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Old 03-17-2014, 10:52 AM
 
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We are planning to move to the LM area in about a year's time. We love the close proximity to the city and the great reputation of the schools. Our budget is kind of low for the area -450 to 500k - and we find that the nicer houses for our limited budget are in the Harriton school area (Haverford). When I check the high school rankings Harriton appears to be ranked significantly lower than LM. Why is that? I would really like to know more about these schools before we commit ourselves. Thanks!
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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We are planning to move to the LM area in about a year's time. We love the close proximity to the city and the great reputation of the schools. Our budget is kind of low for the area -450 to 500k - and we find that the nicer houses for our limited budget are in the Harriton school area (Haverford). When I check the high school rankings Harriton appears to be ranked significantly lower than LM. Why is that? I would really like to know more about these schools before we commit ourselves. Thanks!
If by significantly lower you mean several spots? Harriton is even ranked higher on occasion.

They're both excellent high schools, and saying one is better than the other is splitting already split hairs. Harriton used to be the smaller school, but recent re-zoning has made them both of approximately equal size. Harriton still has somewhat of a "wealthier" reputation, but both have predominantly upper middle to lower upper class student bodies.

I also find it hard to believe that you could only afford a home in the Harriton catchment. Ardmore in particular (most of which is still zoned into LM) has a lot of less expensive homes. Same with Narberth. There are deals to be had in parts of Penn Wynne, Merion, and Bala-Cynwyd as well.

Note also that LM (and the Main Line in general) are not the only places where great schools can be found, so if you're not satisfied with how far your dollar stretches there, don't be afraid to look elsewhere.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. I have heard great things about Radnor and Berwyn too but I really like LM because of its proximity to Philly.

Another curious thing I noticed is that the west side of Ardmore appears to be Haverford school district when I look at houses in that area but if I look at LMSD map it shows the west side of Ardmore as a choice zone. Can anyone tell me about the west side of Ardmore? Thanks.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:27 PM
 
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I don't when you looked at Narberth homes but a 4br house in good condition below 600k is very hard to find in that area. I agree about Ardmore but as I said earlier the district boundaries there vexes me.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. I have heard great things about Radnor and Berwyn too but I really like LM because of its proximity to Philly.

Another curious thing I noticed is that the west side of Ardmore appears to be Haverford school district when I look at houses in that area but if I look at LMSD map it shows the west side of Ardmore as a choice zone. Can anyone tell me about the west side of Ardmore? Thanks.
Anywhere below the County Line with a 19003 zip code is in Delaware County/Haverford Twp. Good district overall, though not as well-reputed as LM. The rest of Ardmore is predominantly conventionally working class, with a strong historically blue collar flavor; the area has sizeable African American and Italian communities. There are also smaller working class pockets, along with a chunk of upper middle/lower upper class homes above Montgomery Avenue. What you see is what you get.

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I don't when you looked at Narberth homes but a 4br house in good condition below 600k is very hard to find in that area. I agree about Ardmore but as I said earlier the district boundaries there vexes me.
Don't confuse the Borough of Narberth (a donut hole-shaped enclave/separate municipality that's entirely surrounded by LM Twp) with Penn Valley, the remainder of the 19072 zip code within LM that's significantly more expensive. Narberth is a densely populated, tightly knit community with a charming main street. Penn Valley is upscale post-war suburbia. There's refreshingly little in the way of cookie cutter houses, but it's largely auto-centric/overwhelmingly residential in nature. Both are great areas. They're just different from one another.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:37 AM
 
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Ardmore, Gladwyne, Radnor, Bryn Mawr are all in great districts and your chances are good to get an updated home between 425 and 500K. In this area the homes have a lot of charm. They are older (generally 50 to 100 years old) with updates such as kitchens, hardwood floors, updated baths etc. Some of the Berwyn area is in T/E district and chances may be better for home search. If schools are the main concern and interest I have another suggestion of a school district where chances are great for newer homes (5 to 20 years old) in the 375 to 450K range. Message me if you are interested.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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^Also meant to say Ardmore is predominantly conventionally middle class
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