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Old 08-24-2016, 02:17 PM
 
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Buffalo may be another option. Here is an area near a rail stop and has single family homes: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9413...7i13312!8i6656 The rail stop is a couple of blocks away here: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9394...7i13312!8i6656


Here is another rail stop: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9274...7i13312!8i6656 Near this neighborhood: The Hamlin Park Neighborhood: A Strong Community and One You Should be Seriously Considering – Buffalo Rising


https://www.facebook.com/HamlinParkHD/ Hamlin Park has an interesting history: Buffalo's Historic Neighborhoods: Hamlin Park


Canisius College is in the neighborhood as well. https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9244...7i13312!8i6656


Here is a street view of the University rail stop near the University of Buffalo's South Campus: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9541...!7i3328!8i1664


This area is just across Main Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9560...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9547...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9541...7i13312!8i6656


This is the Utica Station stop: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9115...7i13312!8i6656


This area is a couple of blocks away: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9123...7i13312!8i6656

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Old 08-24-2016, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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"Ideally, we'd like to find a house that has a yard and is close to a mass transit stop"--these are not exactly mutually exclusive, but the best mass transit is typically found in high-density locations, meaning lot sizes tend to be smaller and yards are a premium.

If you really want to be in the most affordable cities in the north with the best mass transit, I'd recommend Chicago or Philadelphia. If mass transit is the most important thing, then skip the yard and use the park systems in these cities, which are both very good and very extensive.
Yard is equally important, for my wife's gardening. I just took another look at real estate in Chicago, and unfortunately there just aren't any with a yard of any size. So Chicago's out.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:24 PM
 
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Ok, that helps a lot, thanks. I didn't find many, but really liked this one.
That neighborhood had decent bus access to downtown
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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That neighborhood had decent bus access to downtown
Ok, so I'll keep Pittsburgh in the list of possibilities.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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Buffalo may be another option.
Hadn't even thought of Buffalo, thanks. Yes, I see quite a few homes that would work. How does Buffalo's mass transit compare with cities like Minneapolis and Pittsburgh?
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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Sounds like Northwest Philadelphia would appeal to you! The Northwest is full of homes with yards in close proximity to transit. West Mount Airy, sections of Germantown and East Falls, Roxborough, and even Andorra would all appeal to you. All of the neighborhoods mentioned are in close proximity to three Regional Rail lines (Manayunk/Norristown, Chestnut Hill East, and Chestnut Hill West) and a lot of bus service that will take you either directly to Center City Philadelphia or to the Broad Street Line.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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Hadn't even thought of Buffalo, thanks. Yes, I see quite a few homes that would work. How does Buffalo's mass transit compare with cities like Minneapolis and Pittsburgh?
I wouldn't say that it is as extensive, but there is the rail line along Main Street with bus line coverage as well. This is the area system: NFTA-Metro


http://metro.nfta.com/pdfs/systemmap.pdf


Depending upon your budget, you may like this neighborhood, which has single family homes not far from Elmwood Ave: The Elmwood Village Association


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia8UP5tuQ84


This neighborhood is further south closer to Downtown: Home - Allentown Association
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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Sounds like Northwest Philadelphia would appeal to you! The Northwest is full of homes with yards in close proximity to transit. West Mount Airy, sections of Germantown and East Falls, Roxborough, and even Andorra would all appeal to you. All of the neighborhoods mentioned are in close proximity to three Regional Rail lines (Manayunk/Norristown, Chestnut Hill East, and Chestnut Hill West) and a lot of bus service that will take you either directly to Center City Philadelphia or to the Broad Street Line.
None of those places listed any results. Closest I could get in my price range is Upper Darby and Lansdowne. How's the mass transit there?
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:56 PM
 
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None of those places listed any results. Closest I could get in my price range is Upper Darby and Lansdowne. How's the mass transit there?
Excellent, actually! Upper Darby has the 69th Street Transportation Center. The Market-Frankford Line (one of our subways locally referred to as the "El" since it is elevated in West and North/Northeast Philly) will take you from 69th Street in Upper Darby to 15th Street (the center of the Philly transit universe) in less than 15 minutes. There are also buses and trolleys that will take you throughout Center City Philly and Delaware County. Lansdowne is also very transit-accessible. The Media/Elwyn Line, another Regional Rail line, has a stop in Lansdowne. The 113 and 109 buses will also take you to the aforementioned 69th Street Transportation Center, where you can connect to the El. Another option is taking the 113 to Darby Transportation Center and taking either the 11 or 13 trolleys into Center City Philly.

Are schools a big concern for you? If so, I would recommend Upper Darby over Lansdowne. Good luck with your search!
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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I second Philadelphia
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