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Old 09-14-2018, 11:43 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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OP stated that they are very interested in Queen Village, so why not stick to that instead of trying to divert the thread to a discussion about Fairmount? When someone has narrowed down their search to a particular area, and has not asked about other places, I don't know why people start trying to sell them on other areas....particularly when there is nothing wrong with the original location.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:10 AM
 
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OP stated that they are very interested in Queen Village, so why not stick to that instead of trying to divert the thread to a discussion about Fairmount? When someone has narrowed down their search to a particular area, and has not asked about other places, I don't know why people start trying to sell them on other areas....particularly when there is nothing wrong with the original location.
Because of the reasons I said and supplying other options. Tons of children in Fairmount. Walking distance to some of the city's major culture institutions. When they are worried about what we told them, wrt the pub housing, they have not decided on QV 100%.

The kids? Right now I'm in the OCF Cafe at 21st and Fairmount Ave. It's 8am. There are 3 pre-K kids, with their parents, here. Just minutes before a Mom with her baby was here. Within an hour the place will be awash with young families with their children.

The best thing, imo, for the OP to do is to go to both places and see for themselves.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:15 AM
 
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Queen Village is arguably nicer (and as a result more congested) than Fairmount because it no longer borders seedy areas. Fairmount is nice itself, but it's gentrification is more recent than Queen Village. That shooting is very unfortunate
Fairmount really didn't need much gentrification. You're probably thinking of Francisville which is north of Fairmount Ave, from Corinthian Ave, Girard Ave and Broad St.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:36 AM
 
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Because of the reasons I said and supplying other options. Tons of children in Fairmount. Walking distance to some of the city's major culture institutions. When they are worried about what we told them, wrt the pub housing, they have not decided on QV 100%.

The kids? Right now I'm in the OCF Cafe at 21st and Fairmount Ave. It's 8am. There are 3 pre-K kids, with their parents, here. Just minutes before a Mom with her baby was here. Within an hour the place will be awash with young families with their children.

The best thing, imo, for the OP to do is to go to both places and see for themselves.
Access to Fairmont Park / open space is another advantage of that area, particularly with young kids.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:07 AM
 
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Queen Village is arguably nicer (and as a result more congested) than Fairmount because it no longer borders seedy areas. Fairmount is nice itself, but it's gentrification is more recent than Queen Village. That shooting is very unfortunate
This is exactly why we prefer Queen Village. While Fairmount and other areas of the city are nice.. we prefer to be in an area that isn't bordering on areas that are too bad
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: The City
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QV is a great area


street smarts always prevail but honestly whatever limited higher crime rates that do exist do so between 4th and 5th and Christian and Washington and even with that I never had any issues


I lived in QV and now Bella Vista and traverse the area all the time, QV in my book is likely one of the best and generally safest urban hoods in the city


overall I might even think safer than the Fairmont alternative provided earlier


Fairmont and QV are sort of the opposite corners of the greater center city area


with kids I honestly believe QV has more pluses than does Fairmont but both are great areas
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Wynnewood, PA
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With kids, eventually you're looking at having to stick them in Philly public schools. Thumbs down.
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Old 09-27-2018, 06:32 AM
 
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With kids, eventually you're looking at having to stick them in Philly public schools. Thumbs down.
Probably one reason the OP is interested in QV is residing in Meredith School's catchment. It's one of the better K-8 public schools in the city.
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:44 AM
 
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With kids, eventually you're looking at having to stick them in Philly public schools. Thumbs down.

Well there's always cyber or private school when the kids get older. Can still get a great education and save a lot of money by living in Philly, even a nice neighborhood of Philly, because the taxes are lower each year than many suburbs too. It's basically a different Good per se.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Wynnewood, PA
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Thought I read in the Inquirer a while back that Meredith and Penn Alexander went to lotteries even for kids that live in the catchment.

Personally, being zoned for a good ES but a lousy MS and HS is unappealing to say the least. I also can't imagine it being a boon for your property value.

My impression is that Philly's whopping income tax used to be offset in the minds of many home buyers by the city's, uh, shall we say flighty and irregular property tax assessment system.

Once they began moving to an updated, rational property tax system, however, I clearly remember a lot of folks were like, "WHAT? You're gonna hit me with 3% income tax AND accurately assess my property tax? Hell with that."

Anyway. Don't get me wrong. When my wife and I get ahold of a babysitter here in our snoozy Lower Merion hood, we make tracks for QV. Great restaurants, great people, lots to see. Best place in the city, IMO.

But there's a reason we don't live there, and it ain't because we can't afford it. Sayin' ...
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