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Old 08-23-2013, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Manayunk is a nice place to grab lunch or dinner but doesn't sound like a good fit for you.

Chestnut Hill was ranked by Forbes as the #3 rated urban enclave neighborhood in the usa last year. Behind Beverly Hills and Park Slope NYC.

Its an awesome neighborhood. West Mount Airy is not far behind. Cant go wrong with any of those choices imo but I would focus on Chestnut Hill personally.


Do your homework on the taxes because Philly recently did an overhaul on property taxes. Some places taxes soared other areas saw a drop.Not sure where Chestnut Hill fared , try getting in contact with a real estate agent to help you.


Center City is definitely worth checking into as mentioned previously . There is an amazing renaissance going on there and new housing gets a 10 year tax abatement. Lot more hustle and bustle than a place like Chestnut Hill.

Good luck

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Old 08-23-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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Yeah ... Chestnut hill seems better if you want land with that house... Whenever i go there it seems very suburb in the city, a very cosmopolitan suburb. very family focused or housewife focused. Thats my impression.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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I was born and raised in south philly and now in live in fort lauderdale, philadelphia was a dump thats why I moved.You may want to consider south jersey around marlton and the surrounding areas and cherry hill also.
Downtown philly has changed and the city pulled itself out of the gutter over the last 30 years,around south street and the rittenhouse square area is really very nice and safe now.
Society hill is like living back in the days when ben franklin and tom jefferson lived there but does not have single family homes like you want thats why I mentioned new jersey right across the bf bridge.
good luck
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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I was born and raised in south philly and now in live in fort lauderdale, philadelphia was a dump thats why I moved.You may want to consider south jersey around marlton and the surrounding areas and cherry hill also.
Downtown philly has changed and the city pulled itself out of the gutter over the last 30 years,around south street and the rittenhouse square area is really very nice and safe now.
Society hill is like living back in the days when ben franklin and tom jefferson lived there but does not have single family homes like you want thats why I mentioned new jersey right across the bf bridge.
good luck
Marlton and Cherry Hill are the exact opposite of what the OP is looking for. Collingswood and the Haddons would work, but the OP seems keen on living in the city.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I had heard Manayunk is fun, but I didnt see any houses there on a real estate search, mostly rowhomes. Im looking for a single family home on about .5 of an acre ish. Am I wrong?
Half of an acre? That's a lot of land in the city. You can find single family homes with a nice yard in Philly, but the property isn't going to be that large.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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Overbrook Farms does have some beautiful, huge homes with decent sized properties. When I was searching, I found that the homes here were a bit more affordable than Chestnut Hill and W. Mount Airy. The latter two areas, however, have more going on in their immediate vicinity shop/ restaurant / bar-wise.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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I was born and raised in south philly and now in live in fort lauderdale, philadelphia was a dump thats why I moved.You may want to consider south jersey around marlton and the surrounding areas and cherry hill also.
Downtown philly has changed and the city pulled itself out of the gutter over the last 30 years,around south street and the rittenhouse square area is really very nice and safe now.
Society hill is like living back in the days when ben franklin and tom jefferson lived there but does not have single family homes like you want thats why I mentioned new jersey right across the bf bridge.
good luck
Chestnut Hill, West Mount Airy, East Falls,Overbrook Farms do have single family homes though and all are amazing neighborhoods .
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Half of an acre? That's a lot of land in the city. You can find single family homes with a nice yard in Philly, but the property isn't going to be that large.

There were lots of properties in the neighborhoods I mentioned with much more than a half acre. And they are in Philly city limits. Again, am i getting something wrong here?
In Decemder when I come visit again I am planning on not only checking out these four neighborhoods but I will look elsewhere as per suggestions as I dont have a ton of time and locals know where to direct me to look much better than im sure websites would
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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If you want a single with property within the city, you've probably identified your best options. These areas do have a sort of suburban feel to them - which is why folks are wondering why you don't also look at the neighboring burbs.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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I was born and raised in south philly and now in live in fort lauderdale, philadelphia was a dump thats why I moved.You may want to consider south jersey around marlton and the surrounding areas and cherry hill also.
Downtown philly has changed and the city pulled itself out of the gutter over the last 30 years,around south street and the rittenhouse square area is really very nice and safe now.
Society hill is like living back in the days when ben franklin and tom jefferson lived there but does not have single family homes like you want thats why I mentioned new jersey right across the bf bridge.
good luck
Stick to the Florida forum because you belong there.
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