The Main Line has long been known for grand manses surrounded by bucolic and spacious grounds, but as of late, there’s been a new trend that takes things in the decidedly opposite direction—apartment living. But don’t mistake thesespaces for shoddy offerings of yore. Today’s apartments are stocked with over-the-top luxuries ranging from chef-grade kitchen appliances and sleek tubs begging for bubbles to world-class amenities that rival some of the globe’s best hotels.
ONE TO WATCH
After years of effort—and direct support by Govs. Tom Wolf and Ed Rendell—renowned real estate developer Carl Dranoff’s dream of bringing luxury apartment living to Ardmore came to fruition last May with One Ardmore. Originally a public-private partnership between Dranoff Properties and Lower Merion Township, One Ardmore was initially conceptualized to be an integral part of the economic revival of Ardmore by offering high-end residential living—and it has made its founding fathers proud. Now, it is owned by Aimco. The eight-story mixed-use building features 110 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and state-of-the-art amenities including afully equipped fitness center and club room. But One Ardmore’s absolute coolest feature is the eco-friendly rooftop plaza, complete with outdoor grilling, fire pit, all-season TV and a lush green yard. 24 Cricket Ave., Ardmore, 610.580.0223, liveoneardmore.com
Korman Communities is known for its luxe residential offerings around the country, but its AVE King of Prussia outpost is more than just an apartment complex—it’s an over-the-top residential community called The Village at Valley Forge, adjacent to Town Center (can you say a hop, skip and jump from the mall?) that boasts luxury apartments. Featuring resort-style amenities and services such as an on-site spa, tricked-out fitness center, pool with in-lay lounge chairs and fire pits, an outdoor kitchen with grills, and a private theater, AVE creates a real community feel with outdoor movie nights and weekday club breakfasts and receptions. There’s even an on-site residence team that sends texts alerting you that packages from the King of Prussia Mall or Town Center have arrived safely. 555 S. Goddard Blvd., 484.831.0500, aveliving.com
THE LOWDOWN ON ARLO
Arlo, the newest addition to the area’s suite of luxury apartments, sits pretty at the top of the Main Line in Malvern, and it’s got a funky personality all its own. While it has all the standard luxuries—quartz countertops and porcelain backsplashes, a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse with private screening room, tech bar and work pods, and a fitness center—come summer, outside is where all the action is: a courtyard with grills, a fire pit and outdoor gaming, and a swimming pool complete with sun shelf. Arlo even caters to golf die-hards with its Full Swing golf simulator. 56 E. Swedesford Road, 833.216.9170, arlomalvern.com
Photography by: Courtesy of One Ardmore; courtesy of AVE; courtesy of Arlo