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Old 02-14-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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When are you moving? April
Where are you coming from? NE PA
Why are you moving? Employment
Where will you be working? CC Philly
Have you been here yet? A few times

Will you buy or rent?
Rent
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft?
2 BR apt/townhouse/house
How much can you spend? Up to $1400/mo
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? Walk up, but I'll settle for a hi-rise if need be

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?
Small preference to PA

Are you married or single?
Single, no children
Do you have pets?
No
Do you want or need a yard? Doesn't matter
Are you keeping a car? YES
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Relatively calm and quiet, but not boring!

What do you want to be closest to?
Ranked in order of importance below:
1. Train or subway stations
2. Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)/Shopping
3. Nightlife
4. Work


Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
No preference. 28, M, non-religious, professional....if that makes any difference.

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In a nutshell, I'm looking for relatively quiet yet convienent (shopping + close to train). I do not have children, thus I do not care about school districts.
Currently, I'm looking around the Main Line and the Abington/Jenkinstown area. Thoughts? Are there other/better areas that I should be considering as well?
Thank you
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Those are good options.

You might also look into Roxborough/Andorra/Chestnut Hill. There are a few complexes up on Henry Ave. a quiet area that straddles Fairmount Park/Wissahickon Gorge/Forbidden Drive.

Suburbs- Conshohocken,Media,Swarthmore. If being on regional rail is not imperative then you can add in King of Prussia, Valley Forge,Plymouth Meeting,East Norriton, Collegeville and towns along 422. You will find more modern housing here.

Good luck
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply rainrock

I've looked in Roxborough (and found some great places); however, this is still considered Philadelphia proper...correct? I've read about car insurance sometimes tripling when moving into a Philly zipcode. Mine is already high enough :s

I've considered Media/Swarthmore previously, but was never able to gather much info about them. Any idea of the commute time via RR?
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:07 AM
 
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Media and Swarthmore are both great but Media's got the most to do out of the two by far. It's around 45 mins to an hour from Media to Center City via the Media/Elwyn line, and roughly 30-45 mins from Swarthmore.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Thank you! I'll be checking these places out this weekend
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:31 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Also try Collingswood and Haddon Township (Westmont) in South Jersey. Beyond that, I think your original list plus others' suggestions have got it all covered.

As far as the Main Line goes, I'd recommend you focus on Ardmore and Bryn Mawr. Wayne also has a few good bars but offers more of a "mature grown-up" than "young professional" feel. Narberth operates in a similar vein, but even though it's been hip for a while now, a few downtown bars and restaurants still have a distinctly blue collar feel (same goes for Ardmore and Bryn Mawr), which is kinda cool IMO.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I am going to recommend far northeast Philadelphia, particularly 19114 Torresdale area . This area is really nice. It has superior shopping choices, superior housing stock with great values,low crime, multiple ways to get to Center City quickly including freeway, train, bus and elevated. Did I mention how nice the people are here? You won't believe you are in Philadelphia.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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I second Torresdale and would add Holmesburg to that list. Safe, quiet, and with good neighborhood amenities. It's also super convenient to Center City either by I-95 or Regional Rail. It's about a 20min trip on the train from Torresdale.

I would stay away from the 422/I-76 corridor. Traffic becomes a nightmare during rush hour, or during any hour if there's any kind of disruption. Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill are two other good options. Easy commute on the train as well and great neighborhood amenities.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:39 PM
 
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Media and Swarthmore are both great but Media's got the most to do out of the two by far. It's around 45 mins to an hour from Media to Center City via the Media/Elwyn line, and roughly 30-45 mins from Swarthmore.
These time estimates are too high.

To Suburban Station it takes - depending on the train (express/local) - about:
33 minutes from Media
31 minutes from Moylan/Rose Valley
29 minutes from Wallingford
26 minutes from Swarthmore


See the full Media/Elwyn regional rail schedule here:
SEPTA | Media/Elwyn Line Regional Rail Schedule | Weekday | to Center City Philadelphia

Last edited by PhillyViaBoston; 02-18-2013 at 08:40 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:38 PM
 
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Awesome! Thank you all for the advice! Looks like I have some more scoping to do
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