A desirable mix of Victorian charm and modern amenities makes Malvern, Pennsylvania, an ideal Classic Town. The borough’s 1889 farming roots are evident everywhere, from its devotion to outdoor parks and conserved land, to its historically significant sites. The Pennsylvania Railroad has always played an important role in the history of Malvern; it grew this tiny borough from a stop between towns, to a large transit hub. With the continued expansion of the rail system, more people and businesses relocated to the town, transforming it into a central shopping destination on the Main Line. Through the years Malvern has maintained its historic appeal while also developing into a stylish and contemporary suburban community, making it the perfect place for a wide variety of people to call “home sweet home.”
Significant revitalization successes and that small-town atmosphere attract both young professionals looking for a contemporary feel and families in search of their forever home. Whether it’s shopping small businesses on King Street or taking a trip to Burke Park, there is something for everyone to do in this Classic Town.
Malvern’s suburban backdrop paints a fitting picture for the historical houses in this borough. About one-third of the housing stock is historic, and predates the 1940s. But, whether you’re looking for new or historic construction, Malvern offers a diverse selection of homes. From pre-revolutionary to modern, you can find a variety of building types in town.
Monument Avenue, King Street, and Olde Towne are the three main areas in Malvern. Monument Avenue is known for its vintage 19th- and 20th-century houses. The quaint homes and quiet streets create the perfect neighborhood for families. The local shops and restaurants lining King Street make this area appealing to any young couple looking for a mix of convenience and community. Buyers can travel to Olde Towne for a diverse range of housing at affordable prices. The borough’s authentic charm is represented flawlessly through Olde Towne’s strong sense of community, beautiful landscape, and classic homes.
The recent addition of the East Side Flats apartments has also attracted new residents to the area. The complex is located conveniently downtown and offers modern luxuries as well as top shelf amenities. Revitalization efforts like the Flats pique the interest of prospective residents, while recreational biking trails, the Great Valley School District, and popular parks have always served residents well.
Although Malvern originally flourished from its farming and agriculture economy, it was the expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad that turned this Classic Town into what we know it as today. In 1832, West Chester Railroad completed their new line traveling between West Chester and what is now Malvern, proving to be instrumental in the town’s growth. With the success of the rail system, the economy soon depended on the increasing traffic in and out of the town. While the train continues to play an important role in the economy today, the community now also relies on its thriving small businesses.
The conveniently located Malvern train station is home to the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale commuter rail line and Amtrak service. This station maintains its role as a major commuter rail line and continually attracts locals looking to move out of the city for a shorter commute. The SEPTA bus route #92 also runs through Malvern, which provides service between West Chester and King of Prussia.
Whether you’re in search of exciting outdoor recreation or engaging indoor activities, Malvern offers an extensive range of attractions. If it’s arts and education, leisure, or food and shopping, the town accommodates everyone. Local restaurants, parks, and planned community events are also great ways to experience Malvern.
Malvern hosts many arts and education events. The Malvern Public Library holds weekly events ranging from children’s story time to adult coloring nights. Residents of all ages can enjoy their time here, as the library has more than 41,000 book offerings. Autumn is a great time for the town with the Fall Festival of the Arts and the Saturday Farmers Market. During the holidays you can visit a Malvern Victorian Christmas or come by in the spring for the Malvern Blooms home and garden show in May. The town is also home to the popular People’s Light Theatre, where guests are treated to monthly new plays and projects that entertain, inspire, and engage.
Malvern is also recognized for its parks, such as The Paoli Memorial Grounds and Park, which holds the Malvern Fire Company Summer Fair. The grounds are also the final stop on the Upper Main Line Memorial Association’s Memorial Day Parade, noted to be the oldest in the country. Burke Park and Randolph Woods, a 48-acre public space, also host a variety of outdoor events like the Malvern Harvest Oktoberfest. The Malvern borough also sponsors local events like concerts, ice cream socials, and movie nights, usually found at the gazebo in Burke Park.
For great shopping and dining, look no further than downtown Malvern. Stop by Flying Pig, Cafe Craze, Julie Anne’s Place, Christopher’s a Neighborhood Place, or Malvern Buttery for local bites that won’t disappoint. Casual Italian eateries like Malvern Pizza and Anthony’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant are some of the town’s authentic favorites. If it’s retail therapy you’re in need of, take a trip to The Blue Octagon, Posh Collections, and Nota Bene Boutique.