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Old 05-20-2016, 07:52 PM
 
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I am being considered for an employment opportunity in Yardley.

What are your thoughts on the Yardley area?

Are there any good areas in that area for single men (I'm 37 yo) to live? I'm reluctant to live in Philly proper b/c of the wage tax.

One peculiar concern I have is gym selection. I do prefer boutique/HIIT type gyms as opposed to commercial gyms, so presence of such a facility would be a positive.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:27 AM
 
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It's a nice area. I don't know offhand of an especially great place for a thirtysomething single man in the vicinity. You could consider Princeton, NJ, which would be commutable and does have the amenities of a university. You may want to suck up the wage tax and live in CC, though. I'm not sure there is a great alternative that's super close to Yardley.
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Old 05-21-2016, 04:41 PM
 
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It's a nice area. I don't know offhand of an especially great place for a thirtysomething single man in the vicinity. You could consider Princeton, NJ, which would be commutable and does have the amenities of a university. You may want to suck up the wage tax and live in CC, though. I'm not sure there is a great alternative that's super close to Yardley.
Is there a way to look up what the local EIT/income tax rate would be for a given area/zip code in PA?

The move would be, largely, for financial reasons so I'm probably better off staying in NYC and looking for something in a different location than moving to Philly proper and being stuck with another large local income tax.

The social/relationship issue may not be as location dependent with the prevalence on online dating (plus having a car will be a huge benefit vs being reliant on the subway).

Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:00 AM
 
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Is there a way to look up what the local EIT/income tax rate would be for a given area/zip code in PA?
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:10 PM
 
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Thanks. It looks like the EIT is wages/W-2 only so it won't affect returns from investments. My understanding is the Philadelphia Wage Tax is also W-2 only, but I am still reluctant to pay it -- that said, it's something I'd consider knowing capital gains are exempt from it.

Are you familiar with the Yardley area? Are there any apartments you can suggest? Would be looking for a place with a garage and internal W/D. 1-BR is all that's needed but 2-BR is OK. I'm currently renting in NYC, so the price is less of a limiting factor.
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Old 05-22-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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Thanks. It looks like the EIT is wages/W-2 only so it won't affect returns from investments. My understanding is the Philadelphia Wage Tax is also W-2 only, but I am still reluctant to pay it -- that said, it's something I'd consider knowing capital gains are exempt from it.

Are you familiar with the Yardley area? Are there any apartments you can suggest? Would be looking for a place with a garage and internal W/D. 1-BR is all that's needed but 2-BR is OK. I'm currently renting in NYC, so the price is less of a limiting factor.
Correct, EIT applies to wages and other compensation, such as net business income. Investment income is not subject to EIT.

Someone else will have to chime in on Yardley. It's a nice area, but somewhat far from Center City. Since your job is in Yardley, though, great. You might want to consider Doylestown to live where there's more going on, especially for someone in their 30's.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:03 PM
 
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Someone else will have to chime in on Yardley. It's a nice area, but somewhat far from Center City. Since your job is in Yardley, though, great. You might want to consider Doylestown to live where there's more going on, especially for someone in their 30's.
I don't know if there is enough going on in Doylestown, though for a single thirtysomething. It's a great town, and perfect for families or for people who are planning to have a family in the not extremely distant future. But I just don't think it's enough for a youngish single person. I'm not even sure Princeton has enough, although I think it would have more than D-town. Especially with OP coming from NYC - I really think he'd be happiest in Center City, even with the commute and the wage tax.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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I don't know if there is enough going on in Doylestown, though for a single thirtysomething. It's a great town, and perfect for families or for people who are planning to have a family in the not extremely distant future. But I just don't think it's enough for a youngish single person. I'm not even sure Princeton has enough, although I think it would have more than D-town. Especially with OP coming from NYC - I really think he'd be happiest in Center City, even with the commute and the wage tax.
Does Philadelphia have any so-called inner-ring suburbs that are a little more urban than traditional suburbia but still not in Philly proper?

Think Cleveland Heights, Evanston near Chicago, New Rochelle/Yonkers/Jersey City near NYC, Cambridge near Boston, etc.

At this stage, one preference would be access to boutique/HIIT gyms. That's arguably my favorite part of living in NYC and, while I wouldn't imagine the selection here can be reproduced in suburban Philly, they are gaining in popularity. If there are any located in the suburbs, they're more likely to be in those that are closer to the city and more urban than those that are totally suburban.

If not, there's always Orangetheory in the Yardley area!

The singles/dating aspect is not something I'd really base a decision on. It's such a crapshoot anyway, plus having a car leads to much more flexibility than being reliant on MTA here.

Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:52 PM
 
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Check out Glenside, specifically near the Keswick Theater. If you decide you like it there, just avoid the apartments on the theater side of the street. The apartments may be nice, but the landlord has a VERY, very bad reputation.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:14 PM
 
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Does Philadelphia have any so-called inner-ring suburbs that are a little more urban than traditional suburbia but still not in Philly proper?

Think Cleveland Heights, Evanston near Chicago, New Rochelle/Yonkers/Jersey City near NYC, Cambridge near Boston, etc.

At this stage, one preference would be access to boutique/HIIT gyms. That's arguably my favorite part of living in NYC and, while I wouldn't imagine the selection here can be reproduced in suburban Philly, they are gaining in popularity. If there are any located in the suburbs, they're more likely to be in those that are closer to the city and more urban than those that are totally suburban.

If not, there's always Orangetheory in the Yardley area!

The singles/dating aspect is not something I'd really base a decision on. It's such a crapshoot anyway, plus having a car leads to much more flexibility than being reliant on MTA here.

Thanks!
The inner suburbs would be delco and parts of montco that borders philly
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