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Old 10-19-2010, 10:57 PM
 
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Default Possible Relocation to Philadelphia Area...

I would be working in the Navel Shipyard area...so I would like to live within 30 minutes of that area.

We have a family, with kids...so safety and schools are a MAJOR consideration.

The big questions are as follows:
* Live in the Philadelphia area?
* Is there a HIDDEN GEM CITY/COUNTY we need to discover?
* Cross the bridge and Live in the New Jersey area; Cherry Hill or Haddonfield?
* What is the safetest City?
* Any heads-up on taxes, fees, etc. and other surprises I should consider with the relocation package?
* Is there public transportation options available?

Thank you!!!
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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Haddonfield in NJ
check out Wynnefield & Bala in PA
if you live and/or work in Philly, then you must pay the city wage tax which is over 4.5%
take advantage of the art museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Academy of Music, the numerous venues for art/theater/music/dance and all those restaurants
on the weekends, drive up to Lambertville & Frenchtown, NJ, canoe down the Delaware, stay away from the shore on summer weekends, visit Longwood Gardens
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Haddonfield in NJ
check out Wynnefield & Bala in PA
if you live and/or work in Philly, then you must pay the city wage tax which is over 4.5%
The wage tax rate is lower than 4.5%, it's dropped in recent years.

07/01/10 - 12/31/10 Residents 3.928% (.03928)
Non-Residents3.4985% (.034985)
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Media,Swarthmore, and Nether Providence are nice communities west of the city with a fairly easy commute.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Granted, knowing your housing budget and how many BRs - would be helpful in narrowing down choices. But here are my thoughts.

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Originally Posted by Bangert View Post
I would be working in the Navel Shipyard area...so I would like to live within 30 minutes of that area.

We have a family, with kids...so safety and schools are a MAJOR consideration.

The big questions are as follows:
* Live in the Philadelphia area?
Sure, why not? Plenty of great towns in the PA 'burbs.
* Is there a HIDDEN GEM CITY/COUNTY we need to discover?
There aren't many cities per se outside of Philly proper, especially within a half hour. Chester and Camden are not recommended. Parts of Wilmington (DE) are nice but would be too far. As far as towns, all the "secrets" are pretty much out in the open.
* Cross the bridge and Live in the New Jersey area; Cherry Hill or Haddonfield?
I'll leave that to the NJ experts.
* What is the safest City?
That's fairly subjective. Anecdotally speaking, some eastern Delaware County towns (e.g. Upper Darby, Darby, Yeadon, maybe East Lansdowne) would be areas within your preferred commute time that would be less popular than most suburbs.
* Any heads-up on taxes, fees, etc. and other surprises I should consider with the relocation package?

* Is there public transportation options available?
Between SEPTA (primarily PA) and PATCO (NJ) there are numerous bus, train and subway options to get in and around the city. However, getting to the Naval Yard via transit may be a little more complicated. IIRC, it would be a healthy walk or short bus ride from the Pattison subway stop, located next to the stadiums.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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With all the new development happening in the Philly Navy Yard, and all that attracting so many new jobs, it is high time that SEPTA get on the ball and extend the Broad Street Subway line from the sports stadiums down to the Navy Yard...it's a short extension and wouldn't cost more than a few hundred million, which is small compared to a lot of new starts that get funded by the FTA lately.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:44 PM
 
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The big questions are as follows:
* Live in the Philadelphia area?
MEH. DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU'RE AFTER IN LIFE. THERE ARE BETTER PLACES IMO. UNLESS YOU'RE GOING TO SCHOOL THERE OR NEED TO BE THERE FOR WORK, WHY?
* Is there a HIDDEN GEM CITY/COUNTY we need to discover?
DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU LIKE/VALUE. IF WORKING AROUND THE NAVAL SHIPYARD, THINKING SOMEWHERE IN CHESTER CO. IF YOU CAN HACK A DELAWARE COMMUTE, THAT'S MY VOTE.
* Cross the bridge and Live in the New Jersey area; Cherry Hill or Haddonfield?
I DON'T LIKE THE FEEL OF JERSEY OR ITS PEOPLE. NO OFFENSE, BUT THAT'S JUST ME. THIS IS A JOKE BEFORE SOMEONE TAKES OFFENSE BUT I'M REALLY NOT BIG ON JERSEY FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS (TAXES, THOSE CRAZY CIRCLES THAT LITTER SOUTH JERSEY HIGHWAYS, ETC)
* What is the safetest City?
HOW FAR AWAY FROM PHILLY ARE YOU WILLING TO BE?
* Any heads-up on taxes, fees, etc. and other surprises I should consider with the relocation package?
IN PHILLY PROPER, TAXES ARE HIGH. ESPECIALLY PROPERTY TAX. TAX SITUATION IS GENERALLY WORSE IN JERSEY AND BETTER IN DELAWARE IS THAT IS AN OPTION (THE LATTER IS GENERALLY 0%) DUNNO IF THAT SIN TAX EVER GOT PASSED IN PHILLY BUT, IF SO, HOPE YOU DON'T LIKE SODA MUCH.
* Is there public transportation options available?
PLENTY. ONE GOOD THING ABOUT PHILLY IS THAT GETTING OUT IS NEVER A PBLM...IF YOU HAVE $$$$. SEE SEPTA WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.
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