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Old 06-05-2011, 06:28 AM
 
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So, what's the deal with Lansdowne? It's relatively close to the city, seems clean and attractive. It's just as close as neighborhoods that cost 2 times as much, probably have less than ideal school systems and seem much less attractive. I've never been to Lansdowne- am just looking it up on line. Why is it not as expensive as other areas the same distance from CC? I'm thinking of West Mt. Airy as somewhat 'comparable' but more expensive, Manayunk that seems less attractive but more expensive, along with areas that are comparably priced but are in the midst of bleak neighborhoods. I know these places are all radicaly different, but to find a neighborhood that is clean, attractive and with many twin prices around 150K relatively close to CC is weird.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:25 AM
 
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Lansdowne has some beautiful homes. When I was growing up it was a nice place to live. It's declined quite a bit. Some argue that it's seeing renaissance and others argue it will continue to decline. I don't know... On paper it should be a great place given it's proximity to the city, the access to public transit (e.g. regional rail), the victorian homes. That said, the school district is awful. One of the worst in the state...and that will hold it back. People with families will are faced with sending their kids to private school or chancing a struggling school system. There continues to be crime in the area (convenience store robberies, etc) that make the evening news just enough to give the area the vibe of a scary place. In reality, you probably won't face violent crime if you live there...but because it has occurred and has made the local news people remember it and come to associate it to some extent with the area.

When I was searching I looked at Lansdowne briefly. Ultimately, I just was a little hesitant to purchase there despite it being a great deal because I wasn't sure of the trajectory of the area. I couldn't get a good gauge as to whether the neighborhood would continue to decline or improve over the coming years and therefore was concerned about the implications for resale. I wasn't willing to chance it given there are more stable neighborhoods in the Phila metro (albeit more expensive).
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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I used to live on the Lansdowne border in Drexel Hill and that whole area is on the decline. Lansdowne has high taxes, bad schools, spillover from the city. Drexel Hill is tad better but Upper Darby faces the same problems as Lansdowne has currently - the high school just keeps getting worse and worse. Not to mention all of SE Delco has a major attitude problem - like city lite.

We moved further out to Chester county and the people here are so much more personable - no more scowls or attitude when shopping - from other patrons or the shopworkers!

If Lansdowne tickles your fancy, I would recommend Drexel Hill, particularly parts that feed to Drexel Hill Middle School as Beverly Hills Middle School is apparently already a lost cause.

Otherwise, look a bit further out at other suburbs...Good luck!
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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I have seen the same people writing opinions of Lansdowne on here for the last few years. As a matter of fact, when we were looking for a home from out of state in 2009, I read the same comments and then decided to check out Lansdowne for myself. I am very glad we did! We have lived here for about two years and love our neighbors and the diversity of the borough. Something I often see in terms of comments are comments from people who live in Upper Darby or Drexel Hill or "near Lansdowne." We have many friends in those areas and I can tell you that they are not comparable in personality to Lansdowne. There is a very strong sense of community here and so many activites to get involved in. We have a wonderful Farmer's Market, an independent movie theater, and many other social activities! One of the first things people notice here are the beautiful homes and trees in abundance. You will find such an eclectic mix of people here and it has an artsy vibe. You can check out Lansdowne Borough on its website www.lansdowneborough.com. By the way, we live just west of Lansdowne Ave and we have forgotten to lock our doors and have never had a problem! Yes, we live close to the city but our police and fire departments are the best!
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