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Old 04-04-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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I have been offered a two year job on the pier in Philadelphia. We, my wife and 2 kids, are moving from small town Kentucky. We would like to find a place close to the rail that has decent public schools and reasonable rent. We would probably like to rent a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment or home and our price range would be around $1000 if possible, less would be great! I would be willing to spend maybe 30 minutes commuting or less if reasonable. We have 2 cars but don't think driving through town to work everyday would be practical, yes or no? I have picked up town names like Jenkintown, Haddonfield, Collingswood, and others but I am not sure about costs and commute. I also read the Delaware is tax free? Is it reasonable to live in Delaware and commute to the pier in Philadelphia?
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, PA
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I have been offered a two year job on the pier in Philadelphia. We, my wife and 2 kids, are moving from small town Kentucky. We would like to find a place close to the rail that has decent public schools and reasonable rent. We would probably like to rent a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment or home and our price range would be around $1000 if possible, less would be great! I would be willing to spend maybe 30 minutes commuting or less if reasonable. We have 2 cars but don't think driving through town to work everyday would be practical, yes or no? I have picked up town names like Jenkintown, Haddonfield, Collingswood, and others but I am not sure about costs and commute. I also read the Delaware is tax free? Is it reasonable to live in Delaware and commute to the pier in Philadelphia?
I guess if you're looking into DE then you should try a suburb around Wilmington (that's the farthest you can get in DE with SEPTA...according to Google Maps anyway). It takes about an hour to go from Wilmington to Center City on the Regional Rail, so I would knock out anything in DE if you're trying to keep your commute down. If you're looking for good schools I think Abington, Jenkintown, and Elkins Park are good options.

I'm not that good with the burbs, but I know that if you have $1,000 Haddonfeild and Collingswood aren't going to be very feasible.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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Thanks What I have been looking at Jenkintown and it looks like a nice place. The rent does seem high but it looks high all around compared to KY : ) I will also look at Abington and Elkins Park. I appreciate your input. Delaware being tax free was our only point of interest there and that's not worth losing 2 hours a day commuting.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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I have been offered a two year job on the pier in Philadelphia. We, my wife and 2 kids, are moving from small town Kentucky. We would like to find a place close to the rail that has decent public schools and reasonable rent.

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Is it reasonable to live in Delaware and commute to the pier in Philadelphia?

Delaware? Yes in fact Delaware may be a quicker commute than Jenkintown. By pier I am assuming you mean working in South Philly? Del to South philly is only 10-15 miles but the rush hour traffic on I-95 is heavy.Its a 15 minute commute without traffic, 1 Hr with rush hour traffic. You may want to post a inquiry in the Delaware forums for specific apartments.


3 Br for $1000 is going to be a tough task in PA, especially in a superior school district.

Boothwyn , Brookhaven,Aston are in good but not great school districts and your rent money may stretch a bit there. These towns are in Pa 1/2 between Delaware and Philly.

You will also get better value in South Jersey(Colllingswood Haddonfield Cherry Hill etc) as opposed to PA.

Good luck.

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:08 AM
 
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Rain, we are realizing our budget might not be practical. I will be working at the Naval Yard in South Philly so Delaware might be a good choice. Do they have a rail system to Delaware? I just got more information on the job and realized it was further South then I first thought. We looked at Collinswood in NJ but rent was quite a bit higher than what we found in Abington and Elkins Hill. I appreciate your input!!
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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A 3 bedroom 2 bath is going to be nearly impossible for $1000 a month anywhere close to the city. There is rail to Delaware, but only one line, and transit does not currently run to the Navy Yard. Your only option is going to be to drive unless you want one hell of a commute on transit. 1hr 20mins+ a day at least. Driving will be a much easier task if you are based somewhere along a major highway. The Navy Yard is in South Philly and is right off of I-95.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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I95 from delaware to South Philly will be awful.. constant gridlock. Id try south jersey. maybe Gloucester County..its cheaper down there.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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I have been offered a two year job on the pier in Philadelphia. We, my wife and 2 kids, are moving from small town Kentucky. We would like to find a place close to the rail that has decent public schools and reasonable rent. We would probably like to rent a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment or home and our price range would be around $1000 if possible, less would be great! I would be willing to spend maybe 30 minutes commuting or less if reasonable. We have 2 cars but don't think driving through town to work everyday would be practical, yes or no? I have picked up town names like Jenkintown, Haddonfield, Collingswood, and others but I am not sure about costs and commute. I also read the Delaware is tax free? Is it reasonable to live in Delaware and commute to the pier in Philadelphia?

Conshohocken, PA might not be bad. The commute though, can be tricky. 476 South from there is hit or miss in the morning, but if you time it right, can be about 30 minutes to I-95. So the commute may be a little over 30 minutes, but manageable and it's all highway (476 and 95).

I know someone who lived in Conshohocken (Sherry Lake Apartments, I believe) that commuted to the Ship Yard daily and didn't feel the commute was bad. Sherry Lake, though, might be expensive. If I recall, it was $1500+ for a 3-bedroom/2-bathroom apartment when I had been looking.

I hope that helps!
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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Thanks for all the information everyone. I assumed the rail would be the way to go but it sounds like driving might be better to the Naval yard. I don't mind driving at all just thought it might be tough through Philly. Someone else mentioned Conshohocken so we will look into that option. We have realized $1000 may not work so we are shooting for $1500 instead.
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