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Old 04-29-2014, 02:16 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

My boyfriend and I recently found new jobs and are looking to relocate somewhere in Philly's suburbs. I work in Plymouth Meeting while my boyfriend just got a new job in Trenton, NJ.

Before my boyfriend found his job in Trenton we were interested in living in Chestnut Hill. We found it incredibly charming and it is a convenient 12-15 minute commute to my office. Unfortunately, it looks like it would take my boyfriend about an hour to trive to Trenton from Chestnut Hill.

Bensalem, PA looks to be about halfway between our two offices, with a 25-30 minute commute for each of us. While the commute will certainly be better for my boyfriend, we aren't sure that Bensalem seems like a fun, vibrant place to live.

I would really appreciate any advise to help us make the decision between where we should settle into an apartment! What are your opinions on Bensalem? Will it be a fun place to live? Or, will living in Chestnut Hill be worth a longer commute?
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

My boyfriend and I recently found new jobs and are looking to relocate somewhere in Philly's suburbs. I work in Plymouth Meeting while my boyfriend just got a new job in Trenton, NJ.

Before my boyfriend found his job in Trenton we were interested in living in Chestnut Hill. We found it incredibly charming and it is a convenient 12-15 minute commute to my office. Unfortunately, it looks like it would take my boyfriend about an hour to trive to Trenton from Chestnut Hill.

Bensalem, PA looks to be about halfway between our two offices, with a 25-30 minute commute for each of us. While the commute will certainly be better for my boyfriend, we aren't sure that Bensalem seems like a fun, vibrant place to live.

I would really appreciate any advise to help us make the decision between where we should settle into an apartment! What are your opinions on Bensalem? Will it be a fun place to live? Or, will living in Chestnut Hill be worth a longer commute?
Bensalem is declining sprawl. Chestnut Hill is a perennially gorgeous streetcar suburb-style neighborhood. Absolutely no comparison.

As for whether living in CH is worth the commute to Trenton... I'm not familiar with the commute, but taking 309 --> 276 --> U.S. 1 is about 40 minutes without traffic. I couldn't tell you how long that would be during rush hour, but my guess is close to an hour?

On the other hand, there are no places like CH that are anywhere near optimally midway between Plymputh Meeting and Trenton. Maybe Haddonfield, Haddon Township, or Collingswood, in which case the commute would suck for both of you.

Not sure what I'd do if I were in your position. If you were considering Bensalem, you might not mind Upper Dublin (closer to your work) or Northampton (closer to his work). Both are mostly post-war sprawl, but they're at least upscale/stable. Horsham or Willow Grove might work too. Harboro is a pleasant (albeit sleepy) small town close to the Turnpike.

Good luck.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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The Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail line goes to Trenton-it'll still be an hour+ but at least you won't be sitting in traffic breathing in fumes.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:47 PM
 
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The Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail line goes to Trenton-it'll still be an hour+ but at least you won't be sitting in traffic breathing in fumes.
That would make sense if his office is within walking distance of the train station.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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Chestnut Hill is amazing. Thats where Im moving. you will never get that kind of small town feeling but within a few mins of center city anywhere else.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:09 PM
 
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There's absolutely nothing appealing about Bensalem. I'd gladly spend extra time in the car with my Pandora cranked and live in Chestnut Hill.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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technically, heavenwood, it's a railroad suburb not a streetcar suburb. it was developed by the railroad and is still served by the railroad. bensalem is the polar opposite of chestnut hill. ambler might be a good compromise
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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technically, heavenwood, it's a railroad suburb not a streetcar suburb. it was developed by the railroad and is still served by the railroad. bensalem is the polar opposite of chestnut hill. ambler might be a good compromise
Ambler might be, but not sure it would be much better of a commute to Trenton than Chestnut Hill. Not better enough to justify choosing one over the other, and Chestnut Hill is much nicer than Ambler.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Ambler might be, but not sure it would be much better of a commute to Trenton than Chestnut Hill. Not better enough to justify choosing one over the other, and Chestnut Hill is much nicer than Ambler.
indeed, but if it is, ambler is pretty nice. I like it better than the other suburbs north of the city
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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technically, heavenwood, it's a railroad suburb not a streetcar suburb. it was developed by the railroad and is still served by the railroad. bensalem is the polar opposite of chestnut hill. ambler might be a good compromise
I thought trolley cars ran there too at one time?
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