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Old 08-26-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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Hello All,

I am looking to relocate in Delaware County and I found a nice house in Brookhaven Borough, by John F Kennedy Dr. Does anyone have suggestions about the area? Is it a good place to settle in?

Thanks for your advice and comments.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:05 AM
 
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Some background on Brookhaven. It is a small middle class suburban borough. It is in a good school district much thanks to Aston township next door. The town is filled with post war ranchers and some larger split levels from the 60s and 70s. Edgemont Ave. the main road has a lot of retail, some of it kinda seedy, no real walkable downtown, though there are sidwalks everywhere. Its a nice town for people on a budget who want good schools.

However, the issue with you is that though JFK Dr might have a brookhaven mailing address, I am pretty sure it is technically Upland, which is NOT GOOD. That street is way on the outer fringes approaching chester. Upland has always been known as a rather dumpy/trashy little borough that is a part of the Chester Upland School District, which is in very bad shape. That particular street you are looking on is not dangerous, but it would not be wise to settle there if you have kids. If you are just working in the area and you want an affordable house then why not.

But I would look more in depth to make sure, or speak to a realtor, because there is a huge difference between living in brookhaven and upland.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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I go back and forth with Brookhaven. On the one hand, there are some really pristine areas which are VERY affordable comparatively in DELCO. I happen to love Split levels having grown up in one, and Brookhaven has some beauties which have been updated very nicely. On the other hand, it seems that the population just can't control their business development council with horrible vacant strip malls that have been abandoned forever. That's not a good sign and makes the surrounding neighborhoods look bad. And Brookhaven has no diversity at all, which is an issue with me.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:36 AM
 
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The problem with Brookhaven is it is just too close to Chester and a lot of parts of Brookhaven and Aston are going downhill. The school are decent, but not great. Post your price range and people can help you better
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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The problem with Brookhaven is it is just too close to Chester and a lot of parts of Brookhaven and Aston are going downhill. The school are decent, but not great. Post your price range and people can help you better

No? Aston is not going downhill. Parts of Brookhaven are seedy, but not going downhill.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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Too Close to Chester! LOL
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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It should have an excellent school district because the property taxes are outrageously high.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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It should have an excellent school district because the property taxes are outrageously high.
In BROOKHAVEN??? Actually, they have pretty low taxes comparatively.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:59 PM
 
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4945 Chester Creek RdBrookhaven, PA 19015
A house listed for sale for $224,900 has annual property taxes of $4,934.

5003 Chester Creek Rd. Brookhaven, PA 19015
A house listed for sale for $179,900 has annual property taxes of $4,629.

You are right; there are a lot of towns out there that are higher. I recently saw property taxes of about $7,500 on a house costing less than $180,000 in Cheltenham, PA. Pennsylvania town bureaucrats sure are thieves.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:59 PM
 
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4945 Chester Creek RdBrookhaven, PA 19015
A house listed for sale for $224,900 has annual property taxes of $4,934.

5003 Chester Creek Rd. Brookhaven, PA 19015
A house listed for sale for $179,900 has annual property taxes of $4,629.

You are right; there are a lot of towns out there that are higher. I recently saw property taxes of about $7,500 on a house costing less than $180,000 in Cheltenham, PA. Pennsylvania town bureaucrats sure are thieves.
You must have worked hard at finding the highest property taxes in Brookhaven. I randomly clicked on a couple houses for sale and found:

Janney Ave. $3700

Victor Ave. $3200

Mount Vernon Ave. $3300

Brookhaven's taxes are considered low for Delaware County.
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