By this time next year, Chad Rosenthal’s Ambler BBQ haven The Lucky Well will have a second location in the newly-branded Spring Arts district, at 990 Spring Garden Street.
— Chef Chad Rosenthal (@ChadRosenthal) January 6, 2017
That was chef Chad Rosenthal on Twitter this morning, announcing the opening of his second Banh Street location at 832 North Bethlehem Pike in Ambler. He sent it from the kitchen at around 8am this morning while he was getting ready for opening day.
Before that? An instagram post made 12 hours earlier. And where was he? In the kitchen getting everything ready for opening day.
Philadelphia isn’t the only place to have pop-up beer gardens. Ambler is now home to the Ambler Yards Beer Garden. The pop-up beer garden opened on May 19th and will run through the end of June. It is open Thursdays 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, May 26th, the Ambler Yards Beer Garden is having event with free admission, where two craft beers, wine and Mexican fare from Cantina Feliz will be available for purchase.
The garden is in an open-air meadow at the Ambler Yards campus (300 Brookside Ave) and features yard games like Kan Jam for guests to enjoy. This year’s menu includes the likes of Cantina Feliz’s guacamole and tacos to pair with drinks like Tecate and Lagunitas IPA.
Kids are welcome and the music is always live. Sounds like the perfect way to start off the summer. To gain admission RSVP to the event online at their EventBrite page.
Ambler Yards Beer Garden [Facebook]
Once again on the Property circuit, Lane’s End Farm has been spotted with a second price cut. Not for lacking of anything to say, but we decided to dig around a bit to see if there was anything we had missed in the previous times we’ve covered it, and get this: it’s minutes from the historic William Penn Inn, where Penn would stay when visiting Quaker friends in the area. (The building recently celebrated its 300th anniversary!) Moreover, despite its private and seemingly rural surroundings, the property is actually just a short drive from the North Wales business district.
It does certainly preserve its secluded vibe though. Situated within 234 acres of nature preserve, the 18.57 acre property has a long, tree-lined drive putting the road and the residence a good distance from each other. Various buildings make up the property, including a renovated manor house, stone barn, two cottages, and multiple garages. The first of these has had a mudroom and laundry added, while its kitchen has been updated with radiant heated floors, marble center island, and commercial Wolf range with double ovens and custom hood. A morning room with fireplace adjoins the kitchen.
Located in the vicinity of private schools within the Hatboro-Horsham School District, this home boasts around $250,000 worth of upgrades and a 1-year home warranty is included in its purchase.
Stand-out features include a waterfall pool with an elevated 10-person hot tub (accessed via breakfast area French doors), farm sink kitchen with hardwood floors and stainless appliances, and a two-story family room with exposed beams. There’s also a first-floor office with dual-station built-in desks and a 700-square-foot finished basement. Parking includes a 3-car garage with mud room access.
Lumosity, a website that offers “brain-training” games to keep the mind agile, has published rankings of the smartest cities in America based on whose residents play the widest range of those games and score the highest when doing so. Unsurprisingly, college towns did very well, including State College, Pa., which ranked No. 14 overall, and Princeton, which ranked No. 2.
But the way the Philadelphia Business Journal put it in a headline is much more fun: “Ambler is among the smartest cities in America.” And indeed it is, coming in at No. 38 overall.
Neighborhood Watch: Moving to Ambler
Located in Montgomery County northwest of Philadelphia, Ambler has experienced a renaissance in recent years, attracting young singles and families looking for the energy of the city in a suburban setting. Anchored by its vibrant Main Street, it offers plenty to do and see no matter the time of year. If you’re curious about living in Ambler, here’s a local snapshot to give you a better background of the borough.
History: Ambler was originally called the Village of Wissahickon after the local rail depot. In 1869, the borough was renamed after Mary Ambler, a resident who cared for and saved many victims of a horrific train collision in the area in 1856.
Education: Ambler’s residents are served by the Wissahickon School District, and in 2008, Newsweek ranked the high school as one of the top 13 in the country. Ambler is also home to a satellite campus for Temple University and offers graduate, undergraduate and non-credit classes.
Dining: Restaurants abound along Ambler’s Main Street. Restaurants range from upscale Dettera to Bridget’s steakhouse to the cozy BYOB Trax Café. If you’re looking for a place to grab a drink, you can also stop by Forest & Main Brewing Company or Finn McCool’s Tavern. The borough celebrates its great restaurants during Ambler Restaurant Week, with local eateries offering affordable prix-fixe menus.
Arts & Culture: One of Main Street’s highlights is the Ambler Theater, a restored 1928 movie house featuring independent, art and limited-distribution films. Residents can also enjoy the theater at the Act II Playhouse, a 130-theater that has been nominated for several Barrymore Awards, and classical music with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra, which offers concerts throughout the year at various area venues.
And of course, there are fabulous homes such as these.
Visit Prudential Fox & roach complete picture of Ambler.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Ambler Home with Indoor Pool and Gym
On those extra cold mornings when you’re trudging to the gym to swim laps, do you ever think to yourself, “This would be so much easier if I had my own lap pool.” Well, if you lived in this Ambler Home with an indoor pool and gym, you could simultaneously save on the gym membership and skip those unpleasant treks there. When it warms up, you can take your workout outdoors to the second pool or simply stroll around the 10-acre property, enjoying the spring-fed pond. Either way, after a hard workout, it’s off to the master suite with radiant-heated floors and a steam shower. Hardwood floors, custom millwork and high ceilings are found throughout the home. The motivation to keep working out once you’ve moved in–well, that’s up to you.
795 Lewis Lane Ambler
Bath: 4 full, 3 half
The Ambler Boiler House is arguably the most recognizable piece of architecture in the borough, with its looming smokestack, iconic side view and hulking mass. Abandoned for years, windows broken, the prospect scared developers and investors away with its environmental contamination and complex restoration process.
The Census Bureau has released Easy Stats, an app that allows users to filter information about fellow residents through the lens of race, income, educational background and whether they drink Yuengling or Belgian. Here’s how it works: Let’s say you live in Ambler borough and you want to know if you’re making more money than your neighbors. Click on one of the subcategories for income, and you’ll learn that the majority of residents make between $75,000 and $99,999 whether white, Asian or Hispanic/Latino. The majority of African Americans in Ambler, however, make between $60,000 and $74,999, while the majority of those in the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander category…oh, sorry. There isn’t anyone in that category in Ambler.
You’ll also learn that there are more homeowners than renters in Ambler, but not by too much, and that the majority of people living in Ambler were not only born in the U.S., but in Pennsylvania. And the Amblerites are staying put, too; there’s plenty of info about tenure in housing and moving in and out of the homes they own or rent. Some of the categories are hopelessly complicated, like “Sex By Age By Nativity And Citizenship Status.” That sounds irreligious and maybe even illegal. Also: “Sex By Work Experience In The Past 12 Months By Earnings In The Past 12 Months (In 2011 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars) For The Population 16 Years And Over.” Well, at least they’re 16.
Have fun with the tool, but don’t use it with congressional districts, which are gerrymandered beyond all sanity. Take the disturbingly shaped 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, which includes Horsham and Oxford Circle, Huntingdon Valley and Olney, Fox Chase and Bryn Athyn. There is no such thing as average housing stats for such a district, bless its heart.