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Old 01-29-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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When are you moving? Immediate
Where are you coming from? Philadelphia (East Falls)
Why are you moving? Better schools, larger house, escaping city wage tax.
Where will you be working? Bensalem

Will you buy or rent? Buying
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? Single Home ~ $500-600k

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married, No children but expecting soon.
Do you prefer public or private schools? Public
Do you have pets? Yes - Dog
Do you want or need a yard? Want - Does not have to be huge
Are you keeping a car? Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Somewhere in between?

What do you want to be closest to?
Work 1
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) 2
Shopping 3
Nightlife 4
Train or subway stations 5

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? Diversity is fairly important.

Hi All,

After 30+ years of living in the city, the wife and I are finally making a move into the burbs. We're looking to settle down here for a long time so we prefer an area that is continuing to improve vs one that may seem to be on the decline.

Some other criterias that are important to us are:
- 30-35 minute drive to Bensalem, Center City, and NE Philly (We still want to live somewhat close to the city and visit family often in the northeast)
- Close proximity to shopping and convenience
- Decent nightlife (Bars, restaurants, etc.)

Some of the school districts I've researched that fit this are: Colonial, Wissahickon, Upper Dublin, Lower Moreland, and Abington.

Our search area is quite large and we'd like to narrow it down somewhat. Even though we live fairly close and have visited some of these towns on occasion, living there may have a completely different feel. So we're hoping for suggestions and advice on which town may suit us best and why.

Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:45 PM
 
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I'd add horsham to the list of school districts.

But I'd look at:
Ambler/LG area and Huntingdon Valley. The 19002 zip code might fit the bill well given your price range.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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The only place that comes to mind is Huntigdon Valley! Suits your criteria 100%. Safe, really good school district (consider Lower Moreland because HV covers couple school districts), def-ly not declining, close to NE, major hospitals, 20 minutes away from Bensalem. Minutes from charming Bryn Athyn.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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Hi,

Welcome to the burbs! I recommend Upper Dublin Township. Its not quite as close to Bensalem as HV is but it is a wonderful school district, great community and the quaint town of Ambler, with great restaurants and pubs, is right next to it. Also you have Montgomerville and Warrington close by for shopping and for my favorite market WEGMANS!

Just my 2 cents.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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wegmans will change your life
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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Have you considered New Hope? Great nightlife, amazing school districts.. Or maybe even Lambertville NJ? Or how about Princeton? I know we're in the PA forum, but those parts of NJ would also fit your needs.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring,MD Orlando,Fl
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Langhorne and SOuthampton are close to bensalem. Or even Newtown.

depends on whats most important to you
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:41 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Upper Dublin or Wissahickon, since you want some diversity.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:36 PM
 
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Upper Dublin or Wissahickon, since you want some diversity.
Upper Dublin has got to be one of the least diverse school districts in the area. . .
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Upper Dublin has got to be one of the least diverse school districts in the area. . .
Actually, UDHS is now about 25% people of color. As far as top-ranked suburban school districts go, that's pretty up there--certainly much higher than any of the other school district recommendations, except for Wissahickon, which is 64% white.

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Council Rock South, by contrast, is 94% white.

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