Welcome to historic Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia’s beloved Garden District. The Cresheim and Wissahickon Valleys of Fairmount Park and the steep slopes of its northern border give the area the sense of remoteness coveted by those who built breezy summer homes here 130 years ago. Nestled in the heart of the neighborhood sits 8506 Ardleigh Street, a handsome row offering classic simplicity, design-sensitive renovations and a “Top-of-the-Hill” address. Just steps from the shops, galleries, farmer’s market, and restaurants of cobblestoned Germantown Avenue, Valley Green, and the trails of Fairmount Park, this location is second to none. The quintessential Chestnut Hill charm of this home begins at the curb with a delightfully painted front door, overflowing flower boxes, and beautiful perennial gardens. Spend warm summer evenings chatting with neighbors, gardening, and dining al fresco. Enter through a sunny enclosed porch, the perfect spot for morning coffee and a good book. Next, find a light-filled living room featuring original hardwood floors with delicate walnut inlay, recessed lighting, and original molding and trim work. A corner fireplace can easily be re-opened and outfitted with a gas insert for cozy evenings by the fire. The dining room is spacious and perfect for hosting an intimate dinner party. The kitchen is the heart of every home and this kitchen does not disappoint. Meticulously renovated with an eco-conscious sensibility, it boasts striking aquamarine glass tiles, European-style Bosch appliances, and open shelving, ideal for displaying china and collectibles. A laundry room with a stackable washer and dryer and a convenient powder room complete this floor. Three sunny and sizable bedrooms and a modern spa-like bath with double vanity, a deep soaking tub, and a skylight round out the second floor. Allow yourself to age in place in a finished basement with wall-to-wall carpeting and a Duo Alta Stiltz elevator lift transporting you easily to the living level. A walk-out to the driveway makes parking a non-issue and two walkable train lines make commuting a dream. The home also boasts mini-split air conditioning, new electric (no knob and tube), a new hot water heater, and a new high-efficiency boiler. Chestnut Hill was given the prestigious title of being one of the "Top Ten Great Neighborhoods in the United States" by the American Planning Commission and was recognized as one of the best neighborhoods to live in by Forbes.com. A National Register Historic District, Chestnut Hill is a residential gem set amidst the natural beauty of the Wissahickon Valley, replete with cobblestone streets, beautiful and varied housing stock, and cozy shops. Perfect location, charm, and convenience: welcome home.