It was the year that George Washington was born, eleven years before the author of the Declaration of Independence, and 44 years before the founding of our great nation; 330 Mattison Avenue was built. To say that this property is unique is an understatement. Built in 1732, this home has the distinction of being the oldest on record in the Borough of Ambler and it boasts a half acre of land (one of less than two dozen such properties in the Borough). In 1732 Wissahickon was made up primarily of farmland, as it was well before the era in which the town was industrialized, also well before the infamous train wreck and the woman whose heroic act would change the name of our town. This property originally encompassed 157 acres, which means that several of you reading this live on the original property, myself included.
When I learned that I was going to have an opportunity to see the inside of 330 Mattison Avenue, I was absolutely giddy. I have been curious about this house for YEARS. Initially it was because it is a beautifully unique, stately home on what is a rather large lot, by Ambler standards. A few years ago I decided to find out which home was the oldest in the Borough; after some quick research, I learned that it is 330 Mattison Avenue. Needless to say, my interest in the property was considerably peaked and my stalking intensified. Just joking, sort of.
Inside and out, this home is an entertainers dream. A grand foyer welcomes you into the home where you will immediately notice the beautiful detail of yesteryear. The reception room features a hearth surrounded by a lovely mantel with dentil molding, view of the staircase with original newel post, coat closet and your first glimpse of the gorgeous hardwood floors.
Through the foyer you’ll find one of the highlights of this home, the spectacular great room. It’s amazing that this room is both enormous and cozy at the same time. I envision both epic holiday parties and snuggling in front of the fire with a book, clearing the floor for dancing and cocktails, but also curling up in the windowsill watching the snow fall. Speaking of window sills, they are amazing, fairy tale window sills, the kind that you can fit more than one person on, comfortably. Not only are the windows oversized and beautiful, but they have ALL been replaced, as in, throughout the entire house.
Back to the great room… it features french doors to the side yard, foyer and study, crown molding, five inch baseboards, beautiful hardwood floors and a stunning fireplace boasting exquisite mantel and millwork. Through the great room, you’ll step down into the study which has wide plank hardwood floors, access to the covered patio and rear yard. Beyond the study is a spacious and bright dining room offering newer hardwood floors, expansive windows which provide a striking view of the meticulously landscaped property and french door to the front porch.
While the kitchen offers the modern conveniences that we have come to expect, such as Decora cabinets, stainless steel double drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, slide in Jenn-Air range, granite counter with undermount sink and appealing granite island with plenty of workspace and seating for four, it has retained its period feel with beamed ceilings and brick hearth. A separate summer kitchen/pantry area provides tons of extra storage, acts as a staging area for special dinners, and touts a discreet rear stair case, as well as outside access.
Whether you ascend to the second floor by way of the main or rear staircase, you’ll find an abundance of space. The oversized master bedroom matches the great room in size and boasts the same beautiful hardwood floors.
The master bedroom shares the open landing with a second bedroom, huge linen closet and updated full bath. Down the hall you’ll find two additional bedrooms, one currently serving as a craft and laundry room. At the end of the hall is private access to the rear stairs. While this home has been extremely well maintained and carefully restored over the years, this small section is in need of some work. The owner poured much love, time and money into his home over the years, but sadly passed before completing this one small area. If desired, the new owner can complete this space and put their stamp on the home. The recently renovated third floor offers a fabulous entertainment or work area, two more bright bedrooms and an oversized, updated bath.
Last, but certainly not least, are the bucolic grounds. Every inch of this half acre has been meticulously maintained, a true labor of love. The front porch on Mattison is vast and great for watching the world go by, while the rear yard offers peace and tranquility. Just off the great room and study is a huge, covered flagstone patio complete with four ceiling fans and skylights. The patio is surrounded by perennial gardens, winding paths, an old wishing well, and a lush, rolling lawn where you’ll find one of the apple trees from the original orchard. Fencing along North Street adds privacy, there is a large shed offering plenty of storage, and the original horse ties are still in tact, for todays, modern, two horse family.
This historically significant home is a dream and is conveniently located near Ambler’s bustling restaurants, train station, and major highways. All of this within the award winning Wissahickon School District. Your chance to own this magnificent home is a once in a lifetime opportunity, don’t let it pass you by.
For a private showing, or more information, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888
330 Mattison Avenue, Ambler
5/6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3,943 square feet of magic, 1/2 acre, $474,900.
It’s no secret that the Borough has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. Moving forward, Borough Hall goes to auction this week, the Ambler Cabaret will have a new owner by the end of the year, and two of the Borough’s long vacant spots are rumored to have new tenants moving in. All very exciting news.
While the Borough is typically the focus here, there is a new project just outside of the Borough that recently caught my attention. The project is a multi-millon dollar redevelopment called Ambler Yards. Ambler Yards will be located in the former BASF complex (previously Cognis, Henkel, AmChem), one block outside of the Borough on a 26 acre parcel, in Lower Gwynedd Township. The complex is an industrial site consisting of 23 buildings; a mix of lab, warehouse, office and other space. Ambler Yards plan is to adaptively reuse the existing structures and create modern workspaces, as well as an incredible campus including green space with meadows, walking paths, pollinator garden, fitness center, game room, bike room, dedicated food truck area and more. Visit their website for a taste of what’s to come, great detail and gorgeous renderings.
The campus is less than one mile from the Ambler train station, complete with sidewalks from point A to point B. This redevelopment will be fantastic for Ambler, bringing countless new faces into the Borough to patronize our businesses and stimulate our local economy.
Final approval is still pending from Lower Gwynedd Township, but I’m told that things are moving forward and redevelopment should begin in Spring of 2016. Leasing will be handled exclusively by Binswanger.
Glen Mawr Drive? In Ambler? Where the heck is that? Not an uncommon response from even an Ambler resident, as Glen Mawr Drive is a tiny little two block street that many have never visited. It’s one of those streets that you’re likely not driving down, unless you live there. I could sit on the front porch all day and count the cars going by on my two hands. What a glorious thing. Glen Mawr Drive is a hidden gem that runs between Forest Avenue and Valley Brook Road, just two blocks from the now dog friendly Ambler Borough Park, and four blocks from downtown Ambler.
106 Glen Mawr Drive has been enjoyed by the same family (passed down through the years) for more than 60 years. True to the era in which it was built, the home is solid and well constructed, boasting beautiful details indicative of its time. The wood work (trim, baseboard, crown and frame molding, custom built-in’s) is impeccable, solid 5 panel wood doors are present throughout the home (which would cost a fortune today), hardwood floors are also throughout the home (with the exception of the den). The hardwood floors in several rooms have been covered with carpet for 40+ years, the wood is dying to be exposed, and what an incredible difference that will make!
This home offers great living space on the first floor. Entering the home, you are welcomed into an enclosed front porch; through the front door you’ll find a large living room with wood burning fireplace, turned staircase, and coat closet, sizable dining room with two corner built-in cabinets, cozy den with built in hutch, kitchen with access to the rear yard and adjoining breakfast room. Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms, one full bath, two linen closets and access through the third bedroom to a huge walk up attic that spans the entire house. The attic is unfinished and affords great storage, but also offers the possibility of wonderful finished space in the future. It could be a master suite, additional bedroom, office space, whatever your heart desires. The basement is neat and clean, and allows for outside access to the rear yard by way of an oversized stairwell and bilco door.
The lot is just over 1/5 of an acre and boasts a lovely back yard, perfect for a garden, as well as space to entertain and play. There is a one car detached garage and long driveway for plenty of off street parking, not that street parking would ever be a concern on Glen Mawr Drive.
This home has been extremely well maintained and is move in ready, but if you were to update the kitchen, expose the hardwood floors and add your personal touch with interior paint, this home would be amazing. If you want to take it one step further and really knock it out of the park, you could turn the breakfast room into a powder room and finish the third floor. Whether you want to move in and enjoy the home as it is, make improvements right away, or tackle one project at a time, this home is a great value and the neighborhood certainly justifies the improvements.
I feel confident that I don’t need to point out the MANY benefits of living in Ambler Borough, but if by some slim chance you are not familiar with the Borough, the rest of us will all take pity on you. Okay, pity party over, on to Ambler and why it is so wonderful…
Unlike most suburban towns in Montgomery County, Ambler has a true downtown that offers restaurants, a theater and playhouse, unique small businesses and shops, as well as regional rail to the city. The entire Borough of Ambler is less than one square mile, so you can get to everything on foot. Ambler’s non-profit organization, Ambler Main Street, produces spectacular events throughout the year, including an Arts & Music Festival, First Fridays, Oktoberfest, Auto Show, Holiday Parade, two Restaurant Weeks per year and more. We also have a top notch Farmers’ Market, May-October. Ambler has an old world feel and is a tight knit community; you know your neighbors and people look out for one another. Ambler boasts several volunteer organizations where many newcomers are able to meet people and take an active role in the community. Ambler is also located in the highly regarded Wissahickon School District, children living at this address would go to Lower Gwynedd Elementary. I could go on, but I’ll stop and get back to the house…
Showings will begin at the open house on Saturday, September 12th, 1-4pm. This home is a rare opportunity, don’t miss it!
106 Glen Mawr Drive, Ambler
3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1736 square feet
For more information, please call or email me, Allison Wolf. | 215-704-9888 | [email protected]
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 $520,000.
Do you want to live in a town where the ice cream man visits nightly in the summer? As much as Ambler has experienced an incredible revitalization, it has managed to maintain the small details that make you feel like you are stepping back in time. You’re invited to do just that this Sunday, step back in time by visiting one of Ambler’s highly regarded Painted Ladies. Much like the town of Ambler, this exquisite Queen Anne Victorian home has maintained its wonderful, period qualities, while offering the modern updates and features that our lives demand. The detail is impeccable, and unlike any modern construction that exists today. A home like this rarely become available in Ambler.
It is quite possible that you will fall in love even before stepping foot into the house, as the exterior of the home is breathtaking. Three stories tall and constructed of solid stone with lovely wood detail including scalloped shingles and gorgeous spindle work on the front porch, which also boasts a beautiful mahogany floor and matching ceiling. The front door, and even storm door, are specimens. Ambler is a town where front porches get a lot of use, and this one really takes the cake.
Inside you’ll enter into grand foyer with enfilade through to the custom kitchen in the rear of the home. Timeless details like the oak staircase with beautiful newel post and original stained glass window over the stairwell will charm you. Enough cannot be said about the woodwork in this home, it is extensive and ornate, yet not overbearing. Through the foyer you’ll find a formal living room, dining room, family room with wood burning fireplace and a large bay window bump out with wrap-around window seat. The oversized windows bring in plentiful light, making this a very welcoming home.
Through the dining room is the completely renovated, custom kitchen boasting lovely cabinetry offering TONS of storage, striking soapstone counters, over sized, deep undermount sink, and all stainless steel appliances, including gas range. There are two pantry areas, and open shelving to display your treasures. Not only does the kitchen have a cathedral ceiling, but two sky lights bringing in beautiful, natural light. Adjoining the kitchen is a breakfast room with high end wrap-around casement windows. There is also an exit to the fabulous rear yard, but we’ll come back to that. There are hardwood floors throughout the entire first floor and a tiny, but necessary, powder room tucked away under the stairs.
Upstairs, the second floor again features hardwood floors and tons of light, three bedrooms, two full baths and linen closet. The master bedroom has a wall of windows, its own full ensuite bath and a wall of closets, because let’s face it, homes of this age weren’t originally overflowing with closet space. Fortunately the current owners took care of that and there is now room for abundant storage. The second and third bedrooms are also spacious and offer expanded closet space. The hall bath is huge and features a beautiful claw foot tub.
Down the hallway and up another set of stairs, the third floor presents one of the best rooms in the house. Although it is a bedroom, it is currently being used as a lounge area (The Sky Lounge, to be exact) with one of the best vantage points in Ambler. Not to mention, one of the most beautiful windows from which to look out upon all of Ambler. Underlying the windows are builtins that span the wall and could also be used as window seating. This is a fantastic space, with limitless possibilities. A fifth bedroom and huge walk in closet round out the third floor.
Outside, in the rear of the home, you’ll find a fully fenced in yard with lots of room for play, as well as a 600 square foot EP Henry paver patio with retaining wall. This makes for an amazing entertaining space, or just a lovely spot to relax. The landscaping was well done, offering many different perennials providing beauty all season long. If this isn’t enough, you are just blocks from the heart of downtown Ambler. If you don’t already know, Ambler has a vibrant downtown that offers great restaurants, bars, shops, festivals, farmers’ market and train to the city!
This home is a rare opportunity that you don’t want to slip away. Come, live the good life in Ambler!
Showings begin at the Open House, Sunday, May 17, 1-3pm
For a private showing, or more information, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888
9 Hendricks Street
5 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 2,425 square feet of beauty, $398,000.
Newer construction is not often found in the heart of Ambler, making this spacious 21 year old home a great and rare opportunity. It’s the best of both worlds, newer construction and design on a wonderful street in historic Ambler Borough.
This home offers over 2,000 square feet of living space featuring high ceilings, an open, flowing floor plan and newer hardwood floors. All rooms are very nicely sized and boast great natural light. The color palette is neutral, opening up endless possibilities to make the house your own.
The oversized, eat in kitchen is the heart of the home, with a view to the living room, dining room and family rooms. The family room is a wonderful gathering place featuring a soaring cathedral ceiling, wood burning fireplace with lovely marble surround and sliders to the deck. There is also a powder room, laundry area and access to the garage on this level.
Upstairs the hardwood floors continue and you will find a huge master bedroom, complete with full bath and abundant closet space, as well as two other nicely sized bedrooms and hall bath. The basement has very high ceilings and is on it’s way to being finished, just needs a few finishing touches.
Outside you’ll find a great back yard and thoughtful plantings around the house including bleeding heart, hydrangea and peonies, all of which make for great cut flowers.
Due to the location between Church and Orange, this is not a cut through street, but a quiet street where you can sit on your front porch and relax in peace or walk down the block to Pickering Field and watch a baseball game. Also within walking distance is vibrant downtown Ambler which offers great restaurants, bars, shops, festivals, farmers’ market and train to the city! A great home, in a special town.
Come, live the good life in Ambler!
3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 2,000+ square feet, new roof in 2013, $350,000.
To schedule a tour, contact me, Allison Wolf, 215-704-9888.
Unless you are under the age of ten, you know what follows those words. As a youngster, the Meatloaf tune was an anthem, as I grew older, it morphed into an overplayed ear worm. Thanks to local filmmaker, Joe Ronca, I can feel good again when I hear, By the Dashboard Light.
A little over a year ago Ambler resident, Joe Ronca, decided to take a break from Yes, Hello! (a sketch comedy group that you may have seen at The Ambler Theater in July of 2012) and focus on a feature film. This is something that he’s wanted to do for a long time and had a handful of half-written scripts and story concepts, but nothing concrete. He was driven to get to work right away and put an ad out on the ISA (International Screenwriter’s Association) looking for scripts. The ad brought in 80+ scripts; some were phenomenal, but were big budget epics that were just not feasible, and some not so good, as evidenced by only a couple pages.
Finally he found the script for “By the Dashboard Light” – a comedy. After being focused on comedy with YH! for the past 3 years, Ronca initially didn’t want to produce a comedy, but the script was so good, that he couldn’t turn it down. Keep in mind, the ISA is an international website and Ronca received scripts from the UK, India and numerous other countries. After falling for the script he learned that writer Sienna Golden Malik was from Media, PA. He took it as a sign and contacted her immediately.
In March of last year they held auditions at 1812 Productions in Philadelphia. They were casting the primary roles of the film and a handful of smaller parts. Close to 200 people showed up and provided some really good auditions (and a ton that weren’t so hot). Ronca also received countless video auditions from people who couldn’t attend. Interestingly, nearly all of the main character roles were filled with people who sent in a video read. The audition process was captured by filmmaker Trevor Senhouse. Shortly after, Ronca selected the primary cast. The lead role of Roger was to be played by the incredibly talented Keith Chandler. Some recent and very exciting news is that veteran character actor Jon Polito (The Big Lebowski) has also joined the cast!!!
They spent the next 3-4 months preparing a short trailer video that could be used as a fundraiser. Ronca and Malik selected their favorite scenes from the film and he wrote a screenplay for the trailer. After a loooooong SAG (Screen Actors Guild) battle over contracts, they finally got the go-ahead to shoot. The trailer was shot in 2 months and took another 2 months to edit. On Christmas day 2014, they launched the early version of the trailer. After some tweaking, the final version came to life (fellow Amblerians will likely recognize the house in the opening shot). The video is used on their Indiegogo fundraising page AND will also play at the Ambler Theater before movies in the upcoming months – followed by a special message from Ronca to the audience.
Fundraising began last week on 4/20. Their goal is to raise $30,000.00 for the film’s primary production, a goal that they’ve been told by fellow producers is very reachable and with our help, they can reach their goal. Aside from the warm fuzzies of contributing to the project, there are some pretty sweet perks for donations at certain levels, including admission to the premiere at the Ambler Theater, tickets to the VIP after party, and BEING IN THE MOVIE! Yes, that’s correct, you my friend, can be a star… Help support a local artist and who knows, Ambler could make the big time! Also, be sure to like the films facebook page to share the journey with them and be among the first to know about exciting new announcements.
What every Ambler buyer wants; quality construction rich in character, offering an open floor plan. The two typically don’t go hand in hand, but in this home, you will find the perfect balance. Bright, open and airy, with tasteful upgrades, including a kitchen that will knock your socks off, studio/garage and off street parking, finished basement, two outdoors areas, and more, this home does not disappoint.
Greeting you is the front porch, a quintessential element if you live in town. If you’re not familiar with Ambler, porch sitting is a must. In the warm months, the town comes alive and this becomes a great vantage point and spot to wave to your neighbors, or invite them up for a cool beverage. The community vibe and old school neighborly feel is one of the best things about Ambler, but we’ll get to that later. Back to the house…
Inside you’ll find hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, original trim and molding and the open concept that you’ve been looking for. The living room is spacious and looks into the bright dining room, which flows beautifully into a custom kitchen. The owners thoughtfully removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room, creating a truly wonderful space. While they were at it, they renovated the kitchen to a degree that is rarely found in a home like this. If cooking is your game, then you will appreciate the professional grade, gas Themador rangetop and oven. High end Downsview cabinets under the granite countertop, dual bowl, undermount sink, stainless steel appliances, wine rack, fabulous butcher block top island with plenty of room for seating, custom backsplash with Moravian tile detail from nearby Fonthill and more. The kitchen is not only the heart of the home, but where everyone gathers; your friends and family are going to love spending time here. Off the kitchen is a mud/laundry room with front loading washer and dryer, terra cotta floors and plenty of storage.
Upstairs, the hardwood floors continue, and you will find three nicely sized bedrooms. Years ago, people didn’t have nearly as much stuff as we do today, particularly clothing. Therefore, finding closets large enough to accommodate our belongings is a challenge in most homes this age, but not here! Additional closet space was added in the master bedroom, complete with builtins. Also on the second floor is a full, tile bath, with a beautiful door. Yes, I’m highlighting the bathroom door. Weird, I know, but wait until you see it. It speaks volumes to the era in which this home was built and I love it. I want to steal it.
Up another flight of stairs is what used to be a generous attic space that was wisely converted into a fourth bedroom. Two sisters currently share this room, not because there isn’t enough space on the second floor, but because this room is that cool. It really is a unique space, with a vaulted ceiling and skylight that brings in a ton of light, lots of storage, and a private getaway kind of feel. If this space isn’t used as a bedroom, it would be a great studio, reading room or office.
Yes, we’ve already covered a lot of space for a twin home, but there is more. The basement is finished and offers great space as a family room and all around gathering place. This level also offers a half bath, wine cellar (well, not quite yet, but that’s what I would make it), and convenient exit to the rear yard.
Speaking of the rear yard, it is super cute. There is a recently built deck with plenty of room for seating, eating and all that good stuff, along with a yard complete with flowering trees and perennials. Also, the owners have installed a rain barrel, to tickle your eco fancy. In the rear of the home is a one car detached garage, which was converted into a studio. Whether the potters wheel is spinning or band practice is in full effect, this is a very creative space that has endless possibilities. Leading to the studio is a driveway, yes, off street parking! This is a huge bonus and a game changer when you’re so close to town. And no, the car doesn’t come with the house, but nice try.
Ahhh, and now onto town. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you are already fairly familiar with Ambler and have likely targeted the town for your home search (like I did). If so, you probably know what Ambler has to offer, but if not, there is so, so much. Tiny, little, Ambler Borough is less than one square mile, but packs a big punch. There is a vibrant downtown that offers great restaurants and bars, a historic, 3 screen, indie movie theater, an acclaimed playhouse, shopping, services (like the old school tailor, shoe repair, salons a plenty, etc.), yoga/karate studios, music schools, and more. All of this, including the train to the city (and Doylestown) are just blocks away. Several new businesses are in the throws of opening in town (a bakery, a restaurant, and a co-op is in the works), demonstrating that Ambler is a smart investment. Ambler’s hardworking volunteer organization, Ambler Main Street, brings festivals and fun events throughout the year. Also, the Ambler Farmers’ Market is 4 blocks away! Open Saturdays, May – October, this is not only a place to purchase fresh, local food, but a community gathering place. Which brings me back to that community feel that I mentioned earlier. This is one if the best things about Ambler, that you may not know, unless you’ve lived here. It really is Small-town, USA. My friend likes to recount her “Ambler experiences” by opening with, “It was the perfect Norman Rockwell moment”. These Norman Rockwell moments happen all the time, in fact, I had one this past Saturday. I left my house to head into town and encountered our local firetruck and police leading a huge group of kids and their parents towards Pickering Field for opening day of Ambler Junior Baseball. Talk about warm fuzzies. It’s actually hard to walk around town and not run into people you know, and if you’re new to town, that will quickly change. Maybe it’s because the houses are closer together and we have sidewalks, but I think that most of all, it is because Ambler residents deeply care about their community and work hard to make it a truly special place.
Okay, I’ll get off of my Ambler soapbox, but you get the point. Come see this amazing house on Sunday, and come, live the good life in Ambler!
118 Rosemary Avenue
Open house, Sunday, April 19, 1-3pm
For questions and/or more information, please contact me, Allison Wolf.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
How many at bats have there been at 34 East Butler Avenue? Really, I’m curious, as I’ve lost count. The Wyndham is the standout for me, otherwise, it’s a bit of a blur between then and now. Most recently, 34 East Tavern stepped up to the plate in June of 2013 after Finn McCool’s unexpectedly closed. A year later, 34 East was publicly listed for sale, and by next week, the building will have a new owner. With a new owner, comes a new restaurant, Gypsy Blu.
Although new to Ambler, the force behind Gypsy Blu is not new to the business, not by any stretch. Partners, Kim Strengari and Marianne Gere, are established restauranteurs, with three successful eateries under their belts. Stella Blu (2001), The Gypsy Saloon (2004), (see what they did there) and Southern Cross Kitchen (2012) are located just 20 minutes away in Conshohocken, and all three thrive within less than one mile of each other. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. I was not able to connect with the owners, so I cannot speak to the Gypsy Blu concept or menu, but am confident that it will be a welcome addition to Ambler. Their restaurants are known for great food and atmosphere, a fun bar scene, live music, alfresco dining (can’t wait to see what they do with the best patio in town), a rockin’ happy hour and exciting nightly specials. Brunch is served at two of the three locations (including bottomless bloodys and mimosas!), hopefully this trend will continue in Ambler.
I was told that after the final, last call at 34 East (this Saturday night) a crew will quickly step in and get renovations under way. Apparently, the plan is to close for only a short time (about two weeks) before reopening as Gypsy Blu. They have been hiring for several weeks and from what I’ve heard, training in their Conshohocken restaurants, so perhaps the staff will be ready go. Regardless, two weeks seems pretty bold, but cheers to them if they can pull it off. Also of interest, it was reported that the second and third floors will eventually be turned into 10-12 luxury apartments. Hopefully more on this to come.
For now, let’s welcome Gypsy Blu and hope that this batter hits a home run.
In the mean time, let’s help 34 East go out with a bang! They will be cash only and are offering HUGE discounts, as well as a DJ Thursday, Friday and Saturday, stop by, it’s a party!!!
UPDATE, April 7, 2015:
The property officially changed hands yesterday, April 6, 2015, sources say Gypsy Blu hopes to open sometime in May.
Yes, as I type it is 4 degrees, but warmer days are coming. Looking at this photo gives me hope; lush green grass, leaves on the trees, flowers, SUN! Fortunately the owners of 169 Rosemary take such pride in their outdoor oasis that they have a photo from warmer days, AHHH, this feels good. Truly a great house all around, but this private yard is one of my favorite features. Many a good time has been had here, and it is now time for a new owner to make their own memories here.
You truly have the best of both worlds in this charming Ambler Borough home; enjoy the excitement of downtown Ambler, then walk home to relax in your very own, special home. The location is superb, and this home has been beautifully cared for and maintained. The home boasts great natural light, spacious rooms, and a gorgeous, updated, eat in kitchen featuring gas cooking and stainless steel appliances.
This home is perfect for entertaining, as your guests will feel comfortable relaxing on the quaint, covered front porch (porch sittin’ is a must in Ambler), in the open living and dining rooms, which look into the kitchen (where everyone always gathers) and then out to the private, fenced in, rear yard.
169 Rosemary is a four bedroom home, but with so much space, that the current owners use the fourth bedroom as a fabulous walk-in closet and dressing room. The ceramic tile bath has an updated/retro feel that attests to the quality and style of yesteryear but speaks to modern taste. There is also a convenient powder room on the first floor and mud room off of the kitchen. The roof, siding and rear fencing have all been replaced within the last three years. The taxes are unbelievably low and of course, great schools (Wissahickon School District, Shady Grove Elementary).
This home allows you to move in, unpack, and start living your life in a wonderful town with incredible restaurants, theaters, shopping, annual festivals, farmers’ market, it is just blocks to the train, and so much more! There is time to be in before Spring and enjoy Ambler life to it’s fullest! Come see this wonderful home at the Open House, Sunday, February 22nd, 2-4pm.
To schedule a tour, contact me today. Allison Wolf, 215-704-9888, [email protected]