3 Asian Restaurants in Berks County You Need to Try!

BerksLuxury.com takes a look at some of the best Asian restaurants in Berks County you really need to try! These Asian establishments provide some of the best food Berks County has to offer!

 

Rice Modern Thai

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Rice is located in a small brownstone building in West Reading and features some of the most delectable Thai food in Berks County. You can see by the photos each dish is impeccably designed with lots of color and incredibly fresh ingredients. For starters try the Four Season Shrimp Dumplings or the Coconut Galanga Soup. For true foodies the Thai Holy Basil Duck with sauteed organic carrot, king oyster mushroom, organic asparagus and topped with spicy Thai basil sauce is a must try, while others should enjoy the Shrimp in a Claypot with glass noodle, broccoli, carrot, ginger, bacon, sesame oil and cilantro. True to it’s name Rice offers 5 different types of rice to choose from with each of your dishes! 

Rice Modern Thai – 615 Penn Ave  West Reading, Pennsylvania 19611  www.ricemodernthai.com

 

Mikura

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Mikura is technically an Asian restaurant that serves Japanese, Chinese and Thai all in one location. The Chinese is excellent but the real secret to this place is it’s specialty sushi rolls. The decor is lovely and they even offer hibachi for parties who like a little bit of a show. For the purposes of this article I am going to focus on the Japanese menu. If you do visit the Mango Delight Roll with fresh salmon, snow crab, crunch inside, topped w. fresh thinly sliced fresh mango; the Red Lips Roll with spicy tuna, lobster, salad, crunch and asparagus wrapped in pink soybean sheet, served with spicy mayo sauce; the Tiger Roll with salmon & tuna, topped w. salmon, tuna & eel, crunchy, masago & scallions, served w. eel avocado sauce; and the Cherry Blossom Roll with fresh red snapper, white tuna, asparagus inside sushi rice cover with crunch BBQ tuna w. special sauce are all highly recommended.

If you are a couple, the Love Boat for Two is a great meal for any date night. To start the Beef Negamaki, Kani Mango Salad, and the Wasabi Shrimp Shumai are all highly recommended. Whether you are looking for Japanese, Chinese or Thai, Mikura is an excellent choice. 

Mikura – 840 N Park Rd  Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610   www.mikurarestaurant.com

 

Thai Cuisine

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Tucked away in a little corner just across into the Muhlenberg area is Thai Cuisine. Looking like a true Thai house with intricate landscaping the experience begins. Step inside to find some of the best food in Berks County.  For starters try the combination platter which includes Thai Spring Rolls, Chicken Satay, Shrimp Tempura and more delights. If you like spicy starters you might try the Silver Shrimp Noodle Salad with Lemon Chili Dressing or the Pork Ginger Salad with fresh ginger, peanuts and lemon dressing.  Can’t miss entrees include the Seafood Curry with shrimp, crab meat, tuna, scallops, mussels and clams in a coconut cream sauce, Grilled Salmon with Shrimp Panang, and the Salmon and Crab Basil with jumbo lump crab meat with garlic chili and basil. If you like traditional Thai food from a restaurant with over 30 years experience then definitely check out Thai Cuisine! 

Thai Cuisine – 502 Eisenbrown St. Reading, Pennsylvania 19605  www.ThaiCuisineBerksPA.com

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and 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

3 Great Spots for Outdoor Summer Dining

BerksLuxury.com did our homework and we are here to bring you three of the best spots for dining outdoors in Berks County. If you are looking for great wine, your own pool party or the biggest outdoor entertainment venue in Berks we got you covered!

 

Beverly Hills Tavern 

Beverly Hills Tavern has been a staple of Berks County going back the two decades I can remember, and possibly longer. Their outdoor dining area is legendary and their Summer crowds always pack the place. It is a huge outdoor venue with a huge cabana bar and plenty of seating for all those who wish to enjoy a little staycation while still in Berks County. The atmosphere is relaxing, they usually have bands or DJ’s like Berks’ s own Koolie Kirk keeping people in a good mood through their Happy Hour, and the real treat is their daily Summer Specials. They keep people happy with their Prime Rib Weekends, Smokehouse RIbs & Pulled Pork every Wednesday during the Summer, they have their Sunday’s Seafood Fest and even a Taco Bar. If you are a Sunday afternoon Brunch person then definitely stop by for their Brunch Buffet on Sundays where you can get bottomless mimosas! 

Beverly Hills Tavern – 710 Old Fritztown Rd Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania 19608

610-777-4516

www.beverlyhillstavern.biz

 

Folino Estate 

If your looking for an epic Summer dining experience you may want to check out Folino Estate Winery. This gorgeous rustic winery has all the feel of elegance and one of the best outdoor dining patios to match. Drink wine straight from the vineyard and dine on there array of fantastic dishes. If you are there for Brunch try the tiramisu waffles which are dipped in espresso topped with sweet ricotta cheese and drizzled in syrup. For Dinner try the Prosciutto-Wrapped Filet ($32), the Roasted Grape Pork Tenderloin ($24) or the Italian Crab Cakes ($26). If your there more for the wine fear not, they also make a delectable array of paninis, pizzas and other finger food. Don’t forget to grab a couple bottles of wine on your way out!

Folino Estate & Winery – 340 Old Route 22, Kutztown, PA

484-452-3633

www.folinoestate.com

 

Pool @ The Inn at Reading

The Pool @ the Inn at Reading is one of Berks County’s best hidden treasures. The space has recently been updated by the new owners and is the only bar with an outdoor pool in Berks County. You can order drinks and food from their outdoor cabana bar and sit poolside and lounge in the sun! Enjoy the ambience while working on your Summer tan. New management is promising a new name and a new series of events once the venue is completely finished. Until then their cabana bar is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!

Inn @ Reading – 1040 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

610-372-7811

www.innatreading.com

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and 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

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 VR

SONY’s new Playstation VR comes with three main elements which support virtual reality gaming. Purchaser’s 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.

Aim 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 wheel 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 package to make you feel like you are in the car. Wait till your behind the Ferarri 458 Italia down shifting into that turn and Indianapolis in the Playstation VR  Headset.

What we recommend:

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

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

FarPoint Aim Controlled bundle: $79.99

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 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 lost 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:

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 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 it’s 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 bedroom 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 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 wether 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. 

 

Wether 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. 

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 get away 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

“Your Mid sized 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 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

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.

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

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 it’s 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 croutes 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 home brews 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 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. 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 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 a 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 cluster of trees and between 2 ponds. Fabulous blend of old farmhouse and new 2 story addition creating fantastic wall of windows that brings light into entire home and includes 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 provide 5 bedrooms including 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 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 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 near by. 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 wont make you a millionaire but it provide 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 Wagu Beef Patty, Melted Brie, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, and Truffled Mustard Aioli. If you are looking for something a but 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 ambience, 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 Chef’s 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 Carpacio, 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 & Thymea 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