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Old 10-19-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I grew up in Delaware County, but moved out of the area for quite a while. When I came back, I chose Chester County (not Chester City!) to look for a home. You may want to check out Malvern as it is a nice area, good schools, and has a small downtown also. It has a train stop for the SEPTA Regional Rail, and you can be in Center City Philly in about 45 minutes.
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Germany
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At the moment it looks like we will be concentrating on the Abington/Glenside area.
It seems to tick all our boxes , plus gives us faster access to NYC area (where the in-laws live), the shore and PA countryside.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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Are there any areas to stay away from in that area? It doesn't seem so to me.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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If you like Abington/Glenside (also Jenkintown is within this general area); I would consider Ambler and North Wales as well (just north of Glenside and Abington). Each of those towns are lovely. Ambler has a charming main street, with restaurants and shops. The real estate is a bit pricier though. (not sure of your budget).

I would also not discount checking out Media, PA when you come to look at the area. It is a lovely area, with a very very vibrant downtown (there is a Trader Joe's market right downtown that is easily walkable). You are right on 95, so it is accessible to get to NYC and the Chester County countryside is lovely.

Honestly I would just make a list. And drive around. You will instantly get a feel for what area you like best. Most of Southeast PA though is very pretty and charming with historic architecture.

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Old 10-26-2017, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I would also not discount checking out Media, PA when you come to look at the area. It is a lovely area, with a very very vibrant downtown (there is a Trader Joe's market right downtown that is easily walkable). You are right on 95, so it is accessible to get to NYC and the Chester County countryside is lovely.

Media is in Delaware County. Just sayin.
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Germany
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I wish we'd have the opportunity to come and drive around before our move. We live in Germany and we'd at least like to have it down to the school district, so the kids don't have to switch schools more than once this school year. We are planning on renting first and then narrowing it down within the district.

And I understand that my wish list might just not be realistic for the area. Most important is that it's a kid friendly neighborhood - where they can walk/bicycle to their friends/parks/playgrounds. A village area like Keswick village would be lovely for the smaller shopping trips and nights out! At the same time we really enjoy long walks through fields and forest. (We were so lucky to find all this where we live right now and still have all big shopping and two larger cities within 30-45 min drive).

However - my husband will be working Philadelphia City Center, so we need easy access to train station.
*Sigh*

The general area will be Abington/Glenside and I also looked at Ambler, although here I am not sure which school district to check out.
Any more suggestions, tips and hints would be very highly appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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I wish we'd have the opportunity to come and drive around before our move. We live in Germany and we'd at least like to have it down to the school district, so the kids don't have to switch schools more than once this school year. We are planning on renting first and then narrowing it down within the district.

And I understand that my wish list might just not be realistic for the area. Most important is that it's a kid friendly neighborhood - where they can walk/bicycle to their friends/parks/playgrounds. A village area like Keswick village would be lovely for the smaller shopping trips and nights out! At the same time we really enjoy long walks through fields and forest. (We were so lucky to find all this where we live right now and still have all big shopping and two larger cities within 30-45 min drive).

However - my husband will be working Philadelphia City Center, so we need easy access to train station.
*Sigh*

The general area will be Abington/Glenside and I also looked at Ambler, although here I am not sure which school district to check out.
Any more suggestions, tips and hints would be very highly appreciated.
Ambler Borough is in the Wissahickon School District, which is very well-regarded.
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Old 10-29-2017, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Ambler Borough is in the Wissahickon School District, which is very well-regarded.
Thank you! When I checked out Ambler there were 2 or 3 different school district mentioned for that area, so I was confused. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Yes Ambler is going to have more open space than Abington, but also have a Main Street with the amenities you are seeking, and therefore I would recommend that over Abington. But both are absolutely lovely areas!
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Yes Ambler is going to have more open space than Abington, but also have a Main Street with the amenities you are seeking, and therefore I would recommend that over Abington. But both are absolutely lovely areas!
It's good to hear that we can't go wrong, no matter which one we chose : )

Can you tell me how Jenkintown compare with Abington and Ambler? I understand that Jenkintown also has a lovely little downtown area.
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