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Old 05-30-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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I will be working in West Chester, and I don't mind a bit of a commute. Would it make sense to consider living in Delaware. I know the West Chester area has a lot to offer, but are taxes, schools, home prices any better in Delaware?
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:35 AM
 
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Sorry to be a little annoyed, but why are you comparing a small borough with a state that extends to New Jersey, Maryland, and the Ocean? Even the part that borders PA varies quite a bit.

Get specific and maybe we can help you out. Joe Biden's mansion estate with private lake is no more than 3 miles from boarded-up crackhouses. Think Camden-Cherry Hill.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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West Chester is indeed very pricey as are many of the the surrounding areas such as Chadds Ford. I think you get more bang for the buck in parts of DE - say the Brandywine Hundred areas, but I've read on here that the schools can be rather dicey. Hopefully, some of the posters who are parents can chime in on that topic.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Sorry to be a little annoyed, but why are you comparing a small borough with a state that extends to New Jersey, Maryland, and the Ocean? Even the part that borders PA varies quite a bit.

Get specific and maybe we can help you out. Joe Biden's mansion estate with private lake is no more than 3 miles from boarded-up crackhouses. Think Camden-Cherry Hill.
Sorry, guess I should have been more specific.
Is there a big enough difference in taxes and housing prices in Delaware that would make it worth looking at some of the towns that border PA?
I also wondered if anyone knows of someone who lives in Delaware but works in the Chester County area, and it they thought it is advantageous to live in Delaware as opposed to the Chester County area.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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My parents now live in Delaware and my dad works in West Chester. Yes, he does have that aweful commute via 202 each day.

My parents moved to Delaware for the low taxes and therefore do not have to worry about schools. If you have children and you want to send them to public schools stay away from Delaware! While Brandywine is an OK school district the test scores are poor compared to schools is on the PA side (West Chester, Rose Tree or Garnet Valley).

So if the schools are not a factor then Delaware is your best bet. You can get more house for your money, especially in North Wilmington.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:16 PM
 
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There are excellent schools near West Chester, so I am guessing that wouldn't be a reason to. Just to name one, my high school, Great Valley, is in neighboring Malvern and is highly rated these days. WC itself is pretty lively, with good restaurants and bars for younger and older crowds. Chester County is pretty as well, as are parts of Delaware of course but I wouldn't say prettier. I have no idea about home prices or taxes, but I'm not sure what else Delaware living would offer over Chester County living.

Also, I wouldn't want to do that commute on 202. Maybe if your job was on the south side of West Chester near 202, but it is not a fun ride. It is a highway, but with lots of stop lights and aggravation.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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If price isn't that much of a concern, then there is no reason to even consider Delaware over Chester county.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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West Chester housing is $$$$. They do have great schools though compared to Delaware. I lived in Delaware for 2 years before moving to Downingtown (10 mins away from WC). I wouldnt recommend the commute on 202 every single day. It's horrendous.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:16 AM
 
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Default Delaware or West Chester

I find the property taxes in PA really high. If one lives in Hockessin what is the difference between taxes paid with state and property, local etc between Kennett Square and Hockessin? I have no children in school.


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Old 04-03-2015, 08:15 PM
 
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Sort of related, maybe ??
But I lived in West Chester and commuted to the MBNA buildings in Wilmington and the drive was BRUTAL! I tried every different way I could, and some days to would take over an hour due to the traffic. I would still try to live in West Chester, because on most quality of life issues, West Chester will be better than a lot of northern DE. The extra money put out might be worth it to you. 0.2
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