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Ambler

Ambler is abundant with opportunities for everyone.

Ambler sits just 15 miles north of Philadelphia, in Montgomery County. Originally named Wissahickon for its location at the headwaters of the river of the same name, it was renamed Ambler in 1888, to honor Mary Ambler, a compassionate woman who came to the rescue of passengers aboard the Great Train Wreck of 1859, which happened just outside of town. Ambler rose to prominence as a company town established by the Keasbey and Mattison Company. As a result, elegant and fanciful homes sprouted up, giving this Philadelphia suburb a distinct and distinguishable character that remains intact to this day. Today, Ambler covers less than a square mile. Extremely walkable, it offers a mix of residential neighborhoods, restaurants, retailers, and entertainment options, including the Ambler Theater. Originally built in 1908, it was remarkably restored and reopened in 2003 as a non profit movie theater.

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Homes & Community

Safe and walkable streets, plentiful parks, countless cultural and entertainment opportunities, superb public and parochial schools, and reasonable rents and housing prices all contribute to what makes Ambler an amazing place to live. Attracting residents of all ages, many are drawn by Ambler’s wide array of services, shops, and restaurants. From preschools through senior centers, churches to community centers, grocery markets to gourmet eateries, all can be found in Ambler. Ambler’s housing stock and architecture is largely Victorian, with more than 900 buildings that are eligible for inclusion on the historic registry. This older architecture is mixed with newer construction that includes an array of townhouses and condominiums. Learn more about living in Ambler.

Business & Economy

Main Street is Ambler’s commercial and economic center. It offers a mix of retailers, restaurants, professional services, and more. Connections to public transportation, large municipal parking lots, and accessibility to Route 309 and other major transportation arteries make it easy for clients and customers to come and go. Largely residential, Ambler is a transit-oriented community. While there are a large number of opportunities to work in Ambler, many residents commute daily via public transportation to Philadelphia for employment, and others commute to locations in surrounding Montgomery County.

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Activities & Destinations

Ambler is an amazing place to play. The borough maintains six public parks, with Ambler Borough Park serving as the centerpiece. It runs adjacent to Rose Valley Creek. Much of it is preserved open space, making it the perfect place for sitting back and enjoying the scenery. Ambler’s five other parks present opportunities for more active endeavors, ranging from baseball to bocce ball, soccer to skateboarding. As day turns to dusk, many of Ambler’s residents enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants along Butler Pike, Ambler’s main street, before taking in a movie at the Ambler Theater, a performance by the Ambler Symphony, or a play at the Act II Playhouse. There are weekly wonders, too. Every Thursday Ambler hosts “Make it Thursday.” Retailers and restaurants stay open late, encouraging residents and visitors alike to come mix and mingle, and enjoy all that Ambler has to offer. The first Thursday is a favorite, when Ambler holds “First Thursday Progressive Dinner and a Movie.” For just $25 per person, you can take your taste buds on a tour and sample many of Ambler’s finest restaurants. The grand finale is a movie at the remarkably restored Ambler Theater, which generally begins at 9 PM. First Fridays are another favorite. Ambler’s downtown becomes a concert hall with musicians lining its streets, greeting visitors as they stroll its shops. There are also frequent festivals and events that engage residents and attract visitors from the surrounding region. Each spring Ambler hosts its annual Car Show, and each fall’s Oktoberfest offers something for everyone. There is food, drink, games for the kids, music, and more. Come winter, the community lights up for the annual Christmas parade and residents gear up for the annual Frostbite 5 mile run.