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Old 08-17-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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And there are only so many ways to get across the Schuylkill (pronounced "SKOO-kle", LOL) river to the Plymouth Meeting side. If it were me, I would be staying on the Plymouth side of the river, and I would avoid having to take the Turnpike, 476, or 202 to get to work. I don't know about school districts, but there are a lot of well-to-do folks in close-by areas (Blue Bell, Gwynedd, etc.) so I doubt the school districts could be that horrible...?
I'm sorry but this is like the 3rd time in this thread the mighty Schuylkill River has surfaced its ugly head. Guys its like 200 feet wide. Give me a break. The Schuylkill River should be irrelevant in choosing where to live imo. Can you save 1 minute or 2 being N of the Schuylkill? I suppose but its a nonfactor in the grand scheme of things.


Its the Schuylkill not the SF Bay.

That being said Blue Bell, Gwynedd Valley,Skippack,Audubon,jefersonville,Methacton,No rth Wales etc etc are all terrific suggestions north of the Schuylkill.

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Old 08-17-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I'm sorry but this is like the 3rd time in this thread the mighty Schuylkill River has surfaced its ugly head. Guys its like 200 feet wide. Give me a break. The Schuylkill River should be irrelevant in choosing where to live imo. Can you save 1 minute or 2 being N of the Schuylkill? I suppose but its a nonfactor in the grand scheme of things.


Its the Schuylkill not the SF Bay.

That being said Blue Bell, Gwynedd Valley,Skippack,Audubon,jefersonville,Methacton,No rth Wales etc etc are all terrific suggestions north of the Schuylkill.
It is not the width of the river, for goodness' sake, it's the fact that there are only so many bridges to get across the river, which backs up traffic. It's totally a factor in traffic to Plymouth Meeting.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Hi! My family and I are looking into relocating from Novato, Marin County (Northern CA - 30 min north of San Francisco) to the Main Line area. My husband would be working in Plymouth Meeting and I'm a stay-at-home mom of twin toddlers. We would like to move to a safe, nice area with good public schools, family-oriented, and we'd be happy if we could get some nice sq ft for the kids to play and have fun. A Whole Foods nearby or a similar type of market would be nice. We have looked into a few towns but we need help figuring out what would fit our personalities best. We're very laid-back, we love spending time at home and exploring with the kids. We love nice restaurants and movies but we don't necessarily need to live right by downtown. My husband currently commutes to SF for work which is about 30 minutes from where we live in Novato but he takes the bus or car/ferry. We don't mind driving but a longer commute than 40-45 minutes would be a bit of a hassle. What areas do you recommend for us? We have looked into Gladwyne, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Radnor and Malvern. Can you please help me figure out the difference between them? Also, I heard property tax is a little bit on the high side there. Here we pay 1.5% of purchase price. Can you please explain to me about that as well? Thx!
Coming from Marin County, your going to love the natural landscape in Pennsylvania.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I'm sorry but this is like the 3rd time in this thread the mighty Schuylkill River has surfaced its ugly head. Guys its like 200 feet wide. Give me a break. The Schuylkill River should be irrelevant in choosing where to live imo. Can you save 1 minute or 2 being N of the Schuylkill? I suppose but its a nonfactor in the grand scheme of things.
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Maybe if you are kayaking.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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It is not the width of the river, for goodness' sake, it's the fact that there are only so many bridges to get across the river, which backs up traffic. It's totally a factor in traffic to Plymouth Meeting.
I've lived in this area my entire life and this is the first time I have ever heard that the Schuylkill River is an issue/obstacle to where someone would choose to live.

There are 20 crossings across the Schuylkill in Montgomery County. 15 of them are in a narrow band from Conshohocken to Valley Forge.

That's more NW crossings/routes than just about anywhere in the region. Traffic is no better or worse from say King of Prussia to Plymouth Meeting as opposed to say Ridley Park to Haverford. Its all the same, the river a non issue.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I've lived in this area my entire life and this is the first time I have ever heard that the Schuylkill River is an issue/obstacle to where someone would choose to live.

There are 20 crossings across the Schuylkill in Montgomery County. 15 of them are in a narrow band from Conshohocken to Valley Forge.

That's more NW crossings/routes than just about anywhere in the region. Traffic is no better or worse from say King of Prussia to Plymouth Meeting as opposed to say Ridley Park to Haverford. Its all the same, the river a non issue.
Well, if you're expecting the OP's husband to trot across railroad bridges or dams, maybe there would be 15 or 20 crossings.

I grew up in this area my entire life as well -- in fact, in Plymouth. The point was not about the RIVER <banging head on table>, it was about the fact the OP can't get to Plymouth Meeting by cutting across back roads and such, if they live in Chester County, which is where she seems to be favoring. But other than the traffic nightmares of 202, Turnpike, Blue Route, Fayette St. Bridge, 422, I was not aware of the other 15 crossing opportunities that can avoid those major routes.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:33 PM
 
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Here's a little primer on the sections of PA: There is Southeast, which is Philadelphia and Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks counties. There's Eastern PA which is Reading and the Lehigh Valley (though others consider the LHV to be Northeast PA) There's Northeast PA, which is Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the general areas around those two cities. There's southern Central PA, which is the Lancaster, Harrisburg, York metro. There's Central PA, which is State College, Johnstown, Altoona, and Williamsport. There's Southwestern PA which is Pittsburgh and its metro. There's Western Pa, which is from Hermitage to Clarion and basically everything in the center of Western PA. There's Northwestern PA, which is Erie and its metro. Then lastly there's Northern PA, which is what we refer to as "the T".
Problem is PA in general is not clearly defined by regions like other states seem to clearly define, like California, distinctly split up in 3 sections. Depending on what source you look at, there are so many views on the regions that it's confusing. Just like this search displays in maps

regions of pa - Google Search

I am from Central PA originally, Sunbury PA area which is right along the Susquehanna River around 50 miles north of Harrisburg, we never looked at Johnstown and Altoona as Central PA more of Southwestern PA and Williamsport would be North Central PA. Some maps place Sunbury in Northeastern PA and South Central PA as well. I remember the days before the internet, maps would just say Western and Eastern PA, was a lot easier but we still called our area Central PA.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I've lived in this area my entire life and this is the first time I have ever heard that the Schuylkill River is an issue/obstacle to where someone would choose to live.

There are 20 crossings across the Schuylkill in Montgomery County. 15 of them are in a narrow band from Conshohocken to Valley Forge.

That's more NW crossings/routes than just about anywhere in the region. Traffic is no better or worse from say King of Prussia to Plymouth Meeting as opposed to say Ridley Park to Haverford. Its all the same, the river a non issue.
Your numbers are completely exaggerated. What's more, there is NO crossing between Green Lane in Manayunk and Fayetteville Street in Conshohocken.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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Coming from Marin County, your going to love the natural landscape in Pennsylvania.
Landscape in and around the Bay Area is quite nice, as is the weather. Cold but not bone chilling artic blast type of weather PA gets. Drive up to Sonoma and it's even better, reminds me of the rolling hills of Central PA a little.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:12 AM
 
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LOL, I was thinking the same thing -- they might need a slow indoctrination to Wildwood. Maybe start off in Ocean City if they want a nice boardwalk and little rides for the kids....
Exactly. Personally I would say to start off in Ocean City as you said, but to rent in a place like Stone Harbor or Avalon first and if that isn't their style then to try Sea Isle next and if not there either then to try Ocean City and if not Ocean City then and only then to try Wildwood.

It's like eating chili peppers. You need to work your way up haha

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Also, get ready for "traditional", as in home styles and decor. PA is pretty traditional and you won't find many "contemporary" or "trendy" homes, except in maybe older stock. In line with that, much of the preferred decor is traditional. It all seemed much different when I was in living in CA.
There's quite a bit of contemporary housing in the city though, specifically in Northern Liberties/Kensington/Fishtown. Not really my cup of tea but it's there.

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