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Old 04-29-2016, 10:35 AM
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We are moving from Phoenix to Philly and looking for good location to settle. Husband working in NE Philly (Whitaker Ave and Roosevelt Blvd), Wife is a very experienced skin and hair specialist who does facials, hair cuts & styles, threading, makeup’s and all bridal activity. 1st Son is looking for community college (Montgomery or Bucks) and 2nd Son will be going to 7th grade.

We are looking to buy a house in a good area where the school district is excellent, lot of desi families and not very far for commute to work for husband.

Can you please suggest some good areas? Few we have thought about are Newtown, Yardley, Doylestown, Landsdale & surroundings, King of Prussia, etc. Staying in New Jersey (Mt. Laurel) is also an option but the property tax is very high.

Thanks all.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:40 PM
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King of Prussia has a decent Indian population. Schools are decent but not what I would call excellent. If looking for excellent schools, Indian population, and decent commute to NE Philly, I would suggest Voorhees, NJ. You can look at houses off of Route 73, like Sturbridge or the Beagle Club, and stay on 73 right through to Tacony-Palmyra Bridge or veer off onto 90 for Betsy Ross, depending where in NE Philly he is working. Yes, property tax rates are higher in NJ, but either way, to be in an excellent school district in NJ or PA, you will have to pay up. Tis the way of the world. Difference is that in comparable excellent school districts, in PA house prices are higher, whereas in NJ property tax rates are higher. Generally speaking, of course. There are some exceptions.

Mt. Laurel is not a bad choice either. It's closer to Philly than Voorhees is, so that's a plus for the commute. But the Indian population is nowhere near as high (there are some, but Voorhees really has a lot more by comparison). Between those two, it depends what you value more. Shorter commute or having a bigger Indian community.

Obviously, Cherry Hill would be another choice. Marlton as well. More Indians than Mt. Laurel but less than Voorhees. All excellent schools and fairly convenient to NE Philly via 73 (Cherry Hill not quite as much, will have to likely start on 70 or 295 first to get onto 73).
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:29 PM
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Thank you Leps for such a long reply. The only drawback with NJ is that we setup our mind towards Bucks/Montgomery community college so that my older son can go to Penn State in 1/2 years.
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:32 AM
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The Lansdale area has a large Indian population, and the North Penn SD is well-regarded. The problem is that it's further from NE Philly. Exton would also work, but also far from NE Philly.
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:19 PM
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Thank you BPP1999
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:05 PM
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I have a friend selling a pretty new townhouse in willow grove. It is about 20-25 mins away from Montgomery community college. Has a good amount of Indian families living in the development, I would have to guess 20 percent of the community. Will post link below incase you wanna check it out.


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Old 05-04-2016, 07:14 AM
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I am a desi myself and I live in Reading area. I think your best bet would be King of Prussia, Downington and Exton. I have 2 aunts setlled here in reading pa and both go to Exton PA for shopping ( Sometimes I go as well if i need Indian stuff or simply ask them to get for me lol) . I am in my twenties and I party in West Chester/Downington area on every other weekend . My younger aunt runs a dance acamdemy ( Indian classical) and a bunch of her desi students come from the Downington area.

Exton PA has Indian grocery stores like Bhavani/Himalaya and a bunch of absolutely fantastic indian restaurents like Devi, India Hut and so many more. You will love Exton area because it has a decent desi( Indian) population and it is NOT a garbage dump like jersey city nj or edison nj ( both Desi dominated areas). Malvern/exton/downington is a a cool place.

Regarding Philly city itself , I don't know much but I have a cousin who goes to school ( Undergrad) there and 1 cousin who graduated from drexel philly. I will pass on info about philly in a day or two Cheers
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:12 AM
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I have a teaching degree and I would be glad to share school information with you; there are a few possibilities for you with a large Indian population. We are an Indian family and this too, was important for us. I can also suggest areas with the best home values as this was also important to us. There are areas with lower taxes also. Lansdale and King of Prussia are good possibilities and I can share a couple more where you get the most for your money. These areas include Indian grocery stores, restaurants, parks and shopping for convenience. Feel free to message me anytime so we can discuss this more in detail.
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