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Old 05-26-2008, 02:44 PM
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0Hi -
I've read on this site that some people think the mainline area is unfriendly. If we move to Philly area in 2009 I'd like a very friendly town. I'm a midwesterner and currently living in Fairfield Cty, CT. I think nice people and rude people are everywhere but I'd like it to be easy to make new friends. We have a 4 & 6 year old, by then 5 & 7. Need excellent schools but also very important for the town to be walkable, good for bike riding, and have the ability to make new friends easily. I certainly do not need to move into an area where the people are aloof and pretentious. Got my fill of that in CT.

Any suggestion??? We love older homes with and a town with an artsie feel. I'd love to read anyone's perspective? My DH maybe working in Philly by the river and he'd like a manageable commute. If anyone has a specific neighborhood suggestion that would be great.


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Old 05-26-2008, 08:03 PM
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Swarthmore and Wallingford sound exactly like what you're looking for. Wallingford was #9 last year in Money mag's best places to live, the focus was on small town feeling places. This area, along with Media would put you close to your hubby's work as well. Its liberal and the people are friendly as could be, lots of older homes. Only downsides are the high property taxes could be as high as $8-10+K/year depending on the size of the home and not much of a downtown area in Wallingford. But Media is walkable and right next door...if the taxes are too much, slide one town over to Media.

I would also recommend West Chester, specifically West Goshen, also on Money mag's list last year in the teens somewhere. Walkable down town West Chester, diverse family oriented population, affordable housing...no train to the city tho, your hubby would have to drive to Exton to catch the train.

Last maybe check out Havertown, family oriented, close to the city, not as much of a walkable downtown, schools aren't as good as Wallingford/Media/West Chester but not bad either...
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:48 PM
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Wayne, Bryn Mawr and Narberth are all walkable main line towns with some degree of artsiness. I have found both "down to earth" and people with pretense in all. Nothing like the pretense in Fairfield County, however. Haddonfield & Mooretown in NJ, as well as Media/Swarthmore/Wallingford are walkable non-Main Line towns with manageable commutes to the river area in Philly.
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:56 PM
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I think Narberth would be great for you. Less snobby than the rest of the Main Line and closer commute for your husband. Very easy to get into town.
Has a nice small-town feel. Homes will be pricey though.
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