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Welcome To

West Chester

Located within the Philadelphia metropolitan area, West Chester is visually downright charming.

Welcome to West Chester

A picturesque, historic community with a magnificent food scene.
Located within the Philadelphia metropolitan area, West Chester is visually downright charming. From its downtown historic district to its green spaces and parks, this borough really belongs in postcards. West Chester is also rich in American history. Notably, it houses the famed Federal-style Lincoln Building where Abraham Lincoln wrote his biography, which was essential to kick-start his political career.
There is a variety of real estate properties for everyone at West Chester including condos, townhomes, single-family homes, and luxury listings. Architecture styles include modern as well as more medieval and Federal-style properties.

What to Love

  • Amazing collection of restaurants
  • Great historical significance
  • Stroud Preserve

People & Lifestyle

With West Chester University, this borough is the definition of a college town, and the majority of residents are young adult college students. Locals enjoy a marvelous food scene at West Chester, which features restaurants of all cuisines from fine dining to more casual spots to go during your lunch break. They also thrive living and commuting in the mix of small town with a little bit of big-city feel.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Downtown West Chester has it all, and then some, with over 83 shops and 59 restaurants. Local-favorite shops include Baldwin’s Book Barn and lifestyle boutique Pine + Quill.
Right at the center of West Chester, you’ll find a cluster of incredible restaurants, many with outdoor seating to enjoy the charming street views. If you’re in the mood for classic Italian, there’s no better place than Limoncello Ristorante. Through their food, including Sicilian family recipes, this restaurant will give you a taste of the good Italian life. In the search for a good steak? Pietro’s Prime is a chic restaurant with a warm atmosphere. Their upscale menu has premier meat and seafood dishes, and there’s live music entertainment three times a week – the best way to enjoy a tasty meal. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is known for their fresh, local craft beer – they’re the most award-winning brewery east of the Mississippi. They also have a lengthy, diverse food menu with everything from tacos, pizza, burgers, salads, sandwiches, sea food, and more. West Chester has too many amazing restaurants to mention them all, but other honorable mentions include Opa Taverna with tasty authentic Greek cuisine and Split Rail Tavern.

Things to Do

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is the place for entertainment of all kinds at West Chester. There are always productions and events you can buy tickets for, from Broadway-style theater, opera, jazz, comedy, live music, to film showings and renowned speakers. Additionally, the center offers award-winning performing arts education classes and workshops for youth and adults. For more fine arts at West Chester, catch a ballet or contemporary performance at the Brandywine Ballet.
Locals love attending the annual Chester County Restaurant/Food Truck Festival to celebrate and enjoy the community’s great restaurants and vendors. There are also several other events throughout the year, like Movies in the Park. For a fine country club experience with incredible amenities and a great golf course, visit the West Chester Golf & Country Club.
West Chester will teach you all about its history with their various museums and historical attractions. You can’t miss booking a ticket to board the West Chester Railroad, one of the oldest in America, for a 90-minute train excursion through the breathtaking Chester Creek Valley.
Right in the middle of Downtown West Chester is the Chester County History Center, where you can learn all about the history of Chester County by navigating their permanent and rotating exhibits. Book a tour at the William Brinton 1704 House Museum, a restored Quaker home and one of the oldest and best restored houses in the country to appreciate its medieval English architectural style. Also worth a visit is the WCU Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology and the family-favorite American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center.
In terms of parks, the Stroud Preserve is a must, where you’ll enjoy a stunning sea of farmlands, grasslands, and woodlands. It’s a place where you’ll truly appreciate nature’s beauty, whether you’re hiking their different trails, kayaking, canoeing, or hunting. This green 571-acre oasis also hosts a variety of events, including volunteer opportunities. You won’t want to miss Field Jam, an evening of lively music, good beer, and tasty food. Other great parks at West Chester include Everhart Park, Marshall Square Park, Sandy Hollow Heritage Park, and Hoopes Park.


West Chester is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

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