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501 Montgomery Road, Ambler

Every now and then, a truly special property becomes available, however, to call 501 Montgomery Road special is an understatement, as this home is nothing short of extraordinary.

Likely you have passed this house over the years and watched the transformation with intense curiosity, as I have. Prior to the multi-year (re)construction, I hadn’t taken notice of the home, as it was a basic brick ranch, fairly standard for our area. In 2011 major changes commenced and I found myself going out of my way at times to drive by and check the progress. You can imagine my excitement when I was recently invited to visit.

When the current owners purchased this property it was a small ranch home with only two bedrooms and one bath, offering a little more than 1,000 square feet. Today, you will find 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2,236 square feet of exquisite living space housed in beautiful mid-century modern design. The work that has been done is far beyond a renovation, it truly is a work of art. The addition includes two bedroom suites, a large hallway, and foyer. A full basement was created under the addition and a roof deck was added above. As far as the original structure, very little of it remains, as essentially everything was replaced, including all drywall, trim, insulation, flooring, windows, roof, and all mechanicals. That said, there is one thing that was left as an homage to the original home, I’ll let you find out what it is. Not only has this home been rebuilt and built anew, but it was done using green infrastructure throughout, a rarity in and of itself.

True to mid-century modern design, the home features clean lines and geometric forms, which truly distinguish this home from all others in the area. The use of traditional and non-traditional materials both inside and out, as well as the form following function design, speak to the homes timeless and refined style.

 

Your first glimpse into the home is a spacious foyer with lovely windows and unique Sierra Stone flooring. Through the foyer is the heart of the home, one magnificent room that is open from the living room straight through to the kitchen, boasting soaring ceilings and clerestory windows. This space allows for several different configurations, however, currently the 6’x5’ island serves as a fantastic place for dining and the rest of the room is used as a living room and seating area. This setup is ideal for entertaining. The kitchen can easily accommodate more than one cook and several guests all at the same time. The counter space is expansive and the amount of storage seems endless. The stainless steel appliances are well laid out, creating a comfortable workflow. When I referred to this space as the heart of the home, it was not entirely figurative, as it is flanked by two sets of bedrooms on either side.

To your right, you’ll find a beautiful transition into the addition, a bright and spacious hallway that offers access to both the master suite and guest suite, as well as, exits to both the front and rear patios. You will again notice the Sierra Stone flooring in the hallway, which is carried out onto the front patio, creating a seamless sightline. The master suite is a peaceful place offering a Zen-like sitting room, well appointed bathroom and walk-in closet. Small, thoughtful details, like pocket doors in all the right places, add to the harmonic functionality of this home. Down the hall is a private guest suite complete with its own full bath.

On the opposite side of the house, you will find two nicely sized bedrooms and a full hall bath. Although these bedrooms are part of the original footprint, the roof was configured to allow for clerestory windows in both spaces, creating a beautiful environment bathed in natural light. The flooring in all four bedrooms is made of bamboo, making it not only beautiful, but durable and sustainable. All rooms have ceiling fans and there are custom shades on every window, even the clerestory windows above have custom, remotely operated shades.

Down below, the basement is vast. The first room houses the laundry area, an impressive mechanical setup, and storage space. Beyond that, you will find a finished room that was on it’s way to becoming a wine cellar, but now, that is up to you. Further down you will find the “new” basement which is a huge, wide open space that is ready to become whatever your heart desires. There is already egress in place, so the sky is the limit!

In terms of green infrastructure, many thoughtful systems were included in this home, offering you tangible benefits. All four bedrooms, as well as, the main living space have their own separate zones of both heating and cooling, allowing for maximum comfort. You will also be pleased to learn that much of the home offers radiant floor heating (everywhere there is tile or stone), which will become your new best friend in the winter. Closed cell foam insulation was used throughout and there is also an Energy Recovery Ventilator which improves indoor air quality and the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems. Only low or no VOC paint has been used in this home.

The roof is constructed of white/cool roofing material which reflects more sunlight and absorbs significantly less heat than a standard roof. The roof over the addition currently serves as a fantastic roof deck (which must be the absolute best place to view the Wissahickon Fireworks!), however, it was structurally engineered to sustain a green/living roof in the future, if one is so inclined.

In addition to the roof deck, there are both front and rear patios. The covered rear patio features a ceiling fan and offers access to the oversized two car garage. The garage offers enough room for two cars and plenty of toys. For those looking to take things to the next level in terms of solar power, the legwork has already been done for you. The garage was built in the proper position and with the proper roof pitch to accommodate solar panels, and the conduit has already been installed.

At just under an acre, the lot is absolutely beautiful and private. You will love the extensive native plantings, raised garden beds, and fenced in yard. Three dry wells and a rain garden were installed to mitigate stormwater runoff, contributing to the health of our Wissahickon Valley Watershed.

Located in Lower Gwynedd Township, just across the street from Ambler Borough, make this a walkable property for those who enjoy a nice stroll into town. Plenty of restaurants, pubs, and shopping await you, in addition to the theater, playhouse, fantastic annual festivals and seasonal farmers’ market. Don’t forget, there are also several lovely parks and access to the Green Ribbon Trail is just down the road. Served by one of the most sought after school districts in the area, Wissahickon High School, Middle School, and Lower Gwynedd Elementary all just around the corner. Last, but certainly not least, the taxes are phenomenal.

I know, you are asking yourself, why would someone invest so much time, love and money into this home and then leave? Well, the answer is, they never intended to leave. The owners did all of this for themselves, with the utmost care and respect for not only the home, but our environment; they spared absolutely no expense. Now, you have this incredibly rare opportunity to benefit from their efforts. In my career, I have never seen an opportunity to purchase a home such as this.

Showings begin Tuesday, May 29th. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

501 Montgomery Road ~ 4 bedrooms ~ 3 baths ~ 2,236 square feet ~ $499,900

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226 Overlook Road, Ambler

Whether you are looking for one floor living or just the opportunity to find a single house in Ambler Borough for under $300k, look no further as 226 Overlook Road has all that to offer, and then some. This charming property has been wonderfully maintained and is in absolute move in condition.

If you have been in other Capes in Haywood Park, you will likely be surprised by the layout of 226, as it is rather unique to the neighborhood. Once inside, you will be pleased to see the open concept that greets you. The wall that typically separates the kitchen and dining room has been opened up and there is a lovely bar connecting the two rooms. The eye is immediately drawn through the first floor into the living room at the far end (which is typically a bedroom in these homes). The space is vast, offering great connectivity, making it ideal for entertaining.

If you enjoy cooking, you will love the amount of counter space and gas cooking. The kitchen offers outdoor access to a covered patio, the perfect location for grilling and al fresco meals. Back inside, the dining room is very large, able to accommodate a sizable table, however, with the open concept, one could easily have a smaller dining area and a huge living room. If so desired, a third bedroom could be created in the living room space with the addition of some drywall and a door.

Down the hall off of the living room is a first floor bedroom, full bath, and large storage closet. Upstairs, the second floor offers a lovely bedroom with built-in storage and swoon worthy window seat, along with another full bath, tons of closet space (including cedar closet) and a bright sitting room. This sitting room is a fantastic space that could work as an office, library, playroom, studio space, you name it. There is hardwood flooring under the carpet in this area, similar to what is exposed in the bedroom down the hall.

The basement is unfinished but offers great work space, a laundry area and tons of storage. The ceilings are high and the basement was waterproofed years ago and comes with a transferable warranty.

Outside, the yard and patio are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a beautiful day. The perennials will bring you joy from Spring through Fall and the detached garage with electric offers a place to park or a fantastic workshop.

Some of my favorite things about this house include the abundance of natural light, the original random width hardwood flooring, the open kitchen, the charming patio with an arbor that will boast gorgeous clematis blooms all summer and the thoughtfully planted garden that will keep you in fresh cut flowers for most months on end. Also, you will enjoy the central air in the warmer months and the benefit of replacement windows in the winter months.

All of this in fantastic Ambler Borough and sought after Haywood Park! Excellent Wissahickon Schools, extremely reasonable taxes, as well as, walkability to downtown Ambler, several parks and more, make this a no-brainer. Come visit 226 Overlook today! For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

226 Overlook Road ~ 2 bedrooms ~ 2 baths ~ 1379 square feet ~ $299,900

Categories: Ambler, Real Estate

318 Bangor Lane, Gwynedd Hunt

Prepare to be wowed by 318 Bangor Lane, an absolutely stunning, turnkey home located in the lovely community of Gwynedd Hunt, offering carefree living. You will see that no expense was spared, as every single renovation and update was done out of love for the home with thoughtful consideration and refinement. Very rarely does a home like this become available. 

From the moment that you approach the home, you will fall in love with the charming front courtyard that will become your own little English garden. Hand laid pavers lead the way to the front door and inside you will find a welcoming foyer where you will catch your first glimpse of the gorgeous random width hardwood flooring and beautiful wainscoting.

To your left is a sun-filled sitting room with a bay bump out that is highlighted by recessed lighting and custom window treatments, including hidden pull-down shades. The sitting room is adjacent to the kitchen, separated by a bar, the perfect place to engage guests while you revel in the custom kitchen and all that it has to offer.

This custom kitchen is just as beautiful as it is functional, offering a wonderful workflow. The cabinetry was handmade in Phoenixville by Dilworth Design and offers tons of space including a pantry with pull out drawers and hidden microwave area, lighted glass display cabinet, pull out spice shelves, lazy Susan, and hidden trash drawer. The chef in you will love the gas range with pop-up downdraft vent and the double wall oven offering both thermal and convection cooking. Other thoughtful details include the slightly elevated counter height that allows for more comfortable cooking and food prep, custom wrought iron and antique glass shelf over the range, Franke sink with suspended shelf grid, custom tumbled stone backsplash, Verde Butterfly granite countertops, under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, and recessed lighting.

Through the kitchen, you’ll find a bright dining room highlighted by French doors that open to the patio, a perfect location for grilling.

The dining room is open to the piece de la resistance of the home, a spectacular two-story great room. The focal point of this gathering space is the stone front gas fireplace with Kentucky bluestone mantle and hearth. The custom ceiling beams have a California feel and draw the eye up, beautifully connecting the mahogany stained stairs and flooring on both levels. The view of the stairwell is impressive as the new volute handrail, balusters and treads take center stage and beautifully showcase the wainscoting that leads to the second floor.

Upstairs, you will find a lovely master suite, which makes for a perfect retreat at the end of the day. The bedroom is spacious and bright offering important details such as recessed reading lights, double door entrance, custom walk-in closet organization, dressing area and spa-like ensuite bath. You will love the generous size of the master bathroom as well as the Arizona slate floor and design lighting. Gone is the old soaking tub that no one ever uses and in its place is now an oversized custom J.E. Roberts vanity and comfortable space ideal for pampering and readying yourself for the day.

The second bedroom is also spacious and offers its own private ensuite bath, perfect for hosting guests. A laundry area and linen closet round out the second floor.

318 Bangor features many small details that add up to mean a lot, such as high-end Cottage style windows on the first floor, six panel doors throughout, hand painted chandeliers in the foyer and kitchen, a fabulous custom built coat closet off the foyer, a neutral and very pleasing color palette throughout the house, custom window treatments, and so much more. There is also a large, unbelievably clean, basement with high ceilings offering great storage and an attached garage. Not only does the garage allow for parking and convenient inside access, but also offers great storage, as the old kitchen cabinets were relocated here when the kitchen was renovated.

Another ideal aspect of this home is the choice location within Gwynedd Hunt. If you thought the courtyard was charming, wait until you take a look out back. There is both a patio and garden area which are fenced on both sides to allow for optimum privacy, yet the back overlooks open space and trees. It is the perfect place to enjoy a book in the sun and dinners at dusk. The flow of this home, both inside and out, make it ideal for entertaining while also offering a very warm and comfortable feel.

Another wonderful benefit is the location of the home in general, just over a mile away from the entrance to route 309 makes this home convenient to almost everything. However, there’s really no need to travel far, as the Springhouse Village Center is within walking distance and offers a brand new mega Whole Foods, several restaurants, pharmacy, Starbucks and more. Also within walking distance is Treweryn Farm Trail which is a hidden Lower Gwynedd gem offering a nice walking trail, creek, great birding and more. Exciting Downtown Ambler is just a few minutes away by car offering a theater, playhouse, fabulous restaurants, farmers’ market, festivals and the train to center city (or Doylestown!).

318 Bangor Lane has been meticulously cared for and offers elegant appointments throughout. It is in a fantastic location in an attractive community that offers a very low maintenance lifestyle. This home is it, don’t delay!

For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

318 Bangor Lane ~ $399,500

SOLD ~ $410,000

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415 Shearer Street, North Wales

Beautifully renovated, full of character and move in ready, 415 Shearer Street is the home that you’ve been waiting for. You will be pleased from the moment you arrive, as the curb appeal makes a fantastic first impression. The front porch spans the width of the house and offers a wonderful place to sit and relax.

Once inside, be prepared to fall in love. The first floor offers gorgeous flooring, a fabulous floor plan and tons of natural light. The living room flows beautifully into the dining room, which in turn, flows perfectly into the kitchen, making this home ideal for entertaining.

The living room is spacious, offers access to the dining room and kitchen, gorgeous plantation shutters and a conveniently located coat closet. The dining room is also a nice size and boasts a bay window with charming window seat and french doors to the patio and rear yard.

The renovated kitchen features a quaint breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, under-mount sink as well as great storage and work space. Through the kitchen, you’ll find the laundry, along with additional storage, and powder room.

Take the turned staircase to the second floor and you will find three nicely sized bedrooms, also boasting beautiful natural light, and a renovated full bathroom.

The outdoor space is lovely, with a patio in the rear of the home off the dining room and a great yard that is fully fenced. In the rear of the property, you’ll find a huge, oversized two car garage offering an unbelievable amount of space on the main floor and a staircase that leads to a full second floor, as well. The garage has electric and a world of possibilities.

Living in the borough certainly has its perks, as you are just a few blocks from restaurants, shops, the library, and more. North Wales has a total of eight parks, including Wee Walers park, which is just a stone’s throw from the house. This location is also a commuters dream, as the train station is also blocks away. 

As if that isn’t enough, the roof, gas heating, central air conditioning, siding, and windows have all been replaced within the last six years. This is a special home and a fabulous opportunity, come fall in love today! For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

415 Shearer Street ~ 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths ~ $275,000

SOLD ~ $285,000

 


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121 N Sylvania Avenue, Rockledge

Built in 1910, this home is a beautiful turn of the century Victorian boasting lovely period details and unmatched character. The woodwork is exquisite, from the newel posts and balusters to the baseboards, moulding, and trim, you will fall in love. The home also features tons of windows offering great natural light, turned staircase, original hardwood flooring, and more. 121 N Sylvania has the feel of times past and the quality craftsmanship of that era but also offers several important modern updates such as a brand new roof, new updated electric, split system air conditioning in some areas of the home, gas heating, fresh paint throughout, and more.

Greeting you is the kind of front porch that people dream about, charming, wrap around and traditional to the Victorian era. Inside you are greeted by a beautiful foyer and impressive staircase. The living room is incredibly spacious and could easily offer two separate seating areas. There is a wood burning fireplace that will keep you warm all winter and air conditioning for the warmer months. The comfortable dining room offers a built-in china cabinet and exposed brick. Off the dining room you’ll find a fantastic butlers pantry and through that, access to a powder room. The kitchen offers tons of natural light creating a very pleasant workspace, as well as a charming nook which features access to the outside and could be used as a mud room. There is also outside access on the other side of the kitchen which leads to the rear yard, or downstairs to the basement.

The second floor offers three nicely sized bedrooms and full bathroom. The master bedroom boasts two closets, one of which is a sizable walk-in closet. All three bedrooms have custom built radiator covers and built-ins that you are sure to love. On the third floor, you will find three additional rooms featuring beautiful angles, little nooks, and more built-ins. These rooms could certainly be bedrooms, but also make for wonderful studio or office space.

Outside, there is a lovely yard with space for gardening and play as well as plenty of room for off-street parking and a sizable two car garage with electric.

This home is located in the heart of the tight knit neighborhood of Rockledge, with a borough park and playground just a stones throw from the house. The home is also located blocks away from local eateries, hardware store, yoga studio, Fox Chase train station (sidewalks the entire way!) and more. There are several parks and trails within a several mile radius, making it a breeze to spend time hiking, biking, fishing and enjoying nature. From a commuters standpoint, the proximity to Philadelphia is ideal, as well as many major routes of transportation. Also, this home is located in the sought after, Blue Ribbon, Abington School District.

121 N Sylvania sits on a .14 acre lot and is being offered for sale for $295,000. You will notice the lovely lot next door, 117 N Sylvania, is also for sale. The owners would love to sell the home and lot together, but they are both available for purchase separately, if so desired. This home is also available with the adjoining lot for $390,000.

This property has been very lovingly cared for, spanning multiple generations in the same family. Do not miss this unique home, they just don’t make them like this anymore.

121 N Sylvania ~ 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1,679 square feet (not including the third floor) ~ $295,000

SOLD ~ $295,000

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804 Poplar Court, Springhouse

804 Poplar Ct is a spacious and bright townhouse in the conveniently located Springhouse Woods community in Lower Gwynedd. Upon entering this home, you will be pleased to find an open and versatile floor plan with plenty of windows that allow for an abundance of natural light. The welcoming foyer is complete with a coat closet, access to the garage, and a powder room.  To the left of the foyer is the formal living room.  To the right of the foyer is a turned stairway that leads to the second floor.

The kitchen, dining room, and family room flow effortlessly into one another, creating an airy space, perfect for entertaining. 

From this space, double glass doors lead to a beautiful, private, custom outdoor patio, complete with Pennsylvania slate, a lovely cedar arbor draped with vines, a cedar railing, and privacy fencing.  Truly a sweet spot to spend quiet time outside or to entertain family and friends.

 

Upstairs you’ll find the main bedroom which boasts two large closets and an en-suite full bath, along with two additional nicely sized bedrooms, hall bath, and laundry area.  The entire second floor boasts beautiful natural light and fantastic closet space.

Down below, the finished basement offers additional living space, with tons of light from both windows and recessed lighting, as well as an area for storage.  Recent upgrades include a new roof (2015), hot water heater (2015), and highly efficient energy conserving insulation added to the attic (2014).  The entire home has just been freshly painted and awaits your personal touches. 

804 Poplar Ct is located in the award-winning Wissahickon School District in the coveted Lower Gwynedd Elementary section. In fact, the Lower, Middle, and High Schools are all within walking distance of this home.  Also within walking distance are several restaurants, the post office, and the soon to open Whole Foods Market.  Major routes of transportation are a hop skip and jump away, including the regional rail into the city. And downtown Ambler is just down the road, offering incredible restaurants, theaters, shopping, annual festivals, Saturday farmers’ market and more.  Truly a great place to call home!

For more information, or a private showing, please contact Jen Gallagher. 267-243-3367 or jennifer.gallagher@foxroach.com

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,850 square feet

$324,900

SOLD ~ $323,000

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400 Hoover Road, Ambler

400 Hoover Road is a charming cape cod style home, located in a quiet pocket of Lower Gwynedd Township, just 2 blocks from Lower Gwynedd Elementary, Wissahickon Middle & High Schools. If you travel two blocks in the opposite direction, you will find a large park, walking trails & the train station. The location is fantastic and the home is adorable, offering a beautifully renovated kitchen, hardwood flooring, two full baths, central air, a garage and fenced yard.

Entering the home you will find a living room off to your right, featuring a wood burning fireplace, large picture window and beautiful hardwood floors. The hardwood continues through the first floor and into the adjacent formal dining room. The dining room is open to the kitchen, making for a great flow, particularly when entertaining.

The kitchen is a real show stopper with beautiful cabinetry offering tons of storage, granite countertop, custom butcher block, subway tile backsplash, under mount sink, stainless steel dishwasher, spectacular commercial gas range and hood, Terrazzo flooring and recessed lighting. The kitchen also offers convenient access to the screened in porch, perfect for outdoor dining on a nice summer night. A first floor bedroom and full bath round out the first floor.

Upstairs, the second floor offers two nicely sized bedrooms boasting all of the character that a cape style home affords. The hall bath has been nicely updated and offers a built-in storage area. There is ample closet space and additional storage in the eves.

Outside there is plenty of yard to enjoy and raised beds ready for your vegetable garden! The most private section of the yard is fully fenced, great for little ones and four legged friends. The garage is quite spacious and there is a shed for additional storage, as well. Wissahickon Schools, incredible taxes, and the proximity to the train and major routes of transportation make this a commuters dream. Action packed downtown Ambler is moments away; you could even walk there if you’d like. 400 Hoover Road is truly a great place to call home, come see for yourself!

Wissahickon Schools, incredible taxes, and the proximity to the train and major routes of transportation make this a commuters dream. Action packed downtown Ambler is moments away; you could even walk there if you’d like. 400 Hoover Road is truly a great place to call home, come see for yourself! For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,240 square feet

$285,000

SOLD ~ $285,000

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25 S Spring Garden Street, Ambler

25 S Spring Garden Street, offers a boatload of living space, a charming front porch, nicely sized outdoor area, and is located just one block from downtown Ambler, the train and everything your heart desires, WOW!  The home is unassuming from the street, as it appears to be your standard twin, but once inside, you will be amazed at the amount of living space.

Through the front door, you enter into what would have been a welcoming parlor when the home was originally built in 1920, but now it is more functional as a foyer, sitting room and catch all for our everyday items. Beyond the foyer, the first floor offers a huge living room, dining room, family/play room and kitchen. Be sure to take note of the fabulous pocket doors that separate the living and dining rooms. These doors are original to the home and are in perfect working condition. All rooms are large in scale offering a lot of options, high ceilings, and tons of beautiful natural light. After the pocket doors, my next favorite feature of the home is the rear staircase. Yes, this twin home is so spacious that it offers both a front and a rear staircase! The front, more formal staircase is seen in the foyer, while the rear staircase is accessed from the family room (or dining room, depending on how you choose to utilize the space). There is so much space on the first floor, that the kitchen could be combined with the adjacent room making for an incredible kitchen, while still leaving you with a huge living room, formal dining room, and front room!

Upstairs, you will find four large bedrooms (which could easily be turned back into five), one with a pass through, perfect for siblings or perhaps used as a bedroom with adjoining dressing room/closet. The master bedroom is located at the rear of the home and is very large. It offers a closet and the existing wardrobes will remain. The bathroom is also located upstairs and offers plenty of space, as well as the laundry. The second floor is so spacious that it could easily accommodate a master suite, another full bath, laundry room, you name it. 

There is outdoor living space in both the front and rear of the home. The coveted front porch is a must, particularly when living so close to town! Out back, there is a patio off the kitchen, large mulched area with a stone path and naturalized area beyond the fencing. 

As mentioned, this location is primo! Close to everything that Ambler has to offer including restaurants, shops, a theater AND playhouse, annual festivals, Saturday farmers’ market, coming soon Weaver’s Way grocery store, and more! The Ambler train station is just blocks away and all major routes of travel are a few minutes by car. Don’t forget about the excellent school district and low taxes!

If you have an eye and budget for design, this home offers endless possibilities for a savvy buyer who is willing to put in some sweat equity. This is a unique opportunity that you do not want to miss. Showings begin Friday, June 2nd, at 5:30pm. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2,460 square feet

$185,000

SOLD ~ $185,000

Categories: Ambler, Real Estate

139 N. Main Street, Ambler

Built in 1900, 139 N Main Street is a beautiful turn of the century Victorian home boasting lovely period details and unmatched character. The woodwork is exquisite, from the gorgeous newel posts and balusters to the baseboards, moulding, and trim, you will fall in love. The home also features oversized windows which create a bright and inviting environment, pocket doors, three story turned staircase, original hardwood flooring throughout, stained glass and more. 139 N Main affords you the elegant feel of times past, but also offers the all important modern conveniences that you will appreciate such as central air, main floor laundry, and an updated kitchen. 

Greeting you is a charming, wrap around front porch, perfect for sitting and watching the world go by. Inside, there is a vestibule entrance, with plenty of room for coats, umbrellas and the like. The vestibule opens to a beautiful foyer with impressive staircase and views into the living room and kitchen. The formal living room feels like a parlor of old, a wonderful spot to enjoy drinks and conversation. The living room and dining room are open to one another, but can also be separated by way of the fantastic, functioning, pocket doors. Through the dining room is a cozy family room with views into the back yard.

If you enjoy cooking, you will love the kitchen, which offers great work space and the ideal ‘fridge/stove/sink’ triangle. The appliances are all stainless steel, the stove offers gas cooking and attractive hood.There are cabinets galore and stylish concrete countertops which blend perfectly with the slate floor. Through the kitchen is a convenient mud room where you will find the laundry, half bath, closet/pantry, small counter area, and access to the rear yard.

Upstairs on the second floor, you will find three nicely sized bedrooms and full hall bath. The master bedroom boasts a huge walk-in closet, great light, and ceiling fan. The two additional bedrooms are also bright and nicely sized. As you ascend the staircase to the third floor, be sure to look down, as the view to the foyer is fantastic. The third floor offers a charming landing and two character rich rooms. Both rooms feature beautiful angles and little nooks, due to the dormers and slope of the roof. These rooms could certainly be used as bedrooms, but they also make for a wonderful studio, study or office.

Outside, there is a large, fenced in rear yard with a defined place for dining and lounging, as well as yard space for gardening and play. There is gated access to the side of the home and the grill has a dedicated gas line from the house, so no need to run out and fill propane tanks! The entire back yard feels quite private as beyond the fence on the left hand side, it a beautiful wooded property. This property is actually quite significant when it comes to local history, as it is the Mary Ambler Homestead. If you’re not familiar with Mary Ambler, she was a local resident back in the 1800’s when Ambler was known as Wissahickon. Mary Ambler saved the lives of many during a great train wreck in 1856, traveling two miles from her home to the wreck to provide aide. She brought many of the injured to her home, which served as a temporary hospital. What remains of the parcel today is a beautiful property that provides a lovely natural buffer for 139 N Main. You will also enjoy the many perennials that surround the house such as wisteria, bee balm, sedum and more. 

If you are one who wants to lessen your impact on the environment, you could easily live here and hardly ever need a car. Located a few blocks from the train station and downtown Ambler, your needs can be met with ease. There is a hardware store, a fantastic grocery store that will open this summer, farmers’ market, tons of great eateries, including the best damn pub, Forest & Main, just a block away. In addition to that, this home is located in the award winning Wissahickon School District and has extremely reasonable taxes.

This is a very unique home that you will want to see. Showings begin Friday, May 19th, don’t delay!

For more information, or a private showing, contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

3/5 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1,738 square feet

$309,900

SOLD ~ $295,000

Categories: Ambler, Real Estate

411 Haywood Road, Ambler

This coming August will mark 40 years that the owners of 411 Haywood Road have called this wonderful house their home. While they are sad to leave, the time has come for someone else to enjoy this very special little slice of heaven. You may feel apprehensive hearing that the home has been cared for by the same family for almost 40 years, thinking that they may not have made many changes over the years, but that is far from the case. 411 Haywood has not only been lovingly and meticulously maintained, but also thoughtfully updated. You will also be thrilled to see that the outdoor living space is just as fantastic as the indoor space, it is truly a private oasis.

If you are familiar with the homes in Haywood Park, then you will immediately recognize that this home is quite different from the other cape cod homes in the neighborhood. From the stone facade outside to the layout inside, this home is quite special. As you approach the home, you will notice the lovely trees and shrubs that provide privacy from the street. Once you pass through the natural screening, prepare to be amazed by the extensive perennial garden that awaits you on the other side. There a plethora of plantings, including phlox, iris, butterfly weed, lavender, bleeding heart, lily of the valley, bee balm, foxglove and so much more (plant list available). If you’re lucky, the peonies will be popping this weekend when you stop by. The retaining walls are constructed of locally quarried stone and are absolutely lovely.

Inside, you are welcomed into an open living room and dining room with hardwood flooring, gas fireplace with striking mantle, large bay window, and views into the kitchen and beyond to the rear deck. Through the dining room, you will find a nicely sized, eat-in kitchen offering plenty of cabinets, attractive Corian countertops, brand new stainless steel appliances, built-in breakfast nook, beautiful exposed brick wall, sliding glass door to the most amazing deck and a window over the sink. The layout of this home is ideal for entertaining, as the living room, dining room, kitchen, and outdoor space all flow together seamlessly. The natural light in this home is spectacular, pouring into each and every room, making it always feel like a sunny day.

The first floor also offers two nicely sized bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a den), beautifully updated bathroom with large linen closet, hall coat closet and access to the basement. This layout is extremely functional and ideal for those who may desire one floor living. Both bedrooms on the first floor feature brand new carpeting, but there is also hardwood flooring beneath, if that is your preference.

Heading upstairs to the second floor, you will see that new carpet was also installed on the stairs and on the second floor, but again, the original hardwood floors are below, if you choose to expose them. The second floor layout is very different from the other homes in the neighborhood, as it offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bathroom. Both bedrooms are roomy and incredibly bright, featuring skylights that enable wonderful air flow and the ability to view the stars from your bed at night (pinch me!). The master bedroom features custom cherry built-ins that are perfect for both storage and display, in addition to just being simply beautiful. You will also find a sizable walk-in closet, lovely views of the back yard and a hidden storage area, that can be accessed from a panel behind the bed. The secondary bedroom also offers nice closet space and lovely built-in shelving. The hall bath is very nicely updated, featuring a spa-like shower and beautiful tile work. A hall linen closet completes this floor.

Down below, you will be wowed by the basement. Not only is it huge, but it offers high ceilings and a full, at grade walk out to the rear of the home. The basement is currently used for storage, but could easily be finished, if one desires. If you were to finish the basement, you wouldn’t lack for storage space, as the attached garage is for one car width wise, but is about two car lengths, in terms of depth. 

I hate to say that I was saving the best for last, as every aspect of this house is wonderful, but what you will find in the rear of the home will likely surprise you. From the street, you would never imagine the paradise that exists beyond. On my first visit, I was utterly astounded. After visiting many homes in the neighborhood, I expected what they typically offer, a nice, straightforward backyard, but that is not the case at 411. Once you step out of the kitchen, onto the deck, you’re done for. To find this setting, in this location, is not going to be possible again. The deck is huge, allowing room for dining and relaxing, but heck, all I can see is a party (hint, hint, Wissahickon fireworks party! Yes, of course, I’ll come ;)). The deck was thoughtfully built with wrap around bench seating and privacy panels, that not only offer screening, but also a buffer from the elements. The views are spectacular, as the rear of the property is also beautifully landscaped. There are stairs from the deck to the ground level, where you will find a large, wrap around driveway with access to the garage, and beautiful yard. There are specimen trees and plantings, a sweet little bridge, and adorable potting shed, which doubles as a playhouse (or at least it did for this family). 

411 Haywood is in absolute move in condition. It has been wonderfully maintained and offers gas heat and central air, an oversized garage, tons of off-street parking, updated kitchen and bathrooms, new windows, hardwood flooring and so much more. If that isn’t enough, this home is located in a lovely neighborhood in Ambler Borough! That means that you are just blocks from all of the wonderful things that Ambler has to offer, including a true downtown, with fabulous restaurants, shops and services, soon to come cooperative grocery store, farmers’ market, annual festivals, easy access to the train station and so much more. Wissahickon School District is among the most sought after in the area, yet still offers incredibly reasonable taxes. There are several parks located a hop, skip and a jump away from 411; really you can’t get better than this. 

Showings begin on Friday, May 19th, be sure to put this on your list to see, as this is one home that you do not want to miss. For more information, or a private showing, please contact me, Allison Wolf. 215-704-9888 | allison.wolf@foxroach.com

4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,890 square feet 

$335,000

SOLD ~ $342,500

Categories: Ambler, Real Estate