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Old 09-26-2012, 11:36 PM
 
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I'm planning to move to take a job in Horsham. But want to live as close to the city as possible. Can anyone advice where to live in Philly and how is the daily commute?
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:11 AM
 
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Living in Center City would make for a hellish commute to Horsham. There's no direct highway access and public transportation to Horsham is weak. You could live in Mt Airy or Chestnut Hill and be closer to Horsham, but you'd still be paying city wage tax, so you might be better off living just outside the city. Without knowing budget or what you're looking for would make for pretty futile recommendations though.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:51 AM
 
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be aware that if you move into to the city you are taking a 4% cut in wages. The city wage tax is 4% of your income.. Move to the burbs to avoid it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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Find out if your employer is housed in one of the office parks on the following map.

http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/310.pdf

If so, and you're determined to live in the most vibrant part of the city - i.e. the neighborhoods of Center City - then it's doable although you may have a door-to-door commute of over an hour between the train to Willow Grove and the connecting bus.

Glenside's Keswick Avenue corridor may suffice with its laid-back social options. Horsham is about a half-hour drive north while Center City is a half-hour train ride south for your weekend urban fix.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Realize that there is no decent, safe place to live between Center City and the Cheltenham-Philadelphia city line. Cheltenham itself is problematic because of high taxes, falling home values and shifting demographics. Look in Jenkintown/ Glenside area.

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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Thanks for these helpful comments....as someone who lived in a city for entire life, any suggestions what is the best suburb/area to live that is safe, high-density, walking distance to shops etc plus easy commute to Horsham? I am going to rent and wiling to pay for the right place.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:21 AM
 
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Thanks for these helpful comments....as someone who lived in a city for entire life, any suggestions what is the best suburb/area to live that is safe, high-density, walking distance to shops etc plus easy commute to Horsham? I am going to rent and wiling to pay for the right place.
What is your price range? Are you considering a condo or only a single family house?
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:24 AM
 
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Try Ambler.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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Or Hatboro..
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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I like both of the suggestions of Ambler and Hatboro. Hatboro being next door to Horsham would make for "zero" commuting time. Ambler's downtown has more socializing options than Glenside, though the latter would shave 15-20 minutes off a weekend trip down to Center City in comparison.
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