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Old 05-18-2016, 10:33 AM
 
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When are you moving? Depends on my husband's opportunities for work
Where are you coming from? NYC (outer boroughs)
Why are you moving? Employment
Where will you be working? To be determined, most likely city center
Have you been here yet? Yes, we've visited/spent weekends in Philly for different events

Will you buy or rent? Looking to buy
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? House (w/ a yard) in the $400/500k range
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? No preference
(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, no children, large dog
Do you prefer public or private schools? N/A
Do you have pets? Yes, a dog... interested in more pets!
Do you want or need a yard? Yes, definitely
Are you keeping a car? Yes, only my husband drives
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? A little bit of both would be ideal

What do you want to be closest to?
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) - Yes
Nightlife
Train or subway stations - Yes

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? No preference

Coke or Pepsi? neither really... cherry coke is good though

Hi there, I'm new to this and thought I should start here, with this questionnaire. My husband mentioned looking for work in Philly. I'm currently in school, so the move would likely take place in 2017. But I know the processing of buying a home is extensive, so I wanted to get a jump start. When I searched Redfin for properties, very little came up. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Hard to imagine $400-500k not yielding anything other than more hits than you'd care to go through.

Use another site, and consider the northwest part of Philly: East & West Mt Airy, Chestnut Hill. Good access to parks, 2 regional rail lines, lots of restaurants/bars.

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Old 05-19-2016, 08:56 AM
 
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Lots of towns in Delaware County are 20-40 minutes to Center City by regional rail: Lansdowne, Drexel Hill (parts of Upper Darby), Aldan, Ridely Park, Springfield, Primos, Secane, Swarthmore, Nether Providence, Media.

I think the houses in Lansdowne and Drexel Hill are more interesting than most other places. Lansdowne is a Victorian streetcar suburb and Drexel Hill has these amazing looking stone and Tudor style houses.

Aldan and Ridley Park are quiet suburbs. They're affordable, safe, and very convenient to the city.

Springfield, Primos, and Secane kind of blend together for me.

Swarthmore, Nether Providence, and Media are swankier, nice areas, and possibly at the edge of what I would want to commute.

Everyone owns dogs out here. Taxes are kind of inverse to home prices (Affordable houses = high taxes ; low taxes = expensive houses). Larger yards tend to be further out, but I've seen 1/2 acre lots pop up in some dense areas.

Best of luck!
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:37 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I think you could find something in the Ardmore area and you'd be happy there.
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:07 PM
 
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Hello,

I highly recommend Wayne Pa - Radnor Township -- Delaware County PA Radnor, PA - Official Website | Official Website

There are houses available in your price range.

It's a beautiful city on the mainline... Its near all major highways and turnpikes.

The public transportation will take you anywhere -- most people commute to Philly for work -- it takes an half hour on train.

There are plenty of places to shop and eat.

It's quiet, family friendly and the people are very nice...

I love the wonderful bike trails.
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:52 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Hello,

I highly recommend Wayne Pa - Radnor Township -- Delaware County PA Radnor, PA - Official Website | Official Website

There are houses available in your price range.

It's a beautiful city on the mainline... Its near all major highways and turnpikes.

The public transportation will take you anywhere -- most people commute to Philly for work -- it takes an half hour on train.

There are plenty of places to shop and eat.

It's quiet, family friendly and the people are very nice...

I love the wonderful bike trails.

You won't find much more than a rancher or townhouse for under 500K in Wayne/Radnor Township.

Nice sized updated home with a yard easily 700k.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:16 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I just visited my cousin in Warrington, Bucks County. Older colonial housing stock but HUGE yards -- almost all an acre -- and beautiful trees. She did mention they're not tied into public sewers so that could be a drawback. But I was just thinking of something with a big yard for your dog and I think they would be in your price range.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:04 AM
 
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This is a great starting point. Thanks so much everyone!
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Atco
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Just another note based on your budget...

Cherry Hill, Moorestown, Haddonfield, and Voorhees are all nice communities on the Jersey side of the bridge.
These will allow for ample yard space and home size, and are relatively as close as the PA towns mentioned above.
if you don't want to drive into the city during the week, many people commute via NJ Transit.
There are stations in each of these towns pending on where you choose to live.
Just my two cents, but if you are looking to get out of the hustle and bustle you may want to consider.
Also weekends at the shore are an easier commute than dealing with Philly traffic on a Friday.
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