Quality inventory is extremely limited and your search has been frustrating, but the wait is finally over! 718 Bell Lane checks all of the important boxes; you will not be disappointed. The home has been lovingly cared for and beautifully maintained by the same family for the past 51 years. Yes, typically that means that the home is in need of significant updating, but that is not the case here. The two big ticket items, both the kitchen and master bath, have been tastefully, and recently, renovated. Aside from the recent updates, the home features many important attributes that you are likely looking for including, hardwood flooring, great natural light, nicely sized rooms, many newer windows, multi zoned heating and air conditioning, oversized two car garage, and an absolutely beautiful, fully fenced, yard.
This home offers a choice location- 718 Bell Lane is located on a quiet street in Maple Glen, a short walk from St Alphonsus and Our Lady of Mercy School and around the corner (sidewalks the entire way) from Maple Glen Elementary; less than two miles to three parks and a preserve; just a two minute drive to the grocery store, as well as, various shops and restaurants in Maple Glen; less than 10 minutes from downtown Ambler and the new mega Whole Foods complex in Springhouse; the train to Philadelphia, as well as, all major routes of transportation are all conveniently close by.
Welcoming you to 718 Bell Lane is a sweet porch, waiting for your rockers and seasonal decorations. Inside a lovely foyer provides a formal, yet comfortable, entrance into the home. You’ll find a large living room to your left, a view of the turned staircase straight ahead, a coat closet immediately to your right, and beyond that, a view down the hall into the dining room, kitchen and family room. As you make your way through the home, you’ll notice not only the hardwood floors, but newer, 6 panel, wood doors, almost throughout. The dining room, kitchen and family room connect to one another, creating a great flow for gatherings and daily living. The kitchen boasts an abundance of natural light, as does the rest of the home, beautiful cabinetry (and lots of it!), a ‘U’ shaped work area that offers wonderful counter space, stainless steel dishwasher, stove and built-in microwave, and adjacent breakfast room.The breakfast room provides access the rear patio, as well as, a separate laundry room and attached garage. The family room is perfectly sized and offers beautiful views of the rear yard. There is access to the rear yard from this space, as well.
The second floor offers four nicely sized bedrooms, all with hardwood flooring. The master bedroom features a spacious ensuite bath, complete with oversized shower enclosure with bench and multiple shower heads, vanity with plenty of counter space, and linen closet, as well as, a large, walk in closet. Down the hall, you’ll find three additional bedrooms, large hall bath and linen closet.
Down below, the basement offers tons of possibilities, including over 550 square feet of finished, living space. There are three separate finished rooms, although fair warning, the paneling and carpet are not likely finishes that one would pick these days. The space is totally functional as is, but if you wanted to brighten things up, the studs are already in place and wiring already done, making the job much more manageable. In addition to the finished space, there are also three unfinished rooms for storage, a walk out that leads to the side yard, and a separate heating zone.
One of the major highlights of this property is the lot and beautiful yard. The lot is level and the backyard just fenced within the past few months. There is also an oversized shed in the rear of the property, meaning you can actually park in the garage! The garage itself fits far more than just two cars, as it has built in storage in the form of shelves and cabinets, extra space and a side door, leading the to yard.
This is a wonderful home and a fantastic opportunity to enjoy living in a special neighborhood and sought after Upper Dublin School District.
Showings begin at the open house, Saturday, October 15th, 1-3pm. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
718 Bell Lane
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2320 square feet
Being less than one square mile, the entire Borough of Ambler feels like one big neighborhood, but there is one small section of town that truly does have it’s own little neighborhood. This neighborhood is comprised of seven small streets that run between Tennis and Mt Pleasant Avenues, bordering Hendricks Street. 322 Walker Road is a turnkey, mid-century home, located in the center of this charming little neighborhood.
Prepare to be wowed by 322 Walker Road, as it is not your average Ambler home. Built in 1956, this mid-century, split level home boasts the open floor plan, that many older, Ambler homes don’t offer. Not only does the home have a great flow, but just about every inch of it has been improved over time; the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, fixtures, walls, insulation, front patio, rear deck, you name it, it’s been done. That my friends, is very hard to find.
The curb appeal for this home is off the charts, as the exterior has been impeccably maintained. You are greeted by a lovely front patio, which was expanded and offers plenty of space for seating and plants, as well as an extended roof line that provides shelter from the elements above the front door. Once inside, the flooring takes center stage, as it is gorgeous, but you will also be impressed by the flow of the living room and dining room into the kitchen, and second floor above. The living room features a large bay window that brings in wonderful natural light, as well as, a cathedral ceiling providing for a very spacious feel. The dining room adjoins the living room, which flows beautifully into the kitchen. The kitchen is a major highlight of the home, as it was designed so well. Not only, were top of the line materials used, but the selections are very tasteful and the space was utilized perfectly. There are a multitude of cabinets, offering great storage space, including an awesome built in pantry. The built in bar offers seating on both sides, as well as additional storage below. Beautiful granite countertops, tastefully tiled backsplash, ceramic tile floor, stainless steel appliances, under mount sink, pendant lighting and more, make this kitchen a 10!
Down a short flight of stairs, you’ll find the family room. It is a very spacious room, but has a nice, cozy feel, particularly in the glow of the fireplace. Surrounding the fireplace are built-in cabinets and desk areas, the windows feature plantation shutters and crown molding provides a nice accent to round out the room. You will also find access to the rear deck and yard, as well as the powder room from this space. Adjacent to the family room is a sizable laundry room, as well as a separate office and den/playroom. Most homes of this style do not offer the office and den, as this space was originally part of the garage. The owners converted most of the garage into this lovely living space, but wisely left about half of the garage in tact, offering plenty of room for a lawn mower, bikes and the like.The garage space can be accessed from the den, or on the exterior of the home, from the garage door.
Upstairs on the second floor, you will find three nicely sized bedrooms and a full bath. All three bedrooms offer ceiling fans and great closet space. The hall bath is tastefully done and offers spacious built-ins surrounding the sink and vanity, as well as, a separate vanity area with additional storage behind the door.
Out back, you will find a large deck, complete with automated awning that provides both shade and privacy. The deck is just off the family room, affording a prime entertaining space for guests to mingle both inside and out, particularly this time of year (GO EAGLES!). The deck offers a gate, in the case you’d like to keep little ones from heading out into the yard on their own. The yard offers place to play or garden, and also has a shed for additional outside storage.
Homes like this don’t come along too often, so you don’t want to delay in scheduling your appointment! Showings begin on Saturday, October 1st. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1,592 square feet
Why rent when you can own? This updated and well maintained home is located in the heart of Ambler, boasting sought after Wissahickon Schools, low taxes and a great price, making it a smart investment, and the perfect time for you to start building equity and making your house, your home.
144 South Spring Garden offers so many of the important amenities that you want in home; a beautiful, updated and open kitchen, a spacious, finished, walk out basement with powder room, and off-street parking! Other great features include, central air (installed within the past five years), new hot water heater, gas furnace, and replacement windows throughout.
Approaching the home, you can immediately tell that it has been well cared for. There is a sweet front patio, which provides a great place to sit and people watch, or chat with neighbors. Inside, the first floor has an open feel, as the living room, dining room and kitchen, all flow into one another. The high ceilings and new windows provide for tons of natural light and very pleasing feeling. The kitchen is lovely, featuring tasteful cabinets (and plenty of them!), beautiful Corian counters, undermount sink, stainless steel gas stove, dishwasher and built in microwave, tiled backsplash, under cabinet, task lighting, and more. The dining room is nicely sized and can accommodate a larger table, hutch, and the like. The living room features crown molding and coat closet, also the original hardwood floors are hiding under the carpet, waiting to be revealed.
The second floor offers three bedrooms, full bath and linen closet. The master bedroom is nicely sized and features two closets (one quite large). All three bedrooms have ceiling fans and hardwood flooring (giving you an idea of what is under the carpet in the hall and living room). The ceramic tile bath is original, but is in great shape, and painted a nice, neutral color. The bathroom also features a super cool, mid-century, skylight that brings in so much natural light during the day, that you don’t even need to turn on a bulb.
The basement is fully finished, offering two main living areas; currently set up as an entertainment room and an office/play area. The neutral color palette and natural light from both the front and rear of the basement, make for a nice, bright space. The washer and dryer is discreetly concealed on this level, as well as an updated powder room. In the rear of the basement, you will find a door to the covered, back patio and private, off-street parking for two cars. This outdoor area also has a gate and can be fully fenced in, for your two, or four, legged babies.
The off-street parking is a huge bonus, as this fabulous home is located blocks from downtown Ambler. If you aren’t familiar with Ambler, it’s time to come out from under your rock and explore a wonderful array of restaurants, bars, shops and services, a farmers’ market, library, theater, playhouse, and soon to be cooperative grocery store, all within walking distance. Ambler is also know for its many festivals held throughout the year. This Saturday, October 1st, happens to be the 25th Annual Ambler Oktoberfest, making it a great day to see this wonderful home, and take in all that Ambler has to offer.
Showings begin, Saturday, October 1st. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
144 South Spring Garden Street, Ambler
3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths
Beautiful and spacious home nestled in the highly desirable neighborhood of Whitemarsh Valley Farms. The location is second to none, in the heart of Lafayette Hill and close to everything; all major routes of transportation, quick access to Philadelphia, walk to restaurants and shopping, AND located within the award winning Colonial School District!
4020 Westaway Drive offers a fabulous floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, and truly great living space. There are hardwood floors on three floors (including under the carpet in the bedrooms), new heater, air conditioner and water heater, newer windows and a freshly painted exterior. You are welcomed by a charming front porch and then into a large living room with hardwood floors, large bay window, and full length stone front, wood burning fireplace with built-in shelving. The dining room is adjacent to the living room, great for entertaining, and also offers access to the backyard. The eat in kitchen features tons of cabinet space, newer tile floor and coveted window over the sink.
On the lower level, the family room is perfect for relaxing and is so spacious that it affords room for both lounging and an office area. This level also provides access to the powder room, HUGE laundry/storage room, and attached Garage.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is bright and roomy, featuring a walk-in closet and spotless private bath with updated vanity. The two additional bedrooms on this floor are spacious, have hardwood flooring under the carpet and plenty of closet space. The hall bath is neutral and updated. The fourth bedroom is huge and boasts lots of light, two walk-in closets and access to a large, floored attic.
Outside, the yard is perfect for relaxing, gardening, or play; tons of room for it all! This is a fantastic opportunity, don’t miss it!
Showings begin Friday, July 29th. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
4020 Westaway Drive, Lafayette Hill
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2046 square feet
If you crave natural light and are looking for an open floor plan in a walkable community, close to shopping, restaurants and parks, then this is the house for you. 4104 Colonial Court is not your average Carriage Run townhouse, as it is a custom designed, former model home, boasting features that most other homes in the community are lacking. This is evident as soon as you approach the home and are greeted by a handsome two story bay window, which provides tons of light to both the living room on the first floor, and the bedroom above. Other unique features include oversized rooms, a fantastic greenhouse window that spans almost the entire length of the kitchen and lovely corner fireplace in the living room. All of the rooms throughout the house are spacious and bright, and just make you feel good.
The first floor offers a bright living room featuring a wood burning fireplace with brick surround and hearth, bay window and an open flow into the dining room and eat in kitchen. The kitchen has been updated and boasts stainless steel appliances, tile floor and backsplash, tons of work space on the Corian counters and tons of cabinet space along with center island and wall of windows. Between the huge greenhouse window and slider to the deck, the kitchen is bathed in natural light, yet still maintains a nice, private feel. Also on the first floor, you’ll find a coat closet and a tastefully updated, powder room featuring a granite topped vanity, new toilet, wainscoting and chandelier.
Upstairs you will find two large bedrooms offering closets galore (including a walk in), and a huge bath, featuring a dual vanity with lots of counter space, shower with glass enclosure, and separate tub. In addition to fantastic living space on the first and second floors, the basement is finished and offers more great space, but also, plenty of storage and a separate laundry room.
This home has been extremely well cared for and updated, there is nothing to do but move in and unpack! The color palate is complementary and neutral, as the entire house has been painted with tasteful Benjamin Moore shades, all hand selected by an interior designer. The carpet in the living room, hallway, both sets of stairs and the basement has been replaced within the past few years. Small, yet important, details have also been taken care of, such as additional recessed lighting that was added in both bedrooms and basement, as well as in the closets. Ceiling fans with remote control access were added in each of the bedrooms and hand‐crafted baluster railings added to both sets of stairs. The home boasts custom Hunter Douglas blinds throughout. The light fixtures and faucets throughout house have also been replaced and upgraded. Also of great import is the fact that the furnace, air conditioner and water heater have all been replaced within the past three years!
The storage space is phenomenal, with closets and cabinets everywhere you turn, great storage in the basement and pull down stairs to a floored attic space above. The home also boasts two outdoor living spaces, a deck off of the kitchen which offers tons of space for both grilling and entertaining, as well as a charming lower patio, just outside of the finished basement.
If that isn’t enough, this home is located just a stroll away from quaint shopping and dining in beautiful, historic Skippack Village, as well as, your choice of parks and trails. The Skippack Village Trail is accessed directly across the street and provides a path to Palmer Park, a 55 acre park that has it’s own walking trail, tennis and basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, tot lot, bocce court and more. Take the trails a little further, and gain access to Evansburg State Park and the Perkiomen Trail. There is no end to fabulous places to enjoy when living here. It really is the best of both worlds, a private sanctuary to enjoy at home, and endless adventure once you walk out your front door! Also, don’t forget that Carriage Run is professionally maintained and the lawn care, trash and snow removal are all taken care of for you. It doesn’t get any better, don’t let this opportunity slip away!
Showings begin Friday, July 29th. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
4104 Colonial Court, Skippack
2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1900 square feet
From the street, 250 N Ridge Avenue may appear to be just a cute little bungalow, but it is actually a spacious, (almost) 2,000 square foot home. True to its Craftsman style, the home boasts wonderful architectural details, including a swoon worthy, deep front porch with tapered square columns, lovely woodwork and moldings, the original transom windows above the doors downstairs (!!!), character rich curvatures and angles as a result of the the eaves and dormers on the second floor, and more. While the home has retained many original features, it also boasts important modern amenities such as central air, two full baths, a spacious, expanded kitchen with loads of storage and an incredible great room addition with wood burning stove and sliders to a huge, tiered deck.
The first floor offers a versatile floor plan, with a formal living room (currently used as a dining room), dining room (set up as a playroom), bedroom (currently an office), full bath, kitchen and great room. The flow is fantastic and offers endless possibilities. The kitchen is large enough to accommodate a table and chairs and offers so much storage, that you’ll be hard pressed to fill it all. The transition between the kitchen and great room is an oversized doorway, allowing you be in the kitchen, yet feel connected to those relaxing in the front of the TV. The scale of the great room is quite impressive, yet it still manages to feel cozy, particularly in the winter months, in front of the brick hearth and stove.
Upstairs, there is a charming landing, a great space for a sitting area or reading nook, two spacious bedrooms, and a full bath, as well as plentiful storage.
Outside you will find a beautiful fenced in yard, offering tons of room for play, raised beds for gardening and a sweet shed, complete with electric and work area. As previously mentioned, the deck off the great room is quite large, featuring separate spaces for both dining and lounging. The front porch is a great place to enjoy some conversation in the shade, or take cover and relax when it rains.
Also of import, the natural light in this home is really special, every room is light filled and just makes you feel good. There is really nothing left to do, except add your personal touches, as the kitchen is modern, both bathrooms have been updated, the windows have been replaced, and a new roof was put on in 2014.
250 N Ridge Avenue is just 5 blocks, less than 1/2 a mile, from downtown Ambler and the train station. Walk or ride your bike to the weekly farmers’ market, stroll into town to catch a movie at the Ambler Theater or play at Act II Playhouse, sit on the front porch at Forest & Main and enjoy a beer brewed just 3 blocks from your home! Ambler offers an impressive array of restaurants and bars, shops and services, for you to take advantage of. Come, live the good life in Ambler!
Showings begin at the open house, Sunday, July 17, 1-3pm. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
250 N Ridge Avenue
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1998 square feet
This 5,400 square foot home is beautiful and better than new! Why work on a builders timeline and wait for new construction when you can be in this better than new, four year old home, before the school year begins?
Elegance abounds in this stunning Toll Brothers built home and no expense was spared, as it features every option and extra offered, stunning interior design, refined architectural details, spectacular natural light, and all the bells and whistles you could want. The exquisite condition of the property and high end finishes are evident from the moment that you step through the front door. A spectacular two story foyer with sweeping grand staircase, wrought iron balustrades, ornate wainscoting and custom moldings, travertine floors, and a knock out view of the two story family room with gorgeous coffered ceiling and floor to ceiling stone fireplace, immediately welcome you home.
The foyer is flanked by a formal living room and sophisticated dining room, both featuring Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, oversized windows, crown molding as well as some additional wainscoting and custom woodwork in the dining room. The great room is a real show stopper, not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but it flows beautifully into the breakfast room and equally impressive kitchen. This coveted space seamlessly transitions from simple every day life to grand parties offering a luxurious space for entertaining.
The kitchen offers plentiful work space on both the wraparound granite countertop, as well as the spacious granite island. All appliances are top of the line and there is cabinet space is a plenty, with room for every chefs tool, as well as a huge pantry. There is a beautiful place for informal dining between the kitchen and great room, which also offers access to the rear yard. The first floor also features a huge sun filled playroom (or media room/library/conservatory), private study, laundry and powder rooms.
Ascending the main staircase provides the most spectacular view of both the great room and the foyer, from the catwalk above. Notice even the small, yet important details, such as the high end lighting that is featured throughout the house. Once upstairs you’ll find five bedrooms and four full baths. The master suite boasts a spacious sleeping area with tray ceiling, sitting room with Juliette balcony, huge master bath, featuring two walk in closets, double vanity, tiled shower and separate soaking tub.
Three other spacious bedrooms all offer their own bath, one of them sharing, Jack and Jill style, with the fifth bedroom, or playroom, at the end of the hall. The rear staircase connects the master and guest suites to the kitchen. This home offers excellent storage space, in terms of nicely sized closets (and plenty of them), a pull down attic and an enormous basement, complete with full walk out egress. This home also boasts a three car garage, as well as, three zones of heating and cooling.
It is again worth mentioning that no expense was spared in designing this home, the few extra feet added in various rooms, the materials selected and the design elements that were incorporated make all the difference in the world. You will not find another home like this in the area. All of this AND sought after Central Bucks School District with a very convenient location, close to shopping and major routes of transportation. Don’t let this opportunity slip away!
3005 Tyler Way, Warrington
5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5499 square feet, $950,000
Shore traffic, why deal with it when you don’t have to? Forget the weekend treks to the beach and enjoy a fabulous vacation spot on the water, just around the corner. Why put two+ hours between you and your happy place when you can enjoy it year round? Port Indian is one of Montgomery County’s best kept secrets, so secret that I’ll bet that you didn’t even know it exists. Whether this is your permanent home, or a local getaway, life on the river sure is sweet.
The private waterfront community of Port Indian is tucked away, nestled in the Valley Forge Watershed, between the beautiful Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. 30 West Indian is almost an acre of either action packed fun, or a lazy day on the river; it’s your choice and both options are phenomenal. Actually, the property is large enough that family and friends can enjoy both rip roaring fun and relaxation all at the same time. This property is among one of the larger lots in Port Indian and features a boat launch, not only a rarity on the river, but a very hot commodity. In addition to the boat launch, there is a huge dock, beautiful grounds with a fire pit, killer custom cabana bar and deck, outdoor shower and more. With all of this and parking for tons of your friends, parties at this house are typically referred to as epic.
Whether your thing is speed boating, fishing, kayaking or just lazing about on the pontoon, you can surround yourself with river toys galore, as there is plenty of room to store them in the enormous 4 bay garage. When I say enormous, this is no exaggeration. Heck, you could have a school dance in just one half of them. For the right price, they may even throw in the disco ball.
Above the garage is an incredibly open, bright and airy living space, offering 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and huge great room with dining area and vaulted ceiling that is open to the kitchen. If the outdoor space didn’t make you feel like you were on vacation, then the house itself will seal the deal. The views from the master bedroom, great room, and even master bath are absolutely gorgeous. The main living space, living room, dining area and kitchen with bar are all open to one another, creating yet another awesome entertaining space. The master bedroom is spacious with breathtaking views of the grounds and water. The master has its own, roomy ensuite bath with slate shower, soaking tub and dual vanities. Also off of the master bedroom is an enormous walk in closet with laundry area. Two additional bedrooms and large hall bath round out the interior space. Off of the great room, through double french doors is a wrap around deck fit for a king with a view of all the land.
Port Indian has its own Ski Club, as well as, Civic and Boating Association and offers great annual events including the Ski Freeze in January and River Day in July. There are several other local organizations to check out if you are fan of the water, like the Upper Merion Boat Club. On the other side of West Indian Lane is the Schuylkill River Trail that runs from Center City to Oaks, where is connects with the Perkiomen Trail. The trail passes through Valley Forge Park, as well as Conshohocken, Manayunk and the Art Museum.
The home itself is located close to major routes of transportation, yet feels completely removed. This solidly built home is only 8 years old, so everything feels new. Seriously, what’s not to love?
This is a truly unique and outstanding property, a rare opportunity that you’ll regret if you let it get away.
30 West Indian Lane, Port Indian:
3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths (not including the outdoor shower),
4 GINORMOUS garage bays,
Boat launch, dock, cabana bar and all the fun that you can possibly imagine, all for $475,000.
So, you’d like to live in Ambler, be close to town and have four bedrooms, but think you can’t afford it? Well, think again, as this beautiful stone twin is your opportunity! Charm and character abound in this home, located on a quiet one way street in the heart of Ambler. If you have an eye for detail you will appreciate the period trim and woodwork, beautiful, original hardwood floors, high ceilings, deep windowsills and the like. They just don’t build them like this anymore.
Greeting you is a lovingly landscaped front yard (complete with vegetable and herb garden, off to the side) and a sweet front porch, a quintessential feature if you live in town. Inside you’ll find hardwood floors, spacious rooms, tons of natural light from oversized windows and a neutral color palate. The living room flows into dining room, which leads into the kitchen in the rear of the home, overlooking the back yard with access to the rear porch. The first floor boasts updated recessed lighting, crown molding in the living room and dining room, as well as a lovely chair rail in the dining room. The kitchen in nicely sized and offers space for a table and chairs, bakers rack or butcher block island. Other kitchen standouts are the stainless steel appliances, modern backsplash and custom tile floor.
Upstairs on the second floor, the hardwoods continue, and you will find three bright bedrooms as well as an updated bathroom. Up another flight of stairs, the third floor offers a fourth bedroom and additional bonus room. The bonus room makes a fabulous office, studio or playroom. The basement offers plenty of storage, as well as the laundry area. The rear yard is fenced and offers a lovely space to relax by the fire pit or do some gardening. There is also a covered rear porch, and path that leads to the front yard.
Living here is a blast, as everything is close by! 92 Orange Avenue is just blocks from several parks and hiking trails, restaurants, shops, a theater AND a playhouse, the library, annual festivals, First Fridays, the Saturday farmers’ market, and more. This location is also a commuters dream, as the train station is also a few blocks away and will land you in Philadelphia in about thirty minutes. It is also close to most major routes of travel. Offering low taxes and renowned Wissahickon schools, this is an incredible value, one that is not to be missed! Come, live the good life in Ambler!
Showings begin at the open house on Sunday, May 15, 1-3pm. For a private showing, or more information, please call me, Allison Wolf, 215-704-9888.
92 Orange Avenue
4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1519 square feet, $249,900
182 East Park Avenue is one of only three homes in the Borough that feature this unique, Dutch style, cross gambrel roof. This feature certainly sets the home apart from others in town, but it’s just one of the things that sets this home apart from all of the rest. Despite being constructed in 1925, almost every inch of this home has been renovated or restored. It truly is the best of the old, and the best of the new. From the walls, to the floors, to the duct work, electrical and water/sewer lines, it has all been done, and done with the utmost attention to detail by a true craftsman. Not only was the work done by a master craftsman, but it was done out of love, and no expense was spared. The current (second generation) owner of this home began to make changes in 2001 and finally stopped last year after there was nothing left to improve. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a more turn key home in my ten years selling real estate.
The meticulous manner in which this home has been cared for is evident even before you step foot inside. The professional landscaping is lush and perfectly thought out. Whether you know a lot about plants and flowers, or just appreciate them, you’re sure to be impressed with this landscape design. You’ll enjoy the sweet scent of the lily of the valley and various bulbs providing a much needed pop of color in early Spring. Bleeding hearts, peonies, lilac, hydrangea, angel’s trumpets and more will wow you for months to come; there is always something in bloom.
Another outdoor ‘wow factor’ is the outdoor living space. You have your choice of a spacious front porch (a must for Ambler living), a sprawling trex deck, and a private lower patio, totaling almost 1,000 square feet of outdoor space to entertain and enjoy! There is also plentiful yard space in the front, side and rear of the home. When the lower patio was constructed, not only was the retaining wall reset with the original stone from a family mason, but the patio was constructed to support a hot tub in the future (if one desires). It’s the little details like this that highlight how much thought and care were put into the improvements in this home.
The house itself is very bright, with tons of natural light in every room, on every level. The first floor features a living room, dining room with bow window and crown molding, spacious kitchen with adjoining breakfast room and powder room, all have hardwood flooring throughout. The breakfast room has two sets of french doors leading to the deck and Velux skylights overhead, which are remote controlled and have a rain sensor. So yes, if the skylight is open and it begins to rain, they automatically close (WHAT?!). Again, no expense was spared. Carrying on… The kitchen offers a boat load of storage and tons of work space on the wraparound granite counters. Perfectly positioned recessed lighting is exactly where you need when prepping and cooking.
Heading upstairs, the turned staircase is a lovely detail, as well as the stunning architectural note overhead from the gambrel roof design. This detail was originally masked by plaster and hidden in a closet, fortunately the owner has an artistic eye and saw the importance of showcasing this detail, both in the stairwell and in the master bedroom. Once upstairs, you will find two bright bedrooms with ample closet space and ceiling fans, a sizable hall bath and a huge master suite. Originally a four bedroom home, the two front bedrooms were converted into one large bedroom, with room for a sitting/dressing area, wonderful closet, and tasteful ensuite full bath.
The basement is very roomy with nice ceiling height, tons of storage and a full, at grade, walk out to the rear of the home. Also of import, this is one of the most clean and tidy basements that I’ve ever seen. The basement exit walks directly out to the parking area and garage in rear, perfect for easy access, in and out.
Now, onto some of the other important details which make this home so remarkable. If you don’t know much about construction, some of this may be over your head, and if that’s the case, ask someone who knows, they’ll not only be impressed, but tell you that these improvements cost a small fortune. The plaster was removed on all exterior walls so that fiberglass insulation could be installed and all new drywall was installed in its place (to the tune of @ 350 sheets). All of the trim has been replaced. There are new advanced Low-E, double pane argon, windows throughout, as well as newer Velux skylights and updated exterior doors. All original knob and tube wiring was removed and new Romex installed, along with new boxes, outlets and switches. New cable and phone lines were run. The gas water heater was replaced in 2014. A new high efficiency heater and central air conditioner were installed in 2008, as well as all duct work replaced at the same time. All cast iron sewer pipe and galvanized water pipes were removed and replaced with PVC 4″ sewer pipe and copper water lines throughout the house. The underground sewer line was dug up and replaced all the way to the main in the street. The water main was also dug up and replaced with new copper lines. R11 foam insulation was installed in various areas of the basement, and new insulation was also added under the sub floor in the master bedroom, as well as in the attic. Outside, the rear deck was built with double threaded screws, one for trex and one for pressure treated, the vinyl railing have aluminum inside and the posts, metal poles inside, for added strength. The concrete patio has 10″ of compacted stone, four structural pillars, 6″ of concrete with wire mesh and the lower left quarter specifically reinforced to properly support a hot tub.
If the house and its incredible condition aren’t enough, the location is choice. Located on the south side of Ambler, between Mattison and Rosemary, Park is a quiet street, yet in close proximity to all that Ambler has to offer. Unlike most area neighborhoods, here you have the option of walking or riding your bike to great restaurants, bars and shops, a movie theater AND playhouse, the library, a weekly farmers’ market, several festivals and events year round, and the train to the city. Aside from this huge benefit, the community and your neighbors in Ambler are second to none. As I write this (a block away), I hear the sound of the ice cream truck driving through the neighborhood. I can’t tell you how many times I feel like I need to be pinched living in this town, it’s simply the best!
Let me guess, your head is spinning and you haven’t even seen the house yet? This Sunday is your chance to see this beauty in person and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Showings begin at the open house, May 15th, 1-3pm. For a private showing, or more information, please contact me, Allison Wolf, 215-704-9888.
182 East Park Avenue
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, $375,000