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Old 04-06-2014, 08:21 PM
 
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My wife and I found a few of townhouses that we'd consider buying in the Collegeville/Trappe area, but I've heard horror stories of the commute on route 422. (Rittenhouse Square, Perkiomen Woods, College Park)

My wife works at Paoli Hospital first shift, so she would be going east on 422 around 5:30 am and returning westbound around 3:45pm.

I work in Exton and I would be eastbound around 7:15 am and westbound around 5:30 pm,

What's a realistic commute for each of us? Our alternative is buying a townhouse in the Exton area, (Liongate, Pickering Pointe, Exton Station) but we love the Collegville area with all the parks and trails nearby. I like both areas, but my guy logic is telling me to get a townhouse close to work and enjoy the short commute.

Any feedback on the commute and/or any of the townhouses would be appreciated. A little more about us....we're in our late thirties, looking to have a child this year, and like simple things like walking at parks, hiking/biking the trails, lakes, rivers, restaurants, casual bars/pubs, and enjoy walking around lifestyle centers/"village" type shopping as opposed to walking in a mall.....Thanks Guys!
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:00 PM
 
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What's a realistic commute for each of us? Our alternative is buying a townhouse in the Exton area, (Liongate, Pickering Pointe, Exton Station) but we love the Collegville area with all the parks and trails nearby. I like both areas, but my guy logic is telling me to get a townhouse close to work and enjoy the short commute.
^ ^ This. It makes a lot more sense to live in Chester County since both you and your wife work there.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:24 AM
 
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I'd find a backroads route.

What about Phoenixville? Or Downingtown?
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Philly
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since you mentioned trails
Chester Valley Trail development continues

if you like towns as opposed to sprawl pville or dtown are good options though i hear traffic on 30 from exton is terrible
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:50 AM
 
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5:30 AM isn't o bad to Paoli - ahead of the bottleneck, at least as of now

To get to Exton you can take some backroads actually to cut out 422 and some worse parts of 202 - like to 29 or even the slip ramp to the Turnpike off of 29 to Exton - not sure what part of Exton

Both are manageable but neither short if that makes sense
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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I live in the area and deal with traffic every day so take it from me. Buy in Exton area if you work in Exton area.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: West Chester, PA
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Exton would also check all of your boxes. I'd stay away from 422 in regards to rush hour commuting. There are backroads to Exton (29 or 113), but it still would be a long commute. You will definitely enjoy a shorter commute. I live about 5 minutes from Exton so feel free to send me any questions on the area.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Glenside, PA
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if you happen to decide you are dead-set on living in Collegeville, I would echo other sentiments to take back roads to avoid 422. Cut over to Phoenixville using 29, then make your way over to Country Club Rd to get towards Paoli, or use 29 (or Whitehorse Rd to Phoenixville Pike) to head towards Exton. Some of these roads get a bit clogged during rush hour as well, but 422 is indeed very bad this area a majority of the time.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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A lot of people have suggested Phoenixville as a good alternative because it's close to Collegeville and it would eliminate 422, but we didn't care for Phoenixville too much. We looked at Powder Mill and Kimberton Knoll in Kimberton as an afterthought, but maybe we'll consider those or just focus on the Exton area. Any insight on Liongate, Pickering Point, and Exton Station townhouses....or the two I mentioned in Kimberton would be appreciated.......Thanks for all your feedback guys!
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I like both areas, but my guy logic is telling me to get a townhouse close to work and enjoy the short commute.
Your "guy logic" would be right. Several years ago my wife fell for the MacMansions at Rivercrest Masters. The drive seemed very reasonable. On Sundays. What ensued was three years of shear misery on 422. It would take me longer to get to the first traffic light out of the gate than getting to work from our previous address. 422 is a nightmare. I can't imagine how it was this past winter. DON'T do it because you'll have no time or energy to enjoy those wonderful trails and parks you love so much.
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