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Old 04-17-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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Hi! I am moving to Pennsylvania for work in June and I need help deciding where to live. I will be working in Berwyn pa. I am looking for an urban town where there is a young person lifestyle with a lot of brewery’s and restaurants. I am only 23 years old so I will be working most the time but would love to enjoy the weekends and be able to walk around. I don’t want to live in Philadelphia city center because I don’t want to deal with the traffic. But I would like to be somewhat close to the city and work. Can anyone suggest any good towns that are located between both that have an urban/young person lifestyle? All suggestions and advice would help. Thank you
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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It would help if you would copy/paste your answers to these questions - //www.city-data.com/forum/phila...formation.html
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:11 PM
 
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When are you moving? June 3rd
Where are you coming from? Phoenix, Arizona
Why are you moving? For work
Where will you be working? Berwyn pa

Have you been here yet? No

Will you buy or rent? Rent
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? I am looking for a 1 bedroom or studio and max budget is $1600
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? hi-rise

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?PA
(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? I am single
Do you prefer public or private schools? Either
Do you have pets? No
Do you want or need a yard? No
Are you keeping a car? Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Bustling activity

What do you want to be closest to? I would like to be close to shopping and nightlife and also work. I don’t want to drive more then 30min everyday. I want to be close to restaurants and bars where I can just walk from my place but I also want to be close enough where I can drive into the city if I want.
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? I would like to live around people more my age between 20-35

Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi ☺
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:17 PM
 
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The only place you're going to find "hi-rise" apartment buildings is in the city. I don't automatically push young people to the city, but honestly, it sounds like for quality of life, that would be your best bet. The Paoli/Thorndale regional rail transit line takes you right to Berwyn, so depending on where your office is in proximity to the train station or if your employer runs shuttles, you should be okay.


If you're determined to be outside the city, I'd recommend Bryn Mawr as it's close to all the area colleges and has lots of bars and restaurants up and down Lancaster Avenue. Wayne is nice too, but it may be too sleepy or family-oriented for you.
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:40 PM
 
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I have been looking to move to either Ardmore, Manayunk, West Chester or Wayne. But I cant figure out which place would be a good fit for me. If I didnt want to live in the city which one of these place would you say has the best nightlife for a single person like me? I just want to be close to the city and work but also be able to still meet people. I will be spending most of my time working or at the gym.
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:43 PM
 
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I would love to live in the city but I will have my car with me and I don't want to drive around all night after a long day looking for parking or be stuck in traffic all morning going to work.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:46 AM
 
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Based on the areas you'd mention, I'd go in this order: Manayunk, Ardmore, West Chester. Wouldn't even consider Wayne. FYI Manayunk IS in the City of Philadelphia so you will pay the wage tax... and a drive from Manayunk will definitely be longer than a half hour especially when you factor in 76. You won't find many high rises in any of those areas either.

Berwyn has a stop off the Paoli/Thorndale line so if you live in CC you won't have to worry about driving or finding parking on a daily basis. If you're already thinking of pushing beyond a half hour (Manayunk), then I'd also look at University City and West Philly since that will be about the same amount of time on the train. Ardmore is a 20min train ride as well.

Similar to but not as built up as Manayunk is Conshohocken which is a little bit shorter driving distance and you won't pay the wage tax.

Edit - if driving around to find parking every day is an issue for you, then you may want to not look at Manayunk. Parking is awful. I have a paid parking spot.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:04 PM
 
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Based on the areas you'd mention, I'd go in this order: Manayunk, Ardmore, West Chester. Wouldn't even consider Wayne. FYI Manayunk IS in the City of Philadelphia so you will pay the wage tax... and a drive from Manayunk will definitely be longer than a half hour especially when you factor in 76. You won't find many high rises in any of those areas either.

Berwyn has a stop off the Paoli/Thorndale line so if you live in CC you won't have to worry about driving or finding parking on a daily basis. If you're already thinking of pushing beyond a half hour (Manayunk), then I'd also look at University City and West Philly since that will be about the same amount of time on the train. Ardmore is a 20min train ride as well.

Similar to but not as built up as Manayunk is Conshohocken which is a little bit shorter driving distance and you won't pay the wage tax.

Edit - if driving around to find parking every day is an issue for you, then you may want to not look at Manayunk. Parking is awful. I have a paid parking spot.
Why did you toss out Wayne? Just curious. The fact that it has a vintage(well kinda)movie theater would trump the others inspite of my familiarity with Ardmore if I was shopping for suburban living. I'm a movie nerd.
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Old 04-18-2016, 02:21 PM
 
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Thank you for all the help. I can now narrow it down and figure out which would be best for my fit. Its looking like either Ardmore or West Chester
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Old 04-18-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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Why did you toss out Wayne? Just curious. The fact that it has a vintage(well kinda)movie theater would trump the others inspite of my familiarity with Ardmore if I was shopping for suburban living. I'm a movie nerd.
OP wants bustling activity - Wayne is definitely not on my list for that
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