What's the Main Line?

The Main Line is a group of suburbs in the Philadelphia metro area located west of the city in Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties. These suburbs are called the Main Line because they sprang up along the route of the historic Pennsylvania Railroad, which connected the towns. Residents of Main Line towns live a very high quality of life, as these are some of the wealthiest communities in the country. Many of the sprawling mansions and large homes that historically characterized the Main Line region still exist today, and are a lovely part of the Main Line landscape.

Brief History of the Main Line

In the late 1800’s, well-to-do Philadelphians (as well as railroad executives) began to move out of the city looking for less populated, cooler locations to vacation or call home. As the Main Line Railroad continued its gradual construction out into the Philadelphia metro area, settlements began to grow along the route of the railroad. The Main Line communities were settled in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Main Line Railroad continued its progress over the following years reaching Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, and eventually Chicago. The railroad is still in service today. The SEPTA R5 regional rail line provides service that connects the Main Line communities with Philadelphia. Amtrak still provides service on these lines and freight trains still use the rails, as well. Historically the Main Line Railroad stopped in the communities of Overbrook, Merion, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Villanova, Radnor, St. Davids, Wayne, Strafford, Devon, Berwyn, Daylesford, and Paoli. Route 30 (Lancaster Pike) later became popular with automobile traffic through the area and became known as “The Main Line”. Most recently, The Blue Route (Route 476) has become a major thoroughfare for the Main Line communities.

Why Choose the Main Line?

Great Location
The Main Line’s proximity to Philadelphia allows residents a change of pace from the suburban lifestyle. New York and Washington D.C are also relatively close by. New York City is approximately 105 miles away while DC is approximately 130 miles away. The New Jersey shore and the Pocono Mountains are both about two hours away — close enough to offer lots of recreational opportunities.

The Great Outdoors
Beautiful parks in the Main Line include Fairmount Park, Ridley Creek State Park, Rolling Hill Park, Valley Forge Park, and many more. Rich with history, Valley Forge Park attracts locals as well as tourists with great hiking, bicycling, sledding, and boating. The Main Line towns offer exceptional outdoor activities including championship golf courses, a cricket club, and a hunt club. Equestrian activities are very popular in the Main Line.

Excellent Schools
Families who want the best for their children choose the Main Line. The Main Line touts highly rated public schools, some of the most respected private schools in the nation, as well as many prestigious universities.

Small Town Charm
With a historically rich heritage, the Main Line offers beautifully maintained historic homes, gracious estates as well as communities with a small town ambience. Easy Access to all the City Amenities Philadelphia, with its abundant employment opportunities, rich culture, and entertainment opportunities is an easy commute from the Main Line.

Economic Strength
Property values remain high in Main Line towns with great investment potential. The Main Line is a great area to start a business as its economy is strong in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. The Main Line is the choice of location of many large corporations. Great Shopping Two famous malls are on the Main Line – Suburban Square, in Ardmore and King of Prussia Mall, just minutes away. Anything you need may be found in the Main Line including the best farmer’s markets and quaint shops filled antiques, handcrafts, art pieces, and whimsical gifts.