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Downingtown, PA

Mars Creek at Sunrise


History and idyllic countryside living in one borough. Tucked away at the heart of Chester County, PA lies a borough surrounded by lush woodlands and meadows. This is Downingtown, a picturesque area covering 2.19 square miles with a population of almost 7,900, as of the latest U.S. Census data.

The surrounding woodlands of Downingtown are instrumental to the said borough’s history and growth from frontier land to the quaint but dynamic residential and commercial hub that it is today. Remote as it may seem, it will only take anywhere from around 45 minutes to a little more than an hour to travel from here to Philadelphia. It’s no wonder that this is a preferred suburb for those who seek the tranquility of the countryside at the end of a workday in contrast to the harried lifestyle of the city.


Much of Pennsylvania has figured strongly in our country’s history, and Downingtown does not fall behind. Old-timers would reminisce about the mills that used to dot the area – the last ones you would see if you headed out westward to the unsettled lands of frontier-era Pennsylvania.

Here are more highlights in this borough’s history:

18th century: Europeans settled in this area and mills thrived on the banks of the East Branch Brandywine Creek, thus, the original name, Milltown.

American Revolution: The town became a storage area for soldiers’ food provisions. The Downing family also developed a series of mills here, essentially turning their property into an industrial complex. Being the most prominent family in the area, their town was renamed Downing’s Town.

1812: This community’s name was renamed again from Downing’s Town to its present-day name, Downingtown.

1859: The Downingtown borough was officially incorporated.

19th and 20th centuries: The stagecoach service line from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh that passed through Downingtown led to more prosperity in the area. More so when transportation was upgraded from stagecoaches to trains and railroads. The population rose, as well as the number of investments poured into the local economy.

Real estate for sale in Downingtown

If you want to wake up to the sweet and musky scent of nature and the chirping of birds, then living in Downingtown will be great for both your body and spirit. It’s almost Disney movie-perfect, you might just break into song every morning.

This borough has a good number of single-family homes for sale that are perfect for anyone looking to expand their family. These lovely homes mostly come in two floors with 3 to 5 bathrooms and bedrooms. There are also several newly-constructed multi-family homes available here that can present commercial possibilities. But whatever abode you choose here, you will be glad to know that most of these have spacious interiors and sprawling yards.

The architectural style here is predominantly colonial, owing to the area’s strong historical influence. There are also some modern-style homes interspersed with these grand architectural beauties.

Living in Downingtown

Cars and Traffic Light with Stop Signal

Cost of living

The cost of living in such an idyllic place like Downingtown may be a bit higher than the national index but the rewards are also great. You get so many modern conveniences within the area, plus instant access to beautiful parks and sprawling golf courses in and around the town’s perimeter.

Transportation is also not a problem when traveling from Downingtown to other key cities within the area. Residents can take SEPTA Regional Rails’ and Amtrak’s trains or hop on the buses under the SEPTA bus system that serves Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Parks and recreation

River with Trees

Downingtown sets itself apart from many other suburban areas because it literally has the Great Outdoors just outside your doorstep. Within the borough itself, you’ll find Kardon Park, Johnsontown Park, and Kerr Park where you can relax and go on a picnic with the family. Farther off, you’ll find the Struble Trail, Dowlin Forge Park, and Lloyd Park if you’re up for more adventure and nature-tripping.

Meanwhile, the Downingtown Country Club is found in the eastern border of town. This par-72 golf course has been around since the 1960s and was designed by George Fazio. It boasts of rolling fairways, challenging bunkers, and even has amenities like a restaurant and bar, a shop, a practice area, and a putting green.

Food and drinks

If you’re thirsting for locally-made craft beer, then take your pick from the wide assortment of brews from the East Branch Brewing Company. They will deliver your beer choices so you can stay protected at home. San Marco Pasta meanwhile will serve you authentic Italian cuisine whipped up by Chef Armando Garay. Then for omelets, extra-large pancakes, “The Bruno Burrito,” and many other gustatory treats, head over to or order online from Green Street Grill, a popular local diner.

Make that move to Downingtown

We at RE/MAX Direct can help you in looking for houses for sale in Downingtown, PA! We have an award-winning team of real estate agents ready to assist at any time. Get in touch with us today at 610.430.8100 or via email at remaxdirectwc(at)gmail(dotted)com so we can get you started on your real estate journey.

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