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Old 09-26-2017, 04:18 AM
 
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Adding to this: what about Cheltenham and Melrose Park?
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:51 AM
 
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Oh, that's really good news about the Christmas Market downtown! Thank you for letting me know, kyb01!

Are there any more recommendation in the Glenside/Abington area?

Are there any new developments? I checked out neighborhoodscout and came up with Roslyn area for School and Safety for Abington and Oreland and Ardsley for Glenside. Are these good areas to check out?

We'll definitly look into Keswick Village!
We are also starting to look for houses and specifically looking into Glenside & Oreland as options. Both are good, but it would be difficult to find new construction in those areas as they are older suburbs and already pretty built up. You might occasionally find a flip or a random new construction here or there, but not many. That said, Glenside (Borough center specifically, if going by neighborhoodscout neighborhoods), appears to be a really nice town with walkable streets and older, but well maintained homes. Oreland and Ardsley are a little bit smaller homes, I've found and have a wider range of quality. Roslyn typically has bigger homes, but, same thing, it can vary.

I've also heard Abington schools are very good (unlike Cheltenham, which is why I wouldn't recommend those two other towns you mentioned. Also Cheltenham has REALLY high taxes that don't seem worth it. You can get more bang for your buck in other townships). However, I have heard that their Middle & High schools can be a bit rowdy, at least compared to other neighborhoods. I've never been so I can't confirm, but that's the only knock I've heard on an otherwise quality school district. I might also recommend looking on the other side of the train tracks in Oreland as that is also a very nice area with good schools and a variety in housing.

One thing to keep in mind regarding NeighborhoodScout is that it's hard know what to make of it's neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis. It says it has its own proprietary algorithms that calculate everything but I don't think you can accurately take away that on one side of the road the schools are better when it doesn't even align correctly with the district's school boundaries. So I would take that info with a grain of salt. In general, Glenside and Oreland are nice, safe areas with good schools. As far as crime, the most crime happens at places where people gather (i.e. Willow Grove Mall, Keswick theater, train stations/large parking lots, etc.). For schools, use GreatSchools or SchoolDigger or the PA School Performance Profile system to evaluate school by school (SchoolDigger has maps that break out the boundaries of each elementary, middle & high school in each district).

I hope this helps. Good luck in your search!
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:07 AM
 
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Hi NovaDragon,

Thank you very much for the detailed info about the areas I mentioned! Needless to say, it's so hard to make a decision like this from so far away. We were planning on renting first and then buying further down the road - but at least we wanted to find the right school district, so the kids don't have to switch schools again (5th and 7th grade).

As you might have seen we were originally looking at the Chesterbrook or Devon area but were told that this is a painful and long commute to downtown Philly. I like walkable neighborhoods where the kids can play outside and don't have to be driven to their friends houses to hang out. We lived in a development in CO that offered a community center with a YMCA, parks, restaurants and neighborhood schools so something like that would be perfect. Does that all makes sense?

So we will look further into Glenside and Oreland, too. What do you think about Jenkinstown?

Thank you again and good luck with your house hunting!
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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Jenkintown is a great option in my opinion. A nice thing about Jenkintown is that multiple train lines go through its train station which will definitely make commuting much more convenient. You should not have a hard time finding a place in your price range. The schools are considered to be very good and they have a nice walkable downtown. It is a smaller school district so it may have that small community vibe that you like.
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:45 AM
 
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Jenkintown is a great option in my opinion. A nice thing about Jenkintown is that multiple train lines go through its train station which will definitely make commuting much more convenient. You should not have a hard time finding a place in your price range. The schools are considered to be very good and they have a nice walkable downtown. It is a smaller school district so it may have that small community vibe that you like.
Thanks for the input - so Jenkintown will definitely go on the list to check out further!
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:02 AM
 
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Thanks for the input - so Jenkintown will definitely go on the list to check out further!
There's also Rydal which is near Glenside. You might want to put that on your list too.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:05 AM
 
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And Rydal is on the list - thank you!

Now I am throwing a "wild card" out there - any opinions on Plymouth Meeting?
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:06 AM
 
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OP, google ' Christmas Village philadelphia 2016 youtube' if you want to get an idea of what it's like.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:57 AM
 
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Here's some info about the Christmas Village.

Home | Christmas Village in Philadelphia
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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All good suggestions, but also don't discount South NJ. The southern section of the state (parallel to Philly) is very different from northern NJ (near NYC). There are number of suburbs there that should fit your bill and the commute to work will be much less painful as you'll avoid interstate 95 and route 76 - arguable the two worst highways in the region.
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