Bala Cynwyd

Tasteful, community-oriented neighborhood

Bala Cynwyd is a community in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located on the Philadelphia Main Line in Southeastern Pennsylvania and borders the western edge of Philadelphia at U.S. Route 1 (City Avenue). The present-day community was originally two separate towns, Bala and Cynwyd, but was united as a singular community largely because the U.S. Post Office, the Bala Cynwyd branch, served both towns using ZIP Code 19004. The community was long known as hyphenated Bala-Cynwyd. Bala and Cynwyd are currently served by separate stations on SEPTA’s Cynwyd Line of Regional Rail.

The oldest commercial district and the original center of Bala Cynwyd straddles the bridge over the old Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, originally belonging to the Columbia Railroad and now part of SEPTA’s Cynwyd Line, along Montgomery Avenue at Bala Avenue. This district, long on the National Register of Historic Places, was settled shortly after William Penn’s landing in Pennsylvania in 1682 and contains the village’s oldest commercial buildings, some dating to the earliest years of the 19th century. Bala Avenue itself is an extension of this original town center and comprises a specialized commercial district of its own more than a century old; it has long been known for its children’s clothing stores, women’s dress and consignment shops, the Bala Theater and a number of small restaurants. The remainder of Bala Cynwyd’s original commercial district extends south along Montgomery Avenue as part of the Bala Cynwyd-Merion Commercial District and is coextensive with the commercial center of Merion, with its popular delicatessens and restaurants.


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5 Belmont Hills Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
5 Cynwyd School Kindergarten - 4th Grade Public
5 Bala-Cynwyd Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A French International School Of Philadelphia Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Bala Cynwyd School For Young Children Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A The Bala House Montessori Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Childrens School At St Johns Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A I S Kosloff Torah Academy High School For Girls 9th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Mesivta High School Of Greater Philadelphia 9th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Goddard School New Life Learning Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
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