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Old 10-10-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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Default Toll Brothers Woodland vs Ryan homes La Grange

I work in Plymouth Meeting and wife works in Wilmington. For the kind of houses we like, we wont find it in PA unless we go into the interiors and we don't want to do that.

I currently commute from Newark, so I know my commute isn't great but if we choose either it does not add much to my commute.

There is a $100,000 difference between the two, but with Toll Brothers we would be in a good school district vs Ryan at La grange.

We don't have kidns yet so have a few years before we have that come into play but good school district will also hold the value of the homes and would be hopefully easy for re-sale if that arises.

Also,Woodlands community has a pool, community center etc which La grange is missing.

Anyone have any insights as to which would be a better community.

Can you live in Newark and opt for the choice option and send kids to Middletown schools?

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Old 10-14-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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There is a $100,000 differene between the two, but with Toll Brothers we would be in a good school district vs Ryan at La grange.

We don't have kidns yet so have a few yesr before we have that come into play but good scholl district will also hold the value of the homes and would be hopefully easy for re-sale if that arises.

Also,Woodlands community has a pool, community center etc which La grange is missing.

Anyone have any insights as to which would be a better community.
I would look at how fast each community is selling. You can get an idea by looking at the sold homes in Zillow.com . My gut feeling is that the Toll Brothers houses are too expensive to sell quickly, whereas the Ryan Homes are priced moderately to sell to a larger market. I believe Toll Brothers markets a product with better finishes. I also believe that people will pay to be in a good school district. If you plan to be in the house until you have kids old enough for school, I would go with Toll Brothers. If you think you would move sooner (because of a job change), I would go with Ryan Home.

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Old 08-08-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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Hello, I'd like to ask if there are any further opinions on Toll Brothers developments since this thread was posted? We are moving from CA to DE next month, and I am having a hard time finding a home that fits us. We are in our 30's and raising small children. We are completely foreign to the area, and would like to know if these homes are in fact being built still, and also if they are in a good neighborhood with good schools? Are there empty lots? Are they going fast? We are interested in the Toll Brothers Woodlands at St Georges. What should I be aware of when looking into a new home situation like this? How long would we expect to rent somewhere until the home is complete? Has anyone else done this? Any insight would be appreciated as this is a sudden move for us. We should be there in about a month. Thank you.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:41 AM
 
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Also, why do new construction homes seem to good to be true? Should I just assume we should add on and extra 100K to the advertised price for upgrades? I don't want a stock kitchen, I want a pretty gourmet kitchen as shown in the model photos. I want to pick my flooring and cabinets if possible. Again, I would love to hear from anyone who has been down this road and could give me some pointers/warnings. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:36 PM
 
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I live in the Toll Brothers development you are talking about and love it. It is a wonderful community. There are still some empty lots I know. They do sometimes have brand new homes for sale, I am not sure if there are any like that right now or not. I lived in an apartment for about 9 months while my home was being built. I will be happy to help answer any questions you may have. My last home was new construction, as is this one of course. My first house was 30 years old, and I had to spend so much money replacing and fixing things. A brand new home has few to no problems, plus any problems that do come up are under warranty for a year, and there is a 10 year structural warranty. The clubhouse and pool is definitely a plus, and there are over 200 acres of woods I believe, which is really nice. I would say you can upgrade as much as you want. I did a bunch of upgrades, and love everything I did. The kitchen is one thing I upgraded as well. They have a gourmet kitchen option, and you can select your cabinets, everything to the knobs, etc. I would be happy to help give you advice.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Hi DE2009, Thank you very much for the info. 9 months seems like a fair time to wait. Glad everything went smoothly for you. I will check back here in a couple weeks after we get in town.

Can anyone tell me how this TollBrothers Bear area is different than Middletown? I am interested in new construction, however school districts are important to us too. It would be great if we could find new construction in a good school district that rates 8, 9, 10, at least for elementary/middle school. I do understand I may have to pay for private high school in DE.

Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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That area is in the Colonial school district, which doesn't rate as highly as the Appoquinimink school district. There are areas north of the canal that are in Appo -- parts of the Newark/Bear area -- where the feeder pattern schools score in the 8-10 range.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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For me, Middletown is too far away from Wilmington, etc. Bear is close to a lot of things. We are very close to the largest mall in Delaware, Christiana, closer to Wilmington, etc. Even if it's just 15 minutes each way (could be more depending on traffic), that is 30 minutes per day for commute that I don't want to spend in a car. Also, Middletown is a little more in the boonies to me. This location in Bear is great in relation to getting to restaurants, shopping, the University of Delaware area, etc.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:11 AM
 
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Newark, DE
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For me, Middletown is too far away from Wilmington, etc. Bear is close to a lot of things. We are very close to the largest mall in Delaware, Christiana, closer to Wilmington, etc. Even if it's just 15 minutes each way (could be more depending on traffic), that is 30 minutes per day for commute that I don't want to spend in a car. Also, Middletown is a little more in the boonies to me. This location in Bear is great in relation to getting to restaurants, shopping, the University of Delaware area, etc.
Which is why I love the best-of-both-worlds thing we have going on with the part of Appo north of the canal.
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