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Old 01-20-2009, 09:43 AM
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Downingtown schools are slightly better and the area is a tad more rural/less developed - which I also see as a plus. If I had to choose between those two only, I would choose somewhere in the Downingtown district (it's a huge area so you will have a diverse choice of environments/amenities) and drive to West Chester for a "culture fix" so to speak. Although honestly if I want real culture, I'm heading for the city. Sorry just not a huge West Chester fan here...
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:47 PM
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I live in W.C. & love it. However, if I was in your position I would move in area that would allow your children to go to the TE school district. This is hands down the best school district. My girlfriend works for the high school and they are so progressive and so much more advanced than any of the other school districts mentioned.

I used to live in Wayne, but I lived in a townhouse & when I was ready to upgrade, I got a lot more for my money in West Chester. By the way the people are just as good in one of the towns as they are in the others. The people of the Main Line get a bad rap but for every snooty person, there are 3 others who are just as caring as anyone you would meet.

I would suggest renting in Chesterbrook. That's where I lived, the townhouses are about 17 years old and most of them have been kept up. It is right in the TE school district and you can walk to everything. Also, I remember when I lived there, a lot of people who had relocated would move there until they had completed their transition. I would not suggest buying a house there as the association costs sort of suck. However, I will say taxes were low when I lived there about 3 years ago.

Someone mentioned that buying a house in the TE district (Malvern, Wayne, Paoli, Berwyn, sections of Devon ) would be expensive. Well, in this market I have sen a lot of people getting great deals. When I was looking to buy a house 4 years ago, it was a lot more expensive but now if you can get a property in that school district it is worth it.

I'm not trying to sound so adverse to my own school district, but unfortunately West Chester has a pretty poor reputation (compared to it's neighboring districts) and at this point we are thinking that we may have to send our child to private school, unless the elementary schools get better in the next 2-3 years.

Good luck.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:19 PM
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Check all of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosures,,, there are bunches of them. That is good for you. It is in your best interest to sign a buyer's rep agreement with a Realtor. Negotiate tough. Offer 65 % of listing price to start. The market is getting reading for another downturn and you don't want to buy and owe more on the hosue you just bought in a matter of a few months. Houses up here that sold for $ 299,000 at the top fo the housing bubble are now listing for $ 199,000. As for an area I recently viewed homes in Oxford, PA and was impressed. Look for a bank foreclosure there. Foreclosures now make up around 30 % of the market.
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