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Old 03-08-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Hi all,

I am a young (early 20s) pharmacy fellow working primarily in Skillman, NJ area. I also will be spending at least one day a week at U of Sciences in Philadelphia.

Looking for a good area to rent an apartment in that will minimize travel time to both areas. Open to living in NJ or PA depending on locations.

Prefer an area with decent nightlife/restaurants/shopping/walkable rather than suburban/car required. I have a car for commuting but I am moving from Pittsburgh where you can walk everywhere and would prefer an area like this.

Any ideas????

THANKS!!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Looking on a map, does anyone know anything about the Langorne, Newtown, Bensalem, or Yardley?? Would any of them be similar to what I described above?
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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Looking on a map, does anyone know anything about the Langorne, Newtown, Bensalem, or Yardley?? Would any of them be similar to what I described above?

These are very much suburban areas, Yardley and Newtown have a small old (colonial) downtown. Newtown would have some nightlife but is mostly family oriented.

Bensalem and Langhorne are very much modern suburban sprawl.

You issue is on commute, Princeton might work for you to Skillman, a small town with some nightlife.

Skillman from Philly is pretty far, at least a 60 minute drive in rush hour

This may sound odd but if dont mind a little bit of commute check out Lambertville NJ or New Hope PA as they will some nightlife as well. Though probably 25 mins to Skillman and 60 plus at rush to U of Sciences


Another thing you could look at is living in New Brunswick NJ, not bad to Skillman and about 60-70 minutes to Philly (all highway and that is booking)
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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New Hope is great... a lot of night life there for a small historic town. But it's still within the Philly metro which is great. Newtown and Yardley are great too and are serviced by SEPTA regional rail lines, the woodbourne stop and the yardley stop respectively. These stops will take you right into Center City or University City.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia Pa
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Hello,
I'm assuming you're working at J&J Consumer if you're trecking up to Skillman. I worked there for two years and made the commute from Northern Liberties. It's pretty brutal, but certainly doable if you don't mind a bit of a drive. If you're able to avoid rush hour, it's consistently an hour give or take. The two biggest issues I ran into while making this commute were wear and tear on my car (and fuel costs) and the constraints it puts on your free time. If you leave early to miss rush hour and stay late in the evening -- maybe go to the company gym after work (it's a decent gym), you're not going to get back to the city until like 8 or 9. However, if you're just going to be up there a couple days a week, and U of Sciences the remaining days, the commute is not a big deal.

As for locations outside the city, after looking around at geographically closer locales, nothing really tempted me as peronsonally. New Hope as someone mentioned isn't bad, but it's not exactly a booming metropolis and you're going to be bored out of your mind within two months. The other towns are just that, towns. They're suburban bordering on rural once you get past Ben Salem area, and it doesn't sound like you'll be happy in the Riverwards sections of the city. I don't know what's on the Jersey side South of Skillman, so that might be another option you can consider, but my advice to you is to live North of Center City in Philly and just suck up a longer drive up 95. From your age and description of what you desire, I can't see you enjoying any of your other geographic options. PM me if you want more analysis. Good luck
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia Pa
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Oh, and I should add that you can take New Bruswick off your list. I worked there for about a year as well and that will just be too far a commute to U of Sciences on any kind of regular basis. I traveled a lot when I was at that location, so I was only in the office once or twice a week max, which is the only way I was able to remain in Philly.
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