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Old 03-04-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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My husband and I are considering moving our family (daughters aged 12 and 9) from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to Pennsylvania to be nearer to his family in the Lancaster area. He works from home, so we are fortunate in that we have quite a bit of flexibility as far as where we choose to buy our home. We're thinking anywhere in or between Philly and Lancaster. Our daughters love music -- both play piano, bass, and guitar. Can anyone recommend a good neighborhood with excellent schools? Thank you.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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I think the halfway point between Lancaster and Philly would be ideal. I'd recommend Exton,Chester Springs,Downingtown, Lionville,West Chester,Malvern. This area is growing pretty rapidly with young families. Lots of good schools.New shopping, lots of open space. Beautiful area. I posted a ranking of the best school districts in the Philadlephia sub forum. You would be interested in Chester County.

Good luck
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:58 AM
 
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my family and i are moving to the "lansdale" pa area from central ohio. our main concern is education for our children...what elementaries should we consider as well as family neighborhoods? my husband will work in the lansdale area and i am a teacher.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:35 AM
 
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Lancaster has an excellent musical arts school, one of the best in the state. For a mid way point between Lancaster and Philadelphia, I'd look into the Morgantown/ Honeybrook/ Parkesburg area. Its growing but still rural and not as expensive as further east in Exton and Westchester.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:22 AM
 
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Welcome to PA! It's really nice to live in this state.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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my family and i are moving to the "lansdale" pa area from central ohio. our main concern is education for our children...what elementaries should we consider as well as family neighborhoods? my husband will work in the lansdale area and i am a teacher.
Thats a very nice area

Central Bucks is arguably the best school district in that general vicinity. The biggest town would be Doylestown which is about 10 miles(20 minutes) northeast of Lansdale.

Lansdale area also has some excellent schools.
Abington is to the south
Souderton to the north
hatboro-horsham to the east
Collegeville,Trappe,Worcester to the west

Check out schoomatters. com and put your info in e.g., Lansdale,Doylestown ,elemetary schools etc. that should help you out.
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Lancaster has an excellent musical arts school, one of the best in the state. For a mid way point between Lancaster and Philadelphia, I'd look into the Morgantown/ Honeybrook/ Parkesburg area. Its growing but still rural and not as expensive as further east in Exton and Westchester.
Those are nice areas for sure but coming from a big city like Dallas they
may want a quicker pace of life. Also the schools in the West Chester, Malvern,Chester Springs, Exton areas are much better than the more rural areas. Also better shopping, restaurants, things to do with the kids, just a better quality of life, imo. Of course the higher cost of living comes with it.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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Smile Thank you PA from TX

Thanks for sharing such good info with us about possibilities in PA. Warmest greeting from Texas!
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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My husband and I are considering moving our family (daughters aged 12 and 9) from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to Pennsylvania to be nearer to his family in the Lancaster area. He works from home, so we are fortunate in that we have quite a bit of flexibility as far as where we choose to buy our home. We're thinking anywhere in or between Philly and Lancaster. Our daughters love music -- both play piano, bass, and guitar. Can anyone recommend a good neighborhood with excellent schools? Thank you.
You can also expose your daughters to Philadelphia's rich classical music
opportunities if they're into it. The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the best in the world...they hold 'family' concerts in addition to the regular performances; the famous Curtis Institute trains select, outstanding young people at no cost to them, the point being that they have their own symphony, operatic students and so forth...there's much more offered there, but you get the drift.....priceless & numerous opportunities found in few places....
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:10 AM
 
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Hello Elizabeth,

1st of all, good move !

I just joined so, in case you're still "in the hunt", I live in West Chester which is the Chester County seat & home of West Chester University. It's abt 45 minutes from central Phila & has good schools w/ the lowest school taxes in the county. Of course, housing is EXPENSIVE. All the areas nearby are very "suburban-sprawl" w/ lots of traffic (not LA, NYC or Washington scale, but you could say congested).

Chester Co in general has MANY very nice small "pockets" if you're looking for seclusion, privacy and/or pricey farmettes or historic properties also.

If you want to be a little closer to family OR need a lower cost of living, Lancaster County could be the direction. West Chester is abt 45 minutes east of Lancaster City (county seat), which is then 1 hr 15 - 1 hr 30 mins from central Phila.

AND : it just so happens that I have a house for sale in Strasburg, a very quaint historic boro just 7 miles southeast of Lancaster and convenient to US 30 amenities.

Go to For Sale By Owner (FSBO), Sell home house condo Buy Real Estate MLS to check it out. From the section at the top of the homepage titled "Buying A Home ?", just type in the LISTING ID: (20951438) and click "GO"

If you have further interest, I'll be glad to send you the Listing Data Sheet & "A Brief History" of the property dating to 1874. My contact info is at the bottom of the webpage, or you may email me direct at: rturner@thecastlegate.com

Have a lucky day (it's 07/07/07)
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