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Old 08-29-2013, 03:30 PM
 
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It's really great to have these questions as a template! I basically know nothing about the Philly area, so I'm trying to find a suitable neighborhood somewhere between the city and West Chester, where I would be working. I'm thinking closer to Philly would be better. I'd like fast and easy access to a variety of social activities (restaurants, bars/pubs, music venues, etc.) but don't want to have to drive too far to work. I also prefer to live in a more modern apartment complex than the converted, older home type. I'd appreciate any advice you guys could give to point me in the right city/town/neighborhood to start looking. Thanks a bunch!

When are you moving? Around October/November
Where are you coming from? California
Why are you moving? Work
Where will you be working? West Chester
Have you been here yet? Very briefly

Will you buy or rent? Rent for now
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? N/A
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? Apartment, preferably less than $1500, but up to $1800
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? Either one

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? Probably PA, I'd like to live as close to Philadelphia as possible without having more than a 45min or so commute to West Chester

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Single, no kids. Mid-30's.
Do you prefer public or private schools? N/A
Do you have pets? No
Do you want or need a yard? No
Are you keeping a car? Yes. Designated parking is pretty essential to me. Even better if it's covered.
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Activity

What do you want to be closest to?
Work Just want it to be less than a 45 min drive
Shopping Yes please!
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) As long as these things are available on my route between work and home, it's fine
NightlifeYes, but not necessarily nightclubs. Just maybe some nice pubs and places where other urban professionals congregate
Train or subway stations Doesn't matter

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? Similar age is useful, but diversity otherwise

Coke or Pepsi? Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi


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Old 08-29-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I think if you are working in west chester you might as well live there. The philly suburbs within 45 minutes will be unnecessarily expensive and not provide more than west chester from my understanding.

I don't think working in West Chester is going to let you meaningfully live in Philly. You'd have to take the opportunity of living in the area to find a closer job.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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West Chester is an area that is pretty self sufficient. Nice town with a lively but small downtown. Has a healthy supply of shopping centers scattered around WC. Jump in your car and you can be in major shopping hubs like King of Prussia , Concord Pa/DE, Exton all in 20 minutes.


The 1 area that might work given your parameters 1/2 between Philly + WC / newer apts would be Conshohocken.


The surrounding areas of WC like West Goshen,East Goshen,Glen Mills,Chadds Ford have a fair amount of "newer" apt communities. Most new construction in the suburbs have been in housing and retirement communities.


Most of the apartments 1/2 way between WC-Philly are going to be 50 year old outdated complexes. Best bet in my opinion look around WC or maybe Conshohocken might work for you. Or go all in and live in Center City but keep in mind the 4% Philly wage tax.

Good luck.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Stay in West Chester. Nice area.. College town
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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The Main Line towns might be another option rougly 1/2 way between West Chester and Philly.

The Main Line is a major suburban college hub. Will have everything you are looking for except newer apartments. Towns include Wayne,Haverford, Bryn Mawr,Ardmore,Narberth.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the input everyone! I've visited West Chester and agree, it's a very nice town. It just seemed like it would be a bit too sleepy and suburban for my taste which is why I was looking to inch closer to the city. It sounds like I just might have to make some compromises. I will check into the other areas mentioned!
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:52 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Thanks for the input everyone! I've visited West Chester and agree, it's a very nice town. It just seemed like it would be a bit too sleepy and suburban for my taste which is why I was looking to inch closer to the city. It sounds like I just might have to make some compromises. I will check into the other areas mentioned!
Have you been to the actual borough of West Chester? The surrounding townships are definitely suburban, but that's not how I'd describe the borough:

West Chester | Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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Have you been to the actual borough of West Chester? The surrounding townships are definitely suburban, but that's not how I'd describe the borough:

West Chester | Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia
Yes, directly in West Chester, but admittedly it was mostly during weekday afternoons. Hmmm, maybe sleepy and suburban isn't quite the right description. If it helps clarify, I typically have a very urban and racially/ethnically diverse circle of friends. Historically I've found myself most comfortable in cities like DC and San Francisco where there is a both socioeconomic and ethnic diversity (not to say that I'd want to live in a "bad" or "unsafe" neighborhood, of course, just to gain that kind of diversity).

I guess what I meant was that it felt very homogenized with the only heterogeneity coming from 20-something college students who would not be my contemporaries...just all country clubs and long-standing family residents...Horses and Hollister. It could be that I pegged West Chester all wrong and need to revisit this too!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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If you want center city and it's surrounding neighborhood's then you'll have to use your west chester job as support while you find a philly job. This is what me and my wife did...

Philly jobs go fast, you'll find 5 in the burbs and 10 in the outer areas before 1 in the city.
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