Big Plans to Revive Bala Avenue, Starting With A Cup of Java

10 Union, the first of the three buildings to be built as part of Cross Properties’ NoBA development. | Rendering: Barton Partners via Cross Properties

Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd is one of those small commercial districts that make Philadelphia’s suburbs such attractive places to live. But over the past few decades, the once-lively Main Street has frayed as businesses have shut down, most notably the street’s iconic movie theater.

Philadelphia-based Cross Properties is embarking on a revival plan for the Bala Avenue district. This week, the company announced the start of a $100 million redevelopment project that aims to turn the district back into the vibrant community hub it once was by adding residents, public gathering places and new retail space. And to give area residents a taste of what’s to come, a series of pop-up stores will offer their wares to the locals, starting today. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Beautiful Colonial in Bala Cynwyd for $1.275M

22 Colwyn Ln., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

22 Colwyn Ln., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

In a neighborhood shot through with historic charm, it’s hard to stand out above the rest – but this Bala Cynwyd colonial built way back in 1905 makes it look so easy.

Step into the home through the two-story columned entrance and feel satisfied from the start. The large archways from the foyer give the main floor a spacious, open feel. Read more »

Main Line Monday: It’s All in the Details in Bala Cynwyd

315 Clwyd Rd., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

315 Clwyd Rd., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

If you have an eye for decorating unexpected nooks and crannies, this sunny Colonial home awaits your artistry.

Set on sprawling picturesque grounds, this home in Bala Cynwyd is almost too easy on the eyes. The bright foyer with wainscotting, crown molding and hardwood floors is flanked by an elegant living room featuring a fireplace and the formal dining room. Both rooms feature French doors that lead to a covered patio.

The butler’s pantry – one of the many cozy nooks aforementioned – makes for a seamless transition between the dining room and kitchen with a sink, fridge and drink station. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Place to Park Yourself in Belmont Hills

Living-dining room

19 Rock Hil Rd. #6A, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND Images from BHHS Fox & Roach

The purpose of this weekly feature is to showcase outstanding properties first-time buyers can afford. So far, we’ve shown a compact but comfortable home in a great school district in Queen Village and an absolute knockout in Fishtown. So we got to wondering: Can we find anything like these on the Main Line?

It turns out that we could. The difference is, this place has plenty of neighbors already built in.

That’s because it’s a recently refreshed condo in The Greenhouse, a handsome 1970s multi-unit building in bosky Belmont Hills. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Check Out This Bala Cynwyd Colonial

32 W Lodges Ln, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004

32 W. Lodges Lane, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We usually feature ostentatious, extravagant mansions on Main Line Monday. Today, we decided to highlight a more modest house, but a beautiful one nonetheless. This house in Bala Cynwyd is a little more down-to-earth than many we’ve featured here of late. It looks contented, like it knows what it is and isn’t going to try to do anything else. At four bedrooms and 2,279 square feet, it’s simply a nicely sized, charming Colonial. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Main Line Takes Steps Toward Revitalization

150 monument road bala cynwyd screenshot

Photo credit: Google Street View

A 207-unit apartment has been proposed for 150 Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd, a project to be presented before the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission this Monday.

The Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison says the planned six-story building would be situated on a seven-acre plot in Bala Cynwyd that currently hosts another six-story building used for office space. Allison also reports the project includes a central courtyard with pool deck, commercial/restaurant space (3,700 square feet), and a four-story parking garage, which is to have 673 parking spaces, 207 of which would be for apartment tenants.

The proposed development is one of many (some of which are already in progress), and the result of revitalization goals for the City Avenue commercial district:
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Three Armed Men Rob Bala Cynwyd Bank

robbers terrorize Main Line bank.
On Monday, just after 11:00 a.m., three masked men stormed into a Wells Fargo bank and robbed it. At least one of the men is believed to have had a gun. Customers hit the deck while the perpetrators climbed all over furniture and stole money.

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Weekend Open Houses: Gladwyne, Bala, and Haverford

Plenty of lovely homes are open for your viewing pleasure this weekend in nearby Philly ‘burbs. Below are our top picks, including one special 4-bedroom with a listing that asks, “Wouldn’t you like to paddle your kayak across the river and take a Septa train to work?” Wow. Special, indeed.

234 River Road, Gladwyne, PA
Gladwyne 234 River Road

Open House: September 22, 12-4pm
Price: $1,199,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.1
3,408 sq. feet



35 Llanberris Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Bala 35 Llanberris RoadOpen House: September 22, 2-4pm
Price: $625,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 2.1
3,276 sq. feet



243 Cheswold Lane, Haverford, PA
Haverford 243 Cheswold LaneOpen House: September 22, 2-4pm
Price: $65,000 (reduced from $1,085,000)
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.1
2,808 sq. feet

Methodist Church in Bala Is Maybe Less for Sale Than It Looks


It would seem that the beautiful church we were fretting over–the United Methodist Church of Bala Cynwyd–is on the market, but it’s not ON THE MARKET. We’ve learned that someone offered the full asking price but was turned down. Everything was done through a reputable broker, who was naturally angry that the seller would turn down the full ask.

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Schlotzsky’s Bala Cynwyd Opens… In Philadelphia

schlotz For a while, I had been hearing that some chain called Schlotzsky’s was debuting on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Well, after some delays, Schlotzsky’s Bala Cynwyd finally opened last Thursday. Only it’s not located in Bala Cynwyd at all. No, Schlotzsky’s Bala Cynwyd is actually located in Philadelphia.
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