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Old 08-29-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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Packer Park or around there, maybe Siena Place, might work best for you. It may not be 20 minutes, but it may be roomy enough.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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^^ Do many/any houses in Packer Park have 2-car garages?
Maybe the new ones they've been building?

(And the new stuff that's been built in the last 5 years or so....are they quality workmanship? Or just overpriced for location (way overpriced in my opinion.) Have you seen the prices they want for those places? Maybe it's just me that has sticker shock for what you get.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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^^ Do many/any houses in Packer Park have 2-car garages?
Maybe the new ones they've been building?

(And the new stuff that's been built in the last 5 years or so....are they quality workmanship? Or just overpriced for location (way overpriced in my opinion.) Have you seen the prices they want for those places? Maybe it's just me that has sticker shock for what you get.

It is definitely NOT quality workmanship from what I've seen on here earlier. However, certain models surprisingly do have a 2 car garage! The location is quite respectable. Would've been cool to get a new unit when they were starting at 289.5 k.
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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The housing isn't the problem its finding this house with a 20 min commute of Temple U is going to be very challenging. Mt. Airy would have to be limited to E Mt. Ary since the CHW will take quite a bit longer than 20 minutes to get to Temple. Chestnut Hill will be pushing the 20 minute limit at as well. There is not a lot of housing inventory in either neighborhood at the moment and there is an extremely limited inventory of standalone houses in both neighborhoods. Most will be twins/rows (mostly twins).
Don't rule out twins! I'm in East Mt Airy, where I suspect well over 1/2 the housing stock is twins. Go on Google Street View - Durham St, Allens Ln, pretty much anywhere between Germantown and Stenton and Cresheim-Upsal - and you'll see what I mean. I was skeptical about living in a twin when my wife and I were house hunting in 2007, but can honestly say that in 10+ years of being in one I've rarely had sound or other issues (interior/exterior maintenance, etc.) that you'd expect with "conjoined" houses.
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:44 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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We are a professional couple in our 50's looking to relocate to Philadelphia and live within 20 mins commute to Temple University. No kids, school district is not a consideration, but need room to work from home. Looking for a standalone home with some yard space, 3 bedrooms, 2 car garage, quality housing with modern amenities within 600K. Need a finished basement for home theater. Like to be near everyday amenities and shopping, but in quiet, green neighborhood. Is this budget realistic? What are some good neighborhoods to look at?
As others have said, finding a modern, single-family home with a two-car garage that close to Temple is going to be your problem. I don't know how much you know about Philly but it's a city of mostly row homes and twins. And not that many leafy, green neighborhoods. There are plenty of suburbs with homes that meet your criteria (maybe >$600K though, depending which suburb) with train service to Temple...but may also be outside your 20 minutes. Or East Falls and Chestnut Hill, but these will be older single-family homes.
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:25 PM
 
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Until the OP comes back and priorities or clarifies his/her list for us, there's not much more folks can do or say to help.
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