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Old 08-18-2007, 01:18 AM
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The parking issue is true in Manayunk. It really depends on a few things though....when you get home at the end of the day, if you can take a little while to learn the streets and then learn the places that there are always going to be spaces available, and if you are willing to walk a few minutes to your car. Perhaps the most important factor is the proximity to Main Street, because the closer that you get the harder it is to find parking, particularly on the weekends.
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Old 08-18-2007, 05:39 AM
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Many of the apartment complexes in Manayunk have free onsite parking.
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:16 AM
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"Free" is a relative term. Last I checked apartments with parking were considerably more expensive.
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:40 PM
Location: Delray Beach
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My girlfriend lived in KOP for 3 years before recently moving to Berwyn. Berwyn is really nice and she lives within walking distance to bars, restaurants, and the train station (which makes it convenient to get downtown if you don't want to drive).

Don't move to Manayunk...too many college kids, narrow roads with no parking, and if it snows forget about going anywhere. I never understood the fascination with that area.

I'm not a big fan of Conshohocken either. there is one main road with a few bars and restaurants, but there isn't much going on there. also some really seedy areas near by.

West Chester is a cool area, but it is not convenient to get back and forth to philly. the commute to/from KOP would not be bad though.

hope this helps...good luck
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:06 PM
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My vote would be Chestnut Hill. Its the best place I have ever lived and I have lived in many many places.
- Princeton, NJ
- Atlanta
- Orlando
- Santiago, Chile
- Miserable Michigan
- Niagara County, NY
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:03 PM
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Default Did you move to the area?

Hi Newbee2philly,

I was curious as to whether you ever moved to the Philly area and, if so, where you decided to live. What do you think so far?

I just accepted a job in King of Prussia and also would like to live in a hip singles area. So your thread was of interest.



Originally Posted by Newbee2philly View Post
I am considering a position in King of Prussia. Can anyone recommend a cool, hip area to live that is close to Philly.

Here are some things to consider:

1. Minimal commuting distance or easy commute
2. I'm single female in my early 30's with no kids. I would prefer an area that more single people as oppose to an area with mostly families and kids.
3. I love dining out and especially ethnic restaurants.
4. A diverse community if possible.

Some areas I have found on the Internet:

1. West Chester
2. Conshohocken

Thank you soooooo much for any information you can provide.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:52 PM
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Conshohocken is PERFECT for you ! West Chester is nice too ! But Conshy is closer to the City and right smack in the middle for ya ! Welcome to PA !
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:20 PM
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I agree that Conshohocken is the best place for you! It is close to both your job in KOP & the city. Plus, there is a train station in Conshy should you prefer to take that into Center City vs driving (if drinking).

Also, Conshy is mostly single or DINKs. Manayunk is also fun, but besides the parking issue (and its very much right out of college age) you will have the city wage tax & higher insurance costs because Manayunk is within Philadelphia city limits.

Good luck and welcome!!!
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:51 PM
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Default Follow up question

Thanks very much guys. Just had a couple more questions if you don't mind...
  • Are there specific areas in Conshohocken to look in? I was there this past weekend and some parts of town seemed a bit sketchy.
  • Also, any thoughts on Wayne? Seemed like a great little town. Just wanted to be sure there were young, single professionals around there. Any idea how far this would be from the city by train?
  • And last, I've heard mixed reports about the time it would take to commute from Center City. Many have told me 1.5 hrs during rush hour. However, another person just told me it was 40 minutes total, if that. Is that right?
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:09 PM
Location: Willow Grove, PA
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Phoenixville - I guess it's still flying under the radar, but there's been a big resurgence in the past year or two. Trust me, it's definitely worth checking out.

One more thing - Manayunk & Chestnut Hill both have their charm, but you would have to pay the city wage tax (4.5%?). If you live AND work in the suburbs, the highest the local earned income tax can be is 1%.
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