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Old 10-28-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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If you were an educated quasi senior, of the empty nester or DINK ilk, would you feel at home in Downingtown or would you be a fish out of water?

The things that steer me in this direction:
1) A SEPTA stop
2) A Keystone stop
3) On US-30
4) Quasi "rural" properties close to the station / center (we call them "ranchettes" here out West)
5) Wonderful 4 season climate but with that excellent touch of the Humid Subtropical climate (arguably the line between Humid Continental and Humid Subtropical cuts right through the area)
6) The "Mainline" vibe but lower key than some of the places closer in
7) Ever so close to PA "Deutchland!"
8) Great for getaways to the mountains, The North, etc
9) Perfect for visits to kin in NOVA
10) The Shore is doable from it

Am I on the right track here?

(BTW - the initial US home of my ancestors was PA, especially the Southern half of it, so maybe I've got some sort of migratory instinct going on here? ... ;=) )

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Old 10-28-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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yes, you're on track. its not a main line town, for better and for worse...but there are many things to recomend it. today it's probably most famous as the home of victory brewing
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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Not sure about the PA Deutschland, unless you mean the Amish community mostly in Lancaster county, but I think you are right about everything else. We lived just South of Downingtown for four years several years ago. My SIL teaches in the school district but in Chester Springs, north of town. She started in the borough a few years ago and says that where she is now is much different. Instead of kids that were a little rough and rude around the edges, the kids in Chester Springs are lacking for nothing. Her problems now are over-scheduled children that are too busy to do their homework.

We lived in West Bradford township and re-visited last fall while doing a college visit in West Chester. I was surprised at how little it had changed. There are still some rural areas left but you do have to be careful of the school district boundaries. Living in Coatesville school district would not be good. We loved this place - Highland Orchards
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Whatever you do, just please don't move into a new subdivision and thus encourage the further destruction of PA farmland. There has been WAY TOO MUCH land developed out around Malvern/Exton/Downingtown already, and I think the Mary St. houses seem like a respectable post-war construction of the type found from Yardley to Media, from Doylestown to Glassboro- certainly nothing to be scoffed at.

Although I can sympathize with the quality of life issues mentioned by some posters, I don't know why you assume that rowdy teenagers in a park is a Downingtown-specific occurance... about 60% of America's youth are like that on any given night, in any given part of the country. Now that I think about it, popular local band Dr. Dog- hardly the degenerates you portray as the typical crowd- sing about hangin' by the Brandywine:

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.n...2574490020D47D
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Whatever you do, just please don't move into a new subdivision and thus encourage the further destruction of PA farmland. There has been WAY TOO MUCH land developed out around Malvern/Exton/Downingtown already, and I think the Mary St. houses seem like a respectable post-war construction of the type found from Yardley to Media, from Doylestown to Glassboro- certainly nothing to be scoffed at.
Absolutely zero interest in cookie cutter new stuff.

A 3/2 or 2/2 with a bit of cleared land will be our humble abode, thankyouverymuch! I was browsing the usual sites and found several candidates.

It will just be the two of us, so even the places built 40 - 50 years ago with 1200 or 1300 SF are going to be fine, in fact, preferred.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Philly
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In pa sometimes tou find places that are 140 years old.
Dont think you need to worry about school districts
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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In pa sometimes tou find places that are 140 years old.
Dont think you need to worry about school districts
We have a friend in a Victorian out here ... that is quite an adventure. Good thing there is sort of a cottage industry in providing custom replacements for those old gals. I'm guessing that part of PA has a few places to get the old hardware and finishing items.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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Another question. Is Downingtown on a municipal sewer system or are there individual septic systems?
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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We loved this place - Highland Orchards
Pies and apple cider donuts ... outstanding!
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Another question. Is Downingtown on a municipal sewer system or are there individual septic systems?
Good question. I'm inclined to think that in the Borough of Downingtown, you'd find municipal sewer, as it is an older "urban center." This is opposed to the many surrounding newer subdivisions, which are likely to be served by septic/individual wells. Here is the the website for the Downingtown Municipal Water Authority: DMWA Home Page.

As for the other items you've mentioned, I think you're definitely on the right track. In particular, D-town's SEPTA station is poised for redevelopment, and is a great asset to be close to if you're one to frequent the city. Double plus for having Keystone Corridor stop, which gives you rail access to New York and Pittsburgh. I'd definitely say that D-town is on an upward trajectory. Being home to Victory Brewing Company alone makes it an awesome place.

Good luck!

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