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Old 05-31-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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Hello,
We're thinking about moving to Bethlehem and are unsure of what the nicer areas are. We want somewhere safe for a family. We have a one year old and two dogs. We would like a house with a yard but do not want to spend more than $1200 a month on rent. An artsy area would be nice. And somewhere close to downtown would be nice, but not a necessity. Any input? We're currently living in Milford, PA but it feels a little too isolated and small. We moved here from Asheville, NC (which we loved) for a job.

When are you moving? Fall
Where are you coming from? Milford, PA
Why are you moving? Want more activity, more social options, closer to stores, etc.
Where will you be working?
Have you been here yet? Yes

Will you buy or rent? Rent
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? House, $1200/month
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married with one child
Do you prefer public or private schools? Public
Do you have pets? 2 dogs
Do you want or need a yard? Yes
Are you keeping a car? Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? A mix of both is nice

What do you want to be closest to?
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:20 AM
 
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The problem that most see with Bethlehem is the schools. The elementary schools are generally okay, but after that there are problems and with the huge budget problems in that district, it's not going to get better. Have you considered Emmaus? Good schools, lower prices and a vibrant downtown area. Don't get me wrong, I love Bethlehem, but I wouldn't move there with kids.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:15 AM
 
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I live in downtown Bethlehem (north side). My neighbors have kids and since I've lived here (long enough to see them go through high school) they've all gone to college. So, I guess the high school can't be that bad in Bethlehem. (I went to a supposedly bad high school myself and I can say all my friends and myself went on to college and we all have good jobs, including many doctors and pharmacists.) Also, going further out from downtown Bethlehem on the northside (Edgeboro neighborhood) are some really nice, older homes with yards and sidewalks, so you won't feel like you have to drive everywhere and still can walk downtown in 20 minutes. The west side of Bethlehem (going west from downtown across the broad street bridge) also has a similar feel with houses/townhouses that have yards. If you go further out, you hit Bethlehem township, which supposedly has a nicer (better?) high school than downtown, but you'll be car bound. In all, everything is relative and even the best schools have their problems. Downtown Bethlehem is really nice and safe, with lots of shops/restaurants and lots to do (festivals throughout the year), and the housing in the city seems to be cheaper for what you get compared with the burbs. If you raise your kid(s) right, probably any school will get them where they need to be.
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