Exclusive Buyer Agent for Wayne Real Estate
Exclusive buyer agent for Wayne real estate, Linda Walters, a Wayne resident, describes it as “small town” America. Wayne is one of the “true” towns along the Main Line. It was recently named as one of the “Top 15 ‘Burbs” in Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Places to Raise Kids. The Wayne business district and surrounding neighborhoods have sidewalks to take the residents to the commuter trains, fashionable shopping, post office, movies, community library, various churches, the Radnor Middle School, and several banks, restaurants, and other commercial establishments. Radnor township has adopted a “master plan” for the Wayne Business District. Within the master plan are detailed goals to “maintain and enhance the small town/village character of the town”. This plan includes goals for the type/mix of businesses, architectural standards, traffic, landscape, lighting, signage, historic significance and more. The goal the of plan is to ensure the continued quality and success of the town–the reason why Wayne real estate is so desirable.
Wayne´s development began when a railroad stop called Cleaver’s Landing was established. It was renamed Wayne Station after General Anthony Wayne, a revolutionary hero with a reputation of being “mad.” Parcels in the area totaling 293 acres were then bought by banker J.H. Askin, who built the fabulous Louella House located in the center of town and developed some of the first homes in the area. His and surrounding land were bought in 1880 by banker A.J. Drexel and newspaper editor G.W. Childs, to form a larger development they called Wayne Estate. In a brochure from 1887 about their development they described Wayne Estate as follows: “Wayne is not an accidental aggregation of cottages; it is a town built by design, and provided at the start with all the conveniences to which residents of cities are accustomed and which they are so apt to miss and long for when they go into the country or even into the suburbs of a great city. The scheme of the town was well thought out and planned before any of the new cottages were built, and, as it was undertaken by liberal gentlemen of abundant means, no expense was spared in the preliminary municipal work.” It remains so to this day.
The Wayne regional train station is still a major asset to the town. It is a 14.5 mile ride to Philadelphia’s Suburban Station and trains carry an average of 650 weekday riders. Easy access to the city makes Wayne real estate an attractive location. The station itself is Victorian in design and was added to the National Register of Historical places in 2004. Two other local stations serve the Wayne area, St. Davids and Radnor.
If the small town feel and the train line with its accessible commute into Philadelphia are not enough to make Wayne real estate a draw, Wayne’s “walkability” is the 2nd most important asset. Wayne has a 94 walkability” score, making it “a walkers paradise”. Walkability adds a true community vibe to the town. Many homes for sale tout the home’s “walk to Wayne” location as an asset.
The residential neighborhoods that surround are split into South and North Wayne. Both North and South Wayne historic districts are listed on the national register of historical districts . The area was developed in a park-like manner with homes in the Queen Anne, Shingle and Tudor and Colonial Revival styles. It is a sought after area to live and its real estate is always in high demand. The Delaware County zip code area of 19087 median home price has increased 84% in the last 7 years.
Interesting fact about Wayne’s history: From 1895 to 1903, residents of Wayne could swim in one of the largest fresh water pools in the country. The Natatorium was a block long pool created by damming the Gulf Creek in the 1800’s and was used to cool local residents off in the summer or ice skate on in the winter. All that remains in memory of the pool is part of the building that used to be a clubhouse, the women’s changing room, which is now a private residence. The neighborhood which has built up around this old pool is sometimes referred to as Little Chicago.
Anyone looking for a home in this sought after area needs the best representation. Sage Realty is an exclusive buyers agency that specializes in the home-buying process. Its owner, Linda Walter, an exclusive buyer agent for Wayne real estate, lives and works in Wayne. She is an active part of the community and specializes in buyer representation based on her years as an attorney.
“This is the longest place I have lived (16 years). I like the feeling of being in a small community. Everybody knows each other here. It reminds me of my small town in Italy. “
Paola Coppola, owner of Bravo Pizza, Wayne, PA.