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1690 HouseWhile it's actually a few years older, the 1690 House in Gladwyne is the oldest survivng structure in Lower Merion Township.

You might not guess this from looking at many of the homes in Gladwyne today, but the community started out as a mill village in the 17th century. Gladwyne sits astride Mill Creek, the largest stream flowing through Lower Merion Township, as it passes over several falls on its way to the Schuylkill River. The community of Merion Square grew up around one of those mills, and while the mill itself has vanished, many of the historic structures remain, and they make up the core of the Mill Creek Historic District, which stretches along Old Gulph Road where it meets Mill Creek Road.

The oldest of the structures in this

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Stunning contemporary home you'll absolutely adore in Meredith School District! This fascinating residence wows with its distinctive floor plan, roof-top deck, and attached garage.

Enter through the custom, galvanized raw metal iron door crafted locally and discover the spacious tiled foyer. From here, access an office/playroom/Bedroom with attached chalkboard and large closet, a coat closet, an amazing laundry room with Carrera marble, built-in ironing board and 3 more closets with custom wood, an extra large powder room, and the 1-car attached finished garage with molding!

On the second level two lovely bedrooms await, served by a hall bath with built-in shelving, glazed Mexican tile, and cobalt tile floor, plus the master suite with large

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Gladwyne Elementary SchoolEvery village worth its salt should have its own school, right? Here's Gladwyne's.

Like Narberth and part of every Main Line community east of Villanova, Gladwyne lies in the Lower Merion School District, one of the top-performing school districts in Pennsylvania.

Gladwyne has its own elementary school. Gladwyne Elementary School is located on Righters Mill Road near the Guard House Inn in Gladwyne Village (see "Shopping and Dining"). While the current school dates to the 1950s, its history stretches back to 1880-81, when the Merion Square Elementary School opened nearby on Youngsford Road. The Merion Square School building still stands and now houses a Montessori school.

Gladwyne Elementary gets its students involved in volunteer service in

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The Old Guard House InnThe Old Guard House Inn is the oldest commercial building in Gladwyne, dating to the 1790s. It's also one of the oldest commercial buildings still in use on the Main Line. Now as then, patrons come for good food and drink.

Another of the ways Gladwyne stands out from the rest of the Main Line is in its business district.

Lacking a railroad or a major thoroughfare* through its center, Gladwyne has neither a Main Street-style downtown such as can be found in Ardmore or Wayne nor a shopping center like the one in Bala Cynwyd.

Instead, it has a good old-fashioned country crossroads consisting of a handful of shops and a restaurant at the intersection of Righters Mill and Youngsford roads.

Several of the structures that make up the crossroads

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An absolutely enchanting home on a peaceful block in the Meredith catchment!

Fall in love with exposed brick, recessed lighting, hardwood flooring, and closets everywhere, not to mention two working fireplaces plus an immense wooded back yard! Enter into the warm, inviting living and dining space and envision entertaining your guests around the roaring fire.

Just beyond, discover the modern galley kitchen with charming brick flooring, stainless steel appliances, and pantry.

The kitchen lends access to the stunning showpiece of a back yard, where you can lounge around the patio space, practice your green thumb in the garden beds, and enjoy the privacy fence and lush green views all around.

Back inside, a trip upstairs

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Gladwyne mansionThanks to 19th-century deed restrictions preventing subdivision, Gladwyne is home to more palatial estates like the one pictured here than any other community in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Gladwyne. The name sounds Welsh, doesn't it?

It should. After all, Gladwyne is part of the area settled by Welsh Quakers soon after William Penn established his "holy experiment" among the Lenape Indians who lived on the west bank of the Delaware.

But it's not. The word was created out of thin air in 1891 to give the community then known as Merion Square an identity that would set it apart from all the other Merions around it, including the township of which it is a part, Lower Merion.

Gladwyne stands out among Main Line communities for several

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Completely remodeled Fishtown home, sparkling top-to-bottom with brand new systems and fixtures! Situated minutes from I-95 at Girard, your new home has been refitted with all the latest aesthetics you'll adore.

As you enter into the bright, open living and dining space, you'll adore the hardwood flooring and fresh neutral colors, not to mention the convenient powder room!

Just beyond, discover the sleek, modern kitchen showcasing granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, subway tile backsplash, and stylish recessed lighting. The kitchen also leads to the enviable rear patio with attractive privacy fencing, and a lush green view.

Back inside, a trip upstairs reveals the main bedroom, a full hall bath with tiled floor and

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Lower Merion AcademyThe Lower Merion School District is one of the most honored school districts in Pennsylvania. It traces its origins to the Lower Merion Academy in Cynwyd, opened in 1813 as the first free school for children in Montgomery County. 

Bala and Cynwyd got their current names when the Pennsylvania Railroad built its Schuylkill Valley Division through the area in the 1880s. Before then, the communities had several different names.

One of them was "Academyville." It was named for one of the buildings at its center: the Lower Merion Academy, the first free public school in Montgomery County. Built in 1812-13 as a free school for the poor and orphans of Lower Merion Township, the school became part of the Lower Merion School District in 1836 after the

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Bala Cynwyd Middle SchoolChildren in Narberth start out at Belmont Hills Elementary, spend their middle years at Bala Cynwyd Middle School, pictured here, and finish at Lower Merion High School, one of the top-performing high schools in the state.

Narberth residents enjoy access to great schools thanks to the borough's location: It's completely surrounded by Lower Merion Township.

Thus Narberth Borough children attend public schools in the Lower Merion School District.

For grades one through five, Narberth kids attend Belmont Hills Elementary School. The school building is the second oldest currently in use in the district; it opened in 1919 as the Ashland Avenue School in the community then known as West Manayunk. Declining enrollment led to its closure in 1982, but its

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Ryan Christopher's BYOBOne of the best restaurants in a town full of good ones: Ryan Christopher's BYOB, a celebrated New American bistro just off the Montgomery Avenue restaurant row.

Narberth may ooze small-town charm, but its dining scene is anything but that.  

The borough has several sophisticated eateries, both within its highly walkable downtown and along Montgomery Avenue on its northern border.

There's also entertainment available in Narberth of the good old-fashioned small-town variety.

Here are some places you should check out when you visit—and again when you move there to live:

Ryan Christopher's BYOB, 245 Woodbine Avenue, 610-664-9282
This New American bistro is popular with Main Liners, having won numerous "Best of the Main Line" awards. That's

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