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Old 05-06-2014, 01:34 PM
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My husband will be attending TCMC starting in August, so we will be moving to Scranton (or somewhere nearby) at the end of July. We have a 2 year old daughter and plan to possibly have a second during our four years at TCMC. I've been doing as much research as I can as far as housing and neighborhoods, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with all the options. We want to live somewhere safe and not too noisy. We also want to be in a good school district since my daughter will start school during our time at TCMC. I'm trying to decide if we should live in Scranton (I've heard good things about west and north Scranton) or somewhere nearby like Clarks Summit (we've known some people who have lived here). We have one car, and I'm hoping my husband can take public transportation to school so I'm not stranded every day. We are looking to spend $700-1100 a month and I really would like a place that has a washer and dryer (or hook ups) because I can't imagine paying for laundry now that I have a kid. I've looked at some houses, half doubles, apartments, and townhouses online, but it's hard for me to compare because I don't have a sense of what utilities cost in NEPA. Also most of the houses I've seen are available immediately and might not be available when we get there. My husband is from Bradford county, and his mom can look at housing for us, but we won't be able to look at housing in person until we move. Does anyone have any suggestions on good neighborhoods, possible apartment/townhouse complexes I might have overlooked, or general thoughts on houses vs apartment/townhouses? Also, are there better resources for finding housing that I'm overlooking? I've been using Craigslist, trulia, apartment.com, apartmentlist, as well as TCMC's list of student housing, which listed the following as having 3 bedroom options:

Laurel Woods in Clarks Summit
Tall Trees in Scranton
Summit Point in Scranton
Country View Manors in Scranton

Any experience with these complexes?

Thank you for any advice you have!
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:07 PM
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North Scranton, Upper Greenridge, East Scranton, Upper Hill Section and if private school is an option for school age kids, Upper Southside.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:29 AM
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You will need to take a look at the bus routes and determine if LCTA is going to be an option as far as your husbands commute. Then take a look at the areas mentioned...Clark's Summit will have superior schools to Scranton but the bus schedule may not work as well...Private/Catholic school is always an option if you choose to live IN Scranton. Taylor/Moosic and Dunmore may also be options with their proximity to Scranton and slightly better performing schools and much smaller school districts with likely smaller class sizes. The wage tax may also be a deterrent to living in Scranton...I'm assuming that you or your spouse may have some sort of job while in the area and Scranton will take 3.4 percent of your earnings as opposed to 1% in the other areas. If your still set on living in Scranton then most of the city is "safe" and quite livable... A few exceptions...West Scranton, Lower Southside...Lower Hill section and around the University of Scranton...Minooka is a particularly nice spot to be with its proximity to I-81, stable nice neighborhoods, established families, and nearby activities.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:52 PM
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