Why The Main Line?
If you are looking to live in one of the most desirable real estate areas in the country, steeped in tradition, host to many recreational and cultural venues, known for its multi-million-dollar homes, upscale shopping, proximity to the New Jersey beaches, and an impressive list of exclusive academic institutions you've come to the right place.
I live and play here and nobody knows this better
than a Main Line REALTOR® and long-time resident.
It’s because of the region's lifestyle that Main Line real estate continues to be among the most valued and desired properties in the Greater Philadelphia area. Its captivating landscape has an allure that is hard to resist. With lush, rolling hills, historic communities eager to tell their secrets, and new discoveries waiting to be pursued, it is not surprising that Main Line real estate captivates those who derive joy from this lifestyle.
Quality of Life
From City Avenue to charming Paoli and all the great communities along what was once the Pennsylvania Railroad's Main Line, an air of simplicity, luxury, and comfort all come together to form this region's distinct quality of life. Places like Gladwyne, Ardmore, Wayne, and Narberth are known for their small but upscale business districts such as Spread Eagle Village, Suburban Square, Narberth Borough, and the Gladwyne Village.
Top-notch educational institutions, both private and public, nourish the minds of eager students. The honor roll of schools includes The Agnes Irwin School, Baldwin, The Haverford School, Westtown School, and Episcopal Academy just to name a few. The area's award-winning public schools are known for delivering academic excellence as well. The Main Line boasts a heavy concentration of superior colleges and universities. Some of the more notable institutions are Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Villanova University, and Rosemont College. In addition, Main Line students are just a short commute from prestigious institutions such as The University of Pennsylvania, Temple, St. Joseph's University, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
When it comes to recreation, this region has a lot to boast about including the Jenkins Arboretum, countless parks, and the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, nationally recognized as the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the country. You don't want to miss Chanticleer which has been described as "one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America" by the Washington Post.
West from the city you'll find Delaware and Chester counties known for their beautiful countryside vistas, equestrian estates, and architecturally interesting fieldstone farmhouses. This area is known for being the home to Valley Forge National Park and the Radnor Hunt Grounds for spring steeple chasing. This is a great place to live if you are a nature lover or dedicated rider.
Culture and the arts are thriving up and down the Main Line. With the Main Line Art Center and Wayne Art Center encouraging and fostering artists and their art, and venues like the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for film education, the region is also home to a number of performing arts groups such as the People's Light & Theatre Company, and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts just a stone's throw away, is a place where summer concerts are enjoyed.
Country clubs and golf clubs are a way of life here and the options are plentiful. The shortlist includes the prestigious Merion Golf Club, a championship-level course and host to the US Open in 2013; the 128 acres of rolling countryside at the Overbrook Country Club; the premier Philadelphia Country in Gladwyne; one of the area's oldest clubs, the Radnor Country Club in Villanova; and the Applebrook Country Club in Malvern.
For other satisfying adventures, the Main Line offers some excellent shopping and dining venues to savor. The shopping options here are virtually endless from quaint village boutiques to the upscale Suburban Square the country’s first outdoor shopping mall. The East Coast's premier shopping destination the King of Prussia Mall offers the most discriminating shopper an endless selection of luxury department stores, exclusive boutiques, and sophisticated dining experiences.