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Old 05-04-2010, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Burbs near Philly
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Hi all! I'm moving to Philly soon, but would be looking to buy a house within a year. I work in Malvern (west of Philadelphia) and my boyfriend will be attending Drexel University. I would ideally like to be looking for a house in between the center of Philly and Malvern.

My price range is $150,000-$250,000 and I'm looking for a 2-3 bedroom house in a safe area. I am open to condos, but would prefer a single family home if I can find anything that will be in that range. My biggest concerns would be a safe, nice neighborhood and a realistic commute to work, and proximity to nice places to eat/entertainment (though not as important). I have no children.

Any suggestions as to towns I should start my search in? Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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Personally I'd look for somewhere close to Route 3. Most likely that'll be the easy commute into the city from the west and you can shoot up north on 252 or Providence Rd to head up toward Paoli/Malvern.

For what its worth I've always liked some of the homes around Newtown Square.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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Paoli, Malvern, Downingtown, Exton.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Burbs near Philly
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll def look around Route 3 since that seems like a pretty easy commute for the both of us. I'll also take a look around Newton Square.

Paoli/Malvern are too far away from Drexel for my liking. I'd like something a little closer to midway between Malvern and downtown Philly.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:28 AM
 
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Many of the closer suburbs are not going to be much house for your dollar. You could look into Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth, but you probably wont find much for the 250K-300K range.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll def look around Route 3 since that seems like a pretty easy commute for the both of us. I'll also take a look around Newton Square.

Paoli/Malvern are too far away from Drexel for my liking. I'd like something a little closer to midway between Malvern and downtown Philly.
they have excellent train service to Drexel, Newtown Sq has traffic. they're all nice places though.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Hi all! I'm moving to Philly soon, but would be looking to buy a house within a year. I work in Malvern (west of Philadelphia) and my boyfriend will be attending Drexel University. I would ideally like to be looking for a house in between the center of Philly and Malvern.

My price range is $150,000-$250,000 and I'm looking for a 2-3 bedroom house in a safe area. I am open to condos, but would prefer a single family home if I can find anything that will be in that range. My biggest concerns would be a safe, nice neighborhood and a realistic commute to work, and proximity to nice places to eat/entertainment (though not as important). I have no children.

Any suggestions as to towns I should start my search in? Thanks in advance!

Once you cross City Line Ave which is the border of W. Philly and the suburbs, the neighborhoods are all good.

I would recommend ANY of the towns along Lancaster Ave. The only problem for you will be the price range. Most singles will start above 250k but I think you will be able to find a condo. The towns along Lancaster ave will be perfect because they are all served by the rail line that goes direct to 30th St Station which is right next to Drexel. Look into Narberth, Ardmore, Brym Mawr, Nova, and Wayne.
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Old 05-05-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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With a price range of 150-250 you may be able to find apartments and twins in parts of Lower Merion (Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, Narberth, etc) and in some sections of Haverford (specifically Havertown). I searched for one just a few months ago and couldn't find anything we liked that fit our 200k budget. We ended up in Phoenixville, which is a great town and we love it, but its a little further out.

If you find that you are having trouble finding anything down that way look at Upper Merion (King of Prussia). It's tough making a house budget like that work in the main line area but it can be done. Happy hunting!
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Look in Ardmore because the other towns would be almost double to what you are looking to spend. I use to live in Newtown Square and sold my home 4 years ago for 350k. Today the same home is almost 550k. Oh well.....But we are so very happy living in a water front home in Florida

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Old 05-06-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Burbs near Philly
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Great suggestions everyone! Wouldn't the commute from Ardmore (and nearby towns) be super long to Malvern in the morning?
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