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Aspen Ski Retreat Right Outside of Philly, Minus the Skiing

All photos by Herb Engelsberg

This five-bedroom house in Ambler—about 40 minutes from downtown—seems like three cottages from afar, but once you're up close you see it's actually one house that looks remarkably like a ski chalet. Thankfully for those disinclined to cold weather, athleticism and sprained ankles, Ambler is not known for its mountains covered in powdery snow.

Size: 9,300 square feet on 3.6 acres
Price: $3,450,000
Pleasurable excesses: Exercise room, game room, wine cellar, home theater, fireplaces indoors and out
Diet watch: Living in a ski lodge makes it easier to rationalize hot chocolate.
· Listing: 825 Lewis Lane [Prudential Fox & Roach/Chestnut Hill]