In-Depth Community Real Estate Profile: Paoli

Paoli is one of the smallest communities on the Main Line, with only 5,600 people residing in two square miles. Since the area is so small, almost the entirety of Paoli lies within one large neighborhood.

The SEPTA commuter rail line used to end in Paoli, but now it continues to Malvern or Thorndale, depending on the schedule. People who work in Philadelphia, Conshohocken or other economic hubs along the Main Line enjoy convenient commutes without having to put mileage on their car. The average commute time from Paoli to Philadelphia takes 45 minutes, which is excellent for a community enjoying relative seclusion from urban areas 25 miles away.

Activities in Paoli

Despite being a concentrated, mostly residential community, Paoli has plenty of businesses and activities. Local favorite restaurants include TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery, Our Deli & Meats sandwiches, Seafood USA fresh market and restaurant and a location for the locally-based chain Nudy’s Cafe. For people wanting to hone their culinary skills for home use, the Kitchen Workshop serves up cooking classes regularly for aspiring chefs of all ages.

For people looking to hone their athletic skills, too, the Waynesboro Country Club is less than a mile away. Paoli is also home to the Philadelphia Curling Club, one of the only places in the region to try out the unique, challenging and growing sport.

Education in Paoli

Paoli is bisected by the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District and the Great Valley School District, both of which offer excellent educational opportunities. Those living closer to Tredyffrin in particular have the benefit of attending Conestoga High School.

This venerable school has been consistently voted the best public school in Pennsylvania and frequently ranks on U.S. News and World Report’s best high schools in the country. Seniors regularly perform 70 points higher and upwards than the national average in SAT scores, and 95 percent of students taking Advanced Placement Exams achieve a score of three or higher (on a scale to five), earning them college credit.

While there are many excellent colleges on the Main Line to attend where students could save on tuition by living at home, Conestoga students often study at some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Every graduating class since 2009 has sent one or more students to Ivy League Colleges, MIT, Duke, Johns Hopkins and other well-known higher learning institutions.

Tredyffrin Public Library System operates a library in Paoli that provides food for thought for both students and adults in the area. Paoli also has the Revolutionary War site of the tragic Paoli Massacre, a destination for history buffs and school field trips from around the entire region.

Luxury Homes for Sale in Paoli

The median income for a family is slightly more modest for Paoli than many areas of the Main Line at $70,000. As such, home prices are more consistent with average suburban areas, with a median sales price of $300,000. Home values in the area still remain higher than average at $500,000. There are also plenty of Paoli luxury homes for sale with five bedrooms and sprawling acreage, holding values of a million and upwards for wealthier home buyers.

Overall, Paoli is a pleasant, peaceful town that still holds much of the character of Main Line’s older communities. To find a gorgeous place that will let you call Paoli home, take a look at our Paoli luxury home listings.

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Finding the Right Realtor for Your Luxury Home

More so than regular home sales, finding a good listing agent for your luxury home is incredibly important. The luxury home market is all about appearances, networking, experience and professional work habits.

To help you find a realtor who is capable of all four of these things, here are some criteria to look for in a sales agent:

Knows Your Market

Selling a luxury home involves targeting your potential market with razor precision. The normal tactics could be great at getting people in the door and having an adequate listing, but without the right ingredients a real buyer will almost never materialize.

Some traits of the luxury market include:

  • People aged 34 to 58
  • Experienced with home buying and negotiating. A luxury home is typically an upgrade or a lateral move from a similarly valuable property
  • Tech savvy and interested in details
  • Typically moving short distances of between 7 to 12 miles, meaning your market will most likely be local
  • They want the best quality neighborhoods and schools
  • Online is usually the first place they will look
  • They choose only to work with the most reputable buyer’s agents
  • Well-paid professionals looking for reasonable commute times

An expert luxury home realtor will be familiar with all of these characteristics. They will know how to mobilize local selling networks and what features to emphasize for the highest impact.

Sets the Right Price

Coming up with a listing price is a science. You will want to price the home fairly for the value you have put into it, but you will want a low enough price to keep the home competitive and quick to gain interest.

Finding this happy medium is no easy feat. In extreme circumstances, an appraisal may be needed to avoid surprises should the buyer be seeking a mortgage. The right realtor will have an instinctive feel for price setting and will seek the ideal price to get plentiful offers.

Helps You Get Gorgeous Listing Photos

Buyers have more options than ever for scouting out the market. Sites like Trulia, Zillow and even Facebook or Twitter can give rich troves of information about a listed home along with high quality photos.

To help your listing stand out, you will need professional-quality photos taken from the perfect angle and in the perfect lighting to make your home practically jump out of the screen. Sumptuous looking photos are one of your best bets for attracting interested buyers, and the information you include can help reel in the less easily impressed. Keep in mind that buyers are now ruling out homes by the handful before they even set foot in them based on online listings.

Acts Like a Consummate Professional

Personal connections matter in the business world. While everybody wants someone who can get results, people that are easier to work with are less likely to blow the deal in its most vital moment.

A professional, experienced agent will be able to present him or herself well to buyers and always be available for inquiries. Someone who is polite and warm during conversations will make a great impression on buyers and keep them hooked on the idea of buying your home. Being a realtor also requires having an airtight schedule to help get the buyer and the seller ready for a showing without any surprises or setbacks, meaning organization is key.

If you are looking to list a luxury home for sale in Ardmore or anywhere else on the Main Line, we humbly request that you give us a chance to prove we have all these qualities. Our listings look amazing, are mobile friendly and are optimized to reach the most likely buyers for your luxury property. Visit our company information page to learn more about how we can help you.

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In-Depth Community Profile: Villanova

Villanova has a big personality for covering such a small area. Many out-of-town people are surprised to find that over 9,000 people call the community home. Neither officially a census designated place nor an incorporated area, Villanova is formally designated by its ZIP code: 19085.

While Villanova University is the most notable and defining feature of the area, it does not define the living situation for many of the area’s residents. Instead, they are drawn to the incredible collection of neighborhoods boasting some of the Main Line’s highest property values. In fact, the eastern section of Villanova was ranked as the 39th wealthiest neighborhood in the country, with an astounding median household income of $366,000.

Living in Villanova

Many of the town residents are families with young children. These children attend Gladwyne Elementary school at a young age, followed by Welsh Valley Middle School then Harriton High School as they get older.

Since many of the residents are supremely affluent, they are also keen on sending their children to private institutions. The all-girls Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont is incredibly close by, while the all-boys Haverford School is also not too far away. Other popular private schools include the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart or Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, and the Catholic schools Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and Rosemont School of the Holy Child.

For recreation, residents have Skunk Hollow Park to the southwest and no less than seven golf courses within a mile of the area’s borders. Villanova University also offers the chance at many lovely strolls. Their campus landscaping crew strategically plants gorgeous and occasionally exotic trees lining the historical buildings and pathways.

Some would assume that the university is the biggest employer, but a higher percentage of people work in administration or management, with teaching trailing behind as the third most common occupation. Around 12 percent of residents telecommute, working from home with nearby businesses or on their own enterprises. Many others ride the SEPTA rail or drive to economic hubs near Philadelphia to get to work every day.

The Bryn Mawr teaching hospital is another common job source, providing excellent healthcare resources in addition to educational services for medical students.

Luxury Homes in Villanova

One of Villanova’s most prominent characteristics is its incredible volume of extremely valuable homes and properties. Trulia reports that the average listing price as of February was $2.1 million and the median sales price from November to February 15th was $1,675,000.

Residents can afford to live here thanks to their high-paying jobs. The median household income is a staggering $159,500, and the per capita income is just over $50,000. An abundance of gorgeous homes and a low-key residential atmosphere have attracted many notable temporary residents, the most famous of which was Will Smith — who rented a $7.1 million home in 2012 while filming near the area.

Anyone that wants to live in a quiet, picturesque community right next to a gorgeous historical college campus should look no further than the Villanova luxury homes for sale. You can find the perfect home for you and your family by taking a look at our Villanova luxury property listings.

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Easter in Main Line

The Main Line excels at bringing fun and family-friendly events to the community. Easter typically brings out the best of this tendency. Main Line businesses and community organizations use the holiday as an excuse to pull out all the stops and give families enjoyable experiences they will cherish forever.

To start your newest traditions and make some lasting memories, here are the best activities going on during the Easter holidays:

Go on an Adventure with the Easter Bunny

The Easter bunny is someone who can always make kids smile. Families can line up for the obligatory photo sessions at the King of Prussia Mall, or they could try something a bit more adventurous.

West Chester’s historic railroad offers a 90-minute scenic train ride accompanied by the Easter Bunny. The ride journeys from the station in West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village then back again for a round trip. While in Glen Mills, participants can shop at the quaint sundry stores and take photos with the Easter Bunny. On board, local musicians Greg Wright and Friends will entertain the passengers with familiar tunes and original favorites.

Linvilla Orchards on the outskirts of Media provides a similarly fun excursion for families and young children. They will be hosting their annual hayrides that take kids to the Bunnyland farmhouse where the Easter Bunny lives. Parents can bring their own camera to take pictures, and they can also shop at the market stalls offering local products and fresh seasonal produce.

Go on an Easter Egg Hunt

Most kids look forward to Easter for the fun and deliciously rewarding Easter egg hunts. The Main Line hosts too many of these events to count, but there are several that stand out from the pack.

The beautiful West Laurel Hill Cemetery will host its 13th annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am. Kids can bring their own basket and search the gorgeously landscaped grounds and gardens for Easter eggs containing treats and prizes. The event is sponsored by Zitner’s chocolate, so hundreds of the eggs will be made of pure chocolate that kids and parents will both enjoy. Before the hunt will be a raffle, balloon animals and the More FM Crew will be broadcasting live.

There are plenty of other Main Line egg hunting options, too. Malvern will be hosting one in Burke Park, Media will host one at the Tot Lot on 73 E. Third St. followed by a luncheon, Newtown Square’s Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will host a hunt that includes a puppet show and West Chester will also have a hunt event.

Enjoy an Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch becomes the thing to look forward to for those too grown up to participate in egg hunts. Adults and children alike can enjoy sumptuous Sunday meals held at the Radnor Hotel, the White Dog Cafe, the White Horse Tavern and Bar, Farmhouse Bistro, Azie on Main and many other local gourmet hot spots. Make sure to reserve your seat at the table soon!

These fun and wholesome activities are one of the reasons families love living in the Main Line so much. Our friendly neighborhoods, communities and businesses like nothing more than seeing smiles on people’s faces.

To become a permanent part of our wholesome, close-knit communities, you can purchase one of the luxury homes in Radnor or anywhere else on the Main Line. Take a look at our luxury Main Line real estate listings to find your perfect home today.

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A Students Guide to Philadelphia Main Line’s Colleges

Main Line can be said to be an “idea hub” thanks to the large amount of schools, colleges and universities in the area. The Main Line itself boasts no less than six higher education institutions, and the greater Philadelphia area has many more.

Here is your short guide to some of the more noteworthy schools in the area:

Villanova University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,042

Median SAT: 1810-2090

Acceptance Rate: 49%

Most Popular Program: Business and marketing

Formed as a Catholic school in 1842 by the revered Order of St. Augustine, 85 percent of the student population is affiliated with the Catholic Church in some capacity. The school is ranked number one in regional universities for the North.

Villanova’s Division I Wildcats NCAA Men’s Basketball Team is consistently one of the most exciting things about the school. They have appeared nearly every year in the NCAA tournament since 2005, reaching the Final Four in 2009.

Bryn Mawr College

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,328

Median SAT: 1830-2190

Acceptance Rate: 40%

Most Popular Program: Social sciences

Bryn Mawr was established as a women’s only liberal arts college in 1885, and is known as one of the prestigious “Seven Sisters” of high-ranking women’s schools. The school boasts an enviable faculty to student ratio of 8:1, and has a rich social calendar full of traditions and events.

Haverford College

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,187

Median SAT: 1970-2240

Acceptance Rate: 23%

Most Popular Program: Social sciences

Haverford is without a doubt one of the most selective schools in the country. With a national ranking of eighth among liberal arts colleges, we can safely assume that they are doing something right.

It was formed in 1833 by the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, but has no formal affiliation with them. The school has the advantage of allowing students to enroll in classes at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with no extra tuition required. Perhaps this program is why Forbes ranked Haverford number one in graduating the most entrepreneurs per capita.

Cabrini College

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,312

Median SAT: 1160-1500

Acceptance Rate: 74%

Cabrini is relatively young compared to most Main Line colleges, being established in 1957. They have nevertheless made their mark by mandating community service as a component of graduation for undergraduates. Their core curriculum also focuses on social justice and advocacy, with a trademark class called Engagements in the Common Good.

Eastern University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,541

Median SAT: Unreleased

Acceptance Rate: 75%

Most Popular Program: Business and marketing

Eastern University touts itself as a “comprehensive Christian” university with an affiliation to the American Baptist Churches USA organization. Once a Seminary school for the group, they expanded their scope to include liberal arts programs and extended admission to people of all faiths. One of their unique characteristics is that they also run a college preparatory school on campus known as the Eastern University Academy Charter School.

Rosemont College

Undergraduate Enrollment: 531

Median SAT: 1200-1660

Acceptance Rate: 58%

Most Popular Program: Biology

Established as a women-only Catholic school in 1921, Rosemont opened its doors to male students quite recently in 2009. Despite the school’s tiny size, they offer a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs. They also have relatively affordable tuitions, costing around $10,000 less than most comparable private liberal arts institutions.

St. Joseph’s University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,374

Median SAT: 1530-1800

Acceptance Rate: 79%

Most Popular Program: Business and marketing

The seventh oldest Jesuit university in the country, St. Joseph’s was formed in 1851 and has a comprehensive program of 60 undergraduate majors and 53 graduate programs. Their Hawks basketball team competes in Division I athletics against members of the Atlantic-10 conference.

Most of their popular programs are run through the Haub School of Business, which features the top food marketing program in the country and an authentic Wall Street trading room with real time data displays.

These are just the core universities clustered around the Main Line area proper. Keep in mind that other schools like Immaculata University are just a stone’s throw away, as are widely-regarded Philadelphia schools like Drexel, Temple, the University of Pennsylvania and La Salle.

Parents who buy one of the luxury homes for sale in Lower Merion or other Main Line areas give their children the opportunity to save money on room and board by living at home and commuting on the extremely convenient and reliable SEPTA rail system. To give your children a leg up in life, you can start by looking at our ample Main Line luxury home listings.

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