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Old 08-23-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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I am going to be relocating to an area near Philly. I have a 2 yr old, so safe is a must. I can't afford anything over $900 for an apartment though. I would also prefer a good school district. Here are some of the areas I'm looking at. Can anyone give me some info on these places. Thanks so much!!! I really appreciate any help at all

Bensalem
King of Prussia
Langhorne
Media
Plymouth Meeting
Springfield
Exton
North Wales
Pottstown

Also, I know these are further away from Philly, but are still close enough for me:

Allentown
Easton
Lancaster
Reading
Wyomissing
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Norristown is your best bet. It connects to SEPTA via the speed line, but I'm guessing you have a car. Crime is low. King of Prussia is right next door and offers some of the best shopping in the country, with the most square feet of retail of any mall in the USA. Norristown's school district is in decent shape and crime is low, as you'd expect from a suburb. The catch, of course, is the Schuylkill expressway. It is a true commuter nightmare, so if you plan on working in Center City you'll want to look into SEPTA commuter options.

Norristown Area School District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Whoa! Earthquake in Philly right now.

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I am going to be relocating to an area near Philly. I have a 2 yr old, so safe is a must. I can't afford anything over $900 for an apartment though. I would also prefer a good school district. Here are some of the areas I'm looking at. Can anyone give me some info on these places. Thanks so much!!! I really appreciate any help at all

Bensalem
King of Prussia
Langhorne
Media
Plymouth Meeting
Springfield
Exton
North Wales
Pottstown

Also, I know these are further away from Philly, but are still close enough for me:

Allentown
Easton
Lancaster
Reading
Wyomissing
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Originally Posted by kberberich View Post
I am going to be relocating to an area near Philly. I have a 2 yr old, so safe is a must. I can't afford anything over $900 for an apartment though. I would also prefer a good school district. Here are some of the areas I'm looking at. Can anyone give me some info on these places. Thanks so much!!! I really appreciate any help at all

Bensalem
King of Prussia
Langhorne
Media
Plymouth Meeting
Springfield
Exton
North Wales
Pottstown

Also, I know these are further away from Philly, but are still close enough for me:

Allentown
Easton
Lancaster
Reading
Wyomissing

All the philly areas are safe with at least decent schools except for Pottstown. Allentown, Easton, Lancaster, and Reading are all areas you generally want to avoid, at least in the city itself. they all have nice areas surrounding them. wyomissing is nice.
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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Talking Could you narrow it down?

"An area near Philadelphia" is pretty broad to be recommending towns. Where will you be working? If you have a 2-year-old you don't want a 2-hour plus commute each way to work, and that's what you'll have during drive times from somewhere near Philly to Wyomissing. What if the 2-year-old gets sick and has to be picked up from daycare? Hours away = not good.

Tell you what: fill out the sticky at the top of the page for "Questions for Future and Potential Residents" and we'll give you LOTS of recommendations. We're a pretty helpful bunch here, but sometimes we just scratch our heads, not knowing where you'd like to be.

Thanks!
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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Norristown? I haven't heard good things about Norristown - or has it changed recently? I've heard it is a 'mini Philly' and unsafe. Is this true?
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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Actually, from what I've heard, Norristown doesn't have that great of a school district. However, $900 may not cover rent for a 2 bedroom in most of the areas you have listed.

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Norristown is your best bet. It connects to SEPTA via the speed line, but I'm guessing you have a car. Crime is low. King of Prussia is right next door and offers some of the best shopping in the country, with the most square feet of retail of any mall in the USA. Norristown's school district is in decent shape and crime is low, as you'd expect from a suburb. The catch, of course, is the Schuylkill expressway. It is a true commuter nightmare, so if you plan on working in Center City you'll want to look into SEPTA commuter options.

Norristown Area School District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Whoa! Earthquake in Philly right now.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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I don't see the sticky you're talking about.

Here's more info. I am going to be transferring w/ my current job to one of the cities that I mentioned above. I don't know which ones I will have the option of yet, but I just wanted to go ahead and get some general info. The reason why I wanted to be somewhat close to Philly, is b/c my son will be going to CHOP, to see a specialist there on a regular basis - probably every few months or so. So an hour drive to CHOP will not be a huge issue b/c we will not be driving every day.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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I really don't even need a 2 br - a 1 br will do
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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Smile Here you go

When are you moving?
Where are you coming from?
Why are you moving?
Where will you be working?
Have you been here yet?

Will you buy or rent?
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?

Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Do you prefer public or private schools?
Do you have pets?
Do you want or need a yard?
Are you keeping a car?
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?

What do you want to be closest to?
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

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

Coke or Pepsi?

Reply back as to what environment you are looking for. Really, though, we can only give shot-in-the-dark recommendations if we don't know where you are working. (F'rinstance, I LOVE Doylestown but work in Reading so that's just totally impractical.) Good luck!
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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Why are you moving? I'm moving to PA b/c my son has a tumor on his optic nerve and CHOP has one of the best specialists in the country for his specific problem. Most of the those other questions are not even relevant given the seriousness of my son's health. The ones that do matter, I already answered. I could care less about all the specifics right now. I just want to get there, and I can always move around a little later.

Like I said above - $900 is as high as I can go, looking to rent an apartment, a 1 BR is fine, need a safe area w/ good schools (public school system). I am most likely going to be transferring w/ my current job to one of the places I listed above.

So, that's ALL I care about right now. Can anyone tell me which of the cities above are safe w/ affordable apartments in my price range. Wether or not I have a yard, or a high rise or walk up, coke or pepsi is least of my concerns.
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