Media Borough Community Guide Get to know Media Borough
Lovingly referred to as “Everybody’s Hometown”, Media is a thriving suburban town with a distinct “main street” feel. Located 12 miles west of Philadelphia as the crow flies and conveniently in the middle of Delaware county (hence the name Media), true accessibility and connectedness surrounds the town. From convenient walkability on foot to easy highway and public transit access, both through SEPTA regional rail and trolley lines, this storybook town is the place to live! What is business hustle-and-bustle during the daytime quickly turns to lively strolls down State street for coffee, drinks and dinner with friends and family.
Media Borough is the County Seat of Delaware County and was incorporated in 1850 when the court records were moved from Chester. Due to this, a large portion of the town commerce is centered around professional services servicing the courts. As you stroll down Front street from West to East, you will encounter the county Bar association, the historic and ornate Media courthouse building, and scores of law and legal services offices.
Media has a lively parks and recreation scene, with several large nature parks including 2600+ acre Ridley Creek State Park and 120 acre Rose Tree Park just a few miles from the heart of town and the serene Glen Providence Park within walking distance of downtown. There are also several smaller parks including Houtman Park, Barrall Field and the soon to be constructed pocket park at 5th and Broomall streets.
Dining Under the Stars
Known for its open street festivals and boutique restaurants and shops, Media has something for everyone.
“Reminiscent of the open-air cafes on Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées and in the piazzas of Rome & Venice, al fresco dining is enjoyed in Media all summer long. Every Wednesday evening, May through September, the Dining Under the Stars™ event closes State Street from Jackson to Orange. We invite you to Stroll, Shop, Dine!” – Visit Media PA
Celebrations and Nightlife
Nearly every major holiday than can be celebrated with a parade…IS celebrated with a parade, from Memorial day, to Halloween, to Veterans day. Additionally throughout the year, many festivals and events including the State Street Blues Stroll, the Media 5 Miler race, the Downtown car Show, the Food and Crafts Festival, the Santa Parade and Fun Run, and the New Year’s Eve Community Celebration and Ball Drop fill the calendar with excitement and community togetherness.
Dining and nightlife thrive here, with some fantastic bars, pubs, breweries and restaurants lining State street and its surrounding cross streets. Some of our favorites include, Brick and Brew, Sterling Pig Brewing, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and Sligo to name a few. The arts, music and theatre scene in and around town is also unrivaled in the county. The Media Theatre, located at Monroe and State street across from Media Elementary, offers many musical theatre shows and events. The theater was originally built in 1927 and underwent a major restoration in 1993 at the hand of Media Real Estate owner Walter Strine Sr. The theater currently boasts five musicals per year with the Broadway series, and many other performances throughout the year.
Schools and education
Rose Tree Media School district is highly rated and sought out by many. With an average GreatSchools ranking of 8/10, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing a district for your school aged children. The district is served by four Elementary schools (Media, Rose Tree, Glenwood and Indian Lane – grades K-5), one middle school (Springton Lake- grades 6-8), and one high school (Penncrest- grades 9-12). Nearby, Delaware County Community College’s Marple campus offers post-secondary education and career training.
The real estate market in Media can be described in one word…HOT! Due to its desirability, homes in Media consistently sell for the highest price per square ft and consistently low Days on Market (DOM) when compared to other Delaware county communities. Current year (2019) Median Sale price for Media Borough is $342,000, while the greater Media zip code 19063 boasts a $391,000 Median Sale Price. The median home age is 54 years old, a clear indicator of the history of the town. Builders and Developers constantly have their sites on Media as a hotbed for activity, with new communities popping up every year, including The Reserve at Rose Tree (Lennar), Ravenscliffe (Toll Brothers), West End Flats (luxury apartments), West End Walk (luxury townhomes). Existing construction homes are diverse in style and design, however a large portion of the homes are masonry constructed, often with stucco or stone exteriors.
From festivals, to nightlife to schools, to art and humanities, there is something for everyone whether you live, work or play in Media. Media is home for two of our team’s agents – John Knisely and Tim Moore.