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Old 01-29-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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We are moving to philly from Hartford, CT. Need some advice to find some rental apartments in a safe & nice locality within 30 min commuting distance from downtown philly. Philly seems to be infested with rats
Is it better to stay in NJ?
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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Need some more info -

what is your price range?
are you looking for a more urban or suburban environment?
do you plan on driving or taking public trans into center city?
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:47 PM
 
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Need some more info -

what is your price range?
are you looking for a more urban or suburban environment?
do you plan on driving or taking public trans into center city?
Around $1000 to $1200 for a 2BR. I have no idea about city living. Have lived in a nice sub urban uncrowded place always. Looking for inputs as to what would be better in terms of commuting.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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If you want a suburban, quick commute to Center City - South NJ is probably your best bet. Also taking the train into center city is usually better than driving. That being said, you will want to live relatively close to the PATCO speedline.

Recommended walkable towns to PATCo are Collingswood and Westmont (aka Haddon Twp). Cherry Hill also has 2 stations along the PATCO line. You could also live along the 295 corridor and drive to the Woodcrest Station Park & Ride right off the interstate. Depending where you choose - commute will be roughly 20-30min.

My personal recommendations are the highrise Haddonview Apartments in Westmont (walk or shuttle bus to train station) or The Village at Haddonfield apartments (short drive to train station). I'd also check out craigs list - alot of people rent out nice 2br condos in your price range. Just remember, avoid Camden-NJ.
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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Thanks! How about car insurance? Am told NJ & Philly have both high insurance rates compared to philly suburbs. Would appreciate any inputs about day cares or playschools.
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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NJ car insurance has improved significantly over the past few years. I don't think it is that much higher PA burbs now. I'm a single male under 25 and pay about $650 every six months.

Don't know anything about day cares or playschools however.
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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Every major city may have some sort of rodent issue - I recall a mouse every so often in some of my apartment buildings - but I wouldn't say Philadelphia is a rat utopia.

Nothing against NJ, but something else to consider on the PA side would be the lower end of the Main Line, the old-money suburbs west of the city. Towns like Ardmore and Narberth would be convenient to downtown. You may even like Chestnut Hill which is at the NW edge of the city.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:22 PM
 
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i live in the society hill section of philly and i take 2 buses to school every morning and i go to school in the center of the city. it take me abut 45mins but thats because its buses. its only 3miles so its probably it 10min car ride. houses down here are great and theres no rats that ive seen. only on south street when they were digging up the road. check out [url=http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/]craigslist: philadelphia classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events[/url] for housing if your stuck.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:37 AM
 
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I've heard of rat problems in Univ City, usually in older buildings, lol.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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i read in the metro about the initial clean up for re-opening the abandoned Franklin Square speedline stop. when sanitation workers first went down there they said that they were greeted by rats who didn't even run away. one worker said that the rats were looking at them like "this is my house, who the hell are you?" lol
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