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Old 03-12-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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I am a recent college grad looking to relocate to PA from VA. My job is in Norristown on New Hope St.
I was wondering how bad the commute is from the city? Where would you recommend living in the city or in norristown?
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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It would help if you would fill out the form at the top of the thread. But just generalizing here, you'd probably enjoy city living better than suburban. Norristown's not exactly a hotbed of nightlife. Commute from city can vary depending on where in the city, but I'd allow 45-to-60 during rush hour. Conshohocken might be a good option for you, it's got a fun downtown with a young vibe, is close to Norristown and also an easy commute into center city.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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Yes, nightlife in Norristown consists of wandering over to the neighbor's house for pizza and beer around the fire pit on Friday nights.

Or, if you wanted to live in one of Philadelphia's closest neighborhoods, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill are a 20-25 minute drive; same with Manayunk or Roxborough. Both are easily accessible to Center City via regional rail. But then you pay the city's income tax, which is considerably higher than the earned income taxes in Conshohocken or Norristown.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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I second Manayunk or Chestnut Hill if you're willing to pay the wage tax; Conshohocken if not.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:07 PM
 
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I am a recent college grad looking to relocate to PA from VA. My job is in Norristown on New Hope St.
I was wondering how bad the commute is from the city? Where would you recommend living in the city or in norristown?
The commute can be bad, based on where in Philly you live. The Schuylkill (rt. 76) can be unforgiving at times and delay the commute quite a bit.

Getting a place not too far off of New Hope Street (Cedar Lane, Oak Street) wouldn't be bad at all. They are close to the border of PLymouth Meeting. Additionally, they aren't too far from the shopping plaza on Chemical Road or the Plymouth Meeting mall. Lastly, they aren't too far from the train station (Norristown Transportation Center), in case you want to go out in Manayunk, Conshohocken or Philly.

I would recommend buying a house (if you can) on Cedar or Oak street. They will range from $200k to $250k. Cedar Street is a little less busy and I always see kids playing on the street when I drive buy it down Tremont Ave.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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The commute can be bad, based on where in Philly you live. The Schuylkill (rt. 76) can be unforgiving at times and delay the commute quite a bit.

Getting a place not too far off of New Hope Street (Cedar Lane, Oak Street) wouldn't be bad at all. They are close to the border of PLymouth Meeting. Additionally, they aren't too far from the shopping plaza on Chemical Road or the Plymouth Meeting mall. Lastly, they aren't too far from the train station (Norristown Transportation Center), in case you want to go out in Manayunk, Conshohocken or Philly.

I would recommend buying a house (if you can) on Cedar or Oak street. They will range from $200k to $250k. Cedar Street is a little less busy and I always see kids playing on the street when I drive buy it down Tremont Ave.
I agree with FlyEaglesFly. If you are working on New Hope Street, there are some nice places being built on Oak Street. I personally owned (and still own) a house on Cedar Street and both connect to New Hope Street. Conshohocken is also a nice place to live, but can be a little pricey.

I hope that helps!
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Everybody is moving to Norristown it seems. Something must be cooking there, no pun intended.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Personally, I always recommend the city for younger people, even if it's only for a year or two, just for the experience. The commute can be problematic, though. Others had very good suggestions with Conshohocken or Chestnut Hill/Mount Airy.
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