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Old 08-04-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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NJ burbs are nicer closer in than the avg PA Burb
Whoa What???
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Those aren't really affordable either.
Though well within the range of OP's budget.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA (University City)
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Though well within the range of OP's budget.
What exactly is the OP's budget? If we do the traditional 3x annual income it comes out to anywhere from $350k-$450k. You can get next to nothing at the bottom. Toward the top you can find some nice homes in Narberth, but in most of the other areas you'll be almost exclusively looking at boxy, uninspired 50s/60s splits and ranches that can be had in Havertown or Abington for over $150k less--not the types of homes that make the Main Line special/worth the cost premium IMO.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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What exactly is the OP's budget? If we do the traditional 3x annual income it comes out to anywhere from $350k-$450k. You can get next to nothing at the bottom. Toward the top you can find some nice homes in Narberth, but in most of the other areas you'll be almost exclusively looking at boxy, uninspired 50s/60s splits and ranches that can be had in Havertown or Abington for over $150k less--not the types of homes that make the Main Line special/worth the cost premium IMO.
There are deals and nice houses out there to be had in the range.

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$300 K Ardmore




$315 K Ardmore




$395 K in Bryn Mawr

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Old 08-04-2013, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Look at Haddoenfield NJ. You will love it there. old world town that is spotless with stellar schools. 20 minites from Center city too.. The closest burb that is worth your time..
This reminds me of a radio bit I heard on WIP a couple weeks ago. The Phila Flyers train near Haddonfield NJ and a lot of the players and staff live in Haddonfield. Its convenient. makes sense, I get it. If I played for the Flyers I would live there to.

One of the WIP radio hosts lives I guess in Haverford Pa and is interviewing the Flyers analyst Steve Coates.. Steve Coates who lives in Haddonfield is going on and on about Haddonfield NJ. Oh its wonderful, all the players want to live there its the best town in Philadelphia yadda yadda. Bryzgalov loved it there. The WIP guy starts to freaking out telling Steve Coates he's getting a little carried away.. He was exactly right.


This is how I feel about Haddonfield. Haddonfield NJ is awesome but its like 11,000 people. Compare that to this string of towns in Pa. that make up the Main Line. Lower Merion Township(60,000) Radnor (30,000,) Tredyffrin (30,000) That's over 11 Haddonfields right next to each other.

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Old 08-05-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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What exactly is the OP's budget? If we do the traditional 3x annual income it comes out to anywhere from $350k-$450k. You can get next to nothing at the bottom. Toward the top you can find some nice homes in Narberth, but in most of the other areas you'll be almost exclusively looking at boxy, uninspired 50s/60s splits and ranches that can be had in Havertown or Abington for over $150k less--not the types of homes that make the Main Line special/worth the cost premium IMO.
That's why I say they should look in places that are underrated, like Havertown. Especially in this market, you can get some damn nice houses in Havertown, Media, etc for a good deal less than they are worth, though I think they're looking to rent?

As for Haddonfield, personally I like some of the New Jersey river towns like Riverton and others with old, quaint architecture but I think the school districts are vastly overrated on here.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting
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Blue Bell is very expensive. Plymouth Meeting is nice and affordable and is part of the Plymouth Whitemarsh School District which is good.



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Given the age, traffic and compactness of this region the better/newer apartment communities and school districts are more than 30 minutes from the city. Anywhere from 30-75 minutes out to get the combination of good/great schools and newer housing.

You can find incredibly quaint towns and good schools close in but you will probably renting in a red brick box that was built in the 1960's or 70's. Media/Swarthmore/ The Main Line Towns which there are a bunch

If you can stretch the commute

Garnet Valley/Glen Mills/Chadds Ford

West Chester

Malvern/Chesterbrook

Chester Springs

Valley Forge

Collegeville/Skippack/Blue Bell

Doylestown

Good luck
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Look it.. PLENTY of home in Haddonfield in the op's price. PLENTY

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Old 08-14-2013, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA (University City)
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Look it.. PLENTY of home in Haddonfield in the op's price. PLENTY
The homes you can get in Haddonfield (not Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, or Barrington) at the OP's price point are rather small compared to what you can get in Cherry Hill, Haverford, Abington, your beloved Cinnaminson, etc. Haddonfield is a great suburb but it is not an affordable one.

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Wow... I see nothing wrong with those 50's - 60's "Uninspired" splits and "brick boxes." Grew up in one and they were made very solidly, unlike the later developments laden with vinyl siding. My old neighborhood in Springfield sells them so quickly to professionals as well as well-to-do blue collar families. So many are fixed up beautifully with extended porches, etc. Nice place to raise a family, and the school district is fine.
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