Get to Know Gladwyne
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, is the king of Main Line ZIP codes, a place where the collective net worth of residents is high enough to place it among the top 10 wealthiest ZIPs in the U.S., according to Bloomberg Businessweek, Money magazine and other sources. Situated about 20 minutes from Center City Philadelphia in Lower Merion Township, Gladwyne (called Merion Square until 1890) was home to farms and mills until well-to-do city residents began establishing summer homes there in the 19th century, spurred by the creation of the “Main Line” train service between the city and Paoli.
Sprawling residences built of stone still dot this leafy suburb along with newer estate homes, though thanks to an early bent toward land preservation, Gladwyne has not seen high-density residential development.
It is a place of choice for those who can afford it thanks to its many, very privately situated residences, highly regarded public schools, nearby private schools, and its proximity not only to the city of Philadelphia but to such employment centers as Conshohocken, King of Prussia and Great Valley.
Gladwyne’s terrain, with the Mill Creek running through it, forested hillsides and tree-lined streets, also attracts residents, many of whom take great pride in their community. There are just over 4,000 residents in the 19035 ZIP code.
Today, the village center of Gladwyne remains a small crossroads with the esteemed, historical Guard House Inn, now a Union League restaurant, a grocery, a few casual restaurants, banks and a limited number of retail shops. For recreation, there are a number of public parks and private clubs within Lower Merion, including some public spaces with bridle paths for those with equestrian interests. See a complete list of Lower Merion parks here.
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