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Old 08-20-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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That would knock out Havertown - although not necessarily nearby Haverford - off of your list. Glenside would be most likely to tick off your boxes for a preferred commute time within walking distance and under your budget.
I grew up in Havertown right by the Ardmore station and it was about 25 minutes plus a transfer at 69th st station. It wouldn't be too bad to live there with your needs, though I'm not sure if there are good places to rent near the station (I say I'm not sure because I've never looked). The downtown is ok, nothing special, but it's a nice place to raise a family and the schools are good.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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how about chestnut hill?
Chestnut Hill imo the best neighborhood in the region after Center City. Well worth looking into depending on school needs. If you have 3 kids in High School Chestnut Hill/Mt Airy could be a deterrent.

From what I understand the elementary and middle schools are excellent in Chestnut Hill/Mt Airy, its the high schools when you start to have problems unless you can get into a charter school.

Finding a rental home within walking distance to a train station is going to be a challenge just about anywhere in the region. Many people have to drive from their homes and park at a local train station or be dropped off at the station.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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the kids will probably enjoy the arboretum in chestnut hill and you will have an awesome array of local shops and restaurants on German town ave.

mainline is nice but Chestnut hill is better IMO.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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Chestnut Hill imo the best neighborhood in the region after Center City. Well worth looking into depending on school needs. If you have 3 kids in High School Chestnut Hill/Mt Airy could be a deterrent.

From what I understand the elementary and middle schools are excellent in Chestnut Hill/Mt Airy, its the high schools when you start to have problems unless you can get into a charter school.

Finding a rental home within walking distance to a train station is going to be a challenge just about anywhere in the region. Many people have to drive from their homes and park at a local train station or be dropped off at the station.
As a parent, I'd personally find it very difficult to recommend the NW Phila elementary public schools as "excellent" if it's based just upon past hearsay, in light of the current Philly public schools situation.

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Old 08-20-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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the kids will probably enjoy the arboretum in chestnut hill and you will have an awesome array of local shops and restaurants on German town ave.

mainline is nice but Chestnut hill is better IMO.
The Main Line (along with pretty much any desirable area along the aforementioned rail lines) wins hands down as far as public schools go, which the OP wants to utilize.
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