Philly suburbs perfect for urban dwellers
As we’ve noted before, more parents are choosing to raise their children in the city. But a move to the suburbs doesn’t mean losing the walkability, accessibility and culture that draws people to downtown Philly. Towns and communities throughout the region have a vibrant night life, great restaurants and bars, unique cultural attractions and access to public transportation—not to mention the perks of living in the burbs, like yards, garages and driveways. Some to consider include:
1. Narberth: This Main Line suburb boasts a charming downtown, with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants—and the historic movie house, Narberth Theatre. It’s located on a main regional route for Septa, and home to such cultural events as the summer outdoor concert series. Plus, you have access to the hustle and bustle of the Main Line.
2. Jenkintown: This Montgomery County borough sees a lot of action on 611, home to shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and the historic Hi-Way movie theater. Off the main road is the town square, which features a seasonal farmers market, summer concert series and holiday tree-lighting ceremony. You also have easy access to Center City—three major lines run through the Jenkintown station.
3. New Hope: Bustling New Hope is a culture lover’s dream. The town has long attracted artists and has countless galleries around town. If it’s theater you craze, there’s always the Bucks County Playhouse, which presents musicals and plays. Plus, there are plenty of cultural festivals throughout the year, including the New Hope Film Festival and the Arts & Crafts Festival. New Hope also offers easy access to both Philadelphia and New York.
4. Doylestown: The seat of Bucks County government, Doylestown sees more than just local political action. Top restaurants like Honey, Domani Star and the Freight House attract residents from around the region, as does the nice mix of bars. The town is also home to the Mercer and Fonthill Castle museums—the former displays archaeologist and founder Henry Mercer’s private collection of pre-industrial artifacts, the latter is Mercer’s one-of-a-kind home.
5. Collingswood: This New Jersey city boasts an abundance of restaurants, great shopping, and fabulous galleries. Haddon Avenue comes alive for “2nd Saturdays,” with great music, great food, great art, and great fun, and the PATCO line brings residents across the river to Philly.