Gladwyne is possibly the most desirable suburb in Philadelphia’s Main Line. Perhaps best illustrating Gladwyne’s wealth is the fact that it has the 14th highest income per-capita in the United States in a community with 1000 or more people. With the Main Line’s highest median home sale price and household income, Gladwyne is an extremely coveted destination. Gladwyne is home to many upscale clubs, churches, a synagogue, schools, businesses and retail shops.
Gladwyne was settled near the Welsh Tract by Welsh Quakers in 1682 and was formerly known as Merion Square. In fact, the name Gladwyne was a contrived name believed to be used by the Reading Railroad at its Mill Creek stop to prevent confusion with other Merions in the township. It was given the name of Gladwyne to imitate Welsh names in adjoining towns but is actually meaningless in Welsh.
While not located in the area along Lancaster and the R5 of the original Main Line, Gladwyne was actually the first town in Lower Merion. The Gladwyne community is neither a census designated place or an incorporated community.
Prosperous Philadelphia residents first began to discover Gladwyne after the Civil War. Development of King of Prussia as a business hub and the construction of I-76 increased Gladwyne’s desirability. It is the Main Line town located most closely to Rt. 76 and was ideally situated between Philadelphia and King of Prussia as two major business areas. Gladwyne real estate is truly breathtaking and has much to admire.