The way Villanova looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, makes all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool history about the way it was developed and how it looks and feels.
At a Glance
It straddles Lower Merion Township of Montgomery County and Radnor Township of Delaware County. It is located at the center of the Pennsylvania Main Line, a series of Philadelphia suburban towns located along the original east-west railroad tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
It is served by the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line regional rail train and Norristown High Speed Line.
The center of the village straddles Lancaster Pike where it intersects Spring Mill. This village center contains the area's post office for zip code 19085, an office building, the Wilmington Trust Company's Pennsylvania headquarters, and several smaller shops. The Royal Bank of Pennsylvania also maintains an office at this site.
The most notable feature of Villanova is Villanova University, from which the community gains its name. The university campus extends from County Line Road along Spring Mill Road south to Lancaster Pike, US Route 30, and then east to just beyond Villanova Stadium, home of the Villanova University football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s field hockey and men’s and women’s track teams. In addition to the undergraduate college Villanova University includes a well-recognized graduate school, a nursing school, a school of continuing studies, numerous certificate programs, and Villanova University Law School.
Public school children in Villanova attend Gladwyne Elementary School in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, Welsh Valley Middle School in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, and Harriton High School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, all part of the Lower Merion School District. Although the Agnes Irwin School borders Villanova University, and many Villanova residents attend it, it is located in the Rosemont community in Radnor Township.
Other schools in the area include the all-boys Haverford School, located in nearby Haverford. Episcopal Academy called among locals as “EA” in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, all-girls Baldwin School, the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, and the coeducational Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. Rosemont School of the Holy Child on Montgomery Avenue is a nearby Catholic elementary school.
The Bryn Mawr Hospital, at South Bryn Mawr Avenue and Haverford Road, is one of the three nationally ranked community teaching hospitals that serve the Main Line; it is located less than one mile (1.6 km) from the Villanova district line. The hospital has historically been associated with Philadelphia’s Jefferson Medical College for many years. The Bryn Mawr Hospital is the chief beneficiary of the area’s preeminent social and sporting event, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which is held annually during the last week of May at the fairgrounds in Devon, Pennsylvania.