7 Tips for Buying a Luxury Home

Buying a luxury home is not quite as straightforward as buying a typical house. Here are some professional tips and advice for finding the perfect luxury home and making it yours with as little headache as possible:

1. Go Beyond Typical Searches

Many luxury homeowners do not want their listings on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for privacy reasons. Even fewer are willing to make their listing publicly known on giant search engines like Redfin and Trulia. To find the truly remarkable properties, you and your agent will have to dig deep. Use their networking prowess and your own internet search skills to cut through the less remarkable listings to find a home that is truly worth your time.

2. Take Listing Photos with a Heaping Pile of Salt

Luxury home listing photos can swing both ways. Some homes that are breathtaking in person look unappealing from front elevation photos. Other sellers will over-hype their property with professional photos that can often use lens trickery or post processing to exaggerate the size, style and atmosphere of homes. Never write a home off nor put it on a shortlist just because of photo quality.

3. Buy the Property, Not Just the House

Try to pull up the property on Google Earth to get a good view of the lay of the land and any potential views or desirable qualities. Yards tend to look uninteresting in listing photos, so remember that understanding the full geography of the landscape requires an in-person visit in addition to a bird’s eye view.

4. Only Work with Local Experts

Property values, markets and neighborhoods hold a lot of nuance. Instead of procuring an inexperienced agent at your side to make assumptions, find a local realtor who will know what they are talking about. They can help you form an appropriate offer based on comparable listings and recent closes. They can also use their networking skills to get you through the doors of houses you would have never heard about otherwise.

5. Go with the Bank You Know

If you are financing the property, your first source for a loan should be your own bank. They will have your financial portfolio already in hand, and they will understand how you operate within a business relationship. Not only will they be more likely to approve you, they are also more likely to advocate your credentials when making an offer.

6. Let Your Financials Tell a Story

They say money talks, so those who have their money sheltered or heavily invested are keeping their lips sealed. Proving you are capable of buying a luxury home can involve rigorous documentation of assets, earnings, liabilities, financial histories and other important aspects. Have all these papers lined up before you make an offer to avoid intense scrutiny or even skepticism.

7. Remember Your Home Is an Investment

Luxury homes are not just a fancy place to hang your hat. They tend to appreciate in value more quickly because of factors like location, heritage, craftsmanship, views and other timeless qualities. If the home you buy will have a Howard Johnsons and a 7-11 built a few hundred feet from it in a few months, you will not see the type of return you expected, nor will you be able to relish the enjoyment you thought you would get.

Perform your due diligence and vigorously research ongoing development in the area you are moving. Luxury homes in Bryn Mawr and other areas of the Main Line often have protections against unsightly or invasive development, but never make assumptions. Your views, neighborhood and overall prestige are every bit as important to the home’s value as the building itself.

Let the Main Line Home Center guide you in making the best purchasing decision possible when looking for a luxury home. Our expert staff has the knowledge and experience to navigate the local market to find hidden gems of lasting value that you will cherish forever. Take a look at our Main Line luxury home listings to get started.

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In-Depth Community Real Estate Profile: Lafayette Hill

Lafayette Hill is a relatively tiny community in Whitemarsh township. Just east of Plymouth Meeting and north of Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill offers a respite from the more congested areas closer to Philadelphia while still being near major amenities and thoroughfares.

History of Lafayette Hill

Lafayette Hill was named after the General Marquis de Lafayette, who led a contingency of General George Washington’s forces during the Revolutionary War. Just before the decampment from Valley Forge following the spring thaw of 1778, General Washington dispatched a small group of troops under the Marquis’ leadership. They were tasked with conducting reconnaissance of the British army, which was preparing to depart their garrison in Philadelphia where they had spent the winter.

The British forces discovered the Marquis’ contingency while they were stationed on Barren Hill. They attempted to encircle the Marquis, but his quick thinking allowed the group to safely retreat with minimal casualties. In 1900, Barren Hill was renamed Lafayette Hill to recognize this feat and honor the French general. His maneuver and wily escape is credited from preventing what would have been a disastrous blow to the Continental Army.

Amenities in Lafayette Hill

A far cry from the barren hilltop and farm fields of the 18th century, Lafayette’s tiny 2, 200 person population belies its modern charms and access to modern amenities. Miles Park provides recreational baseball, basketball and softball teams facilities, and the area is surrounded by notable golf courses. The historic Philadelphia Cricket Club operates the Wissahickon course, built in 1922. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club also operates a nearby course, as does the Green Valley Country Club and the Sunnybrook Country Club.

Just a scant minute’s drive away is the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-476, adjacent to Plymouth Meeting. The Plymouth Meeting Mall lies opposite the interchange, as does a Whole Foods Market and a number of other popular retail stores. Further south sits the Metroplex, an outdoor shopping mall, followed by IKEA’s store just outside Conshohocken. The King of Prussia Mall is less than 20 minutes away across the Schuylkill River, and it offers upscale shopping and nearby dining.

Several well-loved local restaurants line Germantown Pike along the south side of Lafayette Hill, including the Persian Grill, Ye Olde Ale House and the Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery.

Living in Lafayette Hill

Area children attend the Colonial School District schools, such as Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Colonial Middle and Colonial Elementary. Private school offerings in the area include Saint Philip Neri located off Germantown Pike.

Households in Lafayette are general well-off, with over 90 percent of the town working salaried jobs. The most common occupations are management, sales and teaching. In 2010 the per capita income was estimated near $55,400, equating to a $222,000 household income for a family of four. The median sales price between February and March 2015 was $280,000, and the average listing price as of May 13, 2015 was $425,000

To find a luxury home in Lafayette Hill to call your own, you can start by browsing our Lafayette Hill luxury home listings.

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Four of the Most Important Tips for Selling Your Luxury Home

While the general real estate market can be more or less predictable, the luxury real estate market is an entirely different animal. A much smaller slice of the population is on the hunt for a home that costs upwards of $700,000 or a million, and although they will also have fewer houses to choose from, they will also have very specific needs in mind.

In other words, there is very little room for error. A single mistake could cost you the perfect buyer, or it could prevent the right sort of buyers from noticing your property altogether. To help anyone who is selling luxury homes in Gladwyne, PA or anywhere else in the world for that matter, here are some of the most important matters to take care of:

Do Your Homework and Have the Papers to Prove It

Remember those test questions in high school that required you to do something and “show all work”? Selling a luxury home can present the same sort of demands. Luxury buyers will be knowledgeable about the market, and they will want to know things like:

●The history of the property and the building

●The outcome of any recent tax appraisals, surveys or inspections

●Whether the entire house is up to current code

●Any major renovations performed, including landscaping, as well as the names of the contractors

●Outstanding warranties on home structures or appliances

●The materials used for finishes

The answers to these questions along with a million others could be enough to whet the prospective buyer’s appetite. They can also be a challenge to prove the value of the home and whether or not the integrity of the original building has both been preserved and improved with modern standards like proper insulation. Prepare yourself to be quizzed in this way to the point that you are confident you can respond with almost 100 percent accuracy.

Make Sure the Price Is Right

Luxury homes tend to remain on listings longer than most properties. While this trait is a simple fact of the market, it can also be exacerbated by homes that are not priced fairly or competitively.

Luxury homebuyers are frequently familiar with the business world, and they want to know they can make a sound investment. Homes with sky-high prices can feel like a deal gone sour before it even starts.

Instead, pricing homes right at market value or maybe even slightly below is more likely to attract attention and the competing bids they draw. Work with a realtor who can perform an accurate comparative market analysis to price your home intelligently and in a way that encourages the right sort of inquiries.

Dress Your Home to the Nines

You will want your home to look great both for showings and listing photos. A professional real estate photographer is almost a necessity for luxury listings, and staging consultants can be just as indispensable.

The truth is that luxury home buyers will have high expectations. Photos that look like they were taken with a cheap digital camera or smartphone will cause them to not take the listing seriously. Likewise, walking in a gorgeous home built in 1925 that is chock full of owner-assembled particle board furniture will trigger mixed signals in their brain.

Remember that selling a luxury home is as much about selling the lifestyle that comes with it as the property itself. Let your home reflect the opulent ideal your buyers will be seeking.

Know How to Speak to Your Market

Even a home that is staged well and priced perfectly will not always be able to attract the right demographic with a typical listing. Luxury real estate agents know how to reach their market through networking, listing in the right places and avoiding missteps.

Let the Main Line Home Center demonstrate to you just how important expertise and an artful touch can be when listing a luxury home. Our agents have the experience and knowledge to present your beautiful home in the best light possible. Visit our firm’s information page to learn more.

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In-Depth Community Real Estate Profile: Broomall

Broomall is a suburban crossroads community located at the intersection of I-476 and West Chester Pike, adjacent to Havertown and Newtown Square. Unlike most Main Line communities, it was formed mostly after World War II as a result of the suburban housing boom.

Now, the town is one of the most popular places for families to settle in the Philadelphia area. Approximately 11,000 people call Broomall home. With its easy access to major roads and mixture of both wealthy and middle class neighborhoods, there is plenty in Broomall to appeal to a wide variety of families and professionals.

Broomall Government and Facilities

Broomall is a member of the larger Marple Township. The area was founded as a Welsh Quaker settlement in the late 17th Century, and it remained a largely agrarian community until the turn of the 20th century. Following World War II, suburbanization and an influx of people seeking quality people seeking jobs led to the growth of the area.

Marple’s Public Library and the Marple Township Police station are located in the heart of the town. Broomall Fire Company was the township’s first fire station, established in 1923.

Speaking of history, one of the oldest Quaker homesteads in the country is located in Broomall: the Thomas Massey House. This stone building was first constructed in 1696. It was lovingly restored in the early 1970s and is furnished with authentic period furniture.

Residential children attend schools in the Marple Newtown School District, including Paxon Hollow Middle School, Marple Newtown High School, Loomis Elementary, Russell Elementary and Worrall Elementary.

There are many public parks in the area, including Veteran’s Memorial Park, New Ardmore Avenue Park, Marple Gardens Park and Kent Park. Broomall Fields is a public facility where many local schools and leagues play baseball and softball games. Many residents and children enjoy going to Old Marple School Park after a fresh layer of snowfall to get a taste of the park’s famous sledding hill.

Another popular recreational facility is the Marple Sports Arena. It sees heavy patronage from local residents and especially their children. Its building boasts two competition-sized roller hockey rinks, a rock wall, moon bounces, an arcade, a café and their massive five-level jungle gym dubbed “Marple Mountain.”

Living in Broomall

Broomall has a mixture of both high and low-income families. The per capita income as of 2010 was $33,000, which equates to an average annual income of $132,000 for a family of four. Most people work office jobs in administrative support, management or sales. They commute via nearby roadways that grant convenient access to Philadelphia, Conshohocken and any number of the offices located within the Main Line area.

Most homes in the community sell between the $250,000 – $700,000 range, although there are some larger, more luxurious homes in affluent neighborhoods approaching a million and upwards. The average listing price as of May 13, 2015 was $409,000.

To find a beautiful luxury home in Broomall to call your own, you can view our luxury Broomall home listings.

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The Best Farmers’ Markets in Main Line

Now that the sun is consistently shining and gardens are popping up all along the Pennsylvania roadsides, the Main Line is getting immersed in the farmers’ market spirit. These charming gatherings offer local produce, meat, baked goods, crafts, jewelry and other artisan products both consumable and wearable.

The clusters of communities that dot the Main Line have given rise to quite a high concentration of farmers’ markets in our area. Plenty of local farmers, artists and entrepreneurs are willing to give Main Line residents the choice of supporting local economies and buying some of the freshest products imaginable.

To help inspire you to get out there and start sorting through some veggie bins of your own, here are the best farmers’ markets Main Line has to offer:

Bala Cynwyd Farmers’ Market
Thursdays 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Like many farmers’ markets, the Bala Cynwyd one got a late start. Interest in starting a market began in late 2008, and an early test run was held at the St. Matthias Church in 2009. Since the St. Matthias Church was zoned as residential, the market then moved to the GSB building’s parking lot for the next several years.

They have now found a new home in a perfect setting: the Barmouth Trailhead along Cynwyd Trail. Visitors have access to ample parking, and they can enjoy a walk along the gorgeous scenic trail as part of their visit.

Bryn Mawr Farmers Market
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bryn Mawr Market is quite popular with students and faculty of the nearby colleges in addition to the residents of the community. It is located on Bryn Mawr’s Municipal Lot 7 in between the train station and the Ludington Library. This market is notable for its gluten free bakery, knife sharpening service and occasional live music in addition to the typical market fare.

Rosemont Farmers Market
Wednesday – Sunday, various hours

Although farmers markets are traditionally thought of as occurring one day a week and consisting of scattered stalls, Rosemont’s Farmers Market is a more regular and permanent affair. Housed in the Rosemont Square Shopping Center, you can visit their indoor market full of prepared foods, baked goods, cheeses and other fine offerings. They make for a great place to stop after grocery shopping if you do not feel quite like cooking any of the food you just bought.

Ardmore Farmer’s Market
Tuesday – Sunday, various hours

Similar to Rosemont, the Ardmore farmers market is a modern twist on a traditional concept. In fact, they are melding the past and the present even further by being attached to the Suburban Square outdoor mall. Visit them after hitting the mall to pick up fresh veggies, flowers, seafood, cheeses and some of their specialties: wheat grass and bromeliads.

Linvilla Orchards Farm Market (Media)
7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Linvilla Orchards is already an amazing place to go pick your own veggies and enjoy their special events, but they also have an incredible market store where you can purchase all sorts of goodies like local honey or fresh pies and apple cider donuts. Make sure you peruse their gourmet section filled with jams, hot sauces, and baking mixes. Of course, they also offer fresh fruits and veggies!

We hope these descriptions have whetted your appetite for supporting local businesses and participating in the farmers’ market experience. Community collaboration and an appreciation of hard work are two farmers’ market touchstones that carry over to many other aspects of the Main Line.

Come move into a luxury home in Ardmore or any other of our beautiful historic communities and discover how wonderful living locally can be. You can start by viewing our luxury Main Line home listings.

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In-Depth Community Real Estate Profile: Merion Station

Merion, known to most by its postal designation “Merion Station” to avoid confusion, is one of the more picturesque and appealing communities in the Main Line. This is a tall compliment considering these adjectives could easily describe the Main Line in its entirety. The community possesses a historic charm, a vibrant local spirit and so many amenities that most people who live there have no intention of ever leaving.

Notable Attractions and Sites in Merion

One of Merion’s most remarkable sites from a historical perspective is the Merion Friends Meeting House. The building is the oldest Quakers meeting house in the state and the second oldest in the entire country. It has stood for over three centuries, being first constructed around 1695.

Another important historical building is the General Wayne Inn. It was built in 1704 and served as a tavern and inn. Famous lodgers included William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Edgar Allen Poe, the latter of which even carved his initials in a windowsill in 1843.

The Barnes Foundation is an additional establishment of note. Albert C. Barnes, a chemist and drug entrepreneur, amassed one of the most valuable collections of impressionist and modernist art in the world — valued at over $25 billion today. He opened the gallery to the public in 1922. Most of the collection was moved to a larger space in Logan Square, Philadelphia, and now the site is primarily an arboretum and a museum of Barnes’ life.

Aside from historical sites, Merion Station also has many long-standing shops, restaurants and businesses. Hymie’s Deli, The Tavern Restaurant, Babi’s Pharmacy, the Township Cleaners and Bala Pizza have all been community mainstays for countless decades. A more modern shopping center can also be found in nearby Wynnewood, which features stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Merion Botanical Park is another popular draw for local people. It is within walking distance of the Merion train station and most neighborhoods.

Living in Merion Station

Nearly 95 percent of working-age Merion residents are employed in salaried jobs. Most work in management, healthcare or sales. Anyone whose office is located in Philadelphia or along the Main Line corridor can enjoy an extremely convenient commute thanks to the nearby SEPTA rail station. Merion is also bordered by City Avenue and highway 30, making road commutes simple to manage. Since ten percent of Merion Station residents work at home, congestion is relieved compared to some of the more densely-populated areas around Philadelphia.

Residential public schools are part of the award-winning Lower Merion School District. Most area children will attend the Merion Elementary School, the Welsh Valley Middle School and Lower Merion High School depending on their age.

Parents who wish for their children to receive a religious-based education have plentiful options, too. Co-educational Waldron Mercy Academy and the all-girls Merion Mercy Academy are both highly-esteemed Catholic schools in the area.

Owing to a large Jewish population, there are four Hebrew schools in the area: the Chabad School, the Solomon Schechter School, Lower Merion Synagogue Religious School and the Congregation Adath Israel Religious School. People who practice Conservative and Orthodox Judaism similarly have many choices of places to worship, including many that can be safely walked to in order to honor the Sabbath. Reform Judaism practitioners can attend the Mainline Reform Temple nearby in Narberth.

Merion Station Luxury Homes for Sale

There is a large stock of pre-World War II homes and neighborhoods in Merion Station, lending to the area’s historical character. There are also a few mid-century homes and recent builds to add diversity to the housing options.

As of May 13, 2015, the median sales price of Merion Station homes was $680,000 and the average listing price was $780,000. Anyone interested in finding a gorgeous property to call their very own can view our luxury Merion Station home listings to find incredible historic and modern homes with up to eight bedrooms. Come visit one of our listings and find out why Merion Station is one of the most ideal places to live in the Main Line, or the entire country for that matter.

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Your Guide to Summer Fun in Main Line

Summer is a great time for people and especially families to catch their breath and get some much-needed R&R. Around the Main Line, we try to make summer as memorable as possible with fun community events that will provide a year’s worth of good times in just a few months.

Here are some of the most notable summer events in Main Line:

Devon Horse Show
May 21-24 (Thu-Sun)

The Devon Horse Show is without a doubt the Main Line’s biggest event, and it is coming up soon. Come enjoy shopping at the country fair, sipping mint tea in the warming summer sun and of course marveling at the gorgeous mares, foals, fillies, ponies, stallions and countless other horse types on display.

The Bryn Mawr Hound Show
Saturday, May 30

These pooches may not be as boldly beautiful or well-kept as the horses on display in Devon, but they will nevertheless capture your heart with their lovability and dogged demeanors. Watch as beagles, bassets and foxhounds all compete to be awarded as the best pack or the best dog in the show. Luncheon and dinner will be held and food trucks will also be on site to keep you from working up an appetite while listening to the bugle calls and beagle bays.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert Series

Bryn Mawr’s gazebo is a hotspot for Main Line families to have a fun night out and soak in some of the best local and regional sounds in a live setting. Bring a lawn chair or some blankets to make the event both relaxing and memorable. Click here for the full 2015 concert schedule.

Playing in the Dirt at the Tyler Arboretum
All summer long!

One of the biggest trials of the summer is getting your kids out of the house and also keeping them from complaining about their boredom. The Tyler Arboretum can nip sluggish summer blues in the bud with fun activities and events for kids of all ages.

Teach your children the joys of gardening with the Garden Sprouts program, or get them fascinated in nature with Tiny Trackers. The kiddies will also love the Fairy and Wizardry Festival, complete with stories and music.

Older children and adults alike can enjoy themed walks in the gardens, such as their bird walks and twilight walks. Tyler at Twilight is an adult’s night out kind of event, providing a relaxing garden party, cocktails, live music and auctions. Click here for the Arboretum’s full events calendar.

Media Downtown Car Show
Sunday, July 12 11 a.m. – 4p.m.

Everyone loves a gorgeous classic car, and luckily for them hundreds are on display every summer in downtown Media. The annual Car Show draws people from Philadelphia, New Jersey, Maryland and other reaches of the Atlantic states to marvel at the impressively gleaming chrome and sheet metal on display. Vehicles are only allowed to register the day of the event, so you never know what you may see while you are there! Media keeps its shops and restaurants open, too, so you can have the chance to make a day of it.

This is just a small sample of the good times summer in Main Line can offer. Whether you are strolling through the Newtown Square farmer’s market or celebrating our nation’s birthday at Narberth’s renowned Fourth of July celebration, you are sure to love every second of the lazy summer months.

Anyone who wants to enjoy this type of luxurious recreation all year round should consider moving into one of the luxury homes in Devon or anywhere else on the Main Line. Visit our luxury Main Line listings to discover your new home today.

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Ways to Improve Your Luxury Home’s Curb Appeal This Spring

Getting your home’s curb appeal in shape can feel much easier when started in spring. Plantings will flourish, trimmed landscaping will bounce back luxuriantly and the sunlight will bathe your home in a very flattering ambiance.

To achieve all these effects, you must start thinking about curb appeal as soon as possible. Just a few projects can dramatically improve the attractiveness of your home both online and in person. Here are some ways that sellers of luxury homes in Berwyn or other Main Line communities can boost their home’s curb appeal:

De-Clutter Your Grounds

The first step to getting the inside of your home looking nice is to pick up and organize all of the excess belongings. Your yard is no different. Too many plants, shapes and visual lines can create “noise” when the buyer is trying to take the front view in as a whole.

Solve this problem by mercilessly hacking away at undergrowth, low branches and messy-looking shrubs. Try to select a few focal highlights — such as a flowerbed in the front, the shrubs lining your porch, a row of saplings, a beautiful old-growth tree, etc. — and eliminate any distractions that de-emphasize these elements.

Also get rid of outdoor tool storage, children’s toys and other personal items like lawn ornaments that weaken the visual structure of your lawn. You can spare one or two if they “anchor” an area such as a planting bed, but never have more than that in one lawn area.

One common piece of clutter sellers forget is their car. Park it in the garage, or the buyer may think you do not have enough storage in the rest of your home.

Landscape for Beauty

Hire an expert landscaping crew, or engage in a series of weekend projects if you have the time/energy/desire, and start to create elements that enhance the look of your landscaping. Edge lawns and create appealing shapes with negative space created by mulch or flower beds. Plant new growth in areas that look barren and shape shrubs or trees that still look too “busy” after the previous step.

Best places to emphasize:

●Keep clean lines around driveway with a well-trimmed lawn or a minimalistic mulched area with ornamental plants

●Any large trees in the front yard can be surrounded by a small circle of mulch with a border to break up lawn space

●Flowering plants look best near the road, the mailbox and the entrance to give buyers a sense of “welcoming”

●Consider side views or your back yard as part of curb appeal if your driveway or a side street reveals them during a buyer’s approach

Make a Grand Entrance

Tackling the lawn is the most difficult step, but surprisingly it is not the most important. In addition to a well-kept landscape, you will want buyers to feel like they are on a journey as they move from their vehicle to the interior of the house.

Clear plants well away from 2-3 feet of the front pathway and driveway. Be sure that the steps to the front door or stoop are flanked by ornamental shrubs or colorful flower beds. Using potted plants or raised flower boxes in these situations can make the area look even more organized and low maintenance.

Focus much of your efforts on the door itself. A door should be brand new or freshly painted for maximum effect, which also happens to give the biggest return on investment of any home improvement. Use a complementary color, and consider something bold like a deep navy or a bright red if it works with your exterior color scheme.

Further enhance the entrance with new hardware and shiny, noticeable house numbers. A lantern-style porchlight can give a sense of security and safety even during the day. If you have a large enough porch, use two flower pots by the front door as “sentries” greeting visitors and lending a sense of visual completeness as you cross into the home.

Some home sellers even go all out by using decorative tiles on the step risers (the vertical part of the step) or creating bold landing points out of stone pavers. Do anything you can to beautify your home in such ways, and buyers will flock to your house and walk inside in a good mood after taking in all the gorgeous exterior visuals.

For more advice on selling your luxury Main Line real estate property, consider using our expert real estate services. Visit our information page to learn more.

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In-Depth Community Real Estate Profile: Berwyn

Berwyn is a small but spirited community located in Chester County off Lancaster Ave/US Hwy 30, about four miles east off of the I-476 crossing. The census designated place occupies less than two square miles and has a population of around 3,500 residents.

Despite being so small, Berwyn is bursting with distinctive personality. The tiny locale boasts a venerable community theater, several high quality restaurants and the best public high school on the Main Line.

Things to Do in Berwyn

Berwyn residents are more fortunate compared to some of the smaller Main Line communities. They do not have to venture outside of their town limits to find fun activities and culture.

Perhaps Berwyn’s biggest claim to fame is its Footlighters Theatre, which is the oldest community theatre on the Main Line. Founded in 1929, the Theatre produces seven shows a season, including two musicals. The company performs in a historic converted church that was first constructed in 1888.

Cassatt Crossing is another local landmark. The building once housed the Berwyn Theater, with live performances featuring well-known actors. It was converted into a movie theater in the ’40s, then converted again in 1951, becoming a roller skating rink. Dick Clark used to host a rock hop at the rink featuring famous music acts. Today, Cassatt Crossing is an office building, noted for preserving elements of its original architecture.

Berwyn packs several notable restaurants into its tiny town limits, including:

●Nectar — Pan Asian sushi and fusion cuisine

●Tiramisu — 100% authentic Jewish-Roman cuisine in a centuries old tradition

●Alfredo Italian BYO — Hand rolled gnocchi, comfortable atmosphere and BYOB

●Em J’s Cafe — Local favorite serving up breakfast all day and gourmet dinners at night

●Berwyn Tavern — Unassuming local watering hole with comfort food and familiar faces

Living in Berwyn

One of Berwyn’s most notable characteristics is its excellent public services. The area is served by the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, which includes the prestigious Conestoga High School. Conestoga consistently ranks in the top public schools in the nation and often tops Pennsylvania’s list of top public schools. You can read more about the “Stoga” by looking at our Main Line high schools article. The district also maintains the Easttown Library and Information Center off of First Ave.

Professionals living in Berwyn enjoy a brisk 20-25 minute commute to Philadelphia and an even shorter one to Conshohocken. The SEPTA rail also has a station across Lancaster Ave. Best of all, the Berwyn Tavern is located within walking distance of the station, offering a chance to catch up with friends after work.

Residents of Berwyn have a higher standard of living, owing mostly to the sizable median household income of $105,000. Most people work in sales, administration or management. Sensor manufacturer TE Connectivity, formerly Tyco Electronics, has its headquarters in Berwyn and provides locally-based working opportunities for some residents.

Luxury Homes in Berwyn

Berwyn boasts both new and historic luxury real estate properties. The median sales price was $520,000 between December 2014 and March 2015, and the average listing price is currently an astounding $1.1 million thanks to some high profile estate properties currently on the market.

To find a Berwyn luxury home of your own and enjoy the passionate community spirit, take a look at our Berwyn luxury real estate listings.

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Outdoor Fun in Main Line

The Main Line area is blessed with a temperate climate and no shortage of natural beauty. Now that spring is in the air and the weather is becoming beautiful, many Main Line families are taking advantage of this blissful time by seeking outdoor adventures.

Families, children and adults alike can all enjoy getting outside and basking in the splendor that Mother Nature has to offer. Here are some of the best outdoor activities that Main Line residents love doing:

Bask in a Garden’s Glow

The rich history of Main Line has seen many wealthy families come and go. Some of these family members were so passionate about horticulture that they have left a permanent legacy to all the later generations.

Main Line families can visit these testaments of appreciation to natural beauty and spend an afternoon walking, taking in blissful sights or learning about the plants and trees that grow there year after year.

The Tyler Arboretum in Media is a popular place to spend such an afternoon. It is one of the oldest tree gardens in the northeast. With 650 acres, 20 miles of hiking trails through diverse landscapes and plenty of guided tours and workshops, you will have to come back hundreds of times to see everything they have to offer.

Chanticleer Gardens is an even more beautiful spot to soak in some of the prettiest foliage nature has to offer. Located on a former estate in Wayne, these gardens are carefully curated by an expert staff. The landscapes are so enchanting that many people decide to hold their weddings here.

Frolic in a Field

Freedom Playground in Haverford is a huge complex of sports fields and a giant playground structure, with plenty of interactive areas and fun obstacles to let kids run wild. There are pretend houses, battleships, villages and steering wheels along with impromptu instruments that all stimulate children’s imaginations. Best of all, the park was designed with universal principles in mind, so people of all abilities and accessibility needs can enjoy themselves!

Be Regaled About the Revolution

Valley Forge is one of the most important sites of our nation’s history. The National Historic Park has taken great pains to preserve battle sites and colonial villages that give children and adults alike a rich taste of history. With plenty of walking tours, interactive sites and pretty spots to take a pause, the park can be an excellent place to spend the weekend.

For kids that may need some convincing that history can be both fun and fascinating, try the Valley Forge Secrets & Spies program, where children get to help foil a plot to kidnap George Washington.

Get Away from It All

An amazing trait of the Main Line is that it is situated perfectly between urban, suburban and natural areas. There are several state and national parks within a short driving distance of most communities. Ridley Creek State Park and Wissahickon Valley Park are two excellent spots for fishing, camping, rafting, hiking, rock climbing or simply taking in a quick picnic amongst the trees.

Other Main Line families enjoy visiting nearby farms, such as Linvilla Orchard or the Ardmore Farmers’ Market, to pick up fresh produce and enjoy a sunny afternoon of shopping amongst the market stalls.

To get a taste of this natural splendor all year round, consider moving into one of our idyllic Main Line communities. Take a look at our Main Line real estate listings for luxury homes in Ardmore and other communities along the Main Line.

from Main Line Philadelphia Real Estate – Homes For Sale, For Rent http://www.mainlinehomecenter.com/2015/05/26/outdoor-fun-in-main-line/
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