Relocating to the Philadelphia Area: Media
While Media is not technically part of the Main Line, many people who are relocating to the Philadelphia area and looking for a town with a village center choose to settle here. Media is a great area if quick access to center city is not vital (as it can take a while, even by train) and if you like a hilly, wooded landscape that feels well-established and not like a bedroom community. For some people who move to the Philadelphia area, the slower “speed” of Media is a better fit than some of the Main Line neighborhoods.
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Overview of Media
Media Borough is the beloved center of this large, sprawling town. Lots of independent shops and restaurants, many in charming, historic store fronts line the streets. This downtown is a vibrant anchor of the community. There is plenty to do outside of the town center, though, including apple and pumpkin picking at Linvilla Orchards, and enjoying the outdoors in the state parks as well as Tyler Arboretum. It’s definitely an area that appeals to people who appreciate nature; the southern portion of Media can feel almost like living in a forest, between the creek and winding roads that are surrounded by lots of trees.
Media consists of several different communities, somewhat separated from each other by the major arteries. It is also feels fairly disconnected from Philadelphia, though route 1, after long enough, turns into the expressway and will take you all the way into town. With Philadelphia located a long drive down route 1, it feels less like a suburb and more like its own small city (complete with a real trolley that still runs in the borough). Larger sections of Media (which you might see on a map) include Moylan, Rose Valley, Glen Riddle, Rose Tree and Elwyn.
Media: What it’s like to live here
The homes located within the borough are primarily very old, larger Victorians (some of which have been converted to offices). There are also more modest colonials as well. Once outside the borough, the large town of Media offers just about every kind of home style and neighborhood. There are several new construction townhouse communities including Reserve at Rose Valley, Ravenscliff and Westwood Walk. If you’re looking for a single family home on about an acre in an older neighborhood, you might consider Middletown Crossing or Wyncroft. Alverno Valley Farm offers similar homes as well. If you are prepared to invest a bit more, you might feel at home in Timberwyck, Olde Farm Estates, Ridgewood, Boxwood or Rose Tree Woods. Pine Ridge, Springton Estates and Heilbron appeal to the most discerning buyers.
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