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Old 03-30-2016, 08:39 PM
 
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Hi! I will be interviewing for a potential relocation from Chicago to the Philadelphia area soon and wanted to get some opinions on places to live. Me and my wife are both in our late 20's, me an Architect, her a teacher. We have chosen to try and relocate to be closer to family to start one of our own. Any advice on some neighborhoods from the information below would be extremely helpful. I do plan on visiting some areas for myself before finding a place, currently we have been looking at Manayunk, fairmount, east falls and germantown. Our research is mostly limited to google searches and other posts on these forums, also reddit.


When are you moving?
Aiming for end of April
Where are you coming from?
Chicago
Why are you moving?
Job relocation and to be closer to family in the Lehigh Valley, plans to start our own family.
Where will you be working?
Architecture firm in the city.
Have you been here yet?
Not for awhile, and never lived in the Philadelphia area.

Will you buy or rent?
rent
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Looking to be around 1400 a month for rent, some townhouses have looked attractive due to more space. Prefer non smoking. Looking for 2 bedrooms with washer dryer in unit.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?
Either really, we live in a high-rise right now, but as mentioned above, some of the townhouses we have seen listed for rent are attractive due to space.

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?
Thinking of living out of center city, but close enough to reduce commute,
(If you answered NJ - post your answers here: //www.city-data.com/forum/new-j...-philadelphia/)

Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Married with plans to have a child in the next year or two.
Do you prefer public or private schools?
public, but not against private
Do you have pets?
1 cat
Do you want or need a yard?
would be nice, not a deal breaker.
Are you keeping a car?
Would prefer to have some sort of parking for a single car.
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?
Somewhere in between, right now we live in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, its busy with lots going on but lacks some real "community" which we are looking for.

What do you want to be closest to?
Would prefer to keep a commute under an hour. Not opposed to driving, public transit would be better.

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
Would prefer to be around young famililes and young professionals. Trying to avoid any heavy college areas.

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke for me Pepsi for the wife.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:15 AM
 
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Hi! I will be interviewing for a potential relocation from Chicago to the Philadelphia area soon and wanted to get some opinions on places to live. Me and my wife are both in our late 20's, me an Architect, her a teacher. We have chosen to try and relocate to be closer to family to start one of our own. Any advice on some neighborhoods from the information below would be extremely helpful. I do plan on visiting some areas for myself before finding a place, currently we have been looking at Manayunk, fairmount, east falls and germantown. Our research is mostly limited to google searches and other posts on these forums, also reddit.


When are you moving?
Aiming for end of April
Where are you coming from?
Chicago
Why are you moving?
Job relocation and to be closer to family in the Lehigh Valley, plans to start our own family.
Where will you be working?
Architecture firm in the city.
Have you been here yet?
Not for awhile, and never lived in the Philadelphia area.

Will you buy or rent?
rent
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Looking to be around 1400 a month for rent, some townhouses have looked attractive due to more space. Prefer non smoking. Looking for 2 bedrooms with washer dryer in unit.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?
Either really, we live in a high-rise right now, but as mentioned above, some of the townhouses we have seen listed for rent are attractive due to space.

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?
Thinking of living out of center city, but close enough to reduce commute,
(If you answered NJ - post your answers here: //www.city-data.com/forum/new-j...-philadelphia/)

Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Married with plans to have a child in the next year or two.
Do you prefer public or private schools?
public, but not against private
Do you have pets?
1 cat
Do you want or need a yard?
would be nice, not a deal breaker.
Are you keeping a car?
Would prefer to have some sort of parking for a single car.
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?
Somewhere in between, right now we live in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, its busy with lots going on but lacks some real "community" which we are looking for.

What do you want to be closest to?
Would prefer to keep a commute under an hour. Not opposed to driving, public transit would be better.

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
Would prefer to be around young famililes and young professionals. Trying to avoid any heavy college areas.

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke for me Pepsi for the wife.
Expand your search to some of these: Spring Garden or Francisville(both adjacent to Fairmount(lots of young families). S. Philly neighborhoods: Graduate Hospital, Hawthorne, East Passyunk, Passyunk Sq, Pennsport. University City( W. Philly): Spruce Hill or Cedar Park.

Since you have looked at neighborhoods in NW Philly(East Falls, Germantown) look at both East Mt Airy, West Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:52 AM
 
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I'd also add Conshohocken, Wissahickon, and Ardmore (or other Main Line towns) to the list.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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Just to clarify, we do not expect to be in an area similar to downtown Chicago or the gold coast
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:51 AM
 
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Just to clarify, we do not expect to be in an area similar to downtown Chicago or the gold coast
None of the neighborhoods I suggested are downtown. Or rather they are not in the traditional downtown core.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone, I'm going to try and check out a few places this weekend when I'm in the area.
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