- Numerous sophisticated features, one of which is fashionable Suburban Square, the country’s first shopping center, undergoing major renovation and keeping up with the demands of the sophisticated shopper.
- Located in both Lower Merion and Haverford Townships, though more in the former than the latter, Ardmore homes for sale are strewn over an area just a shade under two square miles in size.
- Ardmore is the heart of Lower Merion and is home to its administrative facilities; it is also one of the most popular shopping destinations not just in the township, but throughout the Main Line as a whole.
- With its wealth of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants along Lancaster Avenue, as well as the high-end offerings at the Suburban Square shopping center, Ardmore is a shopper’s dream come true.
- Lancaster Avenue anchors Ardmore’s downtown area, a walkable, immensely appealing historic district, just a stone’s throw away from Suburban Square, an open-air mall featuring gorgeous landscaping and sidewalk cafes that let you enjoy lush views and the refreshing sound of cooling fountains.
- A mainstay of the community for more than 80 years, Suburban Square is home to over 50 retailers, restaurants and services, as well as the Ardmore Farmers Market, a gourmand’s Mecca.
- Suburban Square features stores like Apple, Ann Taylor, The Gap, Trader Joes, Sweet Stuff, Urban Outfitters, Lily Pulitzer, 3 restaurants, Starbucks and a Farmer’s Market.
- SEPTA’s R5 Paoli/Thorndale stops in Ardmore taking commuters into the city and west. Ardmore is also a stop for the train into NYC.
- CNN Money has a bit of a crush on Ardmore. It named the town one of the nation’s 25 “Best Places for the Rich and Single.”
- Like the rest of Lower Merion, Bala Cynwyd was settled by Welsh Quakers and was once part of Pennsylvania’s storied Welsh Tract.
- The village’s earliest established commercial area along Bala and Montgomery Avenues, is where you will see everything from brick Victorian storefronts to the Art Deco Bala Theater.
- Bala Cynwyd is steeped in the traditions and architectural styles. Here, you will still find many of the two-story stone Colonial Revival mansions that Philadelphia’s leading families built throughout the Main Line during the country’s Gilded Age.
- Even newer Bala Cynwyd homes for sale have been designed along the same graceful architectural lines, resulting in a visual harmony that helps highlight the natural beauty of their setting.
- Unlike the more rural Main Line villages, Bala Cynwyd’s proximity to Philadelphia has resulted in a more urban flavored area along City Avenue (US Route 1).
- Home of Greater Philadelphia region’s television and radio stations, as well as varied office spaces, shops, restaurants, and educational institutions such as the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Served by two SEPTA stations. These are the Bala Station and the Cynwyd Station, which are serviced by Cynwyd Line Regional Rail.
- Wynnewood homes for sale are stately and historic homes of brick and stone, and often near beautifully landscaped parks.
- Located in both Lower Merion Township and Haverford Township
- Home of the half-acre Wynnewood Station Park, and the 18.2-acre South Ardmore Park, which the community shares with Ardmore. This park’s features include tennis courts, and facilities for baseball, softball and soccer.
- Landmark Main Line institutions: Lankenau Hospital, the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Friends Central, and the Kaiserman Branch of the Jewish Community Center.
- The Wynnewood Shopping Center is the community’s largest commercial area featuring Giant Grocery Store, DSW, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and a varied selection of shops, restaurants, and services. Across the street residents can enjoy the all new and expanded Whole Foods Market.
- A greater diversity of shopping, dining and entertainment options are minutes away in neighboring Ardmore’s charming, historic downtown area.
- Merion, which includes the neighborhood of Merion Station, is the quintessential Main Line community, Merion real estate is primarily residential and features a prime selection of grand, mostly historic homes tucked away in a lush, wooded setting.
- Its train station remains the center of Merion to this day. The station building itself, which was recently renovated, was built in 1914 and is one of the area’s historical landmarks.
- Other historic sites are the Merion Tribute House, built in the Gothic Revival style; the Merion Friends Meetinghouse, a National Landmark that was built in 1695; and the General Wayne Inn, which has been a part of the community’s fabric since 1704 and continues today as the Chabad-Lubavitch of The Main Line, a Center for Jewish Life.
- Merion’s other draws include its numerous parks, a vibrant commercial district and exceptional schools.
- Options for shopping and dining abound within the borders of the community and Merion’s commercial district features such old Main Line favorites as Hymie’s Deli and Babis Pharmacy.
- Merion has exceptional public and private schools. The Merion Elementary School, one of the Lower Merion School District’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools, is right here, as are the private Merion Mercy Academy and the Waldron Mercy Academy.
- The Barnes Foundation is an educational art institution founded by Albert C. Barnes. The foundation owns more than 900 impressionistic and modernistic paintings estimated to be worth $25 billion. Until its move to the city in 2012, the collection was hosted in Merion for residents and visitors to enjoy.
- Half a square mile in size, the independent borough of Narberth is a community of tree-lined avenues, a charming downtown district.
- A true Main Line classic, the borough is completely surrounded by Lower Merion Township yet has managed to retain a character all its own through the years.
- Narberth homes for sale are an eclectic blend of venerable Federals alongside fancier Queen Annes, quaint Dutch Colonials, cozy Cape Cods and bungalows.
- The borough is served by the R-5 Paoli/Thorndale SEPTA line, which makes regular and frequent stops at Narberth.
- A close-knit, small-town community, for those who appreciate being in close proximity to one’s neighbors.
- Narberth’s downtown and commercial districts running along Narberth, Forrest, Essex, Haverford and Montgomery Avenues contain a small yet diverse collection of specialty shops, restaurants, services and performance venues.
- Given Narberth’s compact size, practically everything is within walking distance. Owners of Narberth real estate enjoy the convenience of strolling to their favorite cafe or their morning cappuccino, walking the kids to school, and taking the short hop to the train station for a night out in Center City.
- Narberth packs a great deal into its relatively small area, including two recreational parks, the Sabine Avenue Tot-Lot and the Narberth Playground; multiple places of worship; fitness centers and historic points of interest.
- Another major draw is its excellent public school system. Narberth is served by the outstanding Lower Merion School District, as well as private schools such as the respected community landmark, St. Margaret School.
- For generations, the tranquil, secluded and lushly beautiful hamlet of Gladwyne has contained some of the most sought-after Main Line real estate to be found.
- Elegant, beautifully appointed and architecturally distinctive, Gladwyne real estate lies nestled in a park-like setting and many homes here are enveloped by wooded lots that are several acres in size. The serene atmosphere has made this Lower Merion village one of the premier addresses not just in the Greater Philadelphia area, but in the country as a whole.
- Gladwyne enjoys the sophisticated shopping, dining, and cultural amenities of the Main Line.
- The Schuylkill River winds its way across the northern area and hiking and equestrian trails abound.
- The community is home to numerous parks, including Rolling Hill Park, which sprawls over more than a hundred acres, and the 50-acre historic botanical garden that is the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research.
- Public tennis courts, baseball fields and playgrounds are plentiful as well, enhancing the quality of life of residents even further.
- Located near Gladwyne real estate is the Philadelphia Country Club, one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished country clubs, which offers 27 holes of championship golf and extensive facilities for tennis, squash, bowling, shooting and swimming.
- Another essential facet of Gladwyne’s distinctive character is its historic buildings and unique shops. One of the most iconic is the charming restaurant, The Old Guard House Inn, which has been in operation since Colonial times and was recently acquired by the Union League and has become a private venue.
- Served by the Lower Merion School District, children in Gladwyne enjoy the myriad advantages of a truly first-rate education. All of the district’s eligible schools have been distinguished by recognitions for academic excellence, and seven of the district’s ten schools are recipients of the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award.
- Haverford is a rich, alluring blend of pastoral beauty, small-town warmth, history and sophistication,
- Located partly in Haverford Township and in Lower Merion Township, Haverford real estate has a verdant, park-like setting that gives it a tranquil feel and an air of seclusion.
- Haverford enjoys the shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural offerings of both townships, as well as the rest of the Main Line. Here one can opt for Haverford Square’s collection of boutiques and specialty stores nestled in a beautifully landscaped setting; the array of bookstores, cafe and retailers along Lancaster Avenue; or Ardmore’s Suburban Square and its quaint, historic downtown district.
- Home to Haverford College, the first and oldest institute for higher education in the United States.
- Within the Haverford area is another bastion of Main Line traditions, the exclusive Merion Cricket Club, whose extensive grounds include squash and tennis courts and whose sprawling, iconic Victorian clubhouse is a certified National Historic Landmark. Established in Haverford just a few decades after the college, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious country clubs in the country.
- Haverford is served by the R-5 Paoli/Thorndale SEPTA line, which makes regular and frequent stops at here.
- Small-town warmth and charm, rural, wooded setting, centuries-old history and atmosphere of relaxed elegance, Bryn Mawr is the embodiment of the very best qualities of the Main Line.
- Bryn Mawr extends over three different townships and two counties. The majority of the community’s area is in Lower Merion, while the rest is in Radnor and Haverford Townships.
- Bryn Mawr real estate is a diverse collection composed of dignified two-story stone Colonials, elegant Victorians, custom-built luxury townhouses, and sprawling manors.
- Known across the international community for being a center for academic excellence, Bryn Mawr is the seat of the renowned Bryn Mawr College, one of the country’s and the world’s most esteemed institutes for higher education. The college is one of the country’s highest-rated liberal arts colleges and its beautiful campus extends over 135 acres, featuring 40 buildings built in the Collegiate Gothic style.
- The community enjoys the advantages of being close to a prestigious selection of private schools, among which are the Shipley School, Baldwin School, Haverford School, Sacred Heart School, and The Agnes Irwin School. Bryn Mawr is served by three different public school districts: Lower Merion, Radnor, and Haverford all of which are highly regarded.
- Lancaster Avenue, is an eclectic selection of shopping and dining establishments, services and one-of-a-kind cultural and historic venues such as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Harriton House.
- Bryn Mawr is served by the R-5 Paoli/Thorndale SEPTA line, which makes regular and frequent stops here.
- Named after the university that is its heart.
- Located in both Lower Merion Township and Radnor Townships.
- Some of the most sought-after luxury Main Line real estate.
- Appleford Estate, has survived almost intact to this day as the 22-acre Appleford Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary.
- Home to Pennsylvania’s largest and oldest Catholic university, whose 254-acre campus features many fine examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Villanova University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and its schools’ and colleges’ academic programs have been ranked among the best in the country.
- Villanova is served by the topnotch Lower Merion School District, considered to be one of the best in the country, as well as a selection of private schools, including the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, The Haverford School, Baldwin and The Agnes Irwin School.
- Villanova is served by the R-5 Paoli/Thorndale SEPTA line, which makes regular and frequent stops here.
- One of the first planned suburban developments in the country, the village of Wayne today is a triumph of good early planning and conservation.
- Tranquil and historic, Wayne is set in a landscape of lush, rolling hills, scattered and leafy residential neighborhoods with wide, tree-lined avenues. The country setting combined with a charming, pedestrian-friendly downtown area makes this Main Line community a wonderful place to put down roots.
- Located mainly in Radnor Township and partly in Tredyffrin and Upper Merion Townships.
- The Wayne Hotel, a Tudor Revival building, is one of the Main Line’s most distinctive landmarks. Then there’s the Anthony Wayne Theater, whose Art Deco design gives the Victorian and turn-of-the-century downtown a dash of Roaring Twenties.
- Wayne’s Chanticleer Gardens, a botanical wonderland and a delight to the senses, is a 35-acre pleasure garden has been described as “the greatest of the great gardens.”
- History and tradition are woven into the very fabric of the community, a fact that Radnor homes for sale themselves prove true. From charming Cape Cods to gracious stone Colonials to sprawling manors, Radnor homes directly reflect the community’s rich history and its enduring traditions.
- As the roads improved in the 18th century, Radnor became an important stopping point and one of its inns, the Sorrel House – which survives to this day as The Agnes Irwin Lower School – provided shelter to George Washington and General Lafayette during the Revolutionary War.
- While primarily a residential enclave of quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods and an extensive network of trails, parks and open spaces, Radnor is also home to office parks and a few commercial areas. An eclectic array of shops and dining establishments line Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) and there are even more options for shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Wayne and other areas up and down the Main Line.
- Radnor features excellent parks system with it’s over 600 acres of park land, as well as its topnotch school district. The Radnor Township School District (RTSD) ranks among the best in the country.
- Radnor Elementary School was the state’s first green public elementary school, while Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School are both recipients of the prestigious Blue Ribbon award.
- Located in both Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships in easternmost Chester County, Devon was developed in the 19th century to be a town of large and handsome country residences and it has for the most part remained true to its developers’ vision to this day.
- The Devon Station, which is now served by Paoli/Thorndale Line Regional Rail, has kept this relatively secluded community connected to Philadelphia and the rest of the Main Line.
- Featuring serene and private neighborhoods, an abundance of parks, and highly rated public and private schools.
- Devon is very family-oriented and is an excellent place to raise children. Many of those who grow up here, in fact, can’t wait to move back when it’s time for them to raise their own families.
- Famous for The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which has been held on the Devon Horse Show Grounds since 1896. It’s one of the international equestrian community’s most anticipated annual events. The United States’ largest and oldest outdoor multi-breed competition, it is a Main Line classic and one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world.
- The borough of Malvern is in Chester County, renowned for its history, scenic setting, and high quality of life, Malvern is a charmer of a place.
- A cross between a small town and a village, the borough extends across an area that’s less than one and half square miles in size and is home to just over 3,100 people. The borough itself actually comprises just a portion of the region Main Liners know as Malvern, which actually includes more rural areas home to many sprawling estates.
- The heart of the community is its historic downtown which is anchored by King Street. Like most of its neighbors up and down the Main Line, Malvern developed faster after the Philadelphia Railroad built a station here.
- Malvern is served by the R-5 Paoli/Thorndale SEPTA line, which makes regular and frequent stops here.
- King Street district, its oldest commercial area, is populated by an assortment of independently-owned shops and restaurants, Malvern’s downtown is immensely walkable and provides residents and visitors with an enchanting shopping and dining experience.
- Its wealth of antique stores makes it a particularly popular spot among Main Liners in search of one-of-a-kind pieces.
- It’s not just its downtown that’s been attracting interest in recent years, however. Malvern has also seen a great deal of revitalization in the past few decades and is well-known for being the home of the 700-acre Great Valley Corporate Center, a vibrant business park that’s partially located in nearby East Whiteland.
- The Radnor Hunt is the oldest contiuously active fox hunt in the U.S. The chase which takes place in Malvern, has been a staple of "country living" in and around the Main Line for generations.
- How the Main Line village of Paoli got its name is a story that’s well worth remembering. Once just a scattered collection of farms and woods in pre-Revolutionary America, it was an inn (and the revolutionary Corsican general after which it was named) that inspired Paoli to take its first steps towards fashioning its own identity.
- A popular stagecoach stop, the Paoli Inn served as the region’s first post office, the site of many a revolutionary meeting, and more. It was the nexus of a community that would become among one of the Greater Philadelphia area’s most desirable places to live.
- Today, Paoli is home to a population numbering more than 6,000. It extends over an area that’s within the territory of the three townships of Tredyffrin, Easttown and Willistown, all of which are in Chester County.
- It has a warm and comforting village-like feel. If you want to live in a place that still knows the true meaning of community, then you will probably want to consider investing in Paoli real estate.
- The Paoli area is also sometimes referred to as Daylesford these days as it has been home to Daylesford Abbey, which occupies a 130-acre farm, since the 1960s.
- Also well known for: Waynesborough, the sprawling Georgian home of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, and the Wharton Esherick Museum, which was the studio and home of “the Dean of American Craftsmen”, Wharton Esherick. The museum is a National Historic Landmark for Architecture.
- Paoli serves as the region’s center for health, being home to Paoli Hospital, a facility that’s ranked in the top one percent of hospitals in the country.
- Not technically part of the Main Line, but certainly a fast growing segment of the local real estate market.
- A distinct community within the boundaries of the Township of Haverford.
- Comprised primarily of residential neighborhoods with tree-shaded avenues and an eclectic collection of Havertown homes ranging from stone Cape Cods to Dutch Colonial Revivals.
- Defined by its warm atmosphere and family-oriented feel, Havertown is friendly and welcoming, making it a popular choice among homebuyers looking to escape the hubbub of the big city and raise their children in a serene suburban setting.
- Havertown homes for sale are generally somewhat more affordable than the more opulent properties in other areas up and down the Main Line. Here it’s still possible to find a comfortable three-bedroom home for less than $400,000, though you can also opt for a property on the other end of the price spectrum.
- A 25-minute drive west of Center City, Philadelphia, Havertown is an ideal choice for those who wish to gain access to the gracious lifestyle that the Main Line is known for, but would rather not pay premium price for the privilege.
- Llanerch Country Club has been in its present location since 1901 and features a private 18-hole championship golf course that has hosted its share of notable games, among them 1958’s PGA Championship.
- Havertown also has its own small but vibrant commercial area, concentrated mostly along Eagle and Darby Roads where you will find an array of independently-owned shops and restaurants offering everything from antiques and oil paintings to flowers and fine cuisine.
- Havertown also offers its new, state of the art YMCA for families to enjoy and stay in shape.
- Situated in Chester County’s Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships.
- After Berwyn Station was built, it didn’t take long for Philadelphia’s elite to discover the many charms of scenic, secluded Berwyn. One of the most notable of these was A. J. Cassatt, brother of famous painter Mary Cassatt, who served as the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad until his death in 1906.
- Home to the Upper Main Line YMCA since the 1960s.
- Today, it is justly famous for its high-ranking schools, dynamic collection of shops and restaurants along Route 30, and for being the home of the Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. The Arboretum is renowned for its different varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons.