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Old 08-23-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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We are planning to move for my husband's job with one Toddler and twin Babies on the way. Moving to philadelphia and thinking that with the growing family we should move to the burbs so we have the option to do public school. Any idea where to start researching suburbs on the mainline, school districts, etc? I never even considered this since we were planning to do private where we were living before.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:26 PM
 
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Oh I also should add, that we would like good school districts and some ability to walk to parks, transportation, etc.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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We are planning to move for my husband's job with one Toddler and twin Babies on the way. Moving to philadelphia and thinking that with the growing family we should move to the burbs so we have the option to do public school. Any idea where to start researching suburbs on the mainline, school districts, etc? I never even considered this since we were planning to do private where we were living before.
Tredyffrin-Easttown, Lower Merion, and Radnor are commonly regarded as excellent, while Haverford is generally considered very good.

Any particular reason you're only considering the Main Line? Depending on what you're looking for in a community, you may want to add on other areas as well. If great schools are your only primary criteria, rest assured there's no shortage of excellent districts in the Greater Philadelphia Area. We pay for them with our property taxes.

Edit: I see you added walkability/public transportation access. There are other rail lines and other charming, walkable areas. The Main Line's charming, walkable areas have the bonus of being the most cohesive and interconnected, although the more standalone areas like Media, Swarthmore, Glenside, Haddonfield, etc. are nice too.

What else are you looking for?
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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Hi heaven wood-

Thanks for the suggestions! We are focusing on the mainline because of the proximity to my husband's office - it will be in the western suburbs on the Thorndale line. He'd like the option of taking the train to work, and I'd like to be able to take the train to the city if needed.

In terms of what else we are looking for, I'd love someplace with a neighborhoody/community feel. Ideally someolace where kinds play with friends down the street, and we have a teen/college student babysitter within walking distance. Not very spread out suburbs. But also a place where homes typically retain and increase in value in case we need to sell in 5-10 years.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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Hi heaven wood-

Thanks for the suggestions! We are focusing on the mainline because of the proximity to my husband's office - it will be in the western suburbs on the Thorndale line. He'd like the option of taking the train to work, and I'd like to be able to take the train to the city if needed.

In terms of what else we are looking for, I'd love someplace with a neighborhoody/community feel. Ideally someolace where kinds play with friends down the street, and we have a teen/college student babysitter within walking distance. Not very spread out suburbs. But also a place where homes typically retain and increase in value in case we need to sell in 5-10 years.
In that case the Main Line is perfect.

I'd recommend Narberth. Easily accessible train station, cute little downtown, gorgeous Victorian architecture, very strong/tight-knit community feel. Also easily accessible by foot to nearby Merion/Bala/Cynwyd (smaller, less active village centers but still ones that are worth visiting from time to time) and a short drive from Ardmore/Bryn Mawr (and a little further out, Wayne).
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:24 AM
 
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Thank you! I really appreciate the advice!
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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I agree with HeavenWood . . . Narberth/Merion/Bala Cynwyd area will be great places to start looking. There's a neighborhood in Merion called Merion Park that you might like to consider. General Wayne Park is in the middle of the neighborhood, it has a children's playground as well as fields and a couple of tennis courts. You'll have easy access to the city and Thorndale by train and it's about a mile to the shops and restaurants in downtown Narberth.

Best of luck!
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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You may also want to take a look at [url=http://www.greatschools.org]GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community[/url] and [url]www.walkscore.com[/url], both are great resources.
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