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Old 04-24-2008, 10:47 PM
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My (gay) partner and I will be relocating from California next year, and are considering the Philadelphia area as a possible place to live. We will be passing through the area in late May and will be able to stop in Philly for about a day to gather some initial impressions. We realize that this isn't nearly enough time to get a real understanding of a new place, but it will help us to narrow our choices.

We are hoping to get help with two questions:

1. We are hoping to experience the true spirit of the city. Are there any “can't miss” places in Philadelphia we should put on our itinerary?

2. We'll also be scouting out possible places to live if we do move there. Our dream neighborhood is safe, has leafy streets with charming/nicer older homes, and tolerant, friendly neighbors. We would be grateful for any suggestions you'd care to share.

Thank you so much for your help.

Best regards,

Stu from California
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:27 PM
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Greetings, Stu!

Philly is a city with tons to see, but you'd want to make sure you stop by Independence Mall for the history lesson. The Art Museum, City Hall, Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, South Street, and Center City in general is just awesome to walk around in to get that big city feel. Here's a website to give you a better idea:

Welcome to gophila.com -- the Official Visitor Site for Greater Philadelphia

As for a neighborhood in which you're looking to settle, there are areas in both Philadelphia proper and the suburbs that match what you're looking for. You've described the Main Line -- a string of older, inner suburbs -- to a "T." However, real estate is on the pricier side -- can't be too much compared to CA real estate, though. Good luck and feel free to ask any more questions.
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:17 AM
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West Mt. Airy would also be a perfect place to live. If you want to live right in the city, consider Washington Square West a/k/a The Gayborhood.

Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Washington Square West, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:27 AM
Location: Philadelphia
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Also consider Collingswood on the NJ side of the river. It is a small town with nice older homes with lots of cafes and shops. It is very gay-friendly and has a train station right there with only a 15min ride to downtown Philly.
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:52 AM
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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welcome! i'd agree with all the places mentioned. for the real historic vibe though, washington, square, society hill & old city would be your best bet. they all surround that damn liberty bell

my 'hood queen village is also a nice little section. south street is our main thoroughfare. the rents/home prices are a little cheaper. although, not by much anymore. i'm sure its all relative though...when i moved down from ny, these prices were to die for!

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Old 04-25-2008, 08:02 AM
Location: DC
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I'd agree with W. Mt Airy. My aunt lives there in one of the "honeymoon" houses (little stone duplexes and rowhouses with 2 or 3 bedrooms, porch, dining room, kitchen, living room, basement, etc.). Most were built around WWII to be, well, homes for newlyweds. It's a nice, quiet neighborhood with a nice (very open) community, lots of trees, and is close to Chestnut Hill (historic area, soldiers for the Battle of Germantown walked down the main street) and Lincoln Drive (short trip to Center City). Her block has several gay couples, is fairly diverse, and are pretty sociable (will have block parties, etc).
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:32 PM
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You should visit Penns Landing - lots of historic sites and fun things to do in the summer. You have to visit Old City.

Areas to live: Germantown (the nicer hoods, call some realtors - that would know) East Falls, King of Prussia (expensive, but nice). maybe live in downtown philly (expensive, but you'll be close to everything -- food, arts, music, fun, shopping,
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