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Old 03-01-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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my wife and I are eying a good neighborhood for a early 30's couple (with toddler) to move to with good schools, nice older homes (for $250-$350k) and good schools. We recently drove through some areas of Haverford Township that seems to fit some of that bill, but I have no idea about the general demographics of the area.

Should we add Haverford/Havertown to the list of areas we look? Any first-hand opinions on the community and life in that area?
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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Absolutely. Great family oriented place though a tad lilly white and not too big into diversity.

Haverford schools are good, Lower Merion schools are great. Be aware there is a right and wrong side of the tracks to Havertown...not sure which is which or what exactly it means but apparently there is.

A nice option is the Pilgrim Gardens section of Drexel Hill which is technically part of Upper Darby but Pilgrim Gardens has Haverford schools and is a very nice little neighborhood...lots of Catholics there and very nice welcoming people. It's mostly a 50's housing development but the homes are charming. Doesn't have the shopping district that Havertown does or the proximity to the Main Line that Haverford does, but it is affordable, friendly and pretty well insulated from Upper Darby which is going down the tubes as is the school district.

You should also check out Broomall/Newtown Square, Springfield and Media in that general vicinity. Wallingford also has excellent schools and some affordable housing but no business district to speak of so taxes are ridiculous...even more ridiculous than Upper Darby!

Here's a link to school district rankings statewide which I swear by but some like to throw stones at. It is based on PA skills assessment tests at various grade levels so it doesn't rank based upon SATs only or other things that, to me, are more subjective. For that kind of ranking look for Philly Magazine's rankings but I tend to take them more with a grain of salt as it seems EVERYONE around here knows what the best districts are, but their lists rarely match!

Pittsburgh Business Times School District Rankings 2008

http://www.svsd.net/important-news/important_news_attachments/pbt_state_rank_2008.pdf (broken link)

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Old 03-03-2009, 11:11 PM
 
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Yeah, it really depends, because there are nicer and dumpier parts of the area.
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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Havertown/Haverford are definitely good options for a young family. You should have no problems finding something you like...just have to make sure the price is right! But home prices have been dipping a bit, so you may have good luck.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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does anyone know the "good" and "bad" sections of Haverford? Are there any basic rules of thumb (stay above this road, stay away from this area it's crazy taffic-y, etc)?

Also -- is crime an issue?
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Old 03-27-2009, 07:03 AM
 
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You can pretty much tell the good from the bad by the price of housing, condition of the properties and such. It was a nice place to grow up in. Havertown is very different from Haverford.Havertrown is next to the Main Line (you pay for the name) and Haverford is in the Main Line. Some parts of Havertown have more traffic than others like near the shopping ctrs. and main roads. It is all what you like. I liked walking to everything so you then would need to be near traffic. Best wishes they are both great towns.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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Does anybody know about the Havertown PCP superfund site? I feel like it is a hush hush subject around this area.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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The superfund site is at the corener of Eagle and Lawrence roads (near the Swiss Farms market and accross the street from the old Gum Factory). The ground was contaminated due to improper practices from a wood treatment facility. The contamination did not affect the ground water, and the site has recently been given additional money (through the stimulus) to finish up all measures in a quicker manner. It really does not affect quality of life in any way whatsoever for anyone...

Havertown is a wonderful, family-oriented, middle class community with excellent schools. I'm not sure where the "bad areas" of Havertown are...I think if you check the police site you will find what most folks who live there know...it is one of the safest communities in the area. There are a couple of areas with older twins/duplexes that poeple who make less money tend to buy; but, I think it would be a real stretch to call those places unsafe.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:00 AM
 
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Havertown having a bad side of the tracks? you serious.. That community is so safe.. I grew up in Drexel Hill.. southen dh part close to lansdowne and clifton heights.. My oldest brother and parents just moved up that way and I stayed in DH.. Havertown is a great community
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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does anyone know the "good" and "bad" sections of Haverford? Are there any basic rules of thumb (stay above this road, stay away from this area it's crazy taffic-y, etc)?

Also -- is crime an issue?

As someone who has lived in the area all my life, there are really no issues with crime in havertown. You will only find teenagers at worse doing drugs or vandalizing the area (though this isnt really common). The cops are really picky about everything and there are too many of them if thats even possible. The possibly "bad" part of havertown might be far up west chester pike along township line where it borders an area that is only slightly less nice. I wouldnt say there are any bad parts of havertown/ardmore ("haverford") or marple/broomall.
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