l live in Havertown and own several investment properties in that exact area. In the past it has been a "bit rough around the edges" as you say, but I feel that the area is absolutely improving, and that Ardmore will be a future hot spot. It is a terrific area for young families with the multitude of playgrounds, library and walkability to stores and restaurants, as well as the train. Lots of home inventory and a choice between two school districts gives you some great options. I would be happy to answer any other questions or to help with your search.