The Radnor Hunt area is home to some of the most amazing country homes and estates. The area offers an unparalleled connection with nature, and just driving through the Willistown roads provides sweeping views of the countryside. Combined with favorable property taxes, it’s no wonder many of Philadelphia’s elite choose to take residence in this area.
At the heart of this area is the Radnor Hunt Club itself. Originally founded in 1883, the club is the oldest foxhunt club in the United States. They moved to their current location in the 1930s, and quickly attracted members and visitors alike to their 100+ acres of “rolling, pastoral countryside.” The goal is never to harm the fox, but to simply enjoy the chase. Men and women on horseback join the hounds as they follow the scent of a fox throughout the 6,000+ acres of open space in Willistown. The club still maintains an active following of horse lovers, but also encourages social members to enjoy the bar, restaurant, and tennis courts.
Radnor Hunt is also enjoyed by many outside visitors throughout the year. The Radnor Hunt Races is an exciting steeplechase event, and all benefits go to open space programs of the Brandywine Conservancy. There is also the Concours d’Elegance, which is a car show featuring historic, classic, sports and performance cars. The Bryn Mawr Hound Show in June is the oldest outdoor hound show in America. In addition to these events, Radnor Hunt hosts weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, bar and mat mitzvahs, birthdays and corporate events throughout the year.
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Rooted in Agriculture
What makes the Radnor Hunt area so unique? For starters, it is one of the few areas left in suburban Philadelphia that has maintained much of its rural and agricultural roots. There are still many large farms and estates scattered throughout the Radnor Hunt landscape, with endless trails and nature preserves. Accordingly, Radnor Hunt real estate can be scarce in inventory. Often times, homes are passed down generation to generation. Though there are not many starter homes in the area, many families create their “forever homes” and stay long lengths of time.
Because of the rural beginnings, many Radnor Hunt homes tend to be farmhouse in style. Chester County is a rocky terrain, and many original Radnor Hunt homes have a fieldstone exterior. Barns are a common accessory to larger properties, which gives the board and batten style a new life on home exteriors as well.
Radnor Hunt homes will appeal to nature lovers that appreciate convenient access to Philadelphia and other suburban towns, but want to step away from the hustle and bustle. Willistown Conservation Trust and Brandywine Conservancy own large land parcels that are open to the public. They also maintain conservation easements and trail easements that help to connect the many equestrian and pedestrian trails together throughout the area. WCT’s website states, “You probably never thought of your property as a wildlife preserve.” Indeed, many Radnor Hunt area homeowners would now see their property as an integrated piece of nature. Willistown Township’s many parks and preserves also serve to connect the community with nature.
Where is Radnor Hunt?
Radnor Hunt is not a town name, or a post office, or even a specific zip code. Willistown Township is most closely associated with Radnor Hunt real estate. This means that “Radnor Hunt” area homes fall within Malvern, Newtown Square, and Berwyn. Radnor Hunt homes are served by Great Valley School District.
One cool fact about the Radnor Hunt area? Pilots flying into Philadelphia Airport can easily identify the area at night, because of the lack of light pollution. This makes the area a terrific place to stargaze.