The Ice Cream Man and The Painted Lady

9 Hendricks StreetDo 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.

9 Hendricks Ambler porchIt 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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