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Old 08-06-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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I may be relocating with my husband and 3 kids from central NJ for a job in Wilmington, DE. Good public schools and being part of a Jewish community are top priorities for us. We also prefer being close to an urban center/being in a developed surburban town (rather than in a rural/bucolic area). My husband also needs to be close to the airport for his job. Rather than move to DE, my thought is to concentrate on the Philly suburbs to the west/southwest. I have a couple of questions:

1. Would the commute from a Main Line town like Wynnewood be torture? Is Google's estimate of 45 minutes realistic during rush hour? Even if it is, I'm not sure I could sustain that in the long run...

2. If we look a bit closer to the DE border, like Media/Wallingford/Swarthmore, is there much of a Jewish community there? We currently attend a Reform synagogue and I see that there is one in Broomall but none closer. We could always go to one of the Main Line towns for a synagogue, but I would prefer to live in the community where I worship/attend religious school.

3. We're looking to spend a max of $450K for a house. We're used to high taxes (we're in NJ, after all), but some of the taxes I saw on houses in Wallingford were outrageously high ($11K on a 3bd townhouse, for example). I understand that's because there are no businesses to help foot the bill. Media seems more affordable, but how is it in terms of community?

4. Is there another solution that you would recommend?

Many thanks for any input/advice you can share!
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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I may be relocating with my husband and 3 kids from central NJ for a job in Wilmington, DE. Good public schools and being part of a Jewish community are top priorities for us. We also prefer being close to an urban center/being in a developed surburban town (rather than in a rural/bucolic area). My husband also needs to be close to the airport for his job. Rather than move to DE, my thought is to concentrate on the Philly suburbs to the west/southwest. I have a couple of questions:

1. Would the commute from a Main Line town like Wynnewood be torture? Is Google's estimate of 45 minutes realistic during rush hour? Even if it is, I'm not sure I could sustain that in the long run...

2. If we look a bit closer to the DE border, like Media/Wallingford/Swarthmore, is there much of a Jewish community there? We currently attend a Reform synagogue and I see that there is one in Broomall but none closer. We could always go to one of the Main Line towns for a synagogue, but I would prefer to live in the community where I worship/attend religious school.

3. We're looking to spend a max of $450K for a house. We're used to high taxes (we're in NJ, after all), but some of the taxes I saw on houses in Wallingford were outrageously high ($11K on a 3bd townhouse, for example). I understand that's because there are no businesses to help foot the bill. Media seems more affordable, but how is it in terms of community?

4. Is there another solution that you would recommend?

Many thanks for any input/advice you can share!
This all depends on how Jewish you want your community to be. 5-7%? 7-10%? 10-15%? 15-25%? 25%+?
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:12 PM
 
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Depending on your desired commute/bang for buck/Jewish community size, I would recommend any of the following school districts:

Lower Merion (25%+; Lower Merion much more so than Narberth)
Radnor Township (7-10%)
Haverford Township (7-10%)
Marple-Newtown (5-7%; Marple being more Jewish than Newtown)
Wallingford-Swarthmore (5-7%; Swarthmore being more Jewish than Nether Providence Rutledge, et al)
Rose Tree Media (5-7%; fairly evenly distributed, with the edge being given to Upper Providence)

You'll get less bang for your buck in Lower Merion and Radnor than the other districts, though you could still find a single family home within your budget in both. If I were in your situation, I'd probably opt for a part of Haverford with easy access to 476--more Jewish than Marple-Newtown et al, but a bit easier to commute to Wilmington than most parts of LM and more conducive to your budget than both LM and Radnor.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-07-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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Thank you, that helps a lot.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Also, while I understand why you'd prefer living in the same immediate community as your Temple, keep in mind that both Temple Sholom of Broomall and Main Line Reform of Wynnewood would only be a short ride away from Western Haverford Township. Even when Havertown still had a (Conservative) synagogue of its own, many members of the Jewish community still opted for other synagogues on the Main Line/Delaware County (my childhood congregation, Adath Israel, which actually combined congregations with Havertown's B'nai Aaron, had a number of Havertown/Haverford Township members pre-merger).

Despite some anecdotal evidence to the contrary (anecdotal evidence I, myself, bought into until fairly recently), Haverford Township's Jewish community has recently started to rebound after experiencing 10-15 years of modest decline. In addition to the historically Jewish sections of 19083/Havertown around Earlington Road (Eastern Havertown) and Lawrence Road (Western Havertown), a number of Jewish families are starting to migrate to historically WASPy 19041/Haverford.
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