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Old 12-20-2018, 08:24 AM
 
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Hello, We are considering a possible move to Philadelphia and would appreciate suggestions on good neighborhoods to move to. Below are the questions from the main post with my answers.


When are you moving? Spring 2019
Where are you coming from? Bay area, CA
Why are you moving? Don't care much for Bay area, its too busy and we would like a little quieter, friendlier place to live in.
Where will you be working?Husband's work will be in North Wales
Have you been here yet? Husband has been there and loves it.

Will you buy or rent?Initialy rent and hopefully buy within a year.
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?Prefer a house but condo might work. 4 bedrooms are a must. Budget about $$450k - $500k
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?2-3 bedroom for $2k or less
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?Not picky as far as rental is concerned.

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?PA
(If you answered NJ - post your answers here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/phila...-philadelphia/)

Are you married or single? Do you have children?Married, 3 kids. One in HS, One in MS and one is 1.5yo. Good schools are very important for us. My High schooler is currently enrolled concurrently with the local community college and would love to keep doing that.
Do you prefer public or private schools?Public
Do you have pets?No
Do you want or need a yard?Atleast a small yard would be nice.
Are you keeping a car?Yes, 2 cars
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?Both are OK but we would prefer quieter neighborhoods with families

What do you want to be closest to? work - 20-30 min drive is OK. It would be great to be able to walk to parks, school, etc and groceries, etc just a short drive away.
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?Diverse

Favorite Beverage - Craft Beer, wine, water?Water/coffee/tea
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:58 PM
 
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Hello, We are considering a possible move to Philadelphia and would appreciate suggestions on good neighborhoods to move to. Below are the questions from the main post with my answers.


When are you moving? Spring 2019
Where are you coming from? Bay area, CA
Why are you moving? Don't care much for Bay area, its too busy and we would like a little quieter, friendlier place to live in.
Where will you be working?Husband's work will be in North Wales
Have you been here yet? Husband has been there and loves it.

Will you buy or rent?Initialy rent and hopefully buy within a year.
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?Prefer a house but condo might work. 4 bedrooms are a must. Budget about $$450k - $500k
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?2-3 bedroom for $2k or less
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?Not picky as far as rental is concerned.

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?PA
(If you answered NJ - post your answers here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/phila...-philadelphia/)

Are you married or single? Do you have children?Married, 3 kids. One in HS, One in MS and one is 1.5yo. Good schools are very important for us. My High schooler is currently enrolled concurrently with the local community college and would love to keep doing that.
Do you prefer public or private schools?Public
Do you have pets?No
Do you want or need a yard?Atleast a small yard would be nice.
Are you keeping a car?Yes, 2 cars
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?Both are OK but we would prefer quieter neighborhoods with families

What do you want to be closest to? work - 20-30 min drive is OK. It would be great to be able to walk to parks, school, etc and groceries, etc just a short drive away.
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?Diverse

Favorite Beverage - Craft Beer, wine, water?Water/coffee/tea
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OP, hopefully suburbanites will weigh in. I'm not sure you can can get the size house you require with that budget.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:55 PM
 
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Mount Airy all day long.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:12 PM
 
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Lansdale proper or anything in the North Wales school district would fit the bill for your requirements. Not 100% on the renting, but for buying, yes, you can find something for 4 bedroom in that budget it looks like.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Lansdale proper or anything in the North Wales school district would fit the bill for your requirements. Not 100% on the renting, but for buying, yes, you can find something for 4 bedroom in that budget it looks like.
A little more on Lansdale, which I would also recommend to you as an ideal location given where your hubby will be working:

Why You Should Take a Second Look at Lansdale | Philadelphia Magazine
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:01 AM
 
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I would second Lansdale and also add Ambler in. Ambler has a great walkable downtown, nice stone houses, nice parks and train access to the city. At most would be a 20 minute drive to North Wales. Doylestown could also work but in town in Doylestown might also be a little more expensive and not as diverse as Lansdale or Ambler. Chestnut Hill/Mount Airy are amazing neighborhoods but are a little further from North Wales and the schools, especially high school can be questionable.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:47 PM
 
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Rash_g80, North Wales is a nice area/school district (North Penn), and you will be surrounded by several other nice areas/school districts (Wissahickon, Hatboro-Horsham, Central Bucks in Bucks county, etc). You shouldn't have any problems finding houses in the area. The community college in Montgomery Country is MCCC or MC3, and it is pretty decent and quite huge, and is close to North Wales.

You won't go too wrong with any of them. North Penn is a pretty large school covering a large geographical area for school district, and looks like a college. But I think it has a good bit of resources, including an engineering type program. I think Wissahickon and Hatboro-Horsham are smaller school districts. Wissahickon is highly rated (Ambler borough, Lower Gwynedd, Blue Bell aka Whitpain Township are the municipalities for Wissahickon).

Good luck. The only problem is a good problem, in that you have too many choices!
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Old 12-28-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I would avoid living in Lansdale. All this talk about North Penn .... 5000+ students traveling in from up to 1.5 hours away. Would be too much for me to send a child there. It’s a slightly further hike but get situated in the Central Bucks’ school district , if possible. Any of them ... CB East , West or South. Doylestown is a phenomenal area.
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:47 PM
 
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Thank you for all the suggestions so far. Lots to think about!
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:00 PM
 
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EDITED TO ADD

Location is no longer an issue since husband will mostly be telecommuting / traveling. I looked at the school stats, other forum recommendations, etc and am looking at the following areas

Malvern
Chadds ford (looks like the high school is 13 miles away)
Doylestown
Lansdale

Can someone please give more info about these neighborhoods? We are mainly looking at safety, activities for kids, neighborhood parks, grocery shopping at reasonable distance, and schools at a reasonable distance. Being able to bike/play outside would be great. We would be buying a house after renting for 6-8 months and would need a 3-4 bedroom SFH or Townhouse around 500k range.
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