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Old 04-14-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Default Germantown

I was hoping someone could give me a little info on Germantown. Is it a relatively safe place to live and commute back and forth from by public transportation. I've seen a lot of postings on Craigslist for 1-2 br apts from 700-900/month. This seems kind of low to me---should this be a concern?---

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jak
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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You will be better off staying in the northern and western parts towards West Mt. Airy. The further south and east towards Wayne Junction is very much still ghetto.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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If those listings are for high-rise apartments, you'll probably be okay. But if you're looking for things to do that are convenient and safer, then West (or perhaps even East) Mt. Airy would be better.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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There are some very nice parts of Germantown. There are definite exceptions, but generally south of Wayne Ave. and West of Coulter St. is pretty decent. This is a small pocket, but you may find it less expensive than Mt. Airy.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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Default gtown

I live in Germantown on Tulpehocken st, it has some of the nicest historic mansions in the city, most of which have apartments inside these days. (try also walnut lane, washington lane) Mt airy does offer more in terms of restaurants and shopping, but its more expensive. As other posters said, parts of germantown are run down and dangerous, but there are some great streets to be found. I think the northwest section on Philly is by far the most interesting to live in. Commute is easy if youre near one of the many train stations. It has tons of parks, plenty of stores, and the best old architecture in the city.
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Does this advice still hold true? We are looking for a 3+ bedroom place and the prices in Germantown are pretty decent. Is that because it's still a pretty rough place to live unless you magically find one of the sweet spots mentioned here?
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Does this advice still hold true? We are looking for a 3+ bedroom place and the prices in Germantown are pretty decent. Is that because it's still a pretty rough place to live unless you magically find one of the sweet spots mentioned here?
I agree with all the previous posters. I lived in Germantown for the first 17 years of my life. There are some nice buildings on Tulpehocken near McCallum Street (I think) and also some decent, affordable places on Chelten Ave. I'd also recommend looking around Walnut Lane and some places off of Wissahickon Ave.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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Bingo.

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Old 07-15-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Assuming you are buying, I would suggest staying off of Chelten Ave actually, you don't have to stay far away, but not on, and probably at least a block or two away. I like the rest of the suggestions as well. Think of looking off of Greene St as well as the others. In general, just visit and get a feel. I would suggest making sure you not only like the place you buy, but at least one block, preferably two, on all sides of you have a similar feel.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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Dude, Germantown is bad. If you are coming from outside Philly, you won't like it. There are always a few good pockets in any bad part of town. I have seen at least one "guide book" that lists Germantown as a tourist destination, without any qualifications. Doing this is simply dangerous for the tourists. If you don't come from inner-city Philly, NY, Chiacago, Detroit, or LA, then Germantown is BAD. Visit the germantown "sights" in the daytime and with escorts. Then go home.
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