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Old 07-31-2019, 10:31 AM
 
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Havertown could definitely work. You'll probably need to go over your minimum on budget, but can get something without having to go all the way to $400K. The Norristown High Speed Line, which would take you to 69th Street to switch to the El, goes through Havertown. Any of the stations from Ardmore Avenue to Penfield would be convenient, but the ones that are technically in Havertown are Penfield, Beechwood/Brookline, and Wynnewood Road.


ETA: Just did a quick search online for houses in H-town between $250K and $400K, 3+ bedrooms, 1+ bathrooms, and found over 50 homes.
The property/school taxes, which they're not paying directly right now, is what will bite them.
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:52 PM
 
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I always recommend Havertown because it has all you're asking for and is mostly within your budget. Taxes are a bit high, but not crazy like other areas in Delco.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:52 PM
 
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I always recommend Havertown because it has all you're asking for and is mostly within your budget. Taxes are a bit high, but not crazy like other areas in Delco.
True. You can find many nice single-family houses in the area that are in safe, family-oriented neighborhoods. Havertown is also close enough to the city to allow you a reasonably short commute to CHOP by train or by car.
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Old 08-01-2019, 08:51 AM
 
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For $400K?

Toll Brothers single family NEW homes can be had for around $500,000. I have a feeling that the OP is a newly minted doctor. Doctors can easily qualify for a half million dollar mortgage, and that goes for those just starting out.
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:58 AM
 
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Toll Brothers single family NEW homes can be had for around $500,000. I have a feeling that the OP is a newly minted doctor. Doctors can easily qualify for a half million dollar mortgage, and that goes for those just starting out.

Your own anecdotal evidence (or opinion) aside, the OP specifically stated that he would like to stay between $300K and $400K, so that's what we should be recommending.
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Old 08-02-2019, 12:48 PM
 
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Toll Brothers single family NEW homes can be had for around $500,000.

That depends on how loose you are with the word 'around'. They have a search on their (TB) site, and I can only find a few areas (Western suburbs like Phoenixville) where houses are starting at $500K. By the time you add on the basics to make the home livable, you're going to be closer to $600K for a new TB SFH.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:20 PM
 
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I always recommend Havertown because it has all you're asking for and is mostly within your budget. Taxes are a bit high, but not crazy like other areas in Delco.
Not sure what is happening now but when I was paying those Haverford Twp/Delco prop/school taxes they went up every year. So, OP you've been warned.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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Your own anecdotal evidence (or opinion) aside, the OP specifically stated that he would like to stay between $300K and $400K, so that's what we should be recommending.

The OP wrote "new house" not "house." Are there brand new 2,500+ square foot single family detached homes available (other than townhouses) in Haverford Township for between $300,000 and $400,000?


The OP should be taken at his/her word.
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:50 AM
 
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Well, I'm not sure how much of the housing stock is new, and I know there's a separate forum for the South Jersey 'burbs, but since the OP expressed no preference when it came to what side of the Delaware they lived on, I'd also say Collingswood checks off just about all their boxes.

It's extremely walkable, and it's located on the rapid transit line from South Jersey into Center City too, which means a no-car commute to CHOP is possible (it would require changing to either the MFL and walking, a trolley and walking, or the Route 42 bus along Walnut). That would reduce the need to buy a second car for commuting.

Collingswood's schools are decent too. The downside: Both state income and local property taxes in New Jersey are higher than they are in Pennsylvania. However, you can deduct the taxes you pay to Pennsylvania and Philadelphia for working there from your New Jersey state income tax.

OP: If you absolutely must have a new construction house, I'd also recommend looking in some in-city neighborhoods. I've been exposed to an increasing body of anecdotal evidence that suggests that children with involved parents can thrive in "bad" city public elementary schools that have good and dedicated teaching staffs, and in a number of city neighborhoods, "Friends of" groups - neighbors who do not necessarily have children enrolled in the local school - provide additional support and resources to their local public schools. I recently attended a launch of a new SFR (mostly) housing development in Roxborough where the pre-construction pricing on the houses are right in the range you desire.

But I'd also recommend that you consider renovated older houses as well. Most of these have amenities on par with new construction, and they were more solidly built to begin with. (There are Toll Brothers horror stories circulating like samizdat literature in the old Soviet Union abroad in the land, not to mention a very public Inquirer exposé of problems with water damage in new construction houses all over the 'burbs.)
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:09 AM
 
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The OP wrote "new house" not "house." Are there brand new 2,500+ square foot single family detached homes available (other than townhouses) in Haverford Township for between $300,000 and $400,000?


The OP should be taken at his/her word.
There is no mention at all of requiring new construction.
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