Jenkintown

Jenkintown is the hub of it all.

Jenkintown has always been a small community connected to the larger Philadelphia region. Originally a popular stagecoach stop between New York and Philadelphia, Jenkintown evolved in the 19th century into a railroad hub. Today, the Jenkintown-Wyncote SEPTA station is within walking distance to anywhere in the borough, bringing Jenkintown residents to Philadelphia and the surrounding communities.

The beautiful, tree-lined streets are just one of the many reasons to live in  Jenkintown. More than 60% of the houses in the town were built before 1939, giving the neighborhoods their classic charm. The many nearby parks and playgrounds, including Jenkintown Square, and the George Perley Bird Sanctuary, create ideal surroundings for families and fans of the outdoors.

A diverse community with many different houses of worship, Jenkintown is home to the Salem Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in 1963, months after the historic march on Washington.  The Hiway Theater is a major draw in the town, playing new releases and Hollywood classics. Residents never have to get in their car to find entertainment as Jenkintown hosts 25 restaurants, multiple coffee shops, and a unique art gallery.

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Homes & Community

With its historic homes, affordable apartments, and convenient access to Philadelphia, Jenkintown has something to offer to young people, families,
and retirees. Houses in Jenkintown range from classic row homes, to Victorian mansions, to modern apartments.

The Jenkintown school district is small in size but high in quality, making Jenkintown a community where parents can walk their children to school and know teachers as neighbors. In addition to Jenkintown Elementary School and Jenkintown Middle/High School, the Abington Friends School, Saint Basil Academy, and Wyncote Academy also serve the community.

Adults who are new to the town, or longtime residents who want to meet more neighbors, can join the Jenkintown Newcomers Club, which connects Jenkintown residents through social and civic activities.

Business & Economy

Route 611, more commonly called Old York Road, is a popular thoroughfare and attracts new business to the town. The restoration of the Hiway Theater has encouraged a growing restaurant scene that includes West Avenue Grille, a favorite of Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper, as well as Mirna’s Café and King’s Corner Public House. Jenkintown also hosts a mix of eclectic shops, including Edelman’s, a coin and stamp store, as well as This Little Gallery, which features quality handmade American crafts.

Jenkintown’s municipal government is committed to fostering a business-friendly environment. The Jenkintown Community Alliance promotes and supports the businesses of the community. For Jenkintown residents who work outside of town, the accessibility of the train lines creates a hassle-free commute to Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

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Activities & Destinations

The parks of the Jenkintown area provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities such as a community built playground, the Curtis Park Arboretum, and  Jenkintown Square, which sits one block from Old York Road and features a bandstand, plaza, and green space. Residents who enjoy wildlife can visit the George Perley Bird Sanctuary, an 8 acre protected sanctuary located on Glenside Avenue.

Jenkintown offers various festivals and events throughout the year that attract both Jenkintown residents and visitors from the surrounding area. The Jenkintown Festival of the Arts occurs in late September and showcases local visual artists, musicians, actors, and food vendors. At the end of June, runners undertake the Sunset Run, a 5K route through the tree-lined streets of the town. During the summer, Jenkintown’s Recreation Board hosts weekly concerts in the town square’s gazebo, and the fire department hosts the Fourth of July parade and celebration.

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