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Montgomery County Pennsylvania

Numerous residents call Montgomery County home because it offers a little bit of everything — beautiful neighborhoods with large estates and modest homes, enormous state parks, exceptional educational institutions, large employers, the world-renowned Merion East Golf Course and the largest shopping mall on the East Coast. The county is also ideally located for those who need to travel in and out of the city as it borders Philadelphia to the east and also lies between Chester and Bucks Counties.

World-class pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies make up the area's economic focal points. Giants like Merck, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline are all located here and together employ thousands of Greater Philadelphia residents. Additionally, the Almac Group, a global pharmaceutical services provider, is in the midst of building its new North American headquarters in Lower Salford Township. The wide array of available jobs translates into many residents! Montgomery County spans 487 square miles, and its more than 778,000 residents make it the second most populated county in the region.

Perhaps the most popular place to live in the county is the affluent Lower Merion Township. Just 10 miles from Philadelphia, Lower Merion's outstanding network of schools (public, private and parochial) and breathtaking aesthetic neighborhoods draw many to the area. Its 57,000-plus residents make it the most populated municipality in Montgomery County. Winding roads lead to Colonial-style homes framed with towering trees; when the weather begins to chill, you'll no doubt be struck by a rainbow of vibrant leaves pretty enough for a postcard. The township's median home sale price was $490,000 in 2008. Popular Lower Merion locations include Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, Villanova and Wynnewood. These communities, just west of Philadelphia, are all part of the elite "Main Line" (named for their location along the region's main rail line).

Bala Cynwyd, a residential area located long the Philadelphia county line, appeals to those who want to be near the city action but still enjoy the comforts of a suburban setting. Many families live in the community, as do a large number of college students and recent grads. While you're in the area you might want to catch a St. Joseph's University basketball game.

From Bala Cynwyd, follow City Line Avenue to Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) and you'll enter Ardmore after you pass through Wynnewood. Suburban homes set on quiet streets are the norm in Ardmore, and the highly regarded Lower Merion High School, which saw its students score an average SAT score of 1751 in 2008, is a significant part of Ardmore's appeal. The community also rallies behind the Lower Merion boy's basketball team, an annual state title contender. A little further west along the Main Line is Bryn Mawr and Villanova, both highly regarded communities. Large estates and stylish homes — old and new — provide a glimpse of suburban living at its finest. Villanova is also home to the distinguished Villanova University. In addition to fine academics, Villanova University proves to be another basketball hotspot in Lower Merion. The 2008-09 Wildcats made their fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and they marched all the way to the Final Four!

Conshohocken Borough, affectionately know as "Conshy," has recently gained popularity, particularly with young professionals. Just 25 minutes northwest of Center City, Conshohocken toes the line between urban and suburban identities and has experienced a great deal of redevelopment. Its main street, Fayette Street, now combines small-town shops with new high-rise office complexes. After work, chic bars and pubs along Fayette Street keep the social scene alive. Conshohocken real estate is becoming a hot commodity and property values are on the rise. The 2008 median home sale price was $265,000.

Nearby Plymouth Meeting is part of Plymouth Township, where homes had a median price of $295,000 in 2008. Predominantly suburban, Plymouth Meeting offers an attractive mix of new developments and townhouses as well as older homes with slightly more land. For pleasure, spend an afternoon at Miles Park — baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts, playground equipment and picnic tables make it a terrific recreation site. Much like Conshohocken, extensive highways make Plymouth Meeting navigable. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is close, and the "Blue Route" (I-476) connects I-95 with Plymouth Meeting, making regional commutes easy from the area.

If an apartment in a slightly urban setting is what you're looking for, King of Prussia might just be the perfect fit. There are many mid- to high-rise apartments in the King of Prussia/Valley Forge area, which is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia in the heart of Upper Merion Township. This portion of Montgomery County has the least number of homes with children and the most single-occupancy residences.

There's plenty to do in King of Prussia — Valley Forge National Historic Park is an ideal spot for those who enjoy the outdoors. People flock to the park for hiking, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding and kayaking. And, of course, there's great shopping in King of Prussia! The famed King of Prussia Mall offers seven department stores and over 400 shops and restaurants. King of Prussia's location along Route 202 at the junction of I-76 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike makes the region a keystone for business and industry.

If you're in the market for an older home with classic porches, towering trees and well-manicured lawns, then Ambler Borough is a fine location to consider. The borough is deeper into Montgomery County's suburbs, about 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia in a region known as the Wissahickon Valley. Ambler residents take great pride in the borough's appearance — they even hold a "Clean Up Day" on the last Saturday of every month to clean the borough's Main Street! The downtown was recently revitalized and sidewalks are lined with curbside trees, Victorian street lamps and quaint shops and cafes. The median sale price of an Ambler home in 2008 was $245,000.

Between Ambler Borough and Philadelphia, in the northeastern corner of Montgomery County, is Abington Township, the second-largest township in the county. Communities in Abington, like Willow Grove, Glenside and Rydal, are excellent examples of Greater Philadelphia's comfortable suburban living. The Borough of North Wales, more centrally located in Montgomery County, provides yet another fine residential community. This small borough has a strong sense of neighborliness and most residents have the luxury of being able to walk to schools, parks and libraries. Attractive homes are set along quiet streets. The median home selling price in 2008 was $214,500.

Western Montgomery County areas have more open space and farmland. Historically they have been less developed than the county's eastern suburbs, but lately this is changing. For example, Upper Providence Township's farms have gradually been transforming into residential communities. Limerick Township, though further out, is also a hot spot for developers, both commercial and residential.

There's no denying that Montgomery County is growing. The area attracts businesses due to its accessibility and families flock to the area for the lifestyle. Montgomery County is the kind of place where everyone fits since urban, suburban and rural settings trickle throughout the area. We know you're going to like it here!

RESOURCES

POPULATION
778,048

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WEB SITE
www.montcopa.org

COUNTY GOVERNMENT
610-278-3000

COUNTY SEAT
Montgomery County Court House
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404

LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPER

The Mercury
24 N. Hanover St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-323-3000
www.pottsmerc.com

The Reporter
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdale, PA 19446
215-855-8440
www.thereporteronline.com

The Times Herald
410 Markley St.
Norristown, PA 19401
610-272-2500
www.timesherald.com

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
1605 W. Main St.
Norristown, PA 19403
610-539-8550
www.mciu.org

MAIN LIBRARY

Montgomery County - Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell St.
Norristown, PA 19401
610-278-5100
www.mclinc.org
There are over 25 additional libraries in the county.

REALTORS

Montgomery County Associates of Realtors
3031-A Walton Rd., Ste. 302
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
610-260-9931
www.mcarealtors.org

HOSPITALS & HOUSING INFO

For a listing of Hospital Systems located in Montgomery County, see the Medical Services Section - Greater Philadelphia Hospital Systems.

Click here for County Housing Information and Related Figures.

 
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