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Old 03-15-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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At risk of being redundant, I have another 'moving to Philadelphia' thread. I've been a long time lurker here but haven't found all the information I've been looking for.

My fiancee and I are moving to Philadelphia from Buffalo, New York this summer. I am originally from the NYC area and she is from a very rural part of NY State. We are both city people, but have different tolerances for different aspects of city life (example, I like public transportation, she does not).

She will be attended UPenn in West Philly for her PhD and I will be looking for work in community development type things. I'm still looking.

We both enjoy diverse, vibrant neighborhoods with a strong sense of community. We are a pretty balanced couple that enjoys coffee shops, bars and restaurants in close proximity, but also the opportunity to be domestic and enjoy home life. Our budget is maximum $1,100/mo but would like to stay lower.

In a perfect world we would like a 2 bedroom in something that is not a closet (being from the NYC area I see this as an opportunity a bigger bang for my buck rent-wise), a porch, a small yard or outdoor space (even if a postage stamp or deck) and within half a mile of a train or trolly.

I had my eye on Manayunk, but a friend of mine recently described it as 'suburban', which scared me a bit. South Philly has been suggested to me but it seems very large geographically and I'm unsure of which parts should be avoided.

Other neighborhoods that have been suggested are Brewerytown, Fairmount and Fishtown-- although I don't think Fishtown is my scene.

Anything left that hasn't been suggested? Am I being realistic in my Philly search?

Thanks for any insight!
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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Brewerytown is a great and closer to Manayunk.

For your budget, Farimount will be hard. Fishtown is a bit further east from UPenn.

I live on 24th and Thompson (one block north of Girard college), 900sqft brand new 2br 1 ba 2nd floor walkup for $1250/month.

I'm in a transitional area; a few blocks north of me is PHA territory. On the other side of Girard college is Fairmount. Finding something like this in Fairmount with guaranteed parking would be nearly impossible.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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Manayunk is not suburban at all
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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At risk of being redundant, I have another 'moving to Philadelphia' thread. I've been a long time lurker here but haven't found all the information I've been looking for.

My fiancee and I are moving to Philadelphia from Buffalo, New York this summer. I am originally from the NYC area and she is from a very rural part of NY State. We are both city people, but have different tolerances for different aspects of city life (example, I like public transportation, she does not).

She will be attended UPenn in West Philly for her PhD and I will be looking for work in community development type things. I'm still looking.

We both enjoy diverse, vibrant neighborhoods with a strong sense of community. We are a pretty balanced couple that enjoys coffee shops, bars and restaurants in close proximity, but also the opportunity to be domestic and enjoy home life. Our budget is maximum $1,100/mo but would like to stay lower.

In a perfect world we would like a 2 bedroom in something that is not a closet (being from the NYC area I see this as an opportunity a bigger bang for my buck rent-wise), a porch, a small yard or outdoor space (even if a postage stamp or deck) and within half a mile of a train or trolly.

I had my eye on Manayunk, but a friend of mine recently described it as 'suburban', which scared me a bit. South Philly has been suggested to me but it seems very large geographically and I'm unsure of which parts should be avoided.

Other neighborhoods that have been suggested are Brewerytown, Fairmount and Fishtown-- although I don't think Fishtown is my scene.

Anything left that hasn't been suggested? Am I being realistic in my Philly search?

Thanks for any insight!
As Becca said, Manayunk isn't remotely suburban.

Have you looked at just staying near Penn or Drexel in one of the University City neighborhoods? Powelton Village, Spruce Hill, Clark Park, Cedar Park.

Many Victorian era houses with porches, small yards and the social amenities you are looking for.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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As Becca said, Manayunk isn't remotely suburban.

Have you looked at just staying near Penn or Drexel in one of the University City neighborhoods? Powelton Village, Spruce Hill, Clark Park, Cedar Park.

Many Victorian era houses with porches, small yards and the social amenities you are looking for.
I agree with the comment about Manayunk. It's one of the densest 'hoods in the city (maybe there was some confusion with Roxborough, which can have a vaguely suburban feel).

University City is a good idea, although it's booming (and I would think rents are, in turn, booming too). It'd be good for your wife, given her non-enthusiasm for public transit, because Penn would be walkable from Powelton, Cedar Park, and the other locations mentioned above.

Some other possibilities: Wissahickon (short train ride to 30th St station); Germantown (hit and miss, but also very train accessible); East/West Mt Airy (good night life; parking not an issue; near Wissahickon Creek; served by 2 regional rail lines).
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:42 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. That put me at ease about Manayunk. I've been checking out Powelton Village as suggested and it looks promising!
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