Moving to the Philadelphia Area: Bryn Mawr
Are you thinking about moving to Bryn Mawr or elsewhere on the Main Line? Not even sure what that is? The “Main Line” is the name for the suburbs directly to the west of center city Philadelphia and the choice of many people who move to the area. Bryn Mawr is a frequent destination for relocators. Why? Great schools, beautiful old homes with gracious architecture, mature trees and a terrific natural backdrop, easy commute to Philadelphia and more! That said, it is comprised of several different sections and for a non-local, it is a challenge to figure out what the different neighborhoods are like.
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Bryn Mawr Overview
If you asked someone to name a single town that represented what Philadelphia’s Main Line looks like, you might well hear “Bryn Mawr” as an answer. It is still within commuting distance to the city, but definitely offers a much “gentler” way of life. Bryn Mawr is a historically significant locale; click here to find out more. Steeped in Main Line history, several Bryn Mawr buildings and houses appear on the historic register. For example, the private, all-girls Baldwin School was originally the Bryn Mawr Hotel.
Home to four colleges and several private schools, Bryn Mawr certainly appeals to students. At the same time, the north side is distinctly “upper crust” and considered very elite. Historic store fronts house much of the vibrant shopping and dining area along Lancaster Avenue. A variety of shops and restaurants appeal to the different groups–college student favor the pubs and the professional crowd frequents the more elegant establishments. However, even if you don’t identify with either of those contingents, don’t worry! Everyone can carve out a niche for themselves in Bryn Mawr. From the year-round farmer’s market to the library, Clover Market and Twilight Concerts, Bryn Mawr is a thriving town with plenty to do and a wide variety of residential housing.
Bryn Mawr: What it’s like to live here
What’s it like to live in Bryn Mawr? Well, it depends on exactly where you call home. While much of the Haverford Township sections offer terrific access to the bustling downtown area as well as the train station, the Radnor Township section is bit more removed, but often feel more rural. If you’re looking for a development feel, Cornerstone, The Hills and Fox Fields are older, but popular neighborhoods. Most of the Lower Merion portion of Bryn Mawr consists of relatively expensive homes and several gracious estates on large properties can be found here. North side Bryn Mawr has a distinctly elite, “upper crust” feeling and residents value privacy more highly than in some other Main Line towns. That said, there are certainly less ostentatious homes in Bryn Mawr. However, even the more modest north side homes command high prices.
While there are many stone colonials, there are also some stucco homes (mostly in Radnor Township) and there are some Cape Cods in Bryn Mawr as well. If you want a pool, Bryn Mawr might be a good place to look as it has one of the highest concentrations of pools on the Main Line. Another appealing feature of this Main Line town is that it has a good number of neighborhoods that sit off the beaten track. Many of the windy streets are poor options for pass through traffic, so apart from the well-known arteries, it’s fairly easy to find a quiet street in Bryn Mawr.
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