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Old 03-18-2007, 09:28 AM
 
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Hi... I'm relocating and will work in Exton, near the junction of N Pottstown Pike and 76. I'm looking for a place to live that is a 30 minute drive or less to work. I would like a newer house in a neighborhood near a city center. Perhaps an older neighborhood in a transitional phase? I have never lived in the "burbs".. I prefer city living, but I would like a newer place with a small to average yard. Any suggestions of towns with a lively city center and residential area!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for any suggestions.
Carol
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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The(best) nearest thing to city living is probably West Chester, and I wouldn't call that a city-more like a nice sized town.A very good one at that, great restaurants, walkable downtown,city planned neighborhoods. The preeminent city lifestyle in this entire area is Center City Philadelphia imo.Nothing remotely comparable.

Pottstown at one time was a vibrant small city ditto Downingtown but both of the cities have seen better days. Both are now probably better known for their suburban areas at least thats were most of the people are moving in to.

back to Exton.
There is a nice town center right in Exton(Main Street At Exton) that has excellent shopping and restaurants. Exton also has an impressive shopping mall and the King of Prussia Mall(largest Shopping mall in the US) is only 15 minutes away. There are numerous housing developments being built in the towns surrounding Exton. The housing market is fairly slow and their are tremendous values out there to be had.

I would suggest looking into West Chester-surrounding areas include Westtown,Goshen,Paoli,Birmingham,Chadds Ford

Exton/Downingtown- surrounding areas Chester Springs,Malvern,Lionville,Great Valley,Eagleview,Pickering Valley,Kimberton.

Good luck.you should enjoy that area. Exton and the surrounding area is growing quite a bit. Its still relatively young, 20 years ago it was mostly farmland and woods but there is alot starting to happen out there.

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Old 03-18-2007, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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it really does depend on your price range! the mianline is nice with some nice city centers, wayne especially, but prices are high!! Downingtown and west chester are also nice with more reasonable prices. west chester has more of a city feel than any other town besides living in philly, and your ride to exton would be around 30 minutes with traffic, maybe less.
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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Hi Rainrock... Thanks for the reply. I would love to live in Philly city center, but the drive to work would be too much. I'll check out the areas you suggested on my next visit. On my first visit to Exton I did notice how new everything looks, and I prefer an more mature area with lots of nice trees.
Thanks again,
Carol
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:58 PM
 
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Hi William,
Thanks for the insight. I'll definitly look into Wayne and West Chester, and some of the city center areas along the mainline. I'd like to be able to walk from my house to a city center.
Thanks again,
Carol
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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CarolJB you should check out Phoenixville. This is exactly a transitional older town. This may be exactly what you are looking for. Its supposedly making a very nice comeback. Its not that far from your job site. Check out the city of Pottstown too, bad name but its a pretty cool small city. It has some really nice parts to it and a few marginal areas of town but you never hear about any serious crime in Pottstown.

Towns to check out

West Chester
Downingtown
Phoenixville
Pottstown
Malvern
Wayne
Paoli

Everything else in that general vicinity is suburban in nature.
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Old 04-09-2007, 07:05 PM
 
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As mentioned above, home prices vary widely depending on what you are looking for. Obviously an older home in Pottstown is going to cost less than one in a new x-urban development. Prices have not topped out yet, either in Pottstown, or Malvern. Both areas are surrounded by developments, all the way to Berks County (where we live.)

You might also try rural Chester County, there are quite a variety of homes there from developments to colonial homes.
Check the areas around Route 401 and you'll see what I mean.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:30 PM
 
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I would suggest mainline if you can pay for it. I am very sad to move but I have to with my job and selling a house in Ardmore no pressure if interested let me know its mid 500k. Narberth is a great place though too I think from what you described that would be a nice area to look at.
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