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A member of the prestigious Main Line suburbs of Pennsylvania, Paoli developed around a pre-Revolutionary inn and land bought directly from William Penn. The site of a major battle in the American Revolution, Paoli experienced its first significant growth only after the Pennsylvania Railroad reached this far western suburb in the early 1900s. Traditionalists consider Paoli “the end of the line” on the Main Line, the western-most address that still qualifies as a Main Line locale. This is a matter of opinion, however, as the rail line now extends to Malvern, Exton, Whitford, Downingtown, and Thorndale. Paoli straddles two townships, Willistown and Tredyffrin.
Like other Main Line towns, Paoli enjoys the benefits a SEPTA’s regional rail–ride just 40 minutes into Center City, Philadelphia. Lancaster Pike, or Route 30, runs through the town and acts as a commercial center. Shopping, restaurants and other daily conveniences branch out of this main vein.
South of Route 30 one finds tree-lined residential spaces and a good bit of Paoli’s upper-end real estate. North of Route 30 there are a number of apartment/townhome complexes.
Paoli Hospital, Villa Maria Academy High School and Upper Main Line YMCA are located in Paoli. There are a number of streams and small trails that residents can enjoy. Paoli is a great choice for those who wish to be close to the city of Philadelphia yet still want to enjoy the comforts of a suburb.