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Old 02-13-2020, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Fairmount, Philadelphia
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I'm interested in knowing a bit about the community in Bryn Mawr, specifically in and around the Garrett Hill neighborhood. I've been planning to move my family out to the Main Line and had eyes on Lower Merion, but have recently been considering this area of Bryn Mawr in Radnor Township to get more bang for my buck. I wonder about whether I'll feel comfortable in this area for a couple reasons. First, the Garrett Hill neighborhood seems like a bit of an odd pocket in an otherwise suburban, wealthy area. There are row homes in the 200's leading down the road to detached homes in the 500-700's. Is there a strong community here? Is there a divide between classes within the neighborhood or with surrounding ones? The second concern is the Radnor Elementary School, which is highly rated and lovely, but seemingly in the middle of nowhere. I'm looking for a place where I can be friendly with my neighbors and be part of a community both in town and school. I'm aware of many Facebook groups for Lower Merion residents and families. Are there community resources like that for Bryn Mawr / Radnor? Thanks for any information and insights.
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Old Yesterday, 02:49 PM
 
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I think Radnor Township provides all services for Bryn Mawr. Having several colleges with in easy driving distance can make certain neighborhoods very transient and/or filled with a lot of rentals. Proximity to Lancaster Av a plus in many situations. But it's that proximity that can increase traffic and congestion in various neighborhoods.
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Old Yesterday, 03:24 PM
 
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I think Radnor Township provides all services for Bryn Mawr. Having several colleges with in easy driving distance can make certain neighborhoods very transient and/or filled with a lot of rentals. Proximity to Lancaster Av a plus in many situations. But it's that proximity that can increase traffic and congestion in various neighborhoods.
Bryn Mawr is split between Lower Merion, Haverford and Radnor Twps, btw. But most of it is in Lower Merion.
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Fairmount, Philadelphia
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The area I'm looking at at the moment is in Radnor Township. I'm definitely cognizant of the fact that nearby colleges may make for a more transient place, and that's my main concern, if anyone can speak to that.
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Old Today, 07:56 AM
 
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Because of the wide range of housing, (apartments, row houses, twins, small singles and larger singles), it will vary. I would expect that areas with housing below about $4-500k will have more rentals and seem a bit more transient. That said, even those neighborhoods "lower-end" streets/pockets should have a lot of long-time, long-term respondents and a community feel. If unsure of the number of rentals, drive by or walk around on a weekend. Seeing a lot of out of state license plates is obvious sign of student rentals/housing.

Further, the lower-priced parts of Bryn Mawr that are in Lower Merion Twp. will have the same look and feel as Garrett Hill for the most part, with the difference of being very walkable to Lancaster Ave activities, and the Regional Rail.
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Old Today, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Fairmount, Philadelphia
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That's a really helpful suggestion about the license plates - I plan to go back this weekend and will keep an eye out for that. Also good point about Lancaster Ave activities. The neighborhood in Radnor is not walkable to that area, which we'll have to consider. Thanks for the post!
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Old Today, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Nice and pleasant area. It definitely attracts nearby Villanova and Bryn Mawr students once they are upper classman, many move to the area for student housing.
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