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Old 12-27-2006, 07:02 AM
 
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We currently live in NY and are looking to move. It has been said that we should look at the Philadelphia area, like Bucks county or Delaware county. We are looking for a suburbia area where we can raise our family. We have a son who is 3. We also want an area with good schools and want to be close to a city like Philly for work. I am in sales, so finding a job may not be too hard. To sum it up:
family neighborhood with good schools, low crime, close to work......gee I guess I want it all. We have about 225K to spend on a home or condo, but definitely want a 3 bedroom. Any advice on towns would be great.

Thanks
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:24 AM
 
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As far as Delaware County $200 K isn't going to get you a whole lot. Youre looking at 50 year old cape cods in older middle class towns. If you looked in Chester County you get much more house in much newer communities. The trade off is that you may be an hour outside of Philadelphia whereas in Delaware County you'll be 1/2 out of the city.

The upside with Chester County is that is where most of the growth is happening, along with Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Imo your housing values are strongest in those 3 counties. 3/4 of the population and 3/4 of the jobs in the Philadelphia area are in the suburbs.

weichert.com would be a good start to see what your money can buy you in this area. Just click PA- then Chester-MOntgomery-Bucks-or Delaware Counties. 3 bedrooms 225 K and that will be a start.

I've lived in Delaware County and I would recommend Media,Havertown,Springfield,Ridley,Boothwyn but once again your money will go further out in western Chester County towards Downingtown


Good luck
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Delaware County:
Media
Havertown
Wallingford
Springfield
Aston

Chester County
West Chester
Downingtown
Phoenixville


Bucks County
Langhorne
Morrisville
Quakertown
Warminster



Montgomery County
Jenkintown
Ambler
Horsham
Willow Grove
Glenside
Plymouth Meeting
King of Prussia
east + west norriton
landsdale
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:28 PM
 
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LOOK IN THE FAR NORTHEAST!!!!! Its where I grew up.I turned out pretty good. My mom raised us in an area right by the river called Torresdale,a very tight neighborhood with alot of good schools and a ton of kids. Nice yards and nice homes starting around 200k. Another area thta would be a great idea is Mayfair its a neighborhood just south of Torresdale.Trust me any of these neighborhoods would be good safe and affordable. Look in Torresdale,Mayfair,Bridesberg,Holmesberg,Morrell,o r,Brookhaven. All northeast neighborhoods all good.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:15 PM
 
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Well, I don't know what the prices are but Downingtown is very nice. The school district is excellent and its a nice suburb. There are new houses, old houses, townhouses, condos, apartments...anything you want. Downingtown/Thorndale are the last stops on Amtrack and the train takes you right into Phillie. Malvern is about a 40 minute drive and there are lots of corporate offices there. I'm in college and my family has lived here for going on six years. Its a beautiful place to live with a lot of options. The school district is huge so you would have a wide range of area to pick from. Just stay away from the Coastesville School District.
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Old 12-30-2006, 12:52 AM
 
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You certainly don't want to get anything in Bensalem. With casnio just recently opening I'm willing to bet that area will start to decline within the next few years. As for NE Philly....forget about it. It's shot! Sadly, the NE has really declined the past few years. I'm actually looking to get out of it. I've lived there my entire life too. As far as nice I'd say look into Churchville, Fort Washington or maybe Willow Grove. The houses maybe a bit more expensive, but as the old saying goes you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:37 AM
 
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We love it here in Hatboro. Two kids, great schools, great neighborhoods. Houses are a little bit higher though, $250K may be about average
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:36 AM
 
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Default What's the matter with Coatesville schools?

Our 4 daughters graduated from Coatesville (note correct spelling) schools and never had a bit of trouble. All are doing quite well in their careers and are very bright young women. I can sick and tired of the bad rap this area has gotten for years.
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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Default Main Line

Depends on your price range but Bala Cynwyd is super close to the city, great for families, beautiful homes and great schools. For a little cheaper try Wynwood, Havertown.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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LOOK IN THE FAR NORTHEAST!!!!! Its where I grew up.I turned out pretty good. My mom raised us in an area right by the river called Torresdale,a very tight neighborhood with alot of good schools and a ton of kids. Nice yards and nice homes starting around 200k. Another area thta would be a great idea is Mayfair its a neighborhood just south of Torresdale.Trust me any of these neighborhoods would be good safe and affordable. Look in Torresdale,Mayfair,Bridesberg,Holmesberg,Morrell,o r,Brookhaven. All northeast neighborhoods all good.
No offence to this poster, but do not move to the city. You'll be better off in the suburbs at any cost.
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