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Old 05-03-2016, 08:24 PM
 
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Hey All!

My hubby just got a job in the city center, but we want some green space! I know commutes around philly are tough so we are hoping to be on a train line somewhere but I'm totally overwhelmed. We want 1. very safe 2. great schools 3. detached homes with yards.

In an ideal world, we would live in a place where we could have a couple acres but I doubt we can find that within a commute that's reasonable. If he can commute by train we'd like to be an hour or less but if by car 30 minutes or less. Help please!
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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1/2 hour commute by car is going to be tough anywhere in the region. You have a better chance to find a
town near a rail line that can get you into Center City within an hour. Try Septas website they have a clickable map of all their rail stops in the region.


Maybe western Delaware County Pa but realistically more like 45 min-hour commute by car in rush hour traffic( Media ,Nether Providence,Upper Providence,Middletown Township,Newtown Square,Glen Mills, Concord Township,Bethel Township.

Chester County Pa. Westtown,West Chester,Malvern,East Goshen,Berwyn. Hour commute by car.

Gloucester,Camden Counties in NJ might be worth a look. You will get more land, more bang for your buck over in NJ.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:05 AM
 
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Downingtown?
Catch the train right on 30.
Lots of what you are looking for . . .
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:11 AM
 
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Yeah, I'd say Malvern and points west; still on the R5 (sorry, Paoli-Thorndale) line and a bit more space once you get out that way.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:17 AM
 
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I still call it the R5 too
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:19 AM
 
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Downingtown is nice. But be careful. While the D-town schools are relatively good, Parts of Downingtown are in the Coatesville Area School District which stinks to high heaven.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:59 PM
 
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What's your budget? I wouldn't recommend commuting by train from Downingtown to CC. Your budget will determine how close to CC you can live and at the same time meet your requirements.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:17 AM
 
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What's your budget? I wouldn't recommend commuting by train from Downingtown to CC. Your budget will determine how close to CC you can live and at the same time meet your requirements.
It does take about an hour between Downingtown and CC by train. But one has to factor in traffic delays and parking(mostly expensively in CC) wrt commuting.

Downingtown is a good compromise because the OP isn't going to find someplace with the "remoteness" they require within 30 minutes of CC.
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