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Old 11-17-2007, 12:18 PM
 
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hi! a couple of questions about the weatherstone neighborhood development in chester springs.

1. does anyone know anything about it??

2. i believe the school district is downington. how does this district compare to great valley school district?

3. Can anyone recommend communities with new/newer builds that also happen to have excellent schools?

4. what is the general vibe of chester springs?

5. if you had to choose between living in malvern OR chester springs, which would it be and why?

Thank you!
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Old 11-17-2007, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Actually, I think Weatherstone is the Owen J. Roberts SD, which is very good. In that area is also Eagleview, which is south on rte 100 about 4 miles, very close to the turnpike. Also, north on rte 100 is Ridgelea. If you are from NYC all of these areas are going to be a bit country to you, with Ridgelea being the most and Eagleview being the least. Route 100 below route 113 is pretty much full of shopping, including a relatively new Wegman's. All of these areas have good schools. The vibe is best stated as developing suburban. You couldn't call these areas "happening," but they have good schools, are pretty close to highways and shopping, and are good places to raise kids. You get more bang for your buck in these suburban fringe communities.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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4. what is the general vibe of chester springs?

5. if you had to choose between living in malvern OR chester springs, which would it be and why?

Thank you!
BPP gave an excellent rundown.

I would say Chester Springs really doesnt have a vibe yet. 10-15 years ago this was all farmland and rolling hills. Its an area that really is in its infancy but it sure is growing quickly with an awful lot of new development. I think that Weatherstone development is in Ludwigs Corner which is a really pretty area but it is a far way out. But still within 20-25 minutes of excellent shopping options in Exton or KOP.

Malvern is a nice area as well, more centrally located to the western suburbs, much more established.You will probably have better and cheaper options in Chester Springs.

If I had to choose I would live in Chester Springs. A bit more aesthetically pleasing, little less traffic, little slower pace. But as BPP said anything in this area is going to seem slower paced if you are coming from NYC.

Good luck
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:36 AM
 
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Decision bet. either could also depend on whether you need to commute into Philadelphia for your job. Malvern commute would be a bit shorter...maybe less hectic than commuting from Chester Springs area.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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Windsor Ridge is the best value in Chester Springs. Weatherstone is very overpriced and it is no longer D'town school district. I don't even think that you can call me C. Springs because it is so far from 113, which is the true center of C.S. Weatherstone is more like the Glenmoore/ East Coventry area.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:13 PM
 
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Tredyffrin and Great Valley school districts cover Malvern, Tredyffrin is the best in this area, Great Valley is further down the list but still a good deal better than Downingtown schools which covers Chester Springs.

Chester Springs seems to be for those folks who like big, new, shiny things and to keep up with the Joneses. Right car, right clothes, right house, etc.

Funny thing is, these folks don't know class or style from a hole in the ground. Malvern is for people who have style and class, Chester Springs is for people who think they can buy it.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:37 PM
 
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Orrmobl, you are a fine example of class and taste yourself! Indeed. Pure refinement all the way,,,, oh la la c'est genial
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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Glad to see when I use the term "nouveau riche" you know of whom I speak.

Sorry but I don't get the cachet of Chester Springs, good but not great public schools and Mcmansions galore...and people who value style over substance...what's not to love?

At least if I'm paying Main Line prices, I'm getting the best schools in PA, public or private, solidly constructed homes, walkable neighborhoods and proximity to the city, shore, airport...AND paying lower taxes.

Sorry but the value proposition of Chester Springs escapes me, unless, of course, there is value in poseur snobbery.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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I currently live in Chester Springs in Weatherstone - we've been here for 4 years. Our sub is more expensive than Windsor Ridge, because the quality of Hankin builders (Weatherstone) is far better than Pulte (Windsor Ridge). The school district is Owen J Roberts, which is a good school district. Weatherstone is technically in West Vincent Township, but the mailing address is Chester Springs.. My only complaint about living in West Vincent is that the township supervisors aren't the best business people - the agree to development and then change it. But it's a nice town, good for all ages. Weatherstone has everything from singles, to young familes, to empty nesters like us, to retired folks. The pool is AWESOME (like living at a resort), the tennis courts are wonderful. Great walking neighborhood. Lots of dogs (on leash) so if you're not a dog person, not for you. It's a quiet place overall - we walk our dogs some days and never see anyone - but the sub does lots of events for kids & families (Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party, etc). We love Weatherstone, but unfortunately, we are being unexpectedly transferred to the Detroit area. But I highly recommend it. Sort of "in the country," but with many amenities close by.

Malvern is more developed; home prices are higher. But wonderful community too. But I'm glad we live in Weatherstone. Best wishes to you!!
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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PS - I don't think I'm in the "style over substance" and find people who use that terminology to be more guilty of that than those they accuse. Yes, some "McMansions" and some mansions on several acres. Lots of horse farms too. But I personally am insulted that anyone would look down their nose at me b/c I live in Chester Springs.
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