Relocating to the Philadelphia Area: Ardmore
Are you relocating to the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore? Moving isn’t easy, and the last thing you want to do is buy a house and then regret it because the house or the neighborhood isn’t a good fit. Is Ardmore right for you? If you are looking for a single family home in an area with historic stone homes, great schools and accessibility to Philadelphia, the Main Line community of Ardmore may be a great fit for you. The “Main Line” describes the suburbs to the west of Philadelphia and is comprised of several relatively small towns that have distinct personalities, but are geographically strung together offering a larger community with plenty of shopping, dining and service options.
If you just want a quick overview, I encourage you to take a look at my “Neighborhood in a Nutshell” series. For the Ardmore post, click here. To read more in depth about Ardmore, and see some pictures of the area, click here. If you are interested in learning about other Main Line Philadelphia towns, please see my Main Line Neighborhood Guide.
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Ardmore is one of the most popular of the Main Line Towns. Centrally located, this community offers great accessibility to center city Philadelphia as well as the rest of the Main Line. Ardmore boasts some of the Main Line’s best shopping including all of the shops that comprise Suburban Square and several restaurants with lots of good ethnic options. Don’t forget the farmer’s market! Ardmore is one of the most demographically diverse communities and the civic association organizes events and activities. Because of its location and vibrant vibe, Ardmore functions as the heart of Lower Merion Township, and is home to the Township administration building, Lower Merion Police and Lower Merion High School. In addition, several parks and playgrounds add to the allure of Ardmore; as does the well-used train station that offers service to NYC as well as the local stops.
Ardmore: What it’s like to live here
Ardmore is one of Philadelphia’s suburbs that straddles two counties, which means it is divided into different townships and different school districts. As a result, the two sections have fairly distinct “feels”. For example, the Haverford Township side consists mostly of modest-sized single family homes and some twins. This area contains Ardmore Park, a very family-friendly neighborhood. Lots are on the smaller side and most homes are well-kept and in a good state of repair and people tend to sit on porches and interact with neighbors. The other distinct Haverford Township Ardmore neighborhood is called Merion Golf Manor and is situated around the world famous Merion Golf Club. While some of these homes are smaller brick or stone colonials, many are much more grand and always command high prices.
In Lower Merion Township, the homes range from twins to estate homes. One very popular surrounds South Ardmore Park and is one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods on the Main Line. Most north Ardmore houses are traditional stone colonials. Many of the streets are very heavily treed and the larger lots here tend to feel quite private. Conversely, there are some lovely new townhouses and condos as well as some very affordable apartments as well and these are mostly clustered around the bustling shopping area. Just about anyone can find a home and a neighborhood in Ardmore!
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