Bala Cynwyd is an affluent village within the Main Line real estate which borders the western edge of Philadelphia. It is a mixed residential community comprised primarily of single family homes. While not originally part of the Main Line located along Lancaster Avenue and the R5 rail line, it has since culturally become part of the Main Line by having similar characteristics to other Main Line communities and being adjacent to them. It is at the beginning of the Main Line separated from Philadelphia by City Line Avenue.
While mostly residential, Bala Cynwyd does have some notable features including the Bala Cynwyd shopping center, which borders City Line Avenue and boasts many fine stores. It is also home to other nice shopping areas such as those located on Montgomery Avenue, bordering Narberth. Bala Cynwyd is also the home of several AM and FM broadcast stations.
Bala Cynwyd is located in Pennsylvania’s Welsh tract, having been settled in by Welsh Quakers in 1682. Originally it was two separate towns known as Bala and Cynwyd, but now treated as a single community since the US Post office opened one branch called the Bala Cynwyd Branch which serviced both towns. The Welsh name Cynwyd is actually pronounced as “KIN-wid.” Bala Cynwyd is serviced by the Septa R6 regional rail line which offers speedy and convenient service into Center City Philadelphia and other Philly real estate, making Bala Cynwyd one of the most ideal Main Line real estate locations for those commuting to the city.