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Old 10-27-2020, 08:29 PM
 
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In two years when we become empty-nesters, my husband and I want to move back to the northeast to be closer to family. We like the affordability and allure of living adjacent to Philadelphia so we need help in narrowing our search. We are a mixed/interracial couple (white/black) in our mid-50s so we want to live someplace relatively liberal, although we no longer have to worry about our kids because they will both be out of the house by then. Ultimately we want to buy a smaller suburban house in the $350k range, probably a modest 3/2 on a tree-lined street, preferably close to a train station. We are going to visit over the holidays to get a feel for the following cities/towns. Please tell us what you know about the livability of any of these places and what landmarks we should visit to get a real feel of the place:

Jenkintown
Willow Grove
Glenside
Abington
Jenkintown
Elkins Park
Wyncote
Cheltenham

Or should we consider a little further east like Bensalem? We're open to any ideas. Our family is spread throughout New Jersey, and we just want to be within 90 minutes of their houses.

Thank you in advance I appreciate everyone's time.
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Old 10-27-2020, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I would 100% recommend Cheltenham.

The only downfall is taxes are higher and some of the highest in Pennsylvania. BUT in comparison to New Jersey they are relatively the same.

The upside is housing costs are much lower.

Cheltenham includes much of Glenside. You will get the most home for your money in this area. You have great transit access in Jenkintown.

Elkins Park, Glenside and the southern part of Jenkintown are all in Cheltenham Township.

Pennsylvania can be confusing because its governing boroughs are by a township name, but its town names can be different.

I would start there. Good luck!
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:12 AM
 
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Abington has been getting some good media these days, landing at number 19 on Money Magazine's 50 Best Places to live in America.

The Best Places to Live in America
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Old 10-29-2020, 05:17 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Maybe also ask in the Philadelphia forums as a lot of the posters there are familiar with or live in the suburbs of Philadelphia. You might also as an empty nester consider northwest Philadelphia which might meet the criteria you have even if technically within the city.
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Old 10-30-2020, 07:21 PM
 
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Glenside or Jenkintown you should get a 3/2 on a tree-lined with sidewalk for that, and are fairly liberal leaning, active communities. Since you want to be close to a train station, both Jenkintown and Glenside stations have three lines which makes the headways real short. you could check out West & 611 and Keswick Theatre to see the social heart each respectively (closer to Glenside station is also cheaper & nice but less hip). Though, Jenkintown has Noble train station closer to much of it, which has a train (but just a single line, but fairly reliable). All your options however are good ones.
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Old 11-01-2020, 11:31 AM
 
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I'm a Black guy who grew up in that neck of the woods. It's arguably the best area to be for suburban residents who like a lot of transit options combined with relatively walkable neighborhoods. Tons of ranch homes if that's what you're looking for.

Day to day, you should be fine as an interracial couple but it's not exactly liberal. You'll have the typical fiscal concerns about not paying too much taxes even as property taxes tend to be high to pay for generally well-regarded schools. However, there's definitely a division on how to respond to current events like BLM. A candidate for the Abington School Board was outed as a White nationalist and was soundly defeated. On the other hand, there were Black Lives Matter marches in Abington and (I believe) elsewhere nearby. There are Black people from my high school class (80's) who still live in or frequent the area.

Cheltenham probably has the most diverse population of all the towns including one of the more considerable Black middle-class populations in the metro. However the property taxes are even higher so hopefully you would feel comforted by supporting your township's youth.

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Old 11-03-2020, 06:01 PM
 
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Default Thank you!

All of your responses were very helpful. I appreciate it.
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