Relocating to the Philadelphia Area: Newtown Square
Nestled just at the edge of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Newtown Square delivers a lot for your money when it comes to buying a home. The lots, in general, are generous, the landscape is somewhat hilly and there are plenty of trees. Because of its location, the drive into center city isn’t bad, though be aware there is not a convenient train line nearby. West Chester Pike provides all the shopping and services most suburban residents are looking for while providing a very relaxed lifestyle for people who don’t need to be “in the thick” of things.
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Newtown Square Overview
Newtown Square is more of an area than a town. It has some neighborhoods, but little of it is walkable. There are few sidewalks, fairly large lots and no town center, it’s a great place to live if you enjoy your privacy. In some areas, it feels almost like you could be living in a forest, which reinforces a less “neighborhood’y” lifestyle. Another not-so-sururban quirk to Newtown Square is that many houses have no public sewers (and are on septic systems) and few have natural gas, relying electricity, oil or propane for heating and cooking. People who choose to live here tend to take advantage of the natural surroundings. With a few golf courses as well as the beautiful Ridley Creek State Park available, there are plenty of opportunities to be outside.
Newtown Square: What it’s like to live here
Most of Newtown Square is districted to Marple Newtown schools, though some properties are in Rose Tree-Media or Great Valley. In many areas, you’ll find colonials, split-levels and some “upside-down” houses (often built up on hills where the main living space is on the floor you enter on and most of the bedrooms are on the lower, walk-out level). Runnymeade Farms is a fairly large, popular neighborhood in the Rose-Tree Media School District and offers a more close-knit living experience than much of Newtown Square. Plumstock is very popular as it is quite near the shopping and driving access of West Chester Pike. Homes are good sized and lots are as well. If your budget and space needs are a bit smaller, St. Albans might work for you. Many of these homes are 3-bedroom and around 2,000 sq. ft.
Springton Pointe Estates and Reserve at Springton offer large, fairly high end (though not brand new) homes on lots that are often just under acre. This neighborhood has a family-friendly vibe. If you are looking for something newer, the large Toll Brothers community of Liseter offers townhouses, carriage houses and single family homes. It is quite large and you will definitely feel part of a community here. Finally, if you are looking for a very elegant, top of the line, estate home, the new construction at White Horse won’t disappoint.
Again, much of Newtown Square is winding streets with homes that don’t necessarily belong to traditional neighborhoods, but that enjoy lots of privacy and take advantage of the natural surroundings. It is a good fit for people who want some land, but don’t necessarily mind if it’s hilly. If that sort of environment appeals to you and you don’t mind not having a true town center, Newtown Square could be your next home!
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