This Historic Main Line area of Philadelphia comprises 16 distinct communities. Each of these communities has its defining characteristics. However, they are all connected by the original railroad system that gave the area its name. There are several reasons to consider moving to this appealing area just outside of western Philadelphia, but here we will look at three.
Historic and Established Neighborhoods
This area of Philadelphia has roots going back to the early 1800s. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company started construction on its main line, going west out of the city. The railroad company built way stations along this stretch to encourage development. As a result, many of Philadelphia’s social elite began moving into the region.
Because of this rich history, the Main Line area of Philadelphia is home to many historic and established neighborhoods. You will find lush forests full of large trees and rolling hills covered in vegetation. Many of the homes in these neighborhoods draw inspiration from the Colonial and Victorian eras. Some of the older homes are reminiscent of the days of large mansions and sprawling estates.
Modern Conveniences in a Natural Setting
Living in the Main Line area feels more like living in rustic communities or close-knit villages than in urban sprawl. This is one of the significant draws of new residents to the area. With the influence of the railroad industry, it’s easy to get around to all your favorite places. A train station is likely not far away. You can be downtown Philadelphia in no time or another Main Line community in minutes.
Areas like Bryn Mawr are popular entertainment hotspots which have an active nightlife scene.
Some popular highlights of Main Line include:
- Home to universities like Bryn Mawr College (voted one of the most beautiful colleges in the U.S.), Haverford College (voted a top liberal arts college in the U.S.) and Villanova University (voted one of the top US private colleges).
- Variety of top-notch public and private education for families.
- Outdoor recreation and extensive parks.
- Local bars, breweries and restaurants.
- Grand Slam — family entertainment center.
- Suburban Square — prominent shopping location offering groceries, retail and dining.
- Bryn Mawr Film Institute — a community-driven event that showcases independent, international and first-run films.
- Ardmore Music Hall — this venue books local, regional and major musical acts.
Fantastic Apartment Choices
Philadelphia’s historic Main Line area offers an abundance of apartment choices. Check out places like the Radcliff House Apartments. This premier apartment complex is at the midway point along the stretch of neighborhoods in the Main Line. This location is close to major highway systems like Route 30 and within walking distance of the Septa Regional Rail station.
A lot of your errands, shopping and dining options are mere footsteps away.
Your rent includes gas cooking, hot water, heat, snow removal and assigned parking.
Some of the featured amenities include:
- On-site management
- On-site laundry facilities
- Fitness center
- Pet friendly (dogs and cats)
- Community pool membership available
The apartment units feature:
- Walk-in closets
- Oversized balconies/terraces
- Kitchen renovations (some units)
- One and two-bedroom floor plans with either one or two bathrooms (two-bedroom units only)
The above are only a few reasons to consider moving to Philadelphia’s historic Main Line area. Also, don’t forget to look at properties like the Radcliff House and book a guided tour to find your new home.