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Old 02-05-2019, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yea Newtown square is top of our list. Is Marple Newtown a good school ?
It's a nice area, but I think it's a bit far, too.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:02 AM
 
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It's a nice area, but I think it's a bit far, too.
Far from where?
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:20 AM
 
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Before you move to Newtown Square or Media, you should visit Media first.
You said earlier you didn't like the lack of activity in Abington. Abington has Jenkintown nearby. While Media might arguably have "more to do" than Jenkintown overall, is it enough for you?
What are your ideas of things to do? That's important too.

Merion seems to have a significant Jewish population, so Haverford might also be another consideration. Still city accessible, but close enough to Suburban Square and other suburban amenities.

I'm not sure about Jewish presence in Philadelphia itself, but if it's significant in Chestnut Hill, I don't think something like that is worth discounting either.
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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Before you move to Newtown Square or Media, you should visit Media first.
You said earlier you didn't like the lack of activity in Abington. Abington has Jenkintown nearby. While Media might arguably have "more to do" than Jenkintown overall, is it enough for you?
What are your ideas of things to do? That's important too.

Merion seems to have a significant Jewish population, so Haverford might also be another consideration. Still city accessible, but close enough to Suburban Square and other suburban amenities.

I'm not sure about Jewish presence in Philadelphia itself, but if it's significant in Chestnut Hill, I don't think something like that is worth discounting either.
I have visited media and thought the Main Street was very cute. Havenít seen much else there except that though. Jenkintown is okay. Didnít find it very exciting growing up. Our ideas of things to do are an area with local restaurants, a Main Street to wander around and some nice parks.i do like haverford and main line but taxes are so crazy expensive and so are the house prices. Not ruling it out though. Just not sure we would be able to afford something there.

I like chestnut hill but seems to be a lot of older houses and not sure about the school district there. Will take a look though. Thanks !!
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:48 PM
 
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It's a nice area, but I think it's a bit far, too.
It looks like Newtown square is huge so some parts seem closer to main line and others are farther out. If I could find somewhere closer to main line that may be ideal for commuting.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:46 PM
 
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Far from where?
Sorry. I meant Newtown.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:26 AM
 
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I have visited media and thought the Main Street was very cute. Havenít seen much else there except that though. Jenkintown is okay. Didnít find it very exciting growing up. Our ideas of things to do are an area with local restaurants, a Main Street to wander around and some nice parks.i do like haverford and main line but taxes are so crazy expensive and so are the house prices. Not ruling it out though. Just not sure we would be able to afford something there.

I like chestnut hill but seems to be a lot of older houses and not sure about the school district there. Will take a look though. Thanks !!
Chestnut Hill is part of Philadelphia. While Philadelphia does have some good schools, those good schools are generally all magnet. Not all the magnets themselves are particularly good either, and some are okay. You could always live in an area like Chestnut Hill and send your child to cyber school as long as you can be more involved in their education or they are self-motivated to learn and do the work. You can socialize in a cyber school, but it can be tougher. If you can visit school events, that can help. Cyber schools generally have a hard time attracting high school students to events for all kinds of reasons. It is definitely possible and does happen- I have done it myself- but there can be a lot of hoops to jump through.

With Media, you have Ridley Park State Park, Tyler Arboretum, John Heinz Wildlife Refuge nearby. I think for a suburban location, Media or near Media gives you the most variety and overall great value for what you're looking for if you can afford it. Chestnut Hill fits the bill better except older homes and school district mainly. If you can find a cheaper home in Chestnut Hill that you could get remodeled, that would be a good route for you too I think.

Newtown, PA, I don't think is good for you. It's further out from the city, and even further out from suburban type amentities. It's like 1/2 hour to Doylestown, which may feel too similar to Jenkintown after several months for you. There's Levittown and Trenton, which have some nice things, but Trenton can get rough at night. Levittown has a famous place known for starting the ginacotti (sp?).

You're going to have to settle for something and sacrifice things- this could be school district, travel time to get to do certain things, etc. Not necessarily a bad thing entirely. More discipline to get you to appreciate things you might not normally do otherwise.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:41 PM
 
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Again I would recommend Wyndmoor, PA. Which is just over the line of Chestnut Hill.

You get the walkability and access of beautiful Chestnut Hill while being in Montgomery County.

700k - 800k buys you beautiful older homes, far more than anything on the Main Line.

Chestnut Hill is not terrible in terms of public school options. That will be my #2.

#3. I would say Media/Swarthmore. Property taxes will be higher. But again you have new construction and stately home options. With quick access to the walkability you desire. And those taxes goes towards some of the highest rated schools in the state. (Which Pennsylvania is a top performing public education state)
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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How important is size and breadth of the Jewish community (and the amenities that come with one)? Do you want a distinctly Jewish area, a place with a moderate Jewish population, or just somewhere that Jews will be accepted?
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:29 AM
 
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How important is size and breadth of the Jewish community (and the amenities that come with one)? Do you want a distinctly Jewish area, a place with a moderate Jewish population, or just somewhere that Jews will be accepted?
Doesnít have to be a huge community. I would say moderate is fine. I grew up in Abington where it was about 10% Jews but there were a ton of synagogues in the area and my elementary school had a higher percentage. I would be okay with that.
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