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Old 05-15-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I appreciate everyone's help thus far in helping me find the right neighborhood for me, my wife and our baby.

We're aiming for a house for about $200-$230k, good schools and a safe neighborhood. A nice, walkable downtown strip with shops and restaurants would be nice. Right now we plan to visit Abington/Rosalyn, Willow Grove, Horsham on the north side.

Any other similar burbs/neighborhoods I should make sure to check out? Anyway on the soutwest side? Bucks County? Jersey? Delaware?
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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West Chester is a nice town and is definitely worth a look but it will be a challege,although not impossible, to find a house in the $200k range. You may find better options in neighboring West Goshen which is an older suburban community.

The same exact scenario with Media which is a great walkable town but real estate tends to be scarce, you could look into the neighboring suburban communities like Nether Provdence,Wallingford,parts of Middletown Township, Aston, Brookhaven,Broomall.

Havertown

Ridley Park and Ridley Township.

Conshohocken and Upper Merion.

Good luck.
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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If you are really looking all over, try Phoenixville. I know they have older housing stock that is still reasonably priced and an up-and-coming walkable downtown. Also consider Springfield, Delco...no big walkable downtown but good schools, proximity to the city, and more affordable housing. Collegeville was picked as one of the best "bang for the buck" areas in terms of schools by a real estate web site...definitely worth checking out. You may also want to consider Conshohocken. Of course it all depends on where you will be working...

And by the way, why not just rent for a year to see what shakes out in the housing market? I'm half looking but have found prices a tad elevated in the places in which I'm interested. I thinking it may be better to wait it out and see if the doom and gloom prognostications come true...with $4.00 gas, mass layoffs, escalating food prices and inflation, a recession, I can't see home prices going anywhere but down for the next 6 months to a year or longer...

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Old 05-16-2008, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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we will probably rent for a while, I just wanted an overview of areas to explore since I'll be there this weekend.

any other insight folks can provide?
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