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Old 03-05-2012, 01:56 PM
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Hi Everybody, I am taking a job in Collegeville and will be relocating with my wife and 1.5 year-old daughter. Is there a walkable area close to Collegeville that we could live in? I don't mind the commute but my wife would like to live somewhere where she could actually walk to a grocery store, etc. We are looking for a 3BR house with a (small) back yard. Rough prices? Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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no grocery store (AFAIK) but phoenixville is a walkable community. Paoli, which isn't quaint, is surprisingly walkable with a train station, a couple pharmacies, and a grocery store withing walking distance of a lot of homes (particularly the townhomes near the intersection of 252 and 30). ~20 min drive to collegeville.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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There's a grocery store in Collegeville near Ursinus college. My son and I stopped in because we were early for a college visit. Seems to me it was within walking distance of the downtown area. I thought Collegeville was a nice little town and having Ursinus right there is a real bonus. I would encourage you to look there first.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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Hi Everybody, I am taking a job in Collegeville and will be relocating with my wife and 1.5 year-old daughter. Is there a walkable area close to Collegeville that we could live in? I don't mind the commute but my wife would like to live somewhere where she could actually walk to a grocery store, etc. We are looking for a 3BR house with a (small) back yard. Rough prices? Thanks!
Walkable has many incarnations. That being said Collegevill is very much suburban with a few small town aspects thrown in certain areas.

Maybe for perspective; if you currently live in a walkable area or have an example of the like it may help to offer a suggestion.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:52 PM
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Maybe for perspective; if you currently live in a walkable area or have an example of the like it may help to offer a suggestion.
What I mean is that I don't need the car to go to the store to buy for e.g. milk because it is just a 10-15 min walk. That there are sidewalks. That if I just want to go walking but still see people, shops, cars (not just trees) I can do it without taking the car.
I currently live in a city and have never lived in a suburban area before.
Hope it adds information! Thanks in advance
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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There are certainly more walkable towns around Collegeville. My suggestion is to start there and see if it would work. It's just nice to be able to live and work in the same place. It's not as if Collegeville was one of the bad towns. It's got good schools and a college. I live 12 minutes and one stoplight from where I work and it's much nicer then commuting 20, 30 minutes through traffic.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:18 PM
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Thank you all! I have some good information now to start house hunting.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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I was looking for essentially the same thing you were when I moved to the area. We rented in Phoenixville, but ended up buying a house in Ambler. We found Ambler to be a little more our speed. Ambler is building a new grocery store right downtown as well.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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If you're from the city and never lived in the burbs before, Collegeville will bore you to death (and most stores aren't walkable). It has a quaint little downtown but nothing, grocery-wise. However, one thing Collegeville DOES have that cities don't is a Wegmans. Worth the 5 minute drive and then some. Google it. That's the place for groceries, gourmet prepared meals, and an awesome hangout in general. Worth your time, believe me.
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