Gladwyne Village Luxury estate homes close to Center City Philadelphia
Gladwyne Luxury Estate Homes
Originally called Merion Square by its first Quaker settlers in 1682, Gladwyne was the first village created in what is now known as the Lower Merion Township. Although some of the first structures erected in the town were log cabins, stone houses and mills soon followed along Mill Creek. While some of these structures are still extant today, and have been converted into homes or offices, others are in ruins and stand as symbols of Gladwyne’s old mill industry.
The number of new English and German settlers in Gladwyne soon outranked that of the Welsh. In 1830, new neighborhoods sprung along the newly constructed Philadelphia and Lancaster Railroad, bolstering the village’s commercial and residential life.
However, Gladwyne was slightly more distanced from the railroad than other Lower Merion towns such as Villanova and Bryn Mawr, and thus remained more of a village than a town. Most of Gladwyne’s residents were farmers, whose social life revolved around the village’s three churches.
Soon after the Civil War, however, wealthy Philadelphia businessmen recognized Gladwyne’s charm and appeal. They began to purchase the existing farms and built summer residences that soon became year-round homes.
As in other Main Line towns, this led to the development of large estates and luxurious mansions. In 1927, however, these large houses and plots of land were subdivided into smaller properties. One can still find luxurious English Tudor Manors, or large colonial homes, nestled in wide, park-like grounds that still serve as residences. There are only approximately 1,500 privately owned homes in Gladwyne. Many on smaller parcels offer a remote, private lifestyle due to the parks and reserves nearby. Perfect for gracious, luxury living.
While Gladwyne offers a quiet “billionaire village” lifestyle, it’s also close to local neighboring townships, and an easy commute to Center City Philadelphia or Manhattan. The drive to Amtrak’s 30th Street station can be as short as a 15 minutes (off hours) or by connect via Regional Rail.
Gladwyne Luxury Market Report
Gladwyne luxury homes and Suburban homes in Montgomery County are experiencing an increase in buyer demand – and values! Market trends can move quickly, and a few luxury sales can skew statistics. For this month’s trends, please see the detailed charts below, then let’s talk!
Supply and Demand
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