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Old 02-21-2013, 09:26 PM
 
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Hello,

Shopping for a first, new home and saw a decent looking spot on East Butler Ave. in terms of walking distance shops and restaurants and Rail into the city for work. In searching I noticed that more than a few properties on that same block are or were recently up for sale. How is life up there? Just seems an inordinate amount of properties on the market in such a small vicinity of each other, in my opinion, so I thought I'd post to see if there is any undesirable news or trends that local folks are experiencing. I've read a lot of good things about ambler, myself, and will scout it out soon.

I saw some places in east falls that seemed great but until I searched around the net I didn't know anything about the projects and ghetto neighborhoods that were just a short walk "on the other side of the tracks" given the money it would have taken. I'm no stranger to urban life but it just seems to be a bit too NIMBYish when buying.

Thanks
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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It's a nice town; my family is from there, and I have 2 or 3 family members that still live in the Borough. The downtown has experienced a resurgence in recent years but it's not at the level of a West Chester or Doylestown. The school district (Wissahickon) is excellent. The train being right there is nice as well, and they have bulldozed some of the old industrial properties and built townhomes. Also, the old asbestos dumps outside of town (behind McDonald's) are being remediated. A developer floated a plan to build a 16-floor apartment building on that site but the NIMBY's fought it. I'd live in Ambler.

Ambler | Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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There are 250 for sales in 19002 which seem a little on the high side but it includes much more than just the borough which I guess your looking at. I have no insights but it seems like a prosperous area in general. The borough not so much. Are you drawn there because of the low prices? BTW you are spot on with East Falls. Most people are fooled by the gracious old houses and have no idea what is lurking nearby. It is certainly a neighborhood to lock your doors and set the alarm IMO.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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The area is VERY convenient to 309/Turnpike/Septa Rail. Not far from Philly.

They've done a great job revitalizing their main street. My parents are always going to the independent theater they have there, followed by dinner at various places in town (all very affordable).

They have their own weekly newspaper -- lots of info here: Ambler Gazette. There's an article this week about new townhouses being developed.

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Montco PA
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There are 250 for sales in 19002 which seem a little on the high side but it includes much more than just the borough which I guess your looking at. I have no insights but it seems like a prosperous area in general. The borough not so much. Are you drawn there because of the low prices?
What's wrong with Ambler Boro? Certain parts are not-so-nice, like behind the post office, and near McDonald's, but these areas are small. There are lots of nice areas in the Boro. Some of the nicer homes are older, and some are 60's-70's suburbia. It's a nice town.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: East Brunswick
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Uhm... isn't there a cancer cluster in Ambler? I had seen the asbestos factory on google maps, and when i googled it, the UPenn study of that cluster was the first thing that came up.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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There are 250 for sales in 19002 which seem a little on the high side but it includes much more than just the borough which I guess your looking at. I have no insights but it seems like a prosperous area in general. The borough not so much. Are you drawn there because of the low prices? BTW you are spot on with East Falls. Most people are fooled by the gracious old houses and have no idea what is lurking nearby. It is certainly a neighborhood to lock your doors and set the alarm IMO.


I was drawn by the price + neighborhood in ambler. It seemed to have a little of everything, and the house doesn't require any major rework of the roof or utilities. It seemed the least tradeoffs were required though I do work in south philly.

I did hear about the asbestos dump, unless its uncovered and left to be kicked up by winds or people go there and dig around not sure that it would be a problem.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:54 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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There are 250 for sales in 19002 which seem a little on the high side but it includes much more than just the borough which I guess your looking at.
Yes, the borough only has 14 homes listed for sale.

Many boroughs are small compared to the outer-lying township areas that share the same zip code and name. I had a link that lets you search by borough instead of zip, but it was deleted.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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We moved to Ambler/Whitpain township a few years ago from out of the area, and we are very glad we did. I don't live right in the borough though I would have loved to but there was nothing in our price range + met our needs at the time.

It's a great town with plenty of restaurants, shops, etc and the people have been nothing but nice, they really seem to care about their town and are very proud of its continued emergence. The movie theater, the playhouse, the new restaurants and the brewery (Forest & Main) have really helped put Ambler on the map of cool Philly-area towns.

There are a few pockets of less-than-desirable areas but it's hardly an issue.
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