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Old 07-30-2010, 02:15 AM
 
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Default Quaint Towns in PA near Philly

Looking at possible relocation/retirement to PA.

Seeking Quaint Town close to Philly - no more than 45 min to an hour - with "reasonable" housing costs (under 400K) low crime (at or under the US average), a "real" walkable downtown, a hospital in town or very nearby and population @ 10K - 50K max.

So far on our list is:

Doylestown
New Hope
West Chester
Kennett Square

Any others we should check out?
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:31 AM
 
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Phoenixville? Should we add this?
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Newtown - it's about 40 mins from Philly (5 min drive to I95), very walkable and quaint and about 5 minute drive to St Mary Hospital. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newtown...,_Pennsylvania
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:35 AM
 
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Wayne has a wonderful/walkable downtown.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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Looking at possible relocation/retirement to PA.

Seeking Quaint Town close to Philly - no more than 45 min to an hour - with "reasonable" housing costs (under 400K) low crime (at or under the US average), a "real" walkable downtown, a hospital in town or very nearby and population @ 10K - 50K max.

So far on our list is:

Doylestown
New Hope
West Chester
Kennett Square

Any others we should check out?

I luv West Chesters walkable downtown, but a very college atmosphere.

Kennet Square, Chester County, has become desirable for retirement...I know of a several ppl who sold there homes in Delaware County and moved to Kennet for the lower taxes.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Check out this great website. Many of the places being discussed on this thread are here:

Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Thanks for the link.

I think Newtown, although cute, is too small.

I can't find any population info on Wayne - how big is it?

And can someone tell me what "main line" and "borough" means?

Thanks.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Thanks for the link.

I think Newtown, although cute, is too small.

I can't find any population info on Wayne - how big is it?

And can someone tell me what "main line" and "borough" means?

Thanks.
Wayne is an unincorporated place along the Main Line (defined later). It's in Radnor Township, although places with a Wayne mailing address are also found in Upper Merion Township. The boundaries between municipalities, school districts, and post offices can be confusing.

The phrase "Main Line" stands for a collection of wealthy suburbs that follow the old Main Line of the PA Railroad. See this link below.

Philadelphia Main Line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A "borough" is a type of municipality. The best way to define it as something like a small town. I believe that every borough in PA is it's own entity, whereas, for example, NYC is comprised of 5 separate boroughs that together make up "New York City." Municipalities in PA go something like this:

Township - usually suburban or rural
Borough - a small town
City
Town - I believe in PA it goes that there are at most 2 municipalities considered "towns."
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Bryn Marw?
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Thanks for the link.

I think Newtown, although cute, is too small.
It's no smaller than New Hope?

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And can someone tell me what "main line" and "borough" means?

Thanks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borough_(Pennsylvania)
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