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Old 08-26-2013, 09:51 PM
 
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Does anyone know about Lansdowne area? Please recommendation about living there.

Thanks.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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I really like Lansdowne. There have been a lot of positive changes in the area over the last few years. The school district, however, is pretty poor.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Drexel Hill/Lansdowne
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i bought a house here in 2007 and I love it.

I JUST started going to the saturday-only Lansdowne Farmer's Market and I keep kicking myself for not being a regular. it's surprisingly safe, as I walk my dog at I walk my dog at all hours at night. Though the silence at 3AM is eerie

I also didn't realize that there was a regional rail station at Lansdowne Ave and Baltimore until recently...I STILL refuse to take the EL from 69th st through West Philly...maybe if there was a frequent express train that skipped all the West Philly stops...even at night...more so at night...

There IS the fear of West Philly ratchetness moving into the area as more and more of West Philly and Baltimore Ave is becoming gentrified...
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:15 AM
 
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love it here
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Lansdowne, PA
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We're a married couple in our late 20's and we bought a house here in 2009. We love it here! We found it to be very quiet, safe, and very convenient to CC. I walk to the Gladstone station to commute to work (Lansdowne has two regional rail stations) and it only takes about 20 minutes to CC.

The good:
-Close to CC, University City, hip places in West Philly, etc...
-Downtown Lansdowne is flourishing. Even since 2009 there have been many shops and restaurants that have opened, and there are even more planned.
Vinyl Revival | Not Your Ordinary Record Store
Argana Moroccan Cuisine - Home
Home
ETC...
-Housing is cheap so you can get a great deal on a nice property. Prettiest sections are west of Lansdowne Ave. like Gladstone Manor, and on Glentay Ave
-Plenty of small parks
-Access to public transportation
-Very quiet
-Lots of 20 and 30+ year old families moving to the area

The bad:

-Getting out the neighborhood is horrible. Due to the lack of major roads in the area it is time consuming to get to I-95, I-76, and I-476 if you need to commute further out to work. People around here are crazy taking every side street through Drexel Hill and blowing through stop signs in the morning.
-The school district is pretty bad. We don't have any kids, but we plan to, so that's gonna be a bit of a problem for us personally. The high school was also set on fire as well due to arson.
- Crime in my opinion is pretty low but it is good to be aware of what goes on. Here is a link to Lansdowne's police blotter: Lansdowne Police Department - Current Blotter
-We unfortunately lost one of our quirkier establishments Cinema 16:9 Welcome

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Drexel Hill/Lansdowne
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-We unfortunately lost one of our quirkier establishments Cinema 16:9 Welcome

was replaced by a potentially quirky establishment, Vinyl Revival
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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I would personally stay away from Lansdowne as the school district is just not good, which means it's doubtful the home prices will ever truly rise to gain equity down the road. If you're just looking for a temporary living situation it could be OK, but you can probably do a little better further into Delco. Do you have a price range? That would help me steer you into a direction
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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I used to rent there. It is a very nice place and has a small town/small community feel to it. When I was looking for a house it was one of the few places that I actually fell in love with and wanted to live. Unfortunately, the taxes were a little bit too expensive for me with my budget. If in the future my financial situation improves to where I can afford to I would not hesitate to purchase a home there.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: FW, Indiander
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I would personally stay away from Lansdowne as the school district is just not good, which means it's doubtful the home prices will ever truly rise to gain equity down the road. If you're just looking for a temporary living situation it could be OK, but you can probably do a little better further into Delco. Do you have a price range? That would help me steer you into a direction
Not everybody has kids or wants kids.

I'm considering moving there. Though farther away from my job it's more convenient then where I'm at, esp. with mass transit.
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