This census designated place (CDP) takes its cool name from an 18th century local tavern named after King Frederick the Great of Prussia. Locals often refer to this unincorporated city as KOP. Located in Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County the population is approximately 22,000. Similar to many parts of our country’s northeast – this area is rich with history relating back to George Washington visiting the tavern on Thanksgiving Day 1777 and nearby Valley Forge where Washington’s troops encamped during the American Revolutionary War (more on this later). This King of Prussia Real Estate Guide encourages you to read more on specifics and history in the Wikipedia write-up.
A strong economy and loads of development for both King of Prussia and Montgomery County. KOP is considered an “edge city” to Philadelphia – this means it sits at the fringe of Philadelphia and acts as a business and retail and entertainment hub outside the traditional downtown. Business and job growth continue to expand in the area.
One of the largest draws to King of Prussia is the King of Prussia Mall. It is the third largest mall in America with over 450 stores, 8 anchor stores, and stores ranging from budget to luxury. All day will not suffice if you are a shopper!
King of Prussia sits at the convergence of four highways (interstate 76, interstate 276, route 202, and route 422). Ease of transportation is a significant driver and catalyst for economic development. Also, KOP has a transit system (bus) for easy commute to downtown Philadelphia – which is approximately 20 miles. Talk of a rail transit is making waves. Your King of Prussia Real Estate Guide appreciates the infrastructure available in the area – most folks own a car and navigate the roads quite easily (probably with help from Siri!).
Oh, and you are only 28 miles to the Philadelphia airport … the big world awaits!
Your King of Prussia Real Estate Guide will help you navigate a few “must do” places in the area. Whatever your interest – nature, history, shopping, sports, architecture, etc. – we can find “the things” that deserve your attention!
For beachgoers, you are just a couple of hours from the Jersey Shore. For museums and professional sports – Philly has an abundance of both. This King of Prussia Real Estate Guide favors The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Independence Hall; and The Rodin Museum … but there are likely 100+ museums for you to acquaint with. As for sports teams, what is your fancy? Soccer, basketball, football, baseball, lacrosse, hockey … and more! You can certainly get your sports hat collection going with collegiate teams as well.
In terms of big city living, King of Prussia does better than most with a cost of living approximately 1.2 times the national average. The biggest driver is housing costs with a median home price around $430,000. There are plenty of 3 and 4-bedroom split level homes with large yards in the area, but recent development has seen more luxury townhomes and condos as well as new construction single family dwellings. Of course, large historic homes abound and just about any type you are looking for your King of Prussia Real Estate Guide will be at the ready! Some wonderful neighborhoods to start looking: Lowell Hills; Dartmouth Hills; Brandywine Village; and Abrahams. Once you start walking and driving through neighborhoods you will understand – there is a community feel here!
KOP is included in the Upper Merion Area School District with a mission statement “to inspire excellence in every student, every day”. Various private schools are also available both in King of Prussia and neighboring areas. Once K-12 has been accomplished the number of higher learning opportunities available within 100 miles is daunting! Community colleges, trade specific options, and universities/colleges of all sizes.
Festivals, events, concerts, and more are ever present in the area. Seriously, you just need to decide!
With the King of Prussia Mall comes nearly every restaurant you can think of from Capital Grille to Seasons 52 to Morton’s Steakhouse and more. You will find many local pubs and diners as well – it is up to you to find the best Philly Cheesesteak in your neighborhood – kind of a right of passage!
In your King of Prussia Real Estate Guide, there are some pretty cool cooking classes in the area if you wish to hone your culinary skills.
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