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Old 08-19-2017, 08:08 PM
 
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I may be made a job offer in Reading, Pennsylvania which would mean I'd have to locate from northern New Jersey.

I'm looking to find a town that is safe, affordable ($700-$1200 rent), has a nice downtown with plenty of restaurants, shops, and culture (I'm in my mid-20s so I'm not really looking for a bedroom community at this point) and ideally, a town with a paved walking path as I'm trying to lose weight. I'd like to be no more than 30 minutes from downtown Reading.

Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:50 AM
 
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I'm from North Jersey (Paramus area) and my brother and mother both moved to the Reading area. Its quite different out in Berks county PA so don't set your expectations high when it comes to a walkable downtown for young people. There is no Ridgewood/Hoboken in Berks county, but the best town near Reading is Wyomissing, without a doubt. West Reading or anything around the main strip of Penn Ave would be good too. Since your young, you'll want to live near Penn Ave, as its the only place with bars/restaurants/cafe's in the area. Also, there are a couple of good spots in Reading downtown, like the Ugly Oyster, but you don't want to live in downtown as its not safe (think Paterson NJ). Good luck and let me know if you need any help or info.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:57 PM
 
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Talking Check out these zip codes

Congratulations on your job offer. There are two zip codes to check into if you've got a job in Reading and you're young: 19611 - West Reading and 19610 Wyomissing. The City of Reading IS getting better but S L O W L Y, and I can't recommend it without caveats, so let's just go west of the Schuylkill River.

Penn Avenue goes west from Reading, the 422 bypass and the Schuylkill River into West Reading which is a charming old town of rowhomes and twins mostly, with an upscale boutique vibe along Penn Avenue. Two blocks off Penn Avenue is the huge Reading Hospital complex that adjoins Wyomissing Park land. This is a great place to walk/run along the Wyomissing Creek. The very fine Reading Museum is located in the park as well as a planetarium. As you jog west along the creek or along Penn Avenue you will be in the upscale bedroom community of Wyomissing. Stately older homes abound.

This whole area is very walkable. Lots of places to eat, drink, socialize. The advantage to being just a hop over the bridge to Reading is that you are close to entertainment centers. The Goggleworks Arts Center is a block from the bridge and has cultural things from glassblowing to ballet to woodworking and varied visual arts plus an arts cinema. Steps away from the Goggleworks is the Reading Imax 10 Theater with multiple screens showing the hot new movies (some in 3D or IMAX). Then there are the two Santanders - The arena for Reading Royals Ice Hockey and larger concerts (Over 7,000 seats) Coming shortly - Scorpions & Megadeth, Nick Jam with Plan B, Alabama, Mannheim Steamroller, Marc Anthony - and the Santander Performing Arts Center (1600+ seats) Coming shortly - Yes, Z Z Top, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kansas.

There's a Gold's Gym about 2 blocks from the Wyomissing Public Library, and next to "Building 24 Live" which is a bar/club place.

Look on apartments.com at the above 2 zip codes and see what's available at your price range. Check out a google map to see what's in the neighborhood, then come on down.

If you have additional questions let us know.
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:59 PM
 
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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As others have said, West Reading is your best bet by a lot. I grew up in Wyomissing. Reading itself is not a great place to live. West Reading is just across the river, but is insulated from the urban blight by being part of Wyomissing Area school district, not Reading schools. Wyomissing proper is old money and will never allow any urban "bad element" to infiltrate their schools or their area. Even if children/schools are not a priority, being in the district has a big affect on the safety and cleanliness of the neighborhood.

Penn Ave in West Reading has good restaurants and shops and some bars/nightlife, but in general, Berks County is not exactly a mecca for culture or nightlife, so don't expect to find somewhere like Hoboken anywhere in the area.
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