Newtown Square Homes for Sale
Charm, convenience, and history
Newtown Square, PA is uniquely situated in both parts of Delaware County’s Newtown Township and Chester County’s Willistown Township. Originally settled by Quakers, the area is still rich with history. During the 19th century, many saw mills and other businesses settled in the area along Crum Creek and Darby Creek. Wealthy Philadelphians began building lavish country estates in the mid-1800s, establishing Newtown Square as the perfect town for wealthy Philadelphians to live and reside.
The area still attracts many high net worth individuals and families, with an amplitude of luxury homes and estates to view and consider throughout Radnor Hunt and nearby neighborhoods. However, many will be pleased to find more affordable options, with appealing split-levels, cape cods, and rancher homes available throughout neighborhoods like Echo Valley, Florida Park, Greene Countrie, Saint Albans, and Larchmont Square. HOA communities in the area (Liseter, Runnymeade Farms, Willistown Knoll, Willistown Chase, Willistown Woods, Willistown Hunt) offer low maintenance living. Overall, the town blends old and new to form a highly desirable community where suburbs meets countryside. Home buyers in Newtown Square all enjoy convenient access to I-476, I-95, Route 3, Route 252, Route 202 and other main thoroughfares.
Marple-Newtown School District serves as public education for most of the area, with some parts of the town served by Great Valley School District and Rose Tree Media School District. The area is home to many employers, including SAP’s massive North American headquarters. Other notable employers are Sunoco, UnitedHealth Group, Main Line Health, Apple Vacations, and more.
A Millionaire's Estate Turned New Housing
One of the most notable residents of Newtown Square was John DuPont, whose Foxcatcher Farm consisted of over 800 acres along Goshen Road and Route 252. DuPont’s character is portrayed by Steve Carrell in the 2014 movie Foxcatcher. The eccentric millionaire was well known among the town of Newtown Square, where his farm served as an Olympic training facility for professional wrestlers. Local police departments were welcomed to use his shooting range for weapons training, and some officers even lived on-site in the many outbuildings. Quirky as he was, DuPont made significant financial contributions to many local organizations and charities.
It was to the surprise of many when helicopters and an army of police surrounded the Liseter compound to arrest John DuPont. Dubbed as one of the world’s wealthiest men behind bars, John DuPont was convicted of murdering lead wrestler Dave Schultz on the property in 1996. Before his death in 2010 his massive estate changed hands a number of times.
Today, part of that land consists of Episcopal Academy’s Newtown Square campus. For the most part, however, it has been developed into high-end luxury townhomes and single family homes by well-known builder Toll Brothers. They named the new home community “Liseter,” after the 1922 estate that resided on the property (Liseter Hall). While that estate was demolished to make way for new homes, the 9,000 square foot barn has been restored and preserved. It serves as on-site community clubhouse and hosts various parties, events and charitable fundraisers throughout the year.
Rich with History
Founded in 1681
Newtown Square is rich with history. Originally founded in 1681, the town has preserved many of its historic sites. The Newtown Square Historical Society is an active group that meets on a regular basis to bring together new neighbors and long-time residents alike to enjoy and discuss the town’s ancestry. With 118 entries on their historic register, there is always something new to learn!
Bartram’s Covered Bridge is a popular roadside attraction along Goshen Road and marks the border between Delaware and Chester Counties. In fact, the two counties shared the cost to build the bridge (at the time, $1,133). It was built in 1860, and at one time the words “Lincoln, Save Union and Congress” were visibly painted on the inside of the bridge.
Square Tavern is another well-known landmark in Newtown Square, located at the corner of Newtown Street Road and Goshen Road. The Hood Octogonal School is still visible within the Dunwoody Village retirement community located along West Chester Pike. Farther down the road, The Railroad Museum displays preserved passenger cars, engines, and railroad memorabilia from the original Newtown Square Freight Station.