Renters Guide to Living on the Main Line

The Main Line is one of the nation’s most prestigious communities, offering a unique living experience brimming with history and culture. At Main Line apartments, you can be a part of this exclusive community, while also enjoying the convenience and comfort of being just minutes from the city.

While the Main Line is often referred to as one unit, it’s actually a string of several distinct communities, many of which trace their history back centuries. The modern-day towns that comprise the Main Line sprang up around a route on the Pennsylvania Railroad known as the Main Line. The commuter train developed in the 1800s and connected Center City Philadelphia to a number of neighboring areas to the west, which became popular destinations for the construction of country estates for some of Philadelphia’s wealthiest families. During the rapid suburbanization in the region in the 20th century, Main Line towns experienced rapid growth, becoming a magnet for those who wanted to take advantage of its quiet, quaint towns, and beautiful backdrops, without straying too far from city life.


That same balance is what makes Main Line apartments so popular today. The communities are within easy reach of Philadelphia by car and are also easily accessible by public transportation, serviced by the Paoli/Thorndale and Manayunk/Norristown lines of the Regional Rail system. This makes the area a popular find for commuters who work in Center City but who want to return home to the exclusive solace and safety that the Main Line offers residents. In just minutes, busy professionals can travel from the hustle and bustle of Center City Philadelphia to beautiful bucolic setting of the Main Line, with its winding roads, charming Main Street-like avenues, and historic mansions.

Arts and Culture

While the Main Line only encompasses about 200 square miles, each of its communities offers a distinctive feel. For instance, Villanova, home to the university of the same town, has a young, artsy feel, in keeping with the college community, and Main Line apartments in this area are a great fit for students looking for off-campus housing or faculty who want to live not too far from campus. Just minutes away, Wayne, with its historic movie theater and family-owned shops, is known for its quaint vibe, while it also has welcomed a renaissance of new restaurants and boutiques in recent years. However, because all of the communities are so close to one another, it’s easy to find whatever you’re looking for right near home at your Main Line apartments.


As one of the wealthiest areas in the nation, you can find exclusive, upscale shopping and dining experiences along the Main Line. Suburban Square in Ardmore is one of the most popular destinations for shopping, offering dozens of designer brands and boutiques. It is one of the nation’s oldest shopping malls but has embraced modern innovation and trends, serving as a hub of community activity, including with its popular farmer’s market. Such markets are popular throughout the Main Line, and embrace the community vibe that is also at the heart of the Main Line Restaurant Week and events such as the Main Line Jazz and Food Festival.

Outdoor Adventure

One of the most popular events in the area is the Devon Horse Show, a renowned festival celebrated as the oldest and largest horse show in the nation, attracting equestrian enthusiasts from around the world for an event rooted in tradition. History permeates throughout the Main Line, with scores of historic homes and gardens, many of which are open for tours and all of which provide an eye-catching backdrop to each of the towns. Jenkins Arboretum is among the most popular green spaces, offering a feast for the senses throughout all of the seasons.Outdoor adventure abounds throughout the Main Line, including along the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. The two miles of trails are popular for those looking to get or stay in shape, as well as with locals looking to ensure they can incorporate nature into their daily routines. The trails connect to bridges, parks, and historic buildings, offering an eclectic backdrop for a weekend run or morning stroll. Those who are athletically inclined can also join any number of exclusive clubs in the area, including those for golf, tennis, squash, cricket and horseback riding. If you’re more focused on the arts, you can check out the screenings and special events at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute or catch an exhibit or hands-on workshop at the Main Line Art Center. No matter your interest or ability, there’s something to help you pursue your passions along the Main Line.

While you have plenty of opportunities to indulge, Main Line apartments also put you right near spots to suit all of your daily needs. Lancaster Avenue cuts throughout the heart of the Main Line and is a one-stop-shop, with everything from grocery stores to gas stations. If you want to be a part of an exclusive community that is at the same time historic and forward-thinking, consider making the Main Line your new home.

Main Line Apartments

The Metropolitan Bala Cynwyd interior kitchen

Bala Cynwyd

118 Montgomery Avenue
Bala Cynwyd,
The Metropolitan Narberth Hall interior kitchen

Narberth Hall

300 North Essex Avenue
The Metropolitan Narberth Station interior kitchen

Narberth Station

280 Haverford Avenue
Triangle Apartments neighborhood

Triangle Apartments

306 N. Wayne Avenue
The Metropolitan Windermere Court exterior building

Windermere Court

116 Windermere Avenue
The Metropolitan Wynnewood interior living room


250 E Wynnewood Rd