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Old 01-23-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: NC
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Hi guys!!!!! My fiance and I will be moving to PA in August and are looking to buy. Any advice about areas to look into and/or areas to stay away from would be great!!!! We are in our mid-twenties looking for a cute 'starter' home. My fiance just got accepted into UTI in Exton, PA and neither one of us have ever been to the area. He is deployed to Iraq right now but when he gets home in May I would love to have a good idea about which areas to look into. We want anywhere from Exton to the outskirts of Philly.

Oh, and this is the first time I am using this so if I posted this incorrectly please let me know....I am not familiar with this 'threading' at all.

Thanks so much for any advice!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:16 AM
 
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Exton is very suburban and nice. Lots of new stores an a great Mall. Its pretty far from the city of Philly. God bless your hubby in Iraq! My bro' did 2 turns there and is now on his way to Afghanistan.
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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What is your price range tiff? The Exton-Downingtown area has some "realtively" affordable homes to start out in.
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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What is your price range tiff? The Exton-Downingtown area has some "realtively" affordable homes to start out in.
We would like to stay under $200, 000 but I don't know if thats possible for the area??? Where we live now we can buy very nice, new homes for about $160's but I haven't seen that online for the Philly and surrounding areas......I really need lots of advice, we are in way over our heads on this one.
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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I did a quick search on a realtor site for homes under $200K within 5 miles of Exton. Around 260 properties showed up, although only one was from Exton proper. The town of Coatesville came up the most often; however, this town may have the least popular reputation of any in the immediate vicinity. I'll leave to others more knowledgeable than me about specifics... but hopefully you will be open to townhouses and ramblers.
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Old 01-23-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Are you open to townhomes? You can find some decent townhomes in Downingtown for around 200k. Stay away from Coatesville.

I don't know if schools are important to you - but parts of Downingtown are located in the Coatesville School District while the rest of the town is located in the Downingtown SD. Obviously the homes in the Downingtown SD will sell for more.

The areas of Downingtown in the Coatesville SD are still very safe and nice - however the schools aren't that great.

Also, there are some new townhomes almost finished in downtown Downingtown - within the good school district. Its called Green Street Mews and are priced from 205k-250k. I've walked by these homes a few times and they are very nice. Within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Here's the site if you want to take a look Green Street Mews Downingtown PA Progressive Housing Ventures LLC - Ryvenco New Homes
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:03 AM
 
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Around 260 properties showed up, although only one was from Exton proper. The town of Coatesville came up the most often; however, this town may have the least popular reputation of any in the immediate vicinity.
There are at least two good reasons why Coatsville is so cheap:

1. The taxes. Very high property taxes, and if you are in Coatsville City itself, outrageous earned income tax.

2. School reputation.

Even if you don't have children, or plan to have children for that matter, it is always best from a resale point of view to buy a house in the best school district that you can afford. If the OP can stretch to about $250,000 their options will increase significantly for a single family home. I know of this doll of a house, right on Brandywine Creek and complete with creek sounds, that is currently listed at around $250K and will probably go for less. It's in Downingtown schools, which is a district I would consider sending our kids to. Otherwise, there still exist multiple options below $200K in a good school district with more reasonable taxes.

Of course, by August, the market could totally change. It's rather volatile right now, so who knows what August will bring!
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:01 AM
 
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I live in Coatesville, and have children in both the High School, and elementary school. Don't let people tell you that they are crappy, because I couldn't be happier with the staff and teachers. People that speak poorly of the Coatesville Schools usually don't know what they're talking about. (Like the Daily Local newspaper- )

You will be able to find big, beautiful, colonial single homes in Coatesville for the price range you are looking for. If you are interested I can give you the name of a very good Realtor in the area. It is also a very easy commute to Philly by car OR train, and you would also be very close to Exton, King of Prussia, West Chester, Downingtown, and even Lancaster. It's a great central location to start!

Of course, if I had unlimited funds (who does?) I would start my search in the West Chester area. It's an awesome town, with awesome schools and even closer to Philly.
But Coatesville isn't the dirt everyone says it is.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Very easy commute to Philly?? According to mapquest it's 42 miles. Good schools? SchoolMatters - Home Less then half of the eleventh graders tested proficient in math! Only 63% were proficient in reading. Perhaps the schools (and the town) are now on an upswing but the numbers aren't there yet.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: NC
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Thanks for the advice everyone....I am really having a hard time deciding which area we are going to move to. I checked out Coatsville and it seems nice but we want to live on the other side of Exton, a little closer to Philly. What does everyone think of living on the outskirts of Philly? Like the University City area? I have found some very cute houses/townhomes on the net in that area but of course they don't show the surroundings so I don't know if its a nice, clean neighborhood. I really do appreciate everyones help....this is a lot harder than I imagined it would be, there are so many different areas to choose between.
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