Newtown Borough municipal offices are located at 23 North State Street, Newtown PA 18940; phone: 215-968-2109.
After William Penn had out Philadelphia, his "great town," in 1682, he traveled north through a vast tract of land he had purchased from the local Indians. Some 28 miles northeast of Philadelphia, in the middle of trees that bordered a creek flowing to the Delaware River, he allegedly announced "This is where I propose to build my 'new town.'" No documentation supports this tale but, two years later in 1684, William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, devised a plan for a new settlement initially called New Township. Straddling what is now called Newtown Creek, the site included 640 acres. In time, the name was shortened to Newtown. [www.boroughofnewtown.com]
The Borough contains approximately 800 single- and multi-family residential properties.
Pre-World War II
A number of surviving 18th century homes are found along Court, Penn and State Streets. Nearly 200 properties were built in the 19th century, the majority of which are found along Center Avenue, Chancellor Street, Congress Street, Court Street, Liberty Street, Lincoln Avenue, Penn Street, State Street and Washington Avenue.
Nearly half of the Borough residential properties were built pre-World War II.
About 20% of the homes were built between the turn of the 20th century (1900) and the Great Depression (1930).
Late-20th to Early-1st Century
1985 saw the development of 4 upscale, brick townhomes on Barclay Court.
In the mid 1990s an extension to Jefferson Street (named Jefferson Court) was developed with 6 upscale detached single family residences.
A Toll Brothers infill subdivision of 45 townhomes (Newtown Station) was built beginning in 2006. Also, an infill subdivision of 14 townhomes was built on Dunham Lane (across from Barclay Court) about the same time.