Homes in Bala Cynwyd

Bala Cynwyd, a vibrant community located in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is known for its historic charm, excellent schools, and convenient location. Situated along the Main Line, just 6 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd offers residents a perfect blend of suburban tranquility and urban accessibility.

Bala Cynwyd’s history dates back to the late 17th century when Welsh Quakers settled in the area. The community’s name is derived from two Welsh words: “Bala,” meaning “outlet,” and “Cynwyd,” the name of a Welsh saint. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Bala Cynwyd grew as a suburban retreat for wealthy Philadelphians, leading to the construction of grand estates and mansions.

Local Landmarks:

  1. Bala Theatre: This historic movie theater, built in 1926, features a unique Egyptian Revival style architecture and now serves as a live performance venue.
  2. Cynwyd Heritage Trail: This 2-mile linear park, built along a former railroad line, offers a scenic route for walking, jogging, or biking.
  3. West Laurel Hill Cemetery: This historic cemetery, established in 1869, features beautiful gardens, sculptures, and the graves of notable figures.

Bala Cynwyd is served by the highly-regarded Lower Merion School District, which includes:

  1. Lower Merion High School
  2. Bala Cynwyd Middle School
  3. Belmont Hills Elementary School
  4. Cynwyd Elementary School
  5. Merion Elementary School
  6. Penn Valley Elementary School

Nearby Colleges:

  1. Saint Joseph’s University (2 miles)
  2. Bryn Mawr College (3 miles)
  3. Haverford College (3 miles)
  4. Villanova University (5 miles)
  5. Rosemont College (5 miles)

Bala Cynwyd’s main shopping district is located along City Avenue, which features a mix of national retailers, local boutiques, and dining options. The nearby Suburban Square in Ardmore and the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center offer additional shopping and dining choices. For upscale shopping, the King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, is just a short drive away.

Bala Cynwyd offers a variety of dining options, from casual cafes to upscale restaurants. Some local favorites include the Bala Bistro for Mediterranean cuisine, Pescatore BYOB for Italian fare, and Mama’s Vegetarian for falafel and hummus. The nearby towns of Ardmore and Manayunk offer additional dining and nightlife options, with numerous bars, breweries, and live music venues.

Bala Cynwyd is home to several parks and green spaces, offering ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Cynwyd Heritage Trail is perfect for walking, jogging, or biking, while the Bala Cynwyd Park features playgrounds, tennis courts, and a dog-friendly area. The nearby Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, offers hiking trails, bike paths, and scenic views of the Schuylkill River.

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy several nearby courses, including the Philadelphia Country Club, which features a championship course designed by William Flynn. Other options include the Merion Golf Club, known for hosting several U.S. Open Championships, and the Bala Golf Club.

Annual Events:

  1. Bala Cynwyd Farmers Market: Held every Thursday from May through November, this market features fresh produce, baked goods, and artisanal products from local vendors.
  2. Bala Cynwyd 5K Run/Walk: This annual event, held in September, raises funds for local schools and features a scenic route through the community.
  3. Lower Merion Tree Lighting Ceremony: This beloved holiday tradition, held in December, includes caroling, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa Claus.

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