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Old 01-20-2010, 07:14 PM
 
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I am a 30-year-old remarried mother living in Philadelphia. We planned on relocating out of state, but my daughter's absentee father suddenly jumped back into the picture to object. It is now mandated that we stay within 100 miles of Philadelphia for the next 12 years.

So now we might as well find a good place to settle. We are looking for for a hip, multi-cultural, artsy, "young", tolerant, progressive area to reside. Somewhere family-friendly but not riddled with mini-vans, and nowhere where the lights go out at 8 pm. Absolutley no suburban sprawl McMansion developments, snotty main-line attitudes, or anything way out in the boonies.

I like to be able to get around by foot or bike, at least to some destinations. I don't want to have to drive to the nearest store. Okay, so yeah, I like Philly. However, I'm not so into the school district. I need a town or area with a good public school. I'm not so worried about home prices, we can swing it. I'd prefer a mixed-income, diverse area. Good restaurants and cultural events are important to us. Is there anything out there?

Basically, I'm looking for a suburban equivalent to say, Northern Liberties. I'm thinking about something like Collingswood, Mt Airy (yes, I know it isn't a suburb, just hoping it has a secretly wonderful school option), or New Hope. What are the schools like in these areas? Ideally, I'd like something with easy city access but that can stand on it's own. Laid-back and friendly but not sleepy. Someone suggested Phoenixville or West Chester but they seem so far. In general, I'm not into the Western Suburbs. Please prove me wrong. How about Wilmington? It must be urban, but I never hear anything about it. Btw, I have work options in Philadelphia and Trenton.

Yes, we are a family and the kid comes first, but I am not ready to put on a turtle neck and start shopping at strip malls. Help me find happy medium, please!

P.S. Are there any shore towns that actually thrive all year? Nope, didn't think so.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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look into hatboro, Newtown, Moorestown NJ
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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In NJ - Collingswood
In PA - Downtown Newtown, Downtown Doylestown (although things do close very early) and DEFINITELY New Hope! (new hope = northern libs in suburbs)

I think if I had to pick I would say New Hope or Collingswood would be best for you.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I suggest the Hatboro Horsham area
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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I guess my dream location would have the accessibilty to Philly of Collingswood, the community of Mt. Airy, and the school district of Newtown. Since this is only a dream, lets add an ocean and a cliff.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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I suggest the Hatboro Horsham area
I heard that Hatboro has a nice "main street" town feel. I've been to Horsham and it seemed like white bread suburbia to me, which is fine; lots of people are into that, just not me. Was I missing something?
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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Does anyone know the reputation of Collingswood schools? They seem to be their own district. I didn't realize it was that large of an area. What other little gems are hidden in NJ? I've never considered living in NJ before recently.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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P.S. Are there any shore towns that actually thrive all year? Nope, didn't think so.
Pretty much everything between Point Pleasant and Red Bank . . . and all within 90 miles of Philadelphia.

Belmar to Trenton is a pretty reliable 45 minutes. Belmar to CC is more like 75 minutes.
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Does anyone know the reputation of Collingswood schools? They seem to be their own district. I didn't realize it was that large of an area. What other little gems are hidden in NJ? I've never considered living in NJ before recently.

I told ya alrwady. Moorestown NJ. way better schools then Collingswood too

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorest...ip,_New_Jersey

http://www.moorestown.com/community/
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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I told ya alrwady. Moorestown NJ. way better schools then Collingswood too

Moorestown Township, New Jersey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

moorestown.com
You must have missed the part about overall walkability/bikeability and lights NOT going out at 8pm.
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