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Old 06-16-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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We are couple in our thirties with 2 girls 4 and 2. Wifey is housewife and only I work. We have option to relocated to philly from atlanta. We like the
weather here,
schools in some of our area are not bad,
cost of living is cheap,
relative safe area,
commute to work is about 30-45 mins depending on traffice .

We live in Gwinnett, were thinking to move north fulton for schools.

So why should/shouldn't we move to philly?
I might be working in downtown spring garden street.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:31 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Well just to clarify... Philadelphia as a whole is noticeably more expensive than Atlanta.

And if you are talking about the suburbs for schools (public/private) by far are some of the most prestigious in the country. "not bad" is an understatement. Philadelphia city public schools are terrible.

You didn't really provide much to go off of beside commute time. Do you prefer city living or suburban living, the two are like night and day... With a 45 minute commute you open the door to Center City(downtown) Philadelphia as well as many nearby suburbs.

budget?
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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You should start by copy/pasting these questions with your answers. Definitely need more information to offer suggestions.

Questions For Future and Potential Residents and general information.
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:32 AM
 
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When are you moving? In few months
Where are you coming from? Atlanta
Why are you moving? Work
Where will you be working? downtown philadelphia
Have you been here yet? nope

Will you buy or rent? rent
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? paying 1200 for 3bed townhouse in atlanta.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? walkup

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? where good schools and cheap cost of living is

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married with 2 kids
Do you prefer public or private schools? public
Do you have pets? no
Do you want or need a yard? love to have a small yard
Are you keeping a car? yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? calm and quiet

What do you want to be closest to? Burbs not too far from downtown
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? Diverse

Coke or Pepsi? Coming from home of Coke so Coke
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:34 AM
 
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Well just to clarify... Philadelphia as a whole is noticeably more expensive than Atlanta.

And if you are talking about the suburbs for schools (public/private) by far are some of the most prestigious in the country. "not bad" is an understatement. Philadelphia city public schools are terrible.

You didn't really provide much to go off of beside commute time. Do you prefer city living or suburban living, the two are like night and day... With a 45 minute commute you open the door to Center City(downtown) Philadelphia as well as many nearby suburbs.

budget?
With kids I would prefer suburbs. About budget I am not sure. I make around 85 here in atlanta. Most likely they ll be matching my salary in philly.
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? where good schools and cheap cost of living is
unfortunately due to the way public schools are funded (through property taxes primarily) these two things tend to be mutually exclusive. If you want good schools, you're going to have to pay for them.

There was someone who made a thread almost identical to yours coming from brooklyn. The popular suggestion was to increase the budget he had allocated for housing, and move to someplace like ardmore. 1200 for a 3BR isn't going to get you what you're looking for.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:11 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Most of the quieter suburbs tend to be rather expensive. But I would check out Ardmore and Wynnewood. Towns along the Main Line fit the criteria except none are cheap.

Then in Delaware County, Springfield, Broomall and Aston are the best choices simply because they have good schools and are more affordable. Media (19063 zipcode) would be an ideal fit, but your average 4 bed 3 bath home is mostly in the 400k+ range.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:30 AM
 
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I've lived in Atlanta and Philadelphia. One thing that you'll need to know if you don't already is that suburban school districts in PA are not countywide as they are in GA. They are much smaller township-wide districts and consequently very small differences in location can make a big difference.

As others have mentioned $1,200 isn't going to get you much as real estate in suburban Phialdelphia is more expensive than most parts of Gwinnett. Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township (the one in Montgomery County) and Abington Township should have a (very) limited selection of house rentals in your price range. The houses will be older and almost certainly smaller than what you are currently renting in Gwinnett. Abington and Springfield schools are generally better regarded than Cheltenham, though Cheltenham will likely have the largest supply of rentals in your price range of the three locations. All three are within reasonable commuting distance to Center City. Abington and Cheltenham are more diverse than Springfield.

You mentioned that your salary is unlikely to change if you move. If that's the case you'll be taking a hit financially from your current economic status. Since you'll be working in the city you'll be subject to the city wage tax (3.49%) in addition to PA state income tax. And as mentioned there is a fairly large difference between real estate prices in suburban Philly and a place such as Lawrenceville, GA. I think that you would need to get at least a 10% salary increase to remain at roughly the same standard of living you have at present.

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Old 06-18-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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I've lived in Atlanta and Philadelphia. One thing that you'll need to know if you don't already is that suburban school districts in PA are not countywide as they are in GA. They are much smaller township-wide districts and consequently very small differences in location can make a big difference.

As others have mentioned $1,200 isn't going to get you much as real estate in suburban Phialdelphia is more expensive than most parts of Gwinnett. Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township (the one in Montgomery County) and Abington Township should have a (very) limited selection of house rentals in your price range. The houses will be older and almost certainly smaller than what you are currently renting in Gwinnett. Abington and Springfield schools are generally better regarded than Cheltenham, though Cheltenham will likely have the largest supply of rentals in your price range of the three locations. All three are within reasonable commuting distance to Center City. Abington and Cheltenham are more diverse than Springfield.

You mentioned that your salary is unlikely to change if you move. If that's the case you'll be taking a hit financially from your current economic status. Since you'll be working in the city you'll be subject to the city wage tax (3.49%) in addition to PA state income tax. And as mentioned there is a fairly large difference between real estate prices in suburban Philly and a place such as Lawrenceville, GA. I think that you would need to get at least a 10% salary increase to remain at roughly the same standard of living you have at present.
Thats a good suggestion. Thanks!!
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:44 PM
 
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This cost of living calculator from CNN may help clarify your decision: Cost of Living Calculator: Compare the Cost of Living in Two Cities - CNNMoney

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