure to get full use out of the system 

 

You can pick up the PlayStation Pro, Playstation VR, games and accessories at Best Buy in Wyomissing or you can order this starter package online through Amazon!

Playstation 4 Pro 1TB Console + Playstation 2 Pack Move Motion Controllers + Playstation VR Bundle ( 3 – Items )

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me atJoe@BerksLuxury.com

Are Bank REO’s the Right Way to Go?

 

BerksLuxury.com takes a look at bank owned foreclosures and if they are the right way to go when purchasing a home or investment property.

 

At this point, many of us are familiar with the housing crisis from the end of the last decade and the consequences that have affected the real estate market. One of the opportunities that the financial crisis has afforded savvy buyers and investors in the opportunity to purchase bank-owned properties also known as REO’s.

These properties are the result of returned properties to the lender and foreclosures. They are often present opportunities to purchase properties at a substantial discount but often are not in optimal condition at the time of purchase. 

We are going to take a look at a couple of different bank-owned properties to discuss the opportunities and financials involved. 

Before we dive into the different available properties that are available I got some feedback from our resident Bank Owned Properties or REO expert Jen Dinatally who is one of the Owners at United Real Estate Strive 212. Jen has spent 15 years as a Realtor in PA and an additional six years prior, working in the foreclosure and loss mitigation department on the banking side.  Realtor.com shows she has been involved with the sale of 170 properties in the last year. 

 

Jen’s tips are:

Photo of Jen Dinatally 
Jen Dinatally 

“REO properties are sold “as is”. “When looking at properties it is important to understand what that means.  It is also important to realize that the bank nor myself as the listing agent have any idea of what works or doesn’t work with the property since no seller disclosure was generated by the previous owner. That being said bank-owned properties can be a great deal if you understand that. You can get a sizable discount and closing can be completed as soon as the title is done on the property.”

Jen also revealed that you have to make sure the utilities are on for the appraiser, and that prospective buyers shouldn’t rush to make a lowball offer. “Don’t come to me with a half-priced offer if the property has been on the market for 24 hours” as the banks are likely not to accept the offer.

She also suggests the purchasers of REO properties should invest in a home warranty to protect themselves. “You can get a home warranty on any property so make sure you get one on a property where you know you might have some unforeseen problems”.

Lets dive into some property analysis!

 

14 Windsor Ct, Reading, PA 19606 – $114,900 

This lovely townhome has been on the market for just over 60 days. The community Wingspread is a thriving one located in Exeter School District. The offered price of $114,900 is very reasonable and equates to a lovely price per sq. ft. of $75.29. The property is sold “as is” but looks to be in good shape for a bank owned property. With a good school district, a thriving community, good commuter highways and a decent price, this property is primed for someone to take advantage of.  Perfect for a first time home buyer or a savvy investor. 

 

412 Greenwood Ave, Pottsville, PA 17901 – $11,000

This is your basic cheap acquisition. The property will likely need some work but doesn’t look to be in too bad of shape. The price is extremely reasonable at $11,000, making it the perfect starter investment property. Fix this property up and rent it out! A smart investor should recoup his costs within the first 3-5 years! Technically this property is cheating since it isn’t in Berks County but at $11,000 I couldn’t resist!

 

39 Estates Dr, Reading, PA 19606 – $214,900

This property will either be a dream home for someone or represent a sizable profit for someone looking to flip the property. This property is over 3,700 sq. ft and has a finished basement with a half bath. The price per sq foot is a very reasonable $57.22. The property is assessed at more than the sale price and has been on the market for over 250 days as well.  The taxes are high at over $10k per year but the property and its location are very desirable. Given the sale price, you could likely even petition the local tax board for a reduction in property taxes.  This one looks like a steal for someone with the proper financing! 

 

182 Dogwood Dr, Bernville, PA 19506 – $190,000

This is certainly a property to keep an eye out for. This property just came on the market and is your standard four bedrooms two and a half bath development home. The price per sq foot is a reasonable $80.37 and the property taxes are very reasonable at $5,245 per year. The property does need some work but the discount compared to neighborhood property sales will give the incoming buyer a chance to make the home their own. It has only been on the market for a couple of days so they aren’t likely to negotiate much yet but there is definitely some value is this single family home. 

 

281 Schoffers Rd, Reading, PA 19606

Something about this property seems like it should be given a closer look. The property is listed for $124,900 which equates to a very reasonable $67.95 per sq foot. The property sits on 2.86 acres which might be the real value in this single family home. The home has lots of windows, two fireplaces and ranch-style homes are always slightly more desirable when you are looking to sell. It has been on the market for over 50 days as well. 

 

Regardless of whether you are a first time home buyer or a savvy investor you should always do your homework before purchasing any property. Bank owned properties really do present a significant opportunity for those who are willing to put the work in!

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me atJoe@BerksLuxury.com

 

Exotic Car Shopping in Berks County!

BerksLuxury.com decided to see what new exotic cars you might be able to purchase without leaving Berks County!

 

BMW i8 Roadster

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The 2018 BMW i8 is here and there is now an option for a convertible! Butterfly doors and the unique styling of BMW’s i8 are sure to turn heads when you stop for Starbucks! With several upgrades for the 2018 model including increased battery power packs and more horsepower, the new i8 Roadster should be on your short list of new cars to pick up in 2018!

You don’t even need to leave Berks County to pick it up and get it serviced! Run down to BMW of Reading and put your estimated $150,000+ deposit down and make sure you have one of the first models off the line!

BMW of Reading – 1015 Lancaster Ave, Reading, PA 19607

Acura NSX 

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Have a bit of 90’s nostalgia but still looking for the freshest supercar on the market? Check out Honda’s updated Acura NSX! This new addition to the modern day supercar lineup has a fresh look, 573 HP V-6, and it gets over 20 MPG! Seriously though if you are looking for a fresh take on a classic supercar then Acura’s new NSX might be the way to go. Head down to Piazza Honda and order one today! Last time I was in there they said they likely wouldn’t have one in stock but you can custom design your car to order on their large video rendering display. Prices start at about $150k!

Piazza Honda*  – 915 Lancaster Ave, Reading, PA 19607

* For those of you who are just interested in viewing a few exotics and doing a little window shopping then check out the secondary show room at the back of Piazza Honda. The owner has several of his personal collection of exotic vehicles on display for anyone who wants to take a few minutes and stop by. It is a great collection with some rare vehicles and is a great way to spend an hour with the kids and grab a couple great photos!

Dodge Demon

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Probably the most hyped and equally most impressive supercars heading into 2017. The Dodge Demon has been the subject of an incredible amount of press due to its 0 – 60 mph time of less than 3.0 secs and the youtube videos of the Demon matching up against Tesla.

2018 brings us a 0 – 60 mph time of 2.3 secs which is ridiculous, 100 mph in 5.1 secs and the 1/4 mile in a lightning fast 9.65 secs. The SRT Demon is the first factory-production car available with a specially-calibrated engine control computer to take advantage of 100 plus octane race gas which is going to make it super desirable for gear heads.

The Demon is priced at $84,995, which is an unheard of bargain for this type of performance!

Savage Dodge – 4645 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA 19605

 

2018 Ford GT

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Now if I am you and happen to be friends with my local Ford dealership then I might run down quickly and put a reservation on a 2018 production model of the Ford GT! This car is so beautiful with it’s design and structure. I believe they are only making 250 of them per year for four years so this might be the last chance you have. Given their limited production and awesome design, these are going to be sure-fire collector vehicles. 

The performance behind these beauties isn’t too bad either with a 647 hp V-6 that does a top speed of 216 mph. Don’t forget to check out the Heritage Edition celebrating the Ford GT’s 50th Anniversary win at Le Mans in 1967! 

The Ford GT starts at about $450,000 if you can get your hands on one!

Tom Masano Ford Lincoln – 1600 Lancaster Ave, Reading, PA 19607

 

This is by no means a complete list of all the exotics available in Berks County. There are many exotics available on the 2nd hand market and there are certainly other dealers that have vehicles available that might fit your desires. These four examples are just a few of my favorites!

Your dream vehicle can be found here whether you are looking for an investment, a weekend car, or a daily driver!

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

How about a Private Jet Vacation?

BerksLuxury.com is going to take a look at booking a private jet for your Winter vacation. 

 

Whether you are thinking of a quick run to the Swiss Alps, a trip to Aspen, or a vacation in Rio for Carnival, we all know the easiest and most hassle-free way to travel is by private jet. Leather seats, champagne and a luxurious hassle-free ride to your destination make private charter plans the preferred method of travel by the world’s elite. 

photo of Lear 31 Light Jet interior
Lear 31 Light Jet

There are three main classes of jets available for charter depending on your travel desires. Light jets have a range of about 2,000 miles and hold about 6-8 passengers. These are the smallest of the private aircraft which rent for $3,250 a flight hour. 

Robert Ettinger, the CEO of Millennium Aviation out of Reading Airport explained that “Your typical Palm Beach weekend getaway costs about $22,500 for the weekend. You have about 6 hrs of flight time plus the cost of putting the crew up for the weekend.” Palm Beach or New Orleans for Mardi Gras a Light sized aircraft might be the most affordable way to travel by private jet. 

Hawker 800 Mid Sized Jet, interior
Hawker 800 Mid Sized Jet

“Your midsized jets range is about 3,000 miles, still hold about 6-8 passengers though they are quite a bit more luxurious and rent for $4,250 an hour of flight time.”

“Heavy Jets hold 14-16 passengers and are suited for transcontinental and transoceanic flights. These jets rent for between $5,000 -$8,000 per hour of flight time. Your typical L.A. weekend vacation would be about $65,000 including 12 hours of flight time plus the cost of putting the crew of three up for the weekend.”

Wether you are heading to the Alps or just down to Miami for the weekend, traveling by private jet is certainly an option here in Berks County, Pennsylvania!

Gulfstream IV Heavy Jet, interior
Gulfstream IV Heavy Jet

For short trips down the coast with a few friends for the weekend, we recommend the Lear 31 which holds seven passengers and has a range of 1,600 miles.

Clients looking for longer getaways, elite travelers might opt for the mid-sized Hawker 800 which holds 8 passengers and a range of about 2,800 miles or savvy luxury travelers might go all in for the Gulfstream IV, 14 Passenger heavy jet which has a flight range of an astonishing 4,200 miles.

For more information contact Millennium Aviation out of the Reading Airport at 610-372-4728 or visit www.majets.com.

 

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent in with RealtyTopia Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

Tequila or Whiskey? The Best Spirits in Berks County.

It seems Berks County has only two experts when it comes to the world of spirits. Today BerksLuxury.com is going to take a look at Shirley’s Tequila Bar in Temple, and The Whiskey Bar in West Reading. If your tastes skew towards refined whiskey or tequila we have you covered!

 

Shirley’s Tequila Bar 

1615 Duke Street, Laureldale PA 19605      www.shirleystequilabar.com

Shirley’s Tequila Bar is Berks County’s own tequila specialist. The restaurant is filled with tasty Mexican themed delights. We suggest you start with the Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms or the Tex Mex Caviar before moving onto the Shrimp Vera Cruz Cazuela or Shirley’s original Tex-Mex Filet Mignon.

As far as tequila goes you will not find a finer selection in all of Berks County.  For those of you who would like an adventure into finer tequilas I would recommend:

“Millionaire” Flight   $49  

Don Julio Real • Gran Patron Burdeos • Herrdura Selecion Suprema

“Sky’s the Limit” Flight    $20 

Casa Noble Extra Añejo 5 Year • Herradura Collecion de Casa Portwood • Clase Azul Reposado

“High Roller” Flight   $22   

Don Julio 1942 Añejo • Milagro Añejo Select Barrel • El Tesoro Paradiso Extra Añejo


The Whiskey Bar

624 Penn Ave. West Reading PA 19610     www.distilledwhiskey.com

Berks County’s other spirit specialized establishment is The Whiskey Bar on Penn Ave in West Reading. Specializing in America’s favorite and most distinguished dark spirit, The Whiskey Bar provides those adventurous enough to venture out on Friday and Saturday nights with access to a classy establishment with a great selection of whiskey!

BerksLuxury.com asked Ben Franco the visionary behind the establishment to make a few recommendations and he proposed:

WHISTLE PIG FLIGHT, $26 – Whistle Pig 10yr, Whistle Pig Farmstock, Whistle Pig Old World

“We bundle together some great flights that make sense having next to each other.  The first is offering from whistle pig out of Vermont these are all rye whiskey, the first is their signature rye and it is 100% rye at 10 years of age.. The Farmstock is there first triple where they grew some of the rye, the water used was from the farm and some of the barrels to age it were from there Forrest.  The last is aged in 3 types of spent barrels the first, its used Sauternes barrels from Bordeaux, the second is used port barrels from Portugal, and the third finish is Madeira finish again from an island off the coast of Portugal.  Very Unique and distinctive Rye whiskeys”

THROUGH THE AGES FLIGHT, $27 – Glenlivet 12 Year, Glenlivet 18 Year, Glenlivet 21 Year

“The ages flight we have is a great way to see the evolution of whiskey all with the same single malt scotch”

 

The Distilled Whiskey shares its kitchen with the Winedown Cafe so delicious bites are always available. Try the Shoe String Duck Fries or the Brie Cheese with Amarana Cherries for starters and try the Shrimp & Parmesan Grits or the Truffle Mushroom Arancini for something a bit more filling. 

 

 

About the Author – 

photo of Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

 

 

Berks County’s Craft Breweries

BerksLuxury.com is taking a look at the Craft Breweries in Berks County PA.  

 

Chatty Monks – 610 Penn Ave West Reading, Pennsylvania 19611, www.chattymonks.com

Cliff Plank II is the Head Brewer at Chatty Monks and he is serving up a storm. This local West Reading Brewery can be found on the 600 block of Penn Avenue and is as famous for its grub as its Brews!  Chef Shannon handles the edibles which include such delectable starter dishes such as Candied Bacon, Fried Pickles, Fries dusted with Hops, and Forbidden Nachos w/ Pulled Pork.  Entrees include:

Way of the Iron Fist, a 6 oz. steak served with fried topped with fried Red Peppers & Onions with an Endoplasmic Reticulum mustard sauce.

Fish & Chips, Cod dipped in a Revelation Ale batter over a pile of our famous fresh cut fries & dual tartar sauces: One a sweet relish, the other a spicy Sriracha & dusted with hops to really finish it off.

The Brotherhood, Chilean Mussels bathed using the very same beer of whatever makes us happy. As the seasons change, so does The Brotherhood so inquire with your server of the current style & ingredients. Served with toasted croutons to soak up all that delicious broth.

For those of you not here for the food Chatty Monks delivers their own collection of home brewed goodness! Check out the Thelonious Milk Stout, Monastery Pale Ale, Jack the Ripper, and the Morning Monk which is a hearty 9% ABV.  There are plenty of beers with new ones on tap all the time!

 

Oakbrook Brewing Company – 628 Park Ave Reading, Pennsylvania 19611,   www.oakbrookbrew.com

Oakbrook Brewing Company is Berks County’s only other Brewery. While they aren’t as known for their food they do have quite a few edibles on the menu including Nachos, BBQ Pork Flatbread, Grilled Smoked Kielbasa and even Vegan Italian Sausage. 

The real charm at Oakbrook Brewing Company is their selection of home-brewed goodies. Make sure you try the Cookie Crumble Stout, Blood Orange IPA, 1938 Special, and the Hopberry Wheat. They always have great themed nights such as Retro Game Night and Stout’s and Stooges Film Festival on the calendar!

 

Kutztown Tavern / Golden Avalanche Brewing Co. – 272 West Main Street   Kutztown, PA  www.kutztowntavern.com

The Kutztown Tavern houses the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company located in Berks County PA. The tavern serves up great cuisine with such starters as the Philly Cheese Steak Rolls, the Mediterranean Salad with the Ahi Tuna, and the Ceasar Salad with the Grilled Portabella Mushroom. Main courses such as the Braised Pork Shank, Herb & Bleu Cheese Crumble Flat Iron Steak, and the vegetarian-friendly Polenta & Fire Roasted Veggies will fill you up while you browse the brews from the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company. 

Inspired by German brewing tradition GABC offers up a wide selection of homebrews including Golden Avalanche Black Lager, Golden Avalanche Campfire Ale, Golden Avalanche R.I.O.T., and the Golden Avalanche Blueberry Lager. 

Kutztown Tavern has a rotating list of delicious weekly specials while the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company provides a rotating seasonal selection of brews. 

 

 

The Other Farm Brewing Company  – 128 E Philadelphia Ave.    Boyertown, Pennsylvania   www.theotherfarmbrewingcompany.com/

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

Best Properties For Sale With A Pool

BerksLuxury.com takes a look at the best homes in Berks County for sale with a swimming pool! Get an early start thinking about which home you would like for next Summer or buy a home with an indoor pool and keep skinny dipping all Winter!

 

240 Landruhe Ln, Reading, PA 19607 – $1,200,000

Exquisite 22-acre Estate with an 1850 Stone Farmhouse that has 6 working fireplaces. Huge in-ground concrete swimming pool with immense chalet pool house. Lighted Tennis Court. Pond with Fountain. Office/rental house, workshop, and numerous outbuildings. Secluded yet convenient that boarders Flying Hills in Governor Mifflin School District. Very Private long macadamed driveway that meanders through the woods and over a creek to the property. There is an abundance of wildlife at your doorstep and all around you. Fields and woods surround the Estate. Home does need some updating and cosmetics to make it great again! Pre-approved buyers only and listing agent will accompany all showings. Please do not drive down the back lane without confirmation of a showing! 1 year home warranty at full price. Immediate Possession Possible! This is a Once in a LifeTime Property to Own!

 

29 Kegerise Dr, Temple, PA 19560 – $595,000

4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, a finished basement, indoor pool and a great all around property!

 

490 Siegfriedale Rd, Maxatawny, PA 19530 – $550,000

Flaming sunsets and whispering fields of wheat are the canvas for Fainting Goat Farm located just west of the Rodale Institute and Lehigh County’s numerous wineries. Drive home each day to a quiet place amidst the rolling hills of eastern Berks county that beckons you to walk, bike and travel its scenic byways filled with farms and livestock, woodlands and streams, and locally grown produce for your very own farm to table experience. This multi-purpose homestead is truly one of a kind. It includes a converted barn, a residential dwelling, fenced pastures for livestock, an in-ground pool and an attractive metal structure suitable for garage or animal husbandry use. Formerly operated as an Airbnb serving Rodale Institute weddings, events, & organic farming principals. Also utilized for Kutztown University events, Lehigh Valley wine tours, and family vacations in the country. Please select the video icon beneath the main photograph to get a glimpse of this beautiful opportunity.

 

103 Turkey Rd, Albany, PA 19529 – $1,695,000

Exquisite Gentleman’s Farm. Enter macadam driveway through a cluster of trees and between 2 ponds. Fabulous blend of an old farmhouse and a new 2 story addition creating a fantastic wall of windows that brings light into entire home and includes a family room with stack stone fireplace and hardwood floors. New kitchen appeals to the chef with Dacor 6 burner propane cooktop and electric broiler and convection oven, Subzero refrigerator and beautiful granite tops on center island with freezer drawers below. All open views to ponds to the west and in-ground pool and pavilion to the east. 2nd and 3rd floor provides 5 bedrooms including a master suite plus a delightful laundry room. Outside you’ll find a 2 car garage with storage room and full bath plus 2 bedroom apt. above and there’s a separate 3 bedroom house both ideal for extended family or rental income. There’s also a large bank barn, equipment shed, tool room and all in the middle of a breathtaking 93-acre property.

 
23 School House Rd, Hereford, PA 18056 – $319,900
 
 
Spectacular 3BR/2.5BTH nestled on 3.29 meticulously landscaped acres in Hereford Twp. This fantastic home has been upgraded inside & out w/ new roof, new siding, new real HWFL throughout, granite, exposed beams, new fixtures & more! Drywalled 2 car attached garage, 2C pole building & a fabulous In ground pool all surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Greeting you inside a Large LR offers a warm propane FP, updated kit features a breakfast bar, granite tops, glass backsplash & custom cabinets w/ under mounted lighting. Spacious Master Suite offers 2 closets & FB. 2 more sizable bedrooms, full bath, laundry area & powder room complete the main floor. Downstairs, Partially finished w/a fam/rec room, dry bar & propane stove. New Heat pump, propane back up, central a/c & convenient emergency back up generator ensures you will never be left in the dark! Relax on your front porch or rear multi-level deck Prime location!! Easily commute to the Lehigh Valley, Reading & King of Prussia.
 
 
 
Those are my five picks for best homes for sale with pools in Berks County PA. Enjoy!
 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

 

A Look at Potential Investment Properties

 

We all know the life of luxury doesn’t happen without some hard work and some smart investments. Here are a couple of potential investment properties which could improve your portfolio and make sure you are booking a private jet for your next vacation!

 

205 S Beech St, Fleetwood, PA 19522    $399,900

This multi-unit opportunity has quite a few things going for it that make it a potentially attractive investment. Priced at $399,900 this property features four townhouses on over 2 acres of land which can be subdivided. The property also features 10 parking spots for tenants. Looking to bring in monthly revenue? You might consider renovating the individual units, increasing rents and letting the money roll in. Looking for a flip? Then you might consider renovating, subdividing the individual units and selling each individually. 

The property is close enough to Kutztown University to be able to take advantage of student housing rental rates. Additionally, the property has a well and own septic system so as a landlord you have no water or sewer bills!  Given the property has 2.16 acres of land you may even look to develop and add more units!

129 W Main St, Kutztown, PA 19530  – $1,150,000

Another property in the proximity of Kutztown University makes the list. This property located in the heart of Kutztown is an investor’s dream. Zoned completely for student housing this building holds up to 24 individual students in a variety of apartment layouts. Income from the different units as well as the commercial space and coin-operated laundry make this opportunity pretty enticing. A cap rate of 10.79% claimed in the listing means it will outperform most of your mutual funds and have you on the path to a luxury lifestyle.  With the commercial space rented, it’s proximity to Kutztown University and 100% occupancy each school year for the last 10 years this property might make a solid investment to your portfolio!

700 Upland Ave, Reading, PA 19607 – $125,000

This property is quite the conundrum. This used to be the former home of the Upland Cafe which was a fairly good restaurant and neighborhood bar. At $125,000 the property alone seems like it should be a good investment but the sale price does not include the liquor license. Per the PLCB records the owner does still have the liquor license in escrow. If you could acquire a liquor license at a reasonable amount then you are into a bar-restaurant for a little over $200k which isn’t a bad deal at all. It is a relatively high traffic area with Alvernia University just around the corner but beware competition is heavy in that area with Trooper Thorn’s and the Liberty Ale House nearby. The idea of owning and operating a fully functional bar and restaurant in a decent neighborhood, right next to Alvernia University, for under $250k makes this an opportunity any experienced operator with a little vision should take a look at. 

221 Reading Ave, Reading, PA 19607  – $125,000

This one won’t jump out at you as a huge money maker but a 2 unit in Governor Mifflin School District for $125k should at least deserve a few minutes of your time. The property features 2 one bedroom units with gas heat. As a landlord, you could look at splitting the utilities to the units and letting the tenants pay their own utilities to maximize profit. This property won’t make you a millionaire but it provides you with some hassle-free income!

135 Bernhart Ave, Reading, PA 19605 – $81,700

Two unit in Muhlenberg School District for $81,700. That should be enough but the owner claims the property was generating $15,600 a year in rent with tenants paying their own heat and electric. There are limited pictures available but the numbers make sense for a property that might need some renovation.  If the property can pay for itself in 5 or 6 years then any serious investor should take a look.

 

There you have it.. These are at least some of the deals you should be taking a look at if you are looking to get into real estate investing. Obviously, there are tons of real estate opportunities out there in land development, commercial properties, and portfolio purchases but in this article, we focused on mostly smaller residential based investments to get you started.

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

5 Sexy Restaurants For Date Night

Top 5 sexy restaurants for date night in Berks County.

Viva Castle Pub 

5311 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606, (610) 779-1000  www.vivacastlepub.com

While any of Viva’s 3 existing locations are the perfect date night, I have chosen Viva Castle Pub out of the three since it is the newest and it’s location at the Reading Country Club makes it the perfect night out on the town with that special someone. For starters try the Strawberry Baked Brie, Sweet Potato Pub Fries or the Spicey Battered-Dipped Shrimp. If you are just going for light fare try the Kobe Burger with Wagyu Beef Patty, Melted Brie, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, and Truffled Mustard Aioli. If you are looking for something a bit more substantial we recommend the  Citrus Roasted or Sweet Potato-Encrusted Salmon and possibly the Seafood Mac & Cheese for your significant other. The architecture and the ambiance, what else could you ask for?

Building 24 Restaurant

1115 Bern Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610, (610) 375-2700,  www.bldg24.com

Building 24 always seems to keep the kitchen fresh with new Chefs and a new menu seasonally.  While you may want to avoid the restaurant during their weekly Saturday night dance party due to overcrowding, every other night of the week there is a culinary delight in a beautiful atmosphere. I recommend the PA Maple and Chili Glazed Wings with Smoky Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing, Toasted Pecans for an appetizer. The main course brings such delights as Porcini Dusted Filet Mignon, Roasted Lancaster Chicken, and Korean Marinated Pork Loin. Chef Ryan McQuillan keeps the kitchen flavor fresh and the specials tantalizing each week.

Willoughby’s  On Park

305 N Park Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610, (610) 816-7473  www.willoughbysonpark.com

Berks County’s version of the classic Steakhouse and Raw Bar. Elegantly designed and featuring one of the best menus in Berks County. For appetizers, you have to try the Beef Carpaccio, Wasabi Thai Calamari and the Lobster Tempura. Main courses to enhance your evening are the Lobster Ravioli with a whole Lobster Tail, 26 oz Porterhouse or the Kobe Waygu Tomahawk for two. A great wine selection and dessert selection add to the atmosphere. Try Wednesday nights when DJ Evolution spins an eclectic mix of soothing sounds to hint at a party atmosphere.

 

Knights Pub @ Stokesay Castle 

141 Stokesay Castle Ln, Reading, PA 19606,   (610) 375-6100,   www.theknightspub.com

If one castle wasn’t enough we have yet another one to add to your date night list. The Knights Pub located at the top of the mountain in Stokesay Castle is a culinary delight. To start, try the Portobello French Fries or the Wonton Wrapped Wasabi Shrimp. While they have a great selection of burgers and sandwiches I would hold off for the Wild Boar with a Juniper berry demi, asparagus, and feta mashed potatoes. You may also want to try the Chilean Sea Bass with roasted corn and crab salsa with a Sherry cream sauce.  Those less adventurous can try the more traditional Surf & Turf. 

 

Dan’s @ Green Hills – 2444 Morgantown Rd. Reading, PA 19607   www.dansatgreenhills.com

Dan’s makes the list for those of you who are simply foodies. Nothing like an excellent meal to get your night started off right and you really can’t do much better than the menu selection at this fine dining establishment. Take a trip up Rt. 10 to the Flying Hills exit and you will be able to find such superb dishes as the Pan Roasted Nordic Wolffish that is Pistachio Encrusted with Apple Fig Risotto & Orange Glaze. Try the  “Prime” Filet Mignon of Beef Roasted with Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Chipollini Moscato Jam & Red Wine Demi or the Asian Encrusted Tuna Wasabi w Thai Peanut,  Soba Noddle Salad Carrot, Red Pepper & Snow Peas. 

For starters look for the Sweet Potato Soup flavored with Apples, Pretzel Dust, Spiced Whipped Cream, Sunflower Seeds & Thyme or the Lump Crab Cake w Roasted Pumpkin Salsa, Pumpkin Seeds & Cranberry Aioli.

 

These 5 restaurants should quench your thirst for culinary delights on your next evening with someone special!

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

Top 5 Most Expensive Properties For Sale in Berks County.

Are you at the top of the food chain? Looking to splurge on your next home? Here are the most expensive homes for sale in Berks County!

 

140 Evans Rd, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
$2,790,000

Professionally restored & renovated. Every inch of this 8400 square feet historic 1736 circa stone manor has been upgraded or restored by the seller’s crew of four craftsmen. Interior surfaces have been stripped, refinished, replastered (wet plaster) and brought to life! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5 fireplaces, a new 340 SF sunroom added and 3rd-floor library created. The summer kitchen has been transformed into an art studio. Cottage with walk-in fireplace has been restored & upgraded as caretaker residence or rental. Carriage barn completely rehabilitated to include a 1,000 SF-1 BR and 850 SF 2-floor home office with powder room, plus 5 car garage on the lower level. Bank barn features 12,000 SF of heated, finished gallery space; 9-stall horse barn completely restored with equipment room, tack room, feed room and heated wash bay; shavings shed, hay shed, equipment building and powder room; new roll-up barn doors, a storage building for lawn equipment and a 3-BR groom’s quarters. New exterior fenestration, lighting, paddock & 4 adjacent turnout fields with fresh fencing. Indoor riding arena/multi-purpose building provides 11,250 SF with a new exterior & lighted riding arena with composite surface fencing. Water features include stream with walking/horse bridge, pond behind home & in-ground pool aside of home! **Full furnishings, including over 1.3 million dollars worth of historic American period antiques, can be purchased for an additional $800,000.**

 

176 Maple Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540

$2,200,000

For the FIRST time on the market one of the most magnificent properties, within one hour from Philadelphia and 30 minutes west of the Mainline. The Tuscon Villa sitting majestically on 19 acres of meticulously landscaped property, with sunset and mountain views that really do transport you into Tuscany Italy, known for its landscapes, artistic surroundings, pure warmth, and beauty. Current owners built out their vision over two years and $1.5 million renovations. When you first enter the gated entrance, you feel like you just arrived at your favorite vacation destination, complete with endless greenery, gardens, outdoor pool, & spa with complete kitchen, barbecue area, stone walkways, lined with flowers, and stunningly maintained lawns and shrubbery. Views for miles as you stroll down through the pergolas, fountains, and beautiful pond outlined with stone and of course nature’s natural wildlife. The interior of your new home is a jaw dropper!!! Over 12,000 sqft of the highest end finishes throughout this two story 30 room masterpiece. Hardwood flooring throughout, Italian marble and tile, granite counter tops, exposed beamed ceilings, multiple stone fireplaces, just to name a few. 8 bedrooms / 8 baths with huge walk-in closet space, unparalleled warmth and design. Soaring 30 ft ceilings as natural light floods throughout enhance the homes inner beauty. The kitchen and dining areas are the centerpiece of your home, as any world-renowned chef would be proud of as your family and guests, I guarantee will never leave the multiple tables designed of white vibrant woods, stone backsplashes along with warm tones of granite and marble finishes. The entertainment section of your new home is one like no other. You enter a wine cellar through Iron insulated doors in a deep copper finish, as your wine ferments in the perfect climate. Walk in and sample your favorite bottle of vino directly on the sampling table surrounded by stone and deep woods. The bar wraps around in polished granite and wood with comfortable seating for at least 12. Then shuffle the deck in your very own card room, or rack them up in the pool room, or chill in the media room. 5 car oversized attached Garage, 3 car detached barn. 9 acres of the 19 acres can be sub-divided for a generational compound or possibly a cooperate re-treat. Think of this home as a private 5-Star luxury resort…That really sums it up!

 

325 Huntzinger Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565
$2,100,000

Perfect property for the experienced Equestrian or the avid hunter. Words cannot describe this amazing 176-acre one-of-a-kind property… This amazing restored stone farmhouse offers original charm with updated details & amenities-Great for entertaining/Stone bank barn with stalls & custom workshop/Large Garage with Apartment or Full Guest Suite/Multiple pastures/ Scenic spring-fed pond/Many wooded areas/Large outdoor riding ring/ Multiple decks & patios…This incredible property has something for everyone!!!

Schools
Conrad Weiser High School

100 Looking Glass Ln, Mohnton, PA 19607

$1,950,000

Property Recently Subdivided – Main House is Being Offered at Current Price and Adjoining Secondary Parcel with Residence & Buildings Along Rt. 625 Can Be Purchased Additionally! Imagine being surrounded by over 65 acres of untouched land, across from Nolde Forest State Park, yet a 10-minute drive to town and conveniences! 2 refurbished 1 bed/bath cabins, a kennel with heat and AC, plus shed. The luxurious main residence was built 10 years ago with 3 finished levels, an elevator to all floors, an attached oversized 3-car garage, plus a detached 4-car garage with adjoining greenhouse & tall bay for large vehicles. The property is accessible from Freemansville Road as well as Rt. 625 with 4 driveway alarms and camera surveillance throughout. The finer details of the main house are 9+ foot ceilings and doors showcasing Rosette corner block moldings and decorative door handles throughout. Sweeping grand foyer allows guests to marvel at the impressive marble fireplace with elaborate wood mantel in the living room, widening staircase with balcony landing, stately dining room featuring double tray ceiling, ceiling medallion above chandelier and swing doors to butler’s kitchen. The custom cherry kitchen is complemented by distressed cream cabinetry, tumbled marble backsplash with accent tiles, granite countertops, plus islands. Open views of morning room and stunning great room from the kitchen! Master Bedroom Suite includes a sitting room, walk-in closet, and a lavish bath. The entertaining lower level starts with the widening double scroll bottom staircase to this openly designed space for media, sitting, enormous wet bar, full bath, wine cellar, exercise room, tiled shower/steam bath, billiards and second laundry room. ? Secondary House is can be purchased with the main residence along with fascinating original masonry and log structures along stream including a pump house and sawmill. The Ranch residence was built 11.5 years ago offering 13 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3 full/1 half baths. Patios for serene outdoor living areas at both houses!

 

1198 Reading Blvd, Wyomissing, PA 19610
$1,695,000

This Magnificent “One of a Kind” Mansion designed by the famous Philadelphia architects Rabenold & Seyburger has been restored and updated to perfection. Enjoy all the artistry of marble floors and Ornate Fireplaces and Fine architectural details in wood paneling, crown molding, and built-ins. The gorgeous staircase features a barrel ceiling and Impressive Leaded stained glass windows and doors. The huge gourmet kitchen opens to a breakfast area, a wet bar and Sundrenched Family Room with Built-ins and Fireplace. The formal Dining Room and Livingroom flank a spectacular marble Entry both with gorgeous original fireplaces. The Fountain Room off the Formal Livingroom is freshly painted and features custom tile work and windows galore. Upstairs relax in the Library or experience the Luxury of a Huge Master Suite with Steam Shower, Dressing Area, Private Laundry, and his/hers closets. The Two Additional Bedroom Suites on this floor feature gorgeous updated original baths. The Third floor houses 5 great size bedrooms and a black and white tile hall bath. A rear foyer connects the kitchen area with the garage and a fantastic In-Law Apartment above with white kitchen, granite tops, gorgeous tile bath, living room and bedroom. Room count includes the apartment. The Lower Level includes a snack bar area adjacent to a huge Home Theater and playroom. There is a laundry area and Pool access with His/Hers Bath and changing rooms…Outside enjoy a lovely kidney shaped pool, state of the art Sport Court and bocce court. This classic home offers everything today’s family looks for! 

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com