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Radnor Elementary SchoolRadnor Elementary School, which children in Villanova's Delaware County portion attend, was the first school in Pennsylvania to adopt green building technologies that save energy and improve indoor air quality.

Villanova is the easternmost station on the Main Line in Delaware County, but like Rosemont, it straddles the Delaware-Montgomery county line, which means Villanova is also the westernmost Main Line community to lie partly in the Lower Merion School District.

As in Rosemont, children in the smaller Lower Merion portion of Villanova start out at Gladwyne Elementary School, continue to Welsh Valley Middle School, and finish at Harriton High School. The last two are both national Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and the Lower Merion district

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St. Thomas of Villanova ChurchAs Villanova the community takes its name from Villanova University, it should come as no surprise that the community's most prominent landmark is St. Thomas of Villanova Church on the Villanova campus.

Villanova's history is tied up with the history of the university that gives the community its name, but the origins of Radnor Township, within which Villanova University lies, stretch back to the founding of Pennsylvania in 1682.

Radnor, whose first European settlers hailed from Radnorshire in Wales, is part of the "Welsh Tract" (aka the "Welsh Barony") that William Penn granted to Welsh Quakers seeking to exercise their religion freely. For its first 150 years of existence, the area around present-day Villanova was divided into large farmsteads and

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King of Prussia shopping mallGuides aimed at Villanova University students often list this destination as the best shopping in the area. In truth, the King of Prussia mall is the region's premier shopping destination. Villanova itself has no shopping to speak of, and only a small commercial district with eateries catering to students, but it's easy to find both luxury retail and great Main Streets within minutes of Villanova.

In Villanova, the best shopping is all around it.

Villanova itself has no real commercial district to speak of, which seems to be just fine by the residents.  It's not all that difficult to get in the car, catch a train or bus, or hop on one's bike to head to shopping and restaurants in nearby Rosemont, St. Davids, Bryn Mawr and Wayne.

There is a

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Contemporary luxury and sophisticated style unite effortlessly in this brand new Northern Liberties residence with parking that you'll love to call home!

One of eight homes comprising the new community called NL8, this place dazzles with hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, high ceilings, eye-catching aesthetic details, and oversized windows for abundant natural light throughout. Enter into your bright, inviting living and dining space that is sure to impress your guests.

Pull up to the breakfast bar and admire the gourmet kitchen showcasing granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, 42" cabinetry, and pendant lighting.

Out the back door, it's just a moment's walk to the parking lot housing your own private spot. Back inside,

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When the Order of St. Augustine bought the Belle-Air farm in 1842, what is now Villanova was a collection of farms. That allowed both the university and the community that grew up around it to remain green and leafy places to this day.

We've now arrived at the halfway point of our introduction to the communities of the Main Line: Villanova is the ninth of the 17 stations along SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail LIne, the successor to the historic Pennsylvania Railroad route that gave the legendary chain of suburbs west of Philadelphia its name.

Similarly, Villanova gets its name from the university at its heart: Villanova University, the olest, largest and best known of the Philadelphia region's Catholic universities. Founded in 1842 by the

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Joseph Sinnott Mansion, "Rathalla," the Joseph Sinnott Mansion, today houses Rosemont College.

Rosemont, like the rest of the Welsh Barony, received its first English (or rather Welsh) settlers in 1682-83, and a bit of the community's 18th-century history survives. But its most distinctive landmarks, including one of the Main Line's few distinctively working-class neighborhoods, are products of the 19th century.

Let's start with that working-class community, whitch we've mentioned in earlier posts in this series. Garrett Hill's first European settlers arrived there in 1682 as they did in the rest of the Welsh Tract, but for most of its early history it was known as James Hill, after those first settlers (David James and his family), then as Methodist Hill, after the

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Agnes Irwin School
The Agnes Iwrin School, established in 1869 by the woman who later became the first dean of Radcliffe College to provide a challenging college preparatory education for girls, is one of several top-flight private schools in Rosemont. The public schools aren't too shabby either.

No matter what township you live in, your children will get a first-rate education attending the public schools that serve Rosemont.

Those who live in the western and southern parts of Rosemont live in Radnor Township in Delaware County, and their children attend schools in the Radnor Township School District, ranked third best in Pennsylvania and 20th best in the nation by The Radnor part of Rosemont, which includes Garrett Hill, lies in the attendance zone for

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This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath Graduate Hospital rehab is just the right blend of elegance and sophistication.

With bamboo hardwood flooring and recessed lighting throughout, the house opens through an ornate glass insert front door to the spacious living room and leads directly into the dining area, which features a floating staircase leading to the 2nd and 3rd floors.

The kitchen has a clean, warm and bright decor with granite countertops, subway tile backsplash and new stainless steel appliances.

The back entrance leads out to a large concrete area, making it THE place for outdoor get-togethers. The 2nd floor reveals one en-suite bedroom/full bath, as well as a 2nd separate bedroom and full bath.

The 3rd floor has a master suite

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Gullifty'sSmall plates or large, dining al fresco or craft beers at the bar, Gullifty's in Rosemont Square has been pleasing Main Line diners since 1975.

Rosemont may not have the high-profile dining spots found in places like Ardmore, Bala-Cynwyd and Wayne, but it does have a wide menu of dining choices to satisfy many tastes, plus an entertainment venue with a difference.

The mainstay of Rosemont's dining scene is Gullifty's in Rosemont Square (1149 W. Lancaster Ave.; 610-525-1851), a Main Line institution since 1975. Gullifty's was one of the pioneering casual family-friendly restaurants back when it opened, and it remains popular to this day, in part because it keeps up with new developments and food trends. In 1997, it was an early adopter of craft

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Rosemont SquareRosemont Square, the community's shopping hub, features a mix of local businesses and nationally known retailers. Food is front and center with an organic grocer and a year-round indoor farmers market.

Like Haverford and Villanova, Rosemont is a primarily residential community. But—like Haverford but unlike Villanova—Rosemont does have a shopping area in its core.

Rosemont's shopping destination, like Haverford's, is a shopping center. Rosemont's is called Rosemont Square. This venerable retail destination got a major makeover in the 1990s that turned it into a bilevel village that combines local businesses and nationally known retailers. Food is a featured attraction at Rosemont Square, thanks to anchor tenant MOM"s Organic Market and the

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