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Old 06-03-2010, 12:33 PM
 
Location: South of the Canal, DE
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My husband works in Center City now. He's been commuting from Center City from Newark daily. It's a bit much, to say the least. An hour and a half there and back daily is taking a toll on him. We were looking at the map trying to figure out where we wanted to station ourselves, but we have no idea. There are so many cities that are possibilities.

Ideally, we'd like to be stationed in a nice suburb, 30-45 minutes by train to Center City, I'd say our price range is about $400K for a house with at least 1/4 acre (comparable to what we have now), great school system, relatively safe neighborhood (nowhere is without crime), and close enough to activities. We are a middle to upper-class black family, with kids ages 7 and 9 years old. We'd like a diverse and enjoyable neighborhood, as we're used to having friends of all backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, etc!

Please help! I appreciate any and all input.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Look at Media, Narberth(MainLine), Conshohocken, Ambler, Jenkintown, or Hatboro(which is about as far out as youd want to go).

Maybe Bristol in bucks.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Yeah per killakoolaide's somewhat disparate locations, you never said whether it is Newark, NJ or Newark, DE. That will make a big difference.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Maybe Bristol in bucks.
No...not Bristol.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:13 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Yeah per killakoolaide's somewhat disparate locations, you never said whether it is Newark, NJ or Newark, DE. That will make a big difference.
As per the OP's "location", it appears she's located in Delaware.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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As per the OP's "location", it appears she's located in Delaware.
Aha! Guess I missed that.

In that case, I'd recommend against Ambler, Jenkintown and Bristol, primarily because of the distance for the commute. The Main Line towns may be out of your price range.

Media would be perfect. Maybe Swarthmore although that could be pricey. If you don't mind driving a bit to the train station, West Chester and immediate environs would work as well. Springfield is a thought too. Basically, you'll want to stick to Delaware County to minimize the commute to both Newark and Center City. Note that the most diverse communities in Delaware County (e.g. Darby, Upper Darby, Yeadon) are unfortunately not the safest nor do they have the most reputable schools.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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Aha! Guess I missed that.

In that case, I'd recommend against Ambler, Jenkintown and Bristol, primarily because of the distance for the commute. The Main Line towns may be out of your price range.

Media would be perfect. Maybe Swarthmore although that could be pricey. If you don't mind driving a bit to the train station, West Chester and immediate environs would work as well. Springfield is a thought too. Basically, you'll want to stick to Delaware County to minimize the commute to both Newark and Center City. Note that the most diverse communities in Delaware County (e.g. Darby, Upper Darby, Yeadon) are unfortunately not the safest nor do they have the most reputable schools.
They would not be commuting to Newark. The OP said her husband works in CC and they are trying to move out of DE for a shorter commute
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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Umm I'm going to agree to AVOID Bristol... not good schools at all, and not really the nicest area either, especially if you have 400k to spend - you'd be the nicest house on the block, if you can even find a house for 400k in Bristol that is... the norm is more like 200k. But enough bashing Bristol.... Onto more positive answers...

You can definitely get a nice house in Bucks or Montco for 400k .. Possibly Yardley, Richboro, Holland, Langhorne or in Montco maybe Abington, Jenkintown.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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They would not be commuting to Newark. The OP said her husband works in CC and they are trying to move out of DE for a shorter commute

Perhaps I need to get my eyes checked. lol I had originally read the post thinking that the family was living in Center City while the husband was commuting to Newark (whichever Newark that was. )

In that case, I take back my somewhat opposing view and support yours...although I might replace Bristol with Bensalem.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Wynnewood, PA/Philadelphia, PA (Temple U)
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Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Wynnewood.
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