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Old 09-14-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Ethiopia
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Hi guys,

I am a foreigner who is an IT Professional lives in Iowa state. Since I got a new job I have to relocate either to Malvern,PA or Charlotte,NC. And I have to make a quick decision.

Here are the criteria I have in mind. I wanted to have a good life with friends and make new neighbors. I also wanted to save some cash. I grown up in a city-like area, so I enjoy it the most. I would also prefer to live in apartment (if it is no more than $700/month) rather than with room mate. I love silence and low crime rate.

Based on my criteria and living expense in those two areas which one do you recommend me? In case if you know only one of the places, please let me know your experience.

Thank you guys.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Hi guys,

I am a foreigner who is an IT Professional lives in Iowa state. Since I got a new job I have to relocate either to Malvern,PA or Charlotte,NC. And I have to make a quick decision.

Here are the criteria I have in mind. I wanted to have a good life with friends and make new neighbors. I also wanted to save some cash. I grown up in a city-like area, so I enjoy it the most. I would also prefer to live in apartment (if it is no more than $700/month) rather than with room mate. I love silence and low crime rate.

Based on my criteria and living expense in those two areas which one do you recommend me? In case if you know only one of the places, please let me know your experience.

Thank you guys.
Malvern is a very nice area near Philadelphia. Is the Charlotte location in Charlotte or outside of the city?
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Just curious is your new job at Vanguard? That's the first company that comes to mind that I know of that has offices in Malvern and Charlotte.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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I don't know anything about Malvern, but if it's close to Philadelphia, I would say move there. You'll have access to all of the places on the east coast that foreign visitors typically want to see - NYC, Washington DC, Boston, etc.

Here's a crime rate comparison for you as well: Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed

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Old 09-15-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: livin' the good life
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Malvern is on the Main Line. Very old, historic area, considered nice community. Malvern is a good hour west of Center City. I lived in Philly in the 80s and I would think the COL is quite a bit higher than Charlotte.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Malvern is on the Main Line. Very old, historic area, considered nice community. Malvern is a good hour west of Center City. I lived in Philly in the 80s and I would think the COL is quite a bit higher than Charlotte.
True, Malvern is on the Main Line, but is not far from West Chester, which has the college & is slightly out of the loop for the usual commuters into Center City from the Main Line.

If this is, in fact, Vanguard, the Malvern location puts him on the Main Line, but in a high-tech corridor, along 202. The Charlotte location puts him in SW Charlotte, just south of the airport.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Hi guys,
I would also prefer to live in apartment (if it is no more than $700/month) rather than with room mate. I love silence and low crime rate.
I doubt that you could find a 1-BR apartment in Malvern for $700. You might find one in Charlotte. Although I like the Philadelphia area, I would research those costs before making a decision.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Here's the best analysis that I can give you. Dealing 1st with your price, it's unlikely to get a rental in Malvern for $700. You might want to look down 202 at West Chester, which is a lovely old town in a rolling countryside. It is not urban, but neighboring West Goshen has built up & is fairly suburban. Continuing down 202 you would cross the state line into Delaware. You could look at or near Talleyville, DE, which is on the outskirts of Wilmington, DE. Going west from Malvern on Rt 30 gets you to Exton, which I don't think will give you what you want, on any level. Northeast gets you to Valley Forge which just is not likely to get you what you want, on any level. Your other option is to possibly get a small one bedroom in a neighborhood adjacent to Center City, in Philadelphia itself. It's unlikely, but possible. That would mean taking SEPTA regional rail to Malvern & hoping that the job is walkable from the station. SEPTA | Regional Rail Schedules

My suggestion is this. Post on the Philadelphia board & ask if $700 is feasible in Queen Village or near the art museum. In a separate post on that board ask if $700 is feasible in or near West Chester. Then go to the Delaware board & ask about the feasibility of $700 in or near Talleyville.

People here can give you good, detailed information concerning the Charlotte location, but you need to ask questions on the other boards to get the detail that you need to make the best decision for you.
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Weddington, NC
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For what it's worth, I grew up on the Main Line and know Malvern very well. I still get back there every so often. I have lived in Charlotte for six years with other cities/states in between.

The main dependency in your question is what you mean by "city-like". Malvern is basically a suburb, but there are certain areas within Malvern which are actually a bit more on the urban side, and potentially some areas nearby will have an urban feel as well. Still, you won't be in a truly urban environment, so it goes back to what exactly you mean by "city-like".

As for Charlotte, I have many reasons why I live here as opposed to where I grew up - I'm happy to share thoughts with you if you'd like to DM me.

In any case, best of luck with your decision!
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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For what it's worth, I grew up on the Main Line and know Malvern very well. I still get back there every so often. I have lived in Charlotte for six years with other cities/states in between.

The main dependency in your question is what you mean by "city-like". Malvern is basically a suburb, but there are certain areas within Malvern which are actually a bit more on the urban side, and potentially some areas nearby will have an urban feel as well. Still, you won't be in a truly urban environment, so it goes back to what exactly you mean by "city-like".

As for Charlotte, I have many reasons why I live here as opposed to where I grew up - I'm happy to share thoughts with you if you'd like to DM me.

In any case, best of luck with your decision!
I've never had a good enough reaon to go to Paoli, but worked with guys who passed comments about it. Would that be one of the areas that you are speaking of?

Something tells me that this isn't the only time that we'll need to discuss the 2 areas. I'd like to get it as right as possible.
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