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Old 09-19-2019, 05:14 AM
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Originally Posted by JacksonPanther View Post
Drexel Hill appears to be majority white (by a great margin). Total population is falling, which means taxes will get worse without some innovation from leadership. Housing stock is old, but maintained.

What are the actual borders of Drexel Hill? Google drops the name right on top of the junction where the 101 and 102 split. Where is the supposedly undesirable southern DH versus the desirable North?
The trolley line forms Drexel Hill's southern border from Lansdowne Avenue to Drexel Hill Junction. State Road splits it in two, I believe.

Note, however, that Drexel Hill isn't its own municipality, though it has its own ZIP code.

It's entirely contained within Upper Darby Township and its school district. I believe UD's demographics are a little more mixed - it's the most populous township in the Commonwealth (~82,000), and it has only the one high school.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:21 PM
Location: Lancaster, PA
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Can't comment much on Drexel Hill, but do recall an article on Curbed about the neat old homes, etc.

OP, we left Austin for mostly the same reason and have no regrets. Insane property taxes, crowds, and traffic.

Also...fall weather is starting and it's 50 right now.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:54 PM
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Well at least this one isn't a bash-fest, I guess.

I moved to the township as a teen from a much less nice area and have been in the general area most of my life. I think I can give the OP more accurate info than many here. I will say though that MarketStEl and a few others are some of the very few I've seen on sites like these give valuable, objective information. You should listen to them when they talk.

Aronomink Elementary School is an excellent place to send your kids, is being expanded, and is in an area with both amazing old stone houses and more typical suburbia. If buying or renting a house with kids or when planning to have them, this is the area I would look in. It's every bit as decent as surrounding Springfield and Havertown.

The entirety of the area is diversifying, and a lot more quickly than in years past. This and the school district and taxes is causing more skiddish homeowners to flee like suburban people tend to do. Their loss.

I'm from south of Garrett, south of Route 1, east of the Blue Route, and any other ridiculously laughable demarcation line more sheltered suburbanites love to use to describe places that aren't as new and suburban as the places they live in or are from. Let me tell you that the entirety of Drexel Hill is nicer than where I grew up. I have walked through the entirety of Drexel Hill other than the part across the creek from Clifton Heights/Westbrook Park at 3am with no issues whatsoever. None. The only time anybody might have any is when dealing with punk teenagers or young people at times they tend to congregate. This has been the case in the more working class parts of that area since before I was even born, and has simply spread to other parts near them. The real crime is in places you're likely to never go.

I'm unaware that the area near the trolley tracks is undesirable or problematic, and in fact it had quite a decent amount of money when I was an adolescent in the 2000s. Maybe she is referring to the area around the 102 trolley line? Or maybe she just genuinely doesn't have a clue. Once you get west of Shadeland Avenue, there are plenty of streets with impressive old homes. Walking through there always made me feel like I was in another world. This continues all the way from Drexel Park to Aronomink.

If you do not have kids, I would most recommend the Drexel Park section or the section that borders Lansdowne borough near Shadeland Avenue. There is great old housing stock, and you're not far from the train to Center City if you don't mind a small commute to the station. That area is not what it was once but it's nothing like Clifton Heights or the part of Drexel Hill near it.

It really all depends on what you are looking for, and what you aren't willing to deal with.
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