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Old 01-30-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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I will be relocating to the area for a job in Princeton. I have read about a lot of people commuting to NY or Philly from Princeton, but does anyone have experience going the opposite way?

I like Princeton, but the taxes are high (income and property) and I think my wife would have an easier time getting work in Philly.

I am open to taking the train (have access to a work shuttle from the station to the office), or driving.. Is the traffic terrible if you are LEAVING philly in the morning and heading north?

Towns I have considered: Yardley, New Hope (if buying a house) and Philly for a townhouse/condo.

Monthly payment limit ~2400k for rent or mortgage

Any other suggestions are appreciated!
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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Towns I have considered: Yardley, New Hope (if buying a house) and Philly for a townhouse/condo.
I think there is a huge commute difference between Yardley and New Hope vs. Philly to Princeton. I work in Princeton and a lot of my coworkers live in the Yardley area. Most think the commute is not too bad. A few people live in Philly and complain daily about the commute.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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New Hope to Princeton is a hop, skip and a jump. I can't imagine many of those roads being too traffic-ridden.

Philly is one of the biggest cities in the country. The roads are gonna be packed. Getting specifically from PA to NJ wouldn't be the issue as much as navigating the roads within the city on your way to I-95 and getting out of the city itself. Route 1 is also bad within Philly itself, considering all the traffic lights.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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Might also look at Newtown, Pa. About the same commute as Yardley and it has a great little downtown.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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To give you a little frame of reference. I live in Marlton, NJ. I little bit North of Philly. My commute to Princeton on a great day is about 50 minutes. Average is probably 65 minutes.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:03 PM
 
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I've done that commute. It's not bad at all. If your wife is working in Center City Philly, and that's where you would live too, then I think it's better for just one person to commute that commute, instead of two of you doing it.
You would do it by car for sure.

If you don't have kids and your wife works in Philly, I would definitely do it if I was you. I would rather live in Philly on the weekends, even if it meant driving during the week.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Thanks for all the quick answers! I just read on another post here that Philadelphia has a 3.9% wage tax for residents whether they work there or not?!? That kind of offsets the tax advantages of philly vs nj a little.

As for commuting from center city - how hard is it to own a car in center city? Parking in most areas of boston is miserable and i imagine it would be similar in center city.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:06 AM
 
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If you're gonna own a car in Center City, you're going to have to spring for the monthly parking garage reservation, it's damn near impossible to park publicly in Center City, 24/7.

I also think the commute to Princeton is gonna get pretty old for you, there was a time when I commuted from Trenton to Philly, not exactly the same, and slightly going against traffic (even though on 95/1 there really is no set traffic direction) but Trenton is considerably closer to Philly, and it just got old real fast, only like 25 minutes if theres NO traffic, and you drive fast, but with the toll, and the exhausting fact that during work times there always will be traffic, you might hate it very soon. Much better than any NJ-NYC commute though.

On the plus side there is (from what I barely remember) no toll going into NJ, and if you drive into Trenton (right next door to princeton) and get on route 1 before the trenton makes bridge, then switch to 95 while youre in PA, you'll avoid the toll (I THINK, worked for me at one point)
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:57 AM
 
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Thanks for all the quick answers! I just read on another post here that Philadelphia has a 3.9% wage tax for residents whether they work there or not?!? That kind of offsets the tax advantages of philly vs nj a little.

As for commuting from center city - how hard is it to own a car in center city? Parking in most areas of boston is miserable and i imagine it would be similar in center city.
Yep. Wage tax if you work or live there. Fun, fun.

You'll need a parking garage probably. You can try street parking first and see how it goes. It depends where you live. Some areas have more street parking than others.

I didn't think the commute was that bad. Well, at least it was worth it for the weekends in Philly
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