Villanova is a mainly residential neighborhood with Villanova University at its heart.

Welcome to Villanova

A high-end suburb in the heart of the historic Main Line.

Villanova is a mainly residential neighborhood with Villanova University at its heart. It’s full of lush green spaces, small shops, and high-end homes. It’s also known for having an incredible school system and easy transportation into the city center. Tree-lined streets wind through the neighborhood and are lined with homes, parks, and quaint restaurants.

Villanova was settled by Quakers in the 19th century and, along with the other Main Line communities, began to flourish with the traffic that came from the train. It was full of country estates for wealthy Philadelphia residents, and some of those estates were converted to institutional use for Villanova University.

It has always had large estate-style residences, and those who live in Villanova continue to enjoy the privacy of large homes and spacious lots. Stone houses and French Colonial are just a few of the styles you’ll find in the luxurious homes here.

What to Love

  • Take advantage of great schools
  • Wander the gorgeous outdoor trails
  • Access the culture and history of Villanova University

Local Lifestyle

Villanova is a peaceful neighborhood with a handful of small shops and restaurants. Many homes are within easy walking distance of the train station. Though most professionals commute into the city, there are several large employers close at hand, including Villanova University. Because of the university, the neighborhood feels young and vibrant even though it’s mainly residential.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Villanova’s residential areas are free from shops and restaurants, and locals like it that way. It’s easy to visit one of the surrounding neighborhoods like Bryn Mawr or Gulph Mills for shopping and dining needs.

Savona is where casual sophistication and fine dining meet. In a historic home perched on a hilltop, Savona creates an unforgettably delicious dining experience. At LaScala’s Fire, wood-fired Italian American cuisine gets a modern twist. Come for lunch, dinner, or drinks and experience the large, mouth-watering portions that have cemented their place as a Philly favorite.

Just below Villanova, Rosemont Square is full of shops and services like Barre3 and Mom’s Organic Market. Bryn Mawr also has several conveniently located shopping centers for Villanova residents.

Things to Do

History, beauty, and peace saturate the activities of Villanova. This quiet neighborhood is perfect for active residents who enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

The historic grounds of Appleford Estate sprawl over 24 bucolic acres. At its heart is a handsome fieldstone estate that dates back almost 300 years. Appleford is a bird sanctuary and an arboretum, and it’s the perfect place for a visit or for an event.
The centerpiece of the neighborhood is Villanova University. With its beautiful grounds, lectures and events, it's a wonderful place to be even if you aren’t a student there.

Radnor Trail is a 2.4-mile paved trail that runs along what was once part of the P&W railroad. It has multiple entrances along its length and is perfect for running, cycling, strollers, and rollerblading. Radnor Valley Country Club is a perfect club for active families and has plenty to do for all ages. Overbrook Golf Club has been serving its members since 1900, and it continues to provide incredible amenities and a top-notch golf course.


Villanova is served by a handful of incredible private institutions as well as the public schools in the surrounding Lower Merion School District.

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