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Old 02-25-2007, 12:08 PM
 
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Hi,

We're contemplating a move from DC area to the Philly suburbs. I have family in PA and have spent some time in Philly but don't know the suburbs.

Are all the Main Line towns more or less the same, sort of blurring into each other, or do they have different identities? Are any of them known for having more shopping, density, etc? We're looking for something family-friendly with a walkable "town" atmosphere. Ideally I'd like an older home and the ability to walk to a coffee shop and grocery store and be near the train. Ethnic diversity is a plus. Where should I look? Our max is $800k, but we are hoping to spend less.

Thanks!
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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Hi,

We're contemplating a move from DC area to the Philly suburbs. I have family in PA and have spent some time in Philly but don't know the suburbs.

Are all the Main Line towns more or less the same, sort of blurring into each other, or do they have different identities? Are any of them known for having more shopping, density, etc? We're looking for something family-friendly with a walkable "town" atmosphere. Ideally I'd like an older home and the ability to walk to a coffee shop and grocery store and be near the train. Ethnic diversity is a plus. Where should I look? Our max is $800k, but we are hoping to spend less.

Thanks!

I think Narberth would be a good place to look.
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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a really nice spot is right dead center, Wayne, great town center, excellent schools, prices range from 500-1m depending on the size of the home. Narbeth is nice but it is on the far end of the main line towards the city, probably a little more diverse than any other part of the main line.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Bryn Mawr,Rosemont and Haverford for me. Love the character and housing stock of those towns. Radnor is just ourageous but its a bit more suburban in nature. If you want to see an awesome area check out the Gladwyne + Villanova areas.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:43 AM
 
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Thanks so much! I appreciate the advice.

Is there any difference in the quality of the schools in the Radnor district vs. Lower Merion vs. ????. Are they all pretty good or is there one you'd focus on? The kids are elementary-school aged, so that's what's most important, but we're hoping to settle for the long-term.

Thanks.
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Thanks so much! I appreciate the advice.

Is there any difference in the quality of the schools in the Radnor district vs. Lower Merion vs. ????. Are they all pretty good or is there one you'd focus on? The kids are elementary-school aged, so that's what's most important, but we're hoping to settle for the long-term.

Thanks.
Not much, they are both very good school districts.

Lower Merion Township overall is a bit more diverse economically. Radnor Township has very little diversity, its solid upper class/ filthy rich if that has any bearing in your decision making.

If you haven't checked out these sites concerning schools you should. They can be of great help.

http://www.greatschools.net


http://www.psk12.com/rating/USindexphp/STATE_PA.html



Gladwyne which is a section in Lower Merion Township is very highly regarded. I believe it has the wealthiest zip code in the Philadlephia area. That would be my start for an elementary school and as a place to live, but it is expensive.

Haverford Township. Rosemont,Penn Valley,Merion, Bryn Mawr in Lower Merion Township. Radnor Township you really can't go wrong in elementary school selections..
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:04 AM
 
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Narberth is great, very different from the rest of the Main Line b/c there is a cute town w/ sidewalks you can walk to. Very "Americana". I live in Bala Cynwyd and am about 1 mi from Narberth. I also like the area b/c I can get to center city in 15 min. Since center city has so many great places to eat and things to do I love being so close. The schools are amazing. Bala has a very large Jewish population, including orthodox b/c of proximity to places of worship. Narberth is more mixed.
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