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Old 01-25-2007, 07:31 AM
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I am a single young female planning on moving to PA from OH. I had my sights on Coatesville, but from reading the forums it doesn't sound like a good choice to live, but how about working? I would prefer to live in a rural area and not be far from the city. Can someone tell me what would be a nice area? By the way what is making Coatesville such a bad place to live?
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:02 AM
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Default Lived in Coatesville

I think that I can offer you some great insight on the subject. My husband and I recently moved from the Coatesville area due to a job opportunity located outside of Pennsylvania. I will start off by telling you that Coatesville has a subpar school system, and if you have children or plan to have them, this is something that you will want to consider. I think that there are several fine elementary schools in the area, but I would not want my children to be in the school system after that. The "city" of Coatesville is mostly depressed and not too pretty to look at. The town was formerly mostly a steel production town (Bethlehem Steel) which is now mostly unoperational and was bought by Luken Steel. (facts may be skewed here but this is the basic gist). We never had a need to drive into this area because there was nothing there that would make us want to venture into the nearly 4 mile stretch of the city of Coateville. City does have many section 8 residents, welfare recipients and burdened with drugs. But you don't need to go into this area at all.
That being said, Coatesville has many several beautiful areas in which to live. I am from nearby Lancaster and always had a "yuck" reaction whenever I heard the name Coatesville. My opinion has changed after living there for nearly 7 years. We lived in the township of East Fallowfield which is in the Coatesville borough. There are many wonderful beautiful homes and areas there and loved being so close to the Brandywine River where we could canoe and take our dog to run and swim. Areas to look at that are very nearby and not in Coatesville are Marshalton, West Chester, Thorndale, Downingtown, Lionville, Phoenixville, Exton and perhaps Morgantown. (further west but like this area) However, if you do live in Coatesville, keep in mind that there are some very nice townships within, and some gorgeous areas and farmland. The area near the Coatesville Country Club is very nice. Living in Coatesville and being in the city of Coatesville are two distinct things. If you venture there for a visit my husband and I would highly recommend a stop at the Four Dog Tavern on Strasburg Road. Cozy atmosphere with a nice large fireplace, great food, and 3 nights a week a 1 or 2 man ecoustic band performs, singing some great tunes. Also check out the town of West Chester (very nearby) Nice place to park a car and walk around the town, good restaurants, some nice stores...We miss that place! Good luck. And any other questions I will try to reply.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:44 AM
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We moved to Coatesville from Philly ,actualy in East Fallowfield,i really like it we are in a new development and i made very good friends here,we were scared by the city when we moved but we took a risk,we bought a 3000 sq f house for 350 and it went up to 400 in 2 years,my husband comutes to philly and he loves coming home its a rural area,beautiful views and hills,15 min of West Chester on the back roads 15 min away from Exton ,great shopping area,all the people are very friendly and nice,there is no crime here like people say ,i actualy went in the city with my little boy at Coatesville Library and we were OK.There are a lot of farms around us where we buy fresh fruit and veggies ,beatiful Brandywine river,90% percent of my neighbours have young kids some will go to the Catholic school and some to public which is getting better ,the highschool is not that great ,but the public schools are not that bad.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:15 AM
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I just relocated to W. Caln Township (Coatesville School District). I love the area ...and I looked all over Chester County but like everyone else has stated...I heard that Coatesville itself is a dump...though I have never been through it. I've also heard the school district is not all that great. The 2 most important things for me when I was looking were...the neighborhood...and I wanted a nice chunk of land. I was able to get both (1.5 acres) in a very quiet, country-like neighborhood. It's not new construction but a very nice home in your prince range. Good luck.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:24 AM
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I drive through Coatesville all the time but it is a very run down, high crime area and I am probably not being as careful as I should be. The school taxes are through the roof, so be prepared. That said the outlying areas are awesome-very pretty, however again, taxes in Chester County have skyrocketed in the last few years and Coatesville more than most.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:59 PM
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I'm living in a rental in Caln (if you're looking after June, I have a house for you LOL). The area is beautiful, wooded, but so close to everything you don't feel like a pioneer living in the sticks. I have driven throught Coatesville a few times and while it has a bad rep, its nothing compared to Chester or North Philly...those places look and feel like war zones...

The only caveat I would have to Coatesville is that the schools are so bad and the taxes so high (due to school system embezzlement problems in the past) that you are paying $6-7,000 a year in taxes to live in a subpar school district and there are new developments EVERYWHERE. The drive along the Rt 30 bypass is so ugly bc all the trees have been stripped from the hillsides and replaced by development after development...very ugly. And there are even more developments going up around Coatesville.

I think this will end up depressing housing prices in the area and will make a home out here harder to sell and you will sell for much less than a comparable house in West Chester or Exton, Downingtown school district, or Malvern.

As always, location is the key...
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:48 AM
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We went to look at a new housing development in Coatsville and got lost, ending up in the downtown area of Coatsville - not good! It was a very rundown place.

When we finally found the development, it was gorgeous, but when we asked the salesperson about the area we stumbled upon, he acted like he had no idea what we were talking about - it was quite comical!

Anyway, the taxes were high, and the area seems icky to me. Keep looking...
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:09 AM
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I work as an EMT in coatesville and i can tell you right now it is not a good place over the summer we get at least a shooting every other night.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:47 AM
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There are two Coatesville. There is Coatesville the city, and Coatesville the area. They share a zip code and a school district. Because of the housing price boom in the last 5 years and the rt 30 bypass, Coatesville the area has a lot of nice, sparkling new homes. We have friends who moved out there, and they seem very happy. We even looked out there briefly, but it turned out to be too much of a commute for my husband. It's telling that in all these new developments, although they share the Coatesville zip code, don't use the Coatesville name. For instance, our friends live in "Romansville" and the houses we looked at where in "East Fallowfield." No one wants to admit they live in Coatesville. And for what you're getting, I think it's a rip. The taxes are absurd and the schools are horrible. With all the development, there have been some flooding problems after a heavy rain, too.

Like a pp mentioned, in those new communities the salespeople will act like your insane to worry about the area or the schools. East Fallowfield Elementary was right near the development, and only after a lot of pressing did I get her to admit that this neighborhood would in fact be going to the less desirable Caln.

P.S.- If you mention where you work, they'll also lie about how long it takes to commute. Add 10-15 minutes to whatever they say.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:16 AM
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Default What about Chester County Schools?

I'm moving to area around West Chester University. What are the best middle schools in the area? Also are there homes for rent, or just apartments? I have 3 cats and 2 tiny dogs. Do you think I'll have trouble finding a 3br 2ba rental with a yard?
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