157 Edgewood Drive, Ambler

If you love nature and long for a private retreat to call home, yet still want to be within walking distance of a bustling downtown and the train to the city, look no further than 157 Edgewood Drive. This home is hands down, one of the most unique within Ambler Borough. Offering a peaceful, wooded setting, 157 sits on more than a half an acre of land, three times the average borough lot size. The property is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with absolutely no through traffic, next to 9 acres of natural preserved park land. The home was custom built in 1965 for the previous owner and boasts distinctive details with a nod to Swiss heritage. The woodwork is exquisite, from the hand carved mahogany doors to the elaborate tracery between the foyer and living room and the coffered ceiling in the breakfast room. In addition to custom woodwork, you will find intricately carved bronze and iron work and sculptural elements throughout.

As you approach 157, you know that you are in for a treat. The hand laid brick path meanders through lush greenery and leads you to a front door that transports you to the 16th-century with its hand forged iron hinge straps, door handle, and knocker. Inside, you will find a bright foyer where the attention to detail continues. To your right is an intricately carved wood relief that houses a security system and key storage. To your left you will find a beautifully adorned door which opens to a well organized coat closet.

Further down on your right you will be wowed by the wood tracery that separates the foyer from the living room, creating a bit of privacy while bringing in natural light. The living room is a cozy space featuring solid wood built-in cabinetry with a pass through and a gorgeous swinging door that leads into the kitchen. There is hardwood flooring in both the foyer and living room.

On the other side of the living room, you will find the kitchen which offers plenty of storage space and the ideal “working triangle”, as well as a the important window over the sink. There is a second pass through from the kitchen into the breakfast room on the opposite side. 

The breakfast room also transports you to another time; from the coffered ceiling, wood paneled walls, custom built-ins, and flooring, you are surrounded by rich wood. There is a curved built-in banquette for seating and even a secret access panel in the coffered ceiling. 

On the other side of the kitchen you will delight in the huge laundry/mudroom. This room is also attached to the garage and is the perfect place to organize those items that never seem to have a home, like backpacks, cleaning supplies, etc. This room also offers a double sided ceramic utility sink, built-in shelving, and cabinetry.

Down a short flight of stairs you will find an enormous family room offering plenty of room for separate dining and lounging areas, if you so choose. The focal point of this room is the wood burning fireplace with incredible high relief sculptural detail surrounded by decorative half-timbered design. Other impressive details include the hand laid brick floor, beamed ceiling, beautiful wall of built-in cabinetry, arched opening with statue, and French doors leading to the patio and yard.

Off of the family room is the 4th bedroom, which would also make an ideal home office or playroom. On this level, you will also find access to the utility and storage room, as well as the all important wine cellar.

Upstairs, you will again be impressed by the master bedroom, which is grand in scale and boasts a vaulted ceiling. French doors open onto a private balcony overlooking the verdant grounds. The master bedroom also features an ensuite bathroom accessed through a large walk-through closet. Two additional bedrooms, a beautifully updated hall bathroom, and dual linen closets complete this level.

Outside, the grounds are absolutely beautiful, boasting established trees, thoughtfully planted perennials, copious ferns, charming paths, a paver patio attached to the house, and a separate flagstone patio that is waiting to become a fabulous outdoor kitchen and entertainment area. This is truly an oasis.

The attached two car garage is another huge bonus and a rare find in Ambler. The driveway offers plenty of room for parking, as does the typically empty cul-de-sac. The cul-de-sac also offers entry into the park. Ambler Borough park is a mostly natural park that hugs Rose Valley Creek, but also offers a small playground area.

This special home was featured in The Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin in 1971 as “From Europe to Ambler with Love”, a copy of which is available for viewing at the home.

This incredible home is located in an amazing location within walking distance to downtown Ambler. Fabulous restaurants and breweries, great shops, a movie theater AND playhouse, library, a seasonal farmers market, year-round festivals, and the best grocery store around are all just a hop skip and a jump away. If you commute, the train is also within walking distance and access to 309 and major routes of transportation are minutes away. Sought after Wissahickon School District (Lower Gwynedd Elementary) is yet another huge bonus!

A home like this doesn’t come along often, if ever, in the borough. 157 Edgewood presents an extremely rare opportunity, don’t regret not taking advantage of it while you can! For more information or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | [email protected]

157 Edgewood Drive ~ 4 bedrooms ~ 2 baths ~2,266 square feet ~ $450,000

Categories: Ambler, Real Estate

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