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Old 02-21-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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Hello All!

I plan to attend grad school (PsyD program) in the Philadelphia area (planning to apply to Chestnut Hill, LaSalle, PCOM, Widener, and/or Immaculata). My husband will be working in Philadelphia (near Center City) or King of Prussia, depending on which location he chooses. We have two kids, one who will be starting Kindergarten this coming school year, and another who will follow in a couple of years after. I'll be doing all the commuting/driving, while Husband will receive a transportation stipend from work to take the train or bus. I'm looking for recommendations of places to look. I have a list of neighborhoods to check out this weekend when we visit the area, but wanted to compare my list to others' recommendations. Thanks in advance!

When are you moving? This summer, though possible we may push it to mid-December.
Where are you coming from?
Virginia Beach, VA
Why are you moving?
Grad school (me), job (husband)
Where will you be working?
Full time student and stay at home mom
Have you been here yet?
For a week in December 2012, but are coming up again this weekend.

Will you buy or rent?
Rent
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? N/A
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Prefer a townhouse, rowhouse, single family, attached/bi-plex within the $900-$1300 range.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? N/A

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?
PA, city or suburb

Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Married with two children
Do you prefer public or private schools?
Public
Do you have pets?
No
Do you want or need a yard?
Indifferent
Are you keeping a car?
Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?
Indifferent, we are flexible, though quiet if possible

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


Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
A younger family crowd with a bit of diversity (I'm Asian, husband is Caucasian), though I'm indifferent who lives around me as long as they're not conducting criminal activity that may affect my family

Coke or Pepsi?
Cherry coke
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:11 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Have you looked through all the previous threads? Everything you need is already here. I can't think of anything more that anyone could add unless you have a specific question about one of your target areas that hasn't already been answered.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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exactly Bryson... Thanks
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:24 AM
 
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Your housing budget may be a little low for the type of housing you're looking for in the areas - (north)western 'burbs - that you're likely to live. $1300 might get you a nicer 2-3BR apt in moderately comfortable suburban neighborhoods.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:52 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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If the goal is finding a nice place to live on a limited budget I am going to recommend far northeast Philadelphia, particularly 19114 Torresdale area . This area is really nice. It is reasonably centrally located. 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. This area is not on most people's radar and I doubt if it was on the OP's original list. Also I'm sorry to be posting so late, too late for OP's 1st weekend trip.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:29 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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If the goal is finding a nice place to live on a limited budget I am going to recommend far northeast Philadelphia, particularly 19114 Torresdale area . This area is really nice. It is reasonably centrally located. 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. This area is not on most people's radar and I doubt if it was on the OP's original list. Also I'm sorry to be posting so late, too late for OP's 1st weekend trip.

great area.. Its the closest to the suburbs you are finding in Philly. A lot of Police/politicians live there too
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