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Unread 06-11-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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Default Mt. Airy or Art Museum?

When are you moving? - summer 2011
Where are you coming from? Indiana
Why are you moving? New job
Where will you be working? City Center
Have you been here yet? Kind of, I had family in the suburbs that I visited a couple times. But I haven't been to either of the places I am asking about.
Will you buy or rent? Probably rent the first year, or more
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? Townhouse, something with a small yard or courtyard because we have a small dog.
How much can you spend?$1500 - $1700 ish a month, maybe more if we manage to sell our house in IN quickly.
Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married with 10yo
Do you prefer public or private schools? We homeschool.
Do you have pets? Yes
Do you want or need a yard? Just a small one or courtyard
Are you keeping a car? One
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? I like to be able to walk to interesting places and green spaces

What do you want to be closest to?
Work Around 20 minutes or less from work
Shopping I like coffee shops, bookstores, Farmer's Market
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) I wouldn't want the grocery to be too far away
Nightlife Not so important but we are foodies who like to eat out and cook at home
Train or subway stations - Yes! I would like to be within walking distance.

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
Diversity is good.

Currently I am trying to decide between Mt. Airy and Art Museum. I did a lot of research on Mt. Airy and it seems to have everything we want. A food co-op, interesting bookstores, community resources like the Allen art center, an active homeschool group, and (one thing I am very excited about) proximity to Wissahickon creek. I run and I would love to run among the greenery. Also the trains could take my husband very close to his work.
But some friends have also recommended the Spring Garden/ Art Museum district. What is the main street for restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores there? Does it have a sense of community? Do the neighbors get together for events? Is the area of Fairmount Park there very nice for running?

What would be the pros and cons of each place?
thank you so much!
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Unread 06-11-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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When are you moving? - summer 2011
Where are you coming from? Indiana
Why are you moving? New job
Where will you be working? City Center
Have you been here yet? Kind of, I had family in the suburbs that I visited a couple times. But I haven't been to either of the places I am asking about.
Will you buy or rent? Probably rent the first year, or more
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? Townhouse, something with a small yard or courtyard because we have a small dog.
How much can you spend?$1500 - $1700 ish a month, maybe more if we manage to sell our house in IN quickly.
Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married with 10yo
Do you prefer public or private schools? We homeschool.
Do you have pets? Yes
Do you want or need a yard? Just a small one or courtyard
Are you keeping a car? One
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? I like to be able to walk to interesting places and green spaces

What do you want to be closest to?
Work Around 20 minutes or less from work
Shopping I like coffee shops, bookstores, Farmer's Market
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) I wouldn't want the grocery to be too far away
Nightlife Not so important but we are foodies who like to eat out and cook at home
Train or subway stations - Yes! I would like to be within walking distance.

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
Diversity is good.

Currently I am trying to decide between Mt. Airy and Art Museum. I did a lot of research on Mt. Airy and it seems to have everything we want. A food co-op, interesting bookstores, community resources like the Allen art center, an active homeschool group, and (one thing I am very excited about) proximity to Wissahickon creek. I run and I would love to run among the greenery. Also the trains could take my husband very close to his work.
But some friends have also recommended the Spring Garden/ Art Museum district. What is the main street for restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores there? Does it have a sense of community? Do the neighbors get together for events? Is the area of Fairmount Park there very nice for running?

What would be the pros and cons of each place?
thank you so much!
I would pick the Art Museum area just because it is close to Kelly Drive and center city plus there would be no commute, but it seems that Mt Airy offers everything you are looking for, before you make a decision take a long weekend and visit the areas, good luck
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Unread 06-11-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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It's win/win situation.
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Unread 06-12-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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Thank you

I have more questions about the Art Museum neighborhood as compared to Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy seems like it has a pretty vibrant community, does Art Museum. Also, Kelly Drive, is it very packed? Is the Wissahickon more interesting?
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Unread 06-12-2011, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Kelly Drive has a paved path with the river on one side and Kelly Drive, which is a pretty busy road, on the other. Wissahickon has Forbidden Drive which is a wooded, flat, unpaved trail with the Wissahickon Creek running alongside it. There are also multiple hiking trails winding though the hills.

What's more interesting will be a matter of preference. If you want a quiet, shaded, wooded experience, then the Wissahickon. If you like to see activity on the river and alongside it, then Kelly Drive. But it's not an either/or proposition. You can go to the end of Forbidden Drive and follow a winding bike path down to the start of Kelly Drive. On Kelly Drive, you can use bridges to create a loop on both sides of the river. Both places are really great activity spaces for an urban environment.

I don't know about the Art Museum area, but I know there is a pretty established homeschooling network in Mount Airy.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Much of fairmount is centered around fairmount Ave...particularly around 23rd but there are a lot of businesses scattered throughout the neighborhood. Both are family oriented neighborhoods but fairmount is much more dense. To get to CC the art museum is much closer and cheaper via bus or subway than the train. MT. airy is quieter and wissahickon creek is nice. Fairmount has the fairmount art center, a bookstore, a good weekly farmers market, and is close to the reading terminal market.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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Either way keep in mind you're in an urban environment. Women runners have been targeted in the past when running alone, at early times, most likely wearing headphones. In that regard I would think the Wissahickon area is safer...
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Unread 06-15-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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Either way keep in mind you're in an urban environment. Women runners have been targeted in the past when running alone, at early times, most likely wearing headphones. In that regard I would think the Wissahickon area is safer...
the Wissahickon has had a few attacks too not too long ago, and if you chart the few attacks that have been on Kelly drive they have been closer to Forbidden drive area than the Art Museum area of Kelly Drive link to Kelly DRive, http://www.michellesigona.com/2010/0...rmount-rapist/ and a link to the Wissahickon attack http://www.examiner.com/running-in-p...fairmount-park and another link http://mtairy.patch.com/articles/pol...-thefts-abound a crime map, you can find every neighborhood here http://www.trulia.com/crime/Philadel...st_Mount_Airy/

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Unread 06-30-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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Mt Airy (West Mt Airy...not east), is a great place to live...it has plenty of green space, and I used to actually ride my bike to work in Center City some days. It has access to a nice bike/running trail, water to take your kid, and has a nice community feel. The Art Museum doesn't have the same appeal to me...the park is largely just a few trees in flat space and doesn't feel "woodsy"...you're never going to see deer, etc...there. For some reason, if I had a child, I'd want to show them those things.

Anyway, I used to work in Center City and live in Mt. Airy, and my commute by car was 20-25 min, and by train about the same. You don't feel like you're "in the city" there, and that's kind of nice.

I don't live in Mt. Airy now (I rented but couldn't afford to buy in), but it was a nice place. You even have a little community co-op to get farm fresh veggies, cheeses and meats.
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Unread 06-30-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Elkins Park, PA
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Mt. Airy is very nice. Parking not a problem. Parking in Art museum area/Fairmount/Spring garden is rough.
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