A Day in the life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 13
Main Line real estate is a market well known to all who live here, but a mystery to those from the outside. This Main Line Realtor® knows how difficult it can be to explain the area that I cover. Although all the towns are distinct in character, they run one into another with no break or visible boundary line, making it difficult to search for homes using the traditional means. “What do you mean,” out-of-town clients ask, “How can the area cover 3 counties and multiple townships? What is a Township anyway? Why is one zip code used for areas that are in 3 counties? Why don’t you just call it ‘Villanova’ or ‘Devon’ or ‘Ardmore’?”
Main Line Real Estate got its name from the commuter train line that runs into these suburbs from the City of Philadelphia, which was originally known as the Main Line. Passing through small neighborhood stations, the neighborhoods around the train eventually closed in to make one large suburb, but the individual station areas retained their character and nomenclature. With the growing emphasis on public transportation, the rail system has become a real asset for the area.
Matching a new client to the right neighborhood on the Main Line is part of the challenge of being a good Main Line Realtor®. Do they want to be minutes from the city, in an older, slightly denser neighborhood, or will they need a large lot with a newer home, most of which will be further west? Are they looking for more of an estate neighborhood or a small town community feel? We have it all, with many permutations. Many of the original neighborhoods were settled by specific groups—the Welsh, Irish, etc., but those distinctions have largely gone away. Still if a client is looking for a good religious (Quaker, Catholic, etc.) school, or any other particular need, a Main Line Realtor® needs to know where those solutions are located and what the surrounding housing options are.
Since the Main Line offers so much in the way of good housing stock, educational opportunities, award-winning health facilities and proximity to cultural attractions, it is a stable and usually rising market. Less volatile than the nearby City real estate market, the right home on the Main Line can be an excellent investment.
So on this day in the life of a Main Line Realtor®, it is fitting that my office looks out onto the tall oak trees surrounding the commuter line into Wayne, PA, a town with all the charm of an ideal childhood hometown to those who are lucky enough to live here. We have sidewalks, a brand new local library, our own Arts and Crafts-designed movie theater, a real 4th of July Parade with antique cars, bands and horses, and plenty of mom and pop shops and restaurants where the proprietors know your name.
Welcome to the Main Line, if you can figure out where it is!