Radnor, PA, like the neighboring communities of Rosemont, Villanova and St. Davids, is a thriving small town located along Route 30, Lancaster Avenue, at the center of the Main Line, that offer a sophisticated lifestyle.
Together, the three neighborhoods create a strong community life and enjoy a rich cultural heritage. Settled in 1681 and incorporated as a township in 1684, Radnor became a first class township in 1901. It derives its name from early settlers from Radnorshire in Wales.
Villanova, located just south of Radnor, enjoys great access to I-476, which is commonly called the Blue Route. While best known for Villanova University, it is a prime upscale community of the Main Line. Villanova offers a beautiful setting for luxurious homes, with large country executive estates as well as planned communities such as Trianon in Radnor Township and Harriton Farm in Lower Merion Township.
The Radnor and Lower Merion School Districts have been rated as two of the finest in the nation with STEM/Gateway curriculum starting in 8th grade, and offering IB (International Baccalaureate) programs.
Commercial life began in Radnor, PA when Welsh immigrants opened farms, tanneries, sawmills and gristmills. After the Pennsylvania Railroad came through Radnor in 1832, Radnor began to acquire more residential neighborhoods as well as commerce.
Over time, grand, luxurious estates developed as wealthy industrialists from Philadelphia turned farms into gorgeous country estates. Many of these remain today as Radnor luxury homes . To this day, the Radnor Hotel remains an iconic institution on the Main Line .Radnor has many parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields for picnicking, fishing, jogging, and team sports. In addition, the preservation of trees and landscape along significant streets makes Radnor one of the most picturesque towns of the Main Line.
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