Ardmore straddles both Delaware and Montgomery counties within the Main Line area to Philadelphia’s northeast. Ardmore is known as “the Main Street of Main Line” for its status as one of the area’s main shopping hubs. Conveniently connected to Downtown Philadelphia via both railway and road, Ardmore is a charming community that combines big-city amenities with a welcoming, small-town feel. Ardmore is bordered by Wynnewood to the east, Gladwyne to the north, and Haverford to the west and south.
Center City is 30 minutes by both car and SEPTA rail route.
ARDMORE: The vibrant Main Line of Main Street
Ardmore has been known as Main Line’s Main Street for decades, and Lancaster Avenue is widely regarded as the most happening place in suburban Philadelphia. The community is perfectly self-contained, while lying within easy reach of all Downtown Philadelphia has to offer.
The Neighbors: A community mixing old and new
Ardmore is a perfect example of a community blending the historic and contemporary. Young families love Ardmore for its excellent local school district, while energetic urban professionals will find plenty of entertainment on Lancaster Avenue’s vibrant commercial corridor.
What to Expect: One of the oldest and best shopping centers in the country
Opened in 1928, Suburban Square is one of the oldest open-air shopping centers in the United States. This retail mecca has maintained its relevance through the decades, adding a 70,000-square-foot fitness center in 2017 and an additional 30,000 square feet of retail and dining in 2019. It’s also home to Ardmore’s fantastic farmers market , which is open every day of the week.
The Lifestyle: Great food and drink within walking distance
Ardmore has restaurants serving a wide range of international cuisines as well as laid-back cafes and hip nightlife spots. The New Ardmore Beer Shoppe touts the Main Line’s largest craft beer selection, while Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft and Tired Hands Brewery combine great drinks with gourmet pub grub.
Unexpected Appeal: A fantastic live music hall
Ardmore Music Hall touts itself as “the best live music venue in suburban Philadelphia,” and with its lineup of big-name, nationally touring acts and special events, it’s easy to see why. There is an eclectic blend of music on offer, and fans of any genre are likely to find a good reason to spend a night here. Special events include November’s Craft Beer Festival and an annual Bob Dylan birthday bash with free admission.
The Market: A diverse mix of housing types
Ardmore has a varied real estate mix, with single-family houses, twin-homes, apartments, and condominiums. Many properties were constructed in the first half of the 20 th century and have undergone extensive refurbishment in the decades since. You can also find lavish historic mansions that exude the “old money” grandeur for which the Main Line area has long been famous.
You’ll Fall in Love With: One of the nation’s most storied golf courses
The East Course of the Merion Golf Club stretches from neighboring Haverford into Ardmore. Established in 1912, the Merion Golf Club’s sculpted fairways have hosted many great golfing triumphs. Jack Nicklaus once described it as “maybe the best test of golf in the world.”
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