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Old 08-27-2018, 11:46 AM
 
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Hey there. I currently live in Drexel Hill, work at UPenn, but I'm interested in moving a bit further out so we can have more space.

Things I like about Drexel Hill:
* The easy commute (seriously, 15 minutes on the train is a dream)
* Close to the airport (I travel a lot for work)
* Decent elementary school
* Decent shopping options (access to malls, grocery stores, etc; not too far to Costco)
* Easy access to 476
* Our house was cheap

Things I don't like:
* Little house, no yard
* Middle/High schools not so great

Things I'd like:
* More yard (little house okay); country life would be great (I grew up in a small rural town and I miss that feeling desperately)
* Decent commute. Something near a train line in would be ideal; I'd rather not have to buy a second car.
* South of Philly (my family is in DC & VA, a more southern location would be helpful for weekend visits)
* Decent schools (son is going into third grade so we're looking forward to the future)
* Not too expensive housing

Are there areas in Delaware that might suit? I look at maps and on house-searching sites like Zillow but it's so hard to get a sense of a place like that.

I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who live in areas they love and can make recommendations based on personal experience.
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:46 AM
 
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Next door Springfield delco is your best bet.
Essington would only be helpful if you were willing to send your child to private or cyber.

For Delaware, best to ask on the Delaware forum if you have not already. The parts on the northern part of Delaware are all very nice, but I don't know the names of the townships there. Off of Rt-52 I think it is, near Longwood Gardens and further south, that stretch is all very nice to live in for the Delaware and PA portions along that corridor.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Regarding Delaware, I work in New Castle and live in Philly so I drive up and down this 95 corridor every day. Claymont might be a good choice - you can park & ride at the Claymont station. It is a high-trafficked station on the Wilmington line that would drop you right off at UCity by the South St. bridge, avoiding the need to go to 30th st. That would be a very easy work commute. Access to the airport is simple too - just a straight shot up 95.

Along Rt. 92 (Naamans Road) are major commercial strip malls and the roads branching out from it lead to typical rural/suburban housing. There's also the neighborhoods along Harvey road between 95 and 495, just south of where they split but I do not know about the schools.
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Old 09-04-2018, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I did the Wilmington - Center City commute for 2 months. It was a nightmare. (Claymont is the next stop).

I do not recommend it as a daily commute. Some people can tolerate it. Honestly it is your question of wanting more green for less time at home. (Plus your commuting cost will increase by about 25% or so).

I would focus on Upper Providence Twp. and around the Media area.
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