The neighborhood of Wynnewood is as historic as Pennsylvania itself, taking its name from Dr. Thomas Wynne, who was William Penn’s personal physician. In the mid-1800s, Colonel Owen Jones named his mansion house Wynne Wood and added the name to the railroad station and the local area. Wynnewood became a “Main Line" neighborhood in the 1860s when the Pennsylvania Railroad straightened its track on the main route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Today, Wynnewood is a flourishing suburban neighborhood with tree-lined streets, protected green spaces, and single-family homes. Its location makes for convenient access to the city and shopping, dining, and entertainment in other nearby Main Line neighborhoods.
The first step in moving to Wynnewood is the move
Get estimates from several movers, and check their reviews. Be certain to obtain and review the Information for Shippers form, which provides information on rates, billing, payments, and damage coverage, prior to entering into any signed agreement. In Pennsylvania, local moves of less than 40 miles are billed hourly. Longer moves are based on weight and distance.
Moving is always a good time to eliminate items you no longer use or need. Take the time before you move to trim down your household through donations, sales, or disposal. You’ll save money on moving expenses and won’t clutter your new home with belongings you didn’t need there anyway.
Getting to know Wynnewood
In Penn Wynne, the houses closest to City Avenue are generally twin houses from the early- to mid-twentieth century built on small lots. As you move north, you’ll find larger single-family homes with moderate lots. The most prominent homes and lots in the neighborhood are on the branching and winding streets of Wynnewood. There are some apartment complexes clustered near the Wynnewood Shopping Center, but the majority of Wynnewood is owner-occupied single-family residences.
What are the schools like in Wynnewood?
Elementary school students attend one of three elementary schools based on location: Penn Valley, Merion, and Penn Wynne. Students then progress to one of two middle schools: Welsh Valley or Bala Cynwyd. Lower Merion High School, which is adjacent to the northern margin of Wynnewood, is rated as an “A+” school and ranked the fifth-best high school in Pennsylvania.
Where do locals shop in Wynnewood?
Nearby Suburban Square in Ardmore offers more upscale shops, including an Apple store. The Ardmore Farmers Market at Suburban Square is an indoor market with produce and prepared foods from Italian and Mediterranean to Amish and Asian. East of Wynnewood, you can visit Bryn Mawr Village, with high-end shops and restaurants. The Bryn Mawr Farmers Market is an outdoor market on Saturdays featuring local farmers and other vendors.
What is there to do in Wynnewood?
There are several beautiful parks in Wynnewood. South Ardmore Park has baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, and basketball courts. Shortridge Park offers a sledding area for winter fun, and Wynnewood Valley Park has a playground, basketball, and tennis courts (with pickleball lines). The nearby Merion Botanical Park features walking paths and a stream that flows through the length of the park.
For those who enjoy golf, there are no golf courses in Wynnewood, but there are multiple courses and clubs nearby. The closest is the McCall Golf Club. Others include Llanerch Country Club, Merion Golf Club, and Bala Golf Club.
The nearby Haverford YMCA provides swimming and fitness facilities for all ages. For the Jewish community, the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood offers wellness, educational, and cultural programs. Many other fitness centers and gyms are available in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Penn Wynne Library is part of the Lower Merion Library System and is an active, civic-oriented facility with many activities, such as book clubs and story times.
Where should we eat in Wynnewood?
Venturing beyond the Wynnewood limits opens up a world of nearby dining options. The Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft in Ardmore has modern American cuisine with both indoor and outdoor dining. Another Ardmore restaurant, Not Your Average Joe’s, serves salads, wraps, burgers, and pizzas with stylish dinner selections. The White Dog Cafe in Haverford creates monthly menus to maximize fresh local and seasonal ingredients. These are just a few of the many dining options within an easy drive of Wynnewood.
How do I get around in Wynnewood?
How do I learn more about Wynnewood?
Another helpful way to learn more about a new community is through a knowledgeable real estate agent. Stephanie MacDonald and The MacDonald Team have years of experience in Wynnewood and the Main Line neighborhoods. They can introduce you to all that the area has to offer.