While not exactly part of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Newtown Square is an area more than a town. It covers three different school districts and is spread out geographically. Lot sizes are more generous and most homes are traditional colonials. There are also some more modern ones and a few split levels. There are several new (White Horse, Liseter) and newer (Runnymeade, Reserve at Springton) developments here, as expansion from Philadelphia has recently focused in this area.
Most of Newtown Square is districted to Marple Newtown Schools, but the northwestern section goes to Great Valley Schools and the Rose Tree Media District serves the southern portion . Many homes in this area have on-site septic systems (as opposed to public sewer). While, on the map, it is “in the thick of things” and West Chester Pike (Route 3) is a direct conduit to the city, public transportation is not very available here, so you’ll need to rely on a car to take you into Philadelphia.
People who move to Newtown Square often cite Ridley Creek State Park as a favorite spot and there are some very popular golf courses including Aronomink in Newtown Square. Certain sections seem almost rural; it was very popular for riding clubs (including Radnor Hunt and Rose Tree Hunt) well over 100 years ago. There are some wonderful old structures including the last covered bridge in Delaware County. West Chester Pike, along with being the best artery to get to Center City, is where most of the businesses serving Newtown Square are clustered. There are plenty of restaurants as well as the very well-loved Weinrich Bakery. Shopping includes a lot of chain and big box stores as well as some independent stores.
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