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Old 10-01-2019, 12:44 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies and for moving this thread to the correct forum.

My son is attending Penn State-Abington for 2 years, then he is moving to University Park. He is currently living in on campus housing and will be living in off-campus housing next and while at University Park. He is moving with me and will be residing at home during breaks. I would prefer more of a suburban area with a walkable downtown and parks. I will be working in Center City I don't necessarily want to live there.
I would recommend looking at the Jenkintown-Glenside-Abington area. There are a lot of natural benefits of this area:

* Suburban with walkable downtown (Glenside) with restaurants, bars, Keswick Theater, etc.
* Jenkintown train station is a hub of several train lines with a ton of trains that all go to Center City.
* Very close proximity to PSU Abington.
* Plenty of amenities (shopping centers in Rydal, Willow Grove Mall).
* Close to colleges (i.e. other young people) - not just PSU-Abington but also Bryn Athyn and Arcadia.

That is a very nice area. I have some friends who live in the area (in Jenkintown specifically), and they love it there.
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Old 10-01-2019, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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For that reason, I recommend the following:
  • Manayunk - I wouldn't call it suburban and there aren't many parks immediately in the area (the canal towpath could be considered a park though) but Fairmount Park and Wissahickon Creek are a short drive
^Fshort drive^Rstimulating walk or bike ride

Why not make the most of the local natural assets? The Schuylkill River Trail follows the canal towpath and heads directly to the Wissahickon and the rest of Fairmount Park.
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Old 10-01-2019, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Bala-Cynwyd, IMO, is too residential to meet the OP's stated desires. It does have a very nice business district along Bala Avenue, and another on Montgomery, but neither of them are what I would consider pub crawl territory - which is why all the St. Joe's/Villanova/Haverford... kids head to Manayunk.

(OTOH, there is that developer building a bunch of apartments right along Bala Avenue with the stated goal of enlivening the business district there. I may have to reconsider that statement in two years or so.)

I'd second Jenkintown and Glenside, OTOH. Not as pub-crawly as Manayunk or Old City, but both have several decent places to eat and drink in them.
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:53 PM
 
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I would recommend looking at the Jenkintown-Glenside-Abington area. There are a lot of natural benefits of this area:

* Suburban with walkable downtown (Glenside) with restaurants, bars, Keswick Theater, etc.
* Jenkintown train station is a hub of several train lines with a ton of trains that all go to Center City.
* Very close proximity to PSU Abington.
* Plenty of amenities (shopping centers in Rydal, Willow Grove Mall).
* Close to colleges (i.e. other young people) - not just PSU-Abington but also Bryn Athyn and Arcadia.

That is a very nice area. I have some friends who live in the area (in Jenkintown specifically), and they love it there.
I cosign with these suggestions for the same reasons. Just to add a bit:

Jenkintown is somewhat walkable as well although the nexus of activity does seem to have shifted towards Keswick Village in Glenside.

Regarding commuter rail, while Jenkintown benefits from having four lines go through it, Glenside is not too shabby with three of them.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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^^ probably makes the most sense due to the proximity to school, but maybe check out chestnut hill/mt airy in the city as it's not too far a drive and germantown ave has a lot of activity and lots of beautiful parks right there. Manayunk is also a good suggestion but might be a little harder to get to class.
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:31 AM
 
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Thank you again I will look into the suggested areas. I was completely clueless on where to begin my search now I feel like I have some direction now that I can narrow down my focus.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:50 PM
 
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Honestly, if it was me, I'd find an area I Iiked. Your son will make friends in school, and chances are when he graduates, he will get his own apartment, or even move away from the area. He's past the age where you should have to plan your life around him.
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