Wallingford

Life in Wallingford is as diverse as the neighborhoods that make up the community. Just last year, this wealth of choices made Wallingford the #9 best Place to Live according to CNNMoney’s Top 100!  Below is a partial list of Wallingford neighborhoods with details about what gives each its unique personality!

Country Club South

Emcompassing the area south of Rose Valley Road from W. Country Club Lane to Providence Road 

These homes border the Springhaven Golf Club and many have lovely views out onto the course!  Built largely in the 1930s for wealthy families, the homes are generously built on large lots.  The use of handsome fieldstone was still in vogue, so these homes offer a quintessential Wallingford look.  The country club, with its swimming pool, is a popular walking destination. These homes are also close enough for a long walk or short bike ride to Swarthmore town center!

Country Club North

Encompassing the area north of Rose Valley Road and south of Strath Haven Middle School from Osbourne to Providence Road

Many of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1940s to 1960s.  There are collections of classic capes and colonials on lots of nearly an acre apiece with simple post-war luxuries, like garages and back porches.  This is a neighborhood that hosts a local Halloween Parade and Easter Egg Hunt and a popular spot to find bright seasonal lights in the wintertime!  The high school and middle school are an easy walk or bike ride.

Wallingford Hills

In particular, the loop of Avonbrook, Linden, Stratford and Sherwood Lanes but also the vicinity including Kershaw and Church Roads

The Wallingford Hills community was built primarily in the 1930s for wealthy families.  The use of Pennsylvania fieldstone is prevalent, lending a bygone feel to this verdant enclave of spacious homes.  The neighborhood is walking distance to the Wallingford Train Station as well as Wallingford Elementary School- making it an extremely desirable location for practical reasons as well as aesthetics.

Heatherwold

Emcompassing the north loop of Green Valley Road from Providence Road and everything south through Furness Lane.

Magical, lovable Heatherwold…  Most of these homes were built in the 1930s, adorned with a bit of fieldstone, all not-too-big homes, proportionate to one another, on pretty wooded lots.  A walk around the neighborhood in 2012 is a testament to a community no one wants to leave.  A street or so of much larger more luxurious residences was built in the mid-1950s for those who were wishing for bigger houses. Many of the small colonials have one and two-story additions to incorporate master baths, family rooms, porches and the like for families that want to grow in place!  Lush gardens and casual twilight walks are everyday luxuries here.  Residents can walk to the Wallingford Train Station, the Wallingford Post Office, the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, and the only convenience store in the school district!

Moylan

Encompassing Moylan Avenue from Manchester Avenue back to Orchard and back out on Glenwood.

Great big beautiful Victorians on great big beautiful grounds are the hallmark of Moylan.  Located just next to the train station that bears its name, the Moylan neighborhood was built up in the late 1800s and early 1900s with a few newer homes scattered in.  Brick and stone castles with turrets and goat barns can be found along the tree-lined streets!  The picturesque Pennsylvania Institute of Technology campus is right across the street.

Summit School Area

In general, the area north of Heatherwold and south of Baltimore Pike.

This area is mainly made up of large split-levels, contemporaries and colonials built in the 1960s.  The relative newness of these homes in comparison with others in the district means that they are likely to have features most modern buyers are hoping to find – Central Air, multiple bathrooms, garages, eat-in kitchens family rooms, and the like!

Pine Ridge

The circle of Pine Ridge Road coming off Baltimore Pike and turning into Hemlock Road.

This circle of homes belonged to Swarthmore College at one time.  Now, as private residences, they are a tight-knit community of houses built in various styles and times.  An exquisite manor house on Hemlock gives the neighborhood its anchor.  The community has its own trolley stop!

Bowling Green:

Emcompassing the area between Providence Road and Beatty Road from Mulberry Lane to Twyckenham Road.

This beautiful neighborhood of homes built mainly in the 1920s and 1930s has a Media zip code and is within a healthy walk to the Borough of Media with its many restaurants, shops and galleries!  The homes vary from handsome Tudors to fairytale stucco and stone manors all built to a luxurious scale.

Other Wallingford neighborhoods include: Medbury, Scot Glen, Garden City, Governor Sproul Estate and The Jordan Estate!  I hope to write a bit about each of these soon!

Have I left out anything special about your corner of Wallingford?  Please share!

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