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Old 04-20-2016, 09:51 AM
Location: Auburn (Seattle), WA
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We will be relocating back to the Philadelphia area after spending a couple years in Seattle. We actually moved to Seattle from North Wilmington, DE. I used to work in Ridley Park, and lived in the Philadelphia area for about 6 years. During that time we rented in KOP and in Northern Liberties, eventually buying a house in North Wilmington, where we stayed for about three years or so. I just accepted a position at a new company located in Northeast Philly, near the Northeast Airport. While we are very familiar with Philly in general, the North/Northeast is new territory.

When we moved to Seattle, we bought a house, and proceeded to find out that my wife was pregnant. I’m from Cleveland, and my wife’s from Buffalo, so we’ve been trying to get back to the East Coast to be closer to family for a while. We are very happy to have the opportunity to move back to Philly; we always loved the area and the people. In the Seattle area, we lived in a new build community in Auburn, WA, called Lakeland Hills. It was run by a Gestapo HOA, and although very clean and nice, and safe, it was very “keeping up with the Joneses”; which we didn’t like. It also had a nice new shopping center, with the essentials (grocery store, a couple restaurants, Walgreens, etc.), but it was otherwise out in the middle of nowhere, away from everything. The one thing we really did like about it though was the fact that there were so many young families, specifically with young kids. We would really like to find that again.

We are looking for an area that has access to shopping, restaurants, parks, playgrounds, etc. We don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere again. We would prefer something slightly more urban feeling, but that isn’t critical. If the right suburb presents itself, we wouldn’t be opposed. As I said, we are looking for a younger area, with other families and kids, and that is SAFE. I want my daughter to be able to play outside, and go for walks with my wife, without fear that they are going to be mugged. We’re looking for a 4 bedroom preferably, with at least a small backyard, since we have two dogs. We would prefer decent public schools, but private could be an option for the right scenario.

Sorry if this is long-winded. Thanks for any advice or information; and let me know if any clarification is needed.

When are you moving?
We will be relocating from Seattle to Philly at the beginning of June. We’ll initially be in temporary housing for three months. I secured a house in West Mt. Airy for the summer for temp housing, while we search for a home.
Where are you coming from?
Seattle, where we have lived for the past two years; specifically Lakeland Hills, in Auburn, WA.
Why are you moving?
Job change.
Where will you be working?
Right by the Northeast Airport.
Have you been here yet?
We moved from the North Wilmington, DE area. I worked in Ridley Park, and during the time we lived there, we lived in NoLibs, KOP, and owned a house in North Wilmington.
Will you buy or rent?
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo?
We are looking for a house, preferably a single, but we realize that it may not be an option in the areas we’re considering. (So in other words, an attached home or row-home isn’t a deal-breaker).
How much can you spend?
$350-400,000 (maybe even a little above that), depending on taxes.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb?
Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Married with a 1 ½ year old daughter.
Do you prefer public or private schools?
Prefer public, but certainly open to private for the right neighborhood.
Do you have pets?
Yes, two dogs; a Pomeranian and a German Shepherd. Therefore, we need a place with at least a small yard for them to use the bathroom, and a walkable neighborhood for exercise.

Do you want or need a yard?
Yes, at a minimum a small yard.
Are you keeping a car?
Yes, we’ll be keeping two cars.
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?
We prefer to be near things; a walkable downtown, shops, restaurants, stores, playgrounds, parks, etc.; but we also want quiet and calm, since we have a child. We won’t be bar-hopping by any means.

What do you want to be closest to?
Prefer to be near all of the below. I also don’t want to live more than maybe 35 minutes from work. I’ve done the crazy long commute while living out here, and its makes me nuts, I don’t want that again.
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
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?
Doesn’t really matter, just a safe area.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:44 PM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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If you want a safe, suburban feel near where you'll be working, look up on Knights Road in NE Philly. If you want good schools, a real family neighborhood feel, safety, activities for kids and you want to be close to Center City without the hassle of keeping two cars in Center City, look into Bridesburg. You can get a large, beautiful home with private parking well within your price range.
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:13 AM
Location: Auburn (Seattle), WA
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Thanks Steinish, I'll check those areas out.
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