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Old 06-03-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I've read good things about Phoenixville (up and coming downtown, decent house prices) and I've read so-so things about it as well (kind of dumpy).

What's the real scoop? Is it really an up and coming burb? What's the vibe in its downtown/Bridge St. area? How are the schools?
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:01 PM
 
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Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it...up and coming, has an older downtown which is attempting to revitalize, some areas are kind of dumpy, some streets are hillsides so you get houses with 45+ degree backyards...kind of reminds me of the little coal towns all over PA...Jim Thorpe, Johnstown...there are developments with McMansions further out of town...seems to be a popular place for all the pharmaceutical industry transplants as 3 companies are all located nearby. Other than that, I would skip unless price is your number one consideration...

Phoenixville schools are 73rd out of 500 in PA so they are pretty good...
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it...up and coming, has an older downtown which is attempting to revitalize, some areas are kind of dumpy, some streets are hillsides so you get houses with 45+ degree backyards...kind of reminds me of the little coal towns all over PA...Jim Thorpe, Johnstown...there are developments with McMansions further out of town...seems to be a popular place for all the pharmaceutical industry transplants as 3 companies are all located nearby. Other than that, I would skip unless price is your number one consideration...

Phoenixville schools are 73rd out of 500 in PA so they are pretty good...
is there an similar town that you would suggest (same downtown vibe, decent homes in most areas, similar housing costs) but with better schools?
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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If you are looking for great schools in the Pheonixville area you may want to consider Tredyffrin and Great Valley. In Tredyffrin townhomes run between 350,000 to 450,000. 4 Br 2.5 bath homes run from 450,000 (albiet older and smaller) to 700,000. There are million dollar homes available, but that is not the norm here. I'm not as familiar with Great Valley, but I know the schools are good and the housing market is a bit newer and cheaper. Tredyffin/Eastown in ranked 78th in the country by US News and World Report, if that is important to you. Bascially, T/E is a fabulous district, but it is a bit of a pressure cooker. It really depends on your child and what your expectations are of them. They also offer great learning support services.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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West Chester is a good town to consider.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Macao
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some streets are hillsides so you get houses with 45+ degree backyards...kind of reminds me of the little coal towns all over PA...Jim Thorpe, Johnstown...
That sounds like the kind of place that I'd like!
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: The Left Toast
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Spent plenty of time there this past summer. Kinda rural/urban. Cleaner streets than Philly though. Also pretty scenic with the Schukyl running through it plus a couple of nice creeks. Just about 10-15 minutes from the KOP Mall and about the same from Norristown.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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schuylkill elementary is listed as one of eight schools with spanish immersion
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