Relocating to the Philadelphia Area: Devon
Moving to the Philadelphia suburb of Devon? Looking for information about this town, so that you can make an informed decision? You’ve come to the right place! Devon is one of Philadelphia’s western Main Line communities. The train is a good option for people working in Philadelphia, though the commute by car is around an hour in traffic. Attractions of living in Devon include a relaxed, non-busy feeling and some of the most gracious properties around. While the southern section is a bit removed from retail and services, the northern section caters to active families with good access to shopping, dining and entertainment.
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Devon, like many of the other Main Line towns, was originally populated by wealthy Philadelphians looking for summer homes to escape the heat of the city. Therefore, you’ll find some stunning estates in Devon and some horse farms and very large parcels. There are some lovely streets in this area that make you feel like the city is very far away. However certain neighborhoods cater to families looking for a sense of community. If you are looking for new construction but not necessarily a development, there have been several “one-off” homes built recently in Devon. There are even a small number of condos (like the French provincial Arbordeau) and some carriage homes, like those in Sugar Knoll.
Devon: What it’s like to live here
Like so many Main Line towns, Devon is split between Tredyffrin-Easttown and Radnor school districts. Both rank extremely high, so if public schools are important to you, you can’t go wrong in Devon. If you are looking for that “neighborhood feel”, consider the Shand Tract, Devonshire, Devon Downs and Pheasant Run. All of these communities are at least 35 years old, so they definitely have a neighborhood flavor vs. a development one. The trees are established and the houses don’t have that “cookie-cutter” feel sometimes found in recent new construction. Within these neighborhoods, there are traditional colonials as well as Capes and ranches. Many are stone, but some are brick and others have siding, so there’s a wide variety of styles. You can find often baby sitting groups, neighborhood jogging clubs and even block parties and holiday celebrations in these neighborhoods.
In the southern portion of Devon, you tend to find fewer sidewalks and a bit less interaction between residents. South Devon might be a good fit for you if you want some elbow room and don’t mind a bit of a rural feel. If you’re looking for a grand home, certain streets, like Waterloo Rd., showcase some lovely, elegant old mansions on large properties. For those who don’t live on large lots, Jenkins Arboretum provides a wonderful opportunity to lose yourself in lovely gardens and beautiful natural surroundings.
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