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Old 09-06-2018, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Germantown Academy and Germantown Friends are also excellent (and expensive) and relatively close by.
Germantown Friends is still in Germantown, but Germantown Academy relocated to Fort Washington in the 1990s.

That actually might make it an option for this couple, as Merck is also up that way. But that would mean their child would be dependent on Mom's work schedule for getting there and back. (All the other schools we've discussed here are near public transit, and depending on where they buy, if this couple buys in Northwest Philly, they'll be near public transit too.)

The former Germantown Academy site now houses the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Thanks, KansastoSouthPhilly, for correcting me on Catholic schools in Northwest Philly.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:42 AM
 
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Germantown Friends is still in Germantown, but Germantown Academy relocated to Fort Washington in the 1990s.

That actually might make it an option for this couple, as Merck is also up that way. But that would mean their child would be dependent on Mom's work schedule for getting there and back. (All the other schools we've discussed here are near public transit, and depending on where they buy, if this couple buys in Northwest Philly, they'll be near public transit too.)

The former Germantown Academy site now houses the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Thanks, KansastoSouthPhilly, for correcting me on Catholic schools in Northwest Philly.
That is correct, but it's maybe a 15 minute drive from CH to Germantown Academy, right up Bethlehem Pike, and it is off 276 and 309, so on the way to Merck. Same thing is true of Gwynedd Mercy (in Spring House, a bit further up Bethlehem Pike). Many of these schools have after school programs I believe, so I'm sure they could make it work. They are reasonable options, in any event.

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Old 09-06-2018, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Living in Mt. Airy: A Neighborhood Guide | Real Estate & Home | Philadelphia Magazine

FWIW, I've known the real estate agent who provided the "agent's take" on the neighborhood since we both posted regularly to Phillyblog some 15 years ago.
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:02 AM
 
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I would recommend the Ambler section of Upper Dublin Township. The schools are good, the area is safe and the neighbors are friendly. This is where I have lived for nineteen years without any problems. There are houses that can be purchased within your budget, as well. There are a lot of young families in Ambler, Upper Dublin who have school age children in the school system, our new neighbors being one such family. Also, it is not far from North Wales using 309. In addition, you will be near downtown Ambler in Ambler Borough which has nice restaurants. The Ambler Section of Upper Dublin Township is also close to King of Prussia where my husband and I find excellent shopping and many excellent restaurants. I highly recommend that you check out this area by asking a realtor to show you houses that are for sale. There aren't that many, so act fast.
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:21 AM
 
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Hello. I would strongly recommend the Ambler section of Upper Dublin Township. You will be able to find some nice homes in your price range. This section of Upper Dublin Township is quite safe and neighborly. Upper Dublin has good schools, with a state of the art high school and fantastic elementary schools that I can vouch for personally. This area is close to Ambler Borough (downtown Ambler) with its good restaurants and not far from King of Prussia with so many excellent restaurants and good shopping areas. It is a fast commute to your job in North Wales, as well. I simply love living in the Ambler section of UPPER DUBLIN TOWNSHIP!!! Just for your information that are several areas with the name Ambler, one is Ambler n Ambler Borough, one is Ambler in Upper Dublin Township, another is Ambler in Horsham Township. Thus, you can't lump all of Ambler in one basket, as each area has its own personality so to speak. I hope that this was helpful.
What you are referring to is the portion of Upper Dublin Township that has an Ambler postal address. But it's all the municipality Upper Dublin Twp, which is uniformly classic suburban housing developments, and doesn't sound like what the OP is looking for based on their description.

If they want a suburban housing development, there is a plethora of options in the area. If they truly want a walkable downtown, there are much fewer options, which is why places such as Ambler (the actual borough), Lansdale (the actual borough), and Chestnut Hill (the neighborhood in the City of Philadelphia) have been suggested.
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Old 09-18-2018, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Chadds Ford
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This may be a little out of the box, but consider Phoenixville. It’s exactly 30 minutes from North Wales according to google, has a small downtown area, and your money will go pretty far.

Schools are passable but not renowned. The area in general is “up and coming” and even has a Midwest feel in some ways.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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We lived in Chestnut Hill and my daughter went to Norwood Fontbonne Academy from first to eighth grade. She then went to Mount St. Joseph Academy for our years. I've visited Ambler's downtown but, in my opinion, it doesn't have the cachet of Chestnut Hill. Chestnut Hill has an active community association and sponsors many events: Harry Potter festival, Run for the Hill of it, the Fall Festival. There is access to Fairmont Park for nice walks and pastorius park with free concerts. At Christmas, its beautifully decorated and a number of events such as Stag and Doe night and a Christmas concert at Chestnut Hill College. So there is lots to do within walking distance for the most part. There is a train station within walking distance for trips into Center City (about a 30 minute train ride). We take advantage of events in Center City so we appreciated the convenience of the train.

We selected private school for religious reasons; however, we feel my daughter received a good education. We liked the student/teacher ratio in the primary school. The school also has a montessori program that is a draw for most families. The school offers many community events . . . "family fun days"-- so we became acquainted with many families even though we were new to the neighborhood. It's been many years ago so I don't know how the school compares academically to other private schools. I don't know what sports or other activities your child may be interested in and how the school compares.

As mentioned, the state (so that would include Philadelphia) mandates bussing to all students within a certain mileage radius (maybe 15 miles?) and my daughter did take the school bus to Norwood.

The housing is diverse -- some beautiful tudor style victorian estate type homes to some small brick row homes. I really liked that it was socio-economically diverse as well.

As is often mentioned, the city wage tax is a negative and we eventually moved one mile outside Chestnut Hill after my daughter graduated from Norwood.
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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We lived in Chestnut Hill and my daughter went to Norwood Fontbonne Academy from first to eighth grade. She then went to Mount St. Joseph Academy for our years. I've visited Ambler's downtown but, in my opinion, it doesn't have the cachet of Chestnut Hill. Chestnut Hill has an active community association and sponsors many events: Harry Potter festival, Run for the Hill of it, the Fall Festival. There is access to Fairmont Park for nice walks and pastorius park with free concerts. At Christmas, its beautifully decorated and a number of events such as Stag and Doe night and a Christmas concert at Chestnut Hill College. So there is lots to do within walking distance for the most part. There is a train station within walking distance for trips into Center City (about a 30 minute train ride). We take advantage of events in Center City so we appreciated the convenience of the train.

We selected private school for religious reasons; however, we feel my daughter received a good education. We liked the student/teacher ratio in the primary school. The school also has a montessori program that is a draw for most families. The school offers many community events . . . "family fun days"-- so we became acquainted with many families even though we were new to the neighborhood. It's been many years ago so I don't know how the school compares academically to other private schools. I don't know what sports or other activities your child may be interested in and how the school compares.

As mentioned, the state (so that would include Philadelphia) mandates bussing to all students within a certain mileage radius (maybe 15 miles?) and my daughter did take the school bus to Norwood.

The housing is diverse -- some beautiful tudor style victorian estate type homes to some small brick row homes. I really liked that it was socio-economically diverse as well.

As is often mentioned, the city wage tax is a negative and we eventually moved one mile outside Chestnut Hill after my daughter graduated from Norwood.
Again relevant to this discussion:

Living in Chestnut Hill: A Neighborhood Guide | Philadelphia Magazine (Just posted Friday)

The three neighborhoods that together comprised the pre-1854-consolidation Germantown Township - Germantown (a borough at the time of consolidation), Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill - are all distinct from much of the rest of the city for their greenery, their socioeconomic diversity (Germantown skews downscale, Chestnut Hill upscale, and Mt. Airy iies in between, both demographically and geographically), and their wide range of housing choices within their borders. Mt. Airy also has a famed reputation for racial integration stemming from the era of blockbusting and white flight in the 1950s, when residents and real estate agents there pledged not to engage in using scare tactics to drive whites out as blacks moved in. (The neighborhood today is about 65 percent African-American and 35 percent white. Asians and Hispanics make up a tiny percentage of residents in all three neighborhoods.)

You won't go wrong locating in any of these neighborhoods, OP, though I think you might find Germantown a little too downmarket for your tastes. (The neighborhood is neither uniformly black nor uniformly poor, contrary to much outside perception: 15 percent of Germantowners are white, a percentage that has held steady since the 1960s, and 5 percent of them have household incomes of $125,000 or more a year.)
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