Philadelphia Main Line and Bala Cynwyd

Welcome to Philadelphia Main Line and Bala Cynwyd

Privacy, exclusivity, and prestige in these historic communities.
 
The Philadelphia Main Line is another name for the western suburbs that flank U.S. Route 30. Nestled along the Main Line, Bala Cynwyd peeks out from thickly foliaged woods and city centers as a beacon of community and neighborhood engagement. Found in Lower Merion Township, Bala Cynwyd appeals to families and those searching for a more peaceful pace of life. 

Originally named the Main Line due to its being the “Main Line” of the Public Works railroad system, the area now colloquially referred to as the Philly Main Line is dotted with excellent neighborhoods, villages, and towns all boasting their own unique history. Bala Cynwyd, founded by Quaker settlers in the late 1600s, shares in this history and was originally two separate towns — Bala and Cynwyd.

Fast forward to today, and Main Line as a whole is a blend of the historic Philadelphia and Pennsylvania are so famous for, as well as the contemporary luxuries of modern life. With the architectural styles found in Bala Cynwyd ranging from Tudor to Colonial Revival to row homes and new luxury apartments, the neighborhood is a charismatic enclave of community-forward thinkers.

Things to Love

  • Several picturesque lakes located throughout the area
  • More than 70 miles of parks and trails for hiking and outdoors activities
  • A considerable number of top-rated country clubs 

People and Lifestyle

Though a peaceful, bucolic suburb, Bala Cynwyd enjoys a lively location near downtown Philadelphia with distinct neighborhoods and a wide range of residents of all ages, professions, and trades. However, a grand majority of these residents are highly educated and work in largely white-collar fields such as accounting, engineering, and human resources. The town is privy to a wide range of activities and top-rated educational opportunities and attracts both young professionals and retirees alike.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Bala Cynwyd offers incredible options when it comes to eateries, boutiques, and your favorite brands. Even if it didn’t, its location ensures proximity to countless establishments.

Located just five minutes from downtown Philadelphia and on the route of more than sixty-thousand commuters, CityAve boasts dozens of shops. Between its walkability, ample parking, and charming set-up, CityAve shopping center is sure to satisfy. However, Gabrielle and G-Lizzy right in Bala Cynwyd might be more your speed, with its constantly changing inventory and local trendy vibes. If you’re the type to enjoy a familiar, recognizable brand, though, Bala Cynwyd’s Hugo Boss will definitely be hit the spot.

Once you’ve exhausted yourself with the countless shopping options, make sure you grab a bite to eat. Try Pescatore BYOB for some delicious, quaint Italian cuisine, or Saffron Indian Kitchen for a blend of Indian fare. Mama’s Pizzeria and Cheesesteaks is ideal for the Philadelphia enthusiast, while Szechuan Express appeals to those seeking some friendly, casual Asian food. To settle into a classic, dignified dinner, sit down at Al Dar Bistro for some delectable Lebanese blended gastronomy. After dinner — or with a delicious meal — unwind at one of the myriad taverns, pubs, and more of Bala Cynwyd, such as Citron & Rose Tavern and The Pub of Penn Valley.

Things to Do

Bala Cynwyd’s prime location along the Main Line places it in the perfect spot for proximity to any number of festivals and events throughout the area. There’s never a dull moment on the Main Line!

Visit the Oktoberfest Main Line each fall for some excellent German and locally sourced beverages, or check out CCArts Outdoor Market at the Center for the Creative Arts with the whole family to partake in the Main Line’s commitment to the arts and community. 

If you’re searching for more local places to unwind and relax, look no further than Bala Cynwyd Park, which boasts basketball, baseball, a “tot lot,” tennis courts, and plenty of parking. Or maybe McMoran Park is more your speed, with its picnic tables, volleyball courts, and playground. Of course, Bala Avenue Park is another top choice, with its pickleball courts in addition to tennis courts.

Schools

Bala Cynwyd and the Main Line area are home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cynwyd Elementary School
  • Bala Cynwyd Middle School
  • Bala Cynwyd Junior High School
  • Lower Merion High School
  • Penn Valley Elementary School
 

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