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Old 04-12-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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Ultimately looking for a family friendly neighborhood with great school district. Would probably rent for 6 months to a year until we become familiar with the area, but would love find a place where we could rent then buy within the same school district. Any help/info would be greatly appreciated. Don't really want to commute more than 30 mins each way.

Whenare you moving? – Late June/Early July
Where are you coming from? – Ann Arbor, MI
Why are you moving? – Job relocation
Where will you be working? – King of Prussia
Have you been here yet? – Once for the interview process
Will you buy or rent? – Rent for a year then look to buy
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? –House up to 350,000
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much canyou spend? – Townhouse $1600
Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? – Definitely PA
Are you married or single? Do you have children? – Married. Kids 7 yrs and 1 yr
Do you prefer public or private schools? - Public
Do you have pets? - NO
Do you want or need a yard? – If possible
Are you keeping a car? - Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? - Both

What do you want to be closest to?
Work – No more than a 30 minute commute

Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)- w/in 10 mins or so

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexualpreference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? – Top priority is a familyfriendly area with good school district. Would prefer to rent and then buy w/in a year and be able to stay in thesame school district.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:29 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Why not start with King of Prussia? I'm not sure how the school district is but I don't think it's horrible. Your price point kind of rules out the more expensive areas toward the Main Line. Or how about Chesterbrook? It's full of townhomes and in the Treddyfrin-Easttown SD, now I'm sure that's a good one, and it's not right in the heart of all the KOP traffic but it's a hop, skip and a jump to get there. You've got a lot of good choices right where you're working.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Second Chesterbrook . A very good rental option in a great school district.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Just don't venture out west to Collegeville, Royersford or even Phoenixville. 422 traffic makes you regret it.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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I take 422 everyday. It is bad but no worse than 76/95/etc. it's grossly over-exaggerated on these forums. My 19 mile commute from Trappe to Berwyn is about 35-40 minutes on most days. Trappe to KOP would be about 30-35 minutes most days.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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I live in Phoenixville right now, but outside the borough. The drive to KOP is about 15-20 minutes depending when I get out. Route 23 through the park is a better option than 422 on most days.

KOP is in the Upper Merion school district, which is decent. I would avoid the Bridgeport school though, it is substantially worse than the other elementary schools in the area.

Chesterbrook and T.E is a great rental location and great schools as others have said. Rent can get quite high though.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Conshohocken? Not sure how the school district is there but certainly one of my favorite spots in the burbs.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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Audubon, PA. 10 minutes from King of Prussia and Methacton School District is awesome.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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Plymouth Meeting, Lafayette Hill, Ambler, Upper Dublin, and Blue Bell - all in good or great school districts. One caveat - only go with the Plymouth Meeting area that overlaps with the Colonial School District, stay out of Norristown SD.

Unless I'm missing something, Chesterbrook and the T.E. school district would be above your price range for when you plan to buy for under $350k, so you'd have to switch school districts.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Unless I'm missing something, Chesterbrook and the T.E. school district would be above your price range for when you plan to buy for under $350k, so you'd have to switch school districts.
Better options for buying but Chesterbrook is a good short term rental option in the $1500-$2500 range.
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