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Old 03-08-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Hello all,

during my search for a house for me and my young family (early 30's, 1 toddler), I've been eyeing the Abington/Glenside areas. But this past weekend I drove through the Plymouth Meeting / Whitemarsh / Lafayette Hill and there seemed to be plenty of families, kids and decent retail options between the Plymouth Meeting mall, the whole IKEA/Lowes/Barnes and Nobles area and other other place.

Any thoughts on the Plymouth Meeting / Whitemarsh / Lafayette Hill area for a young family? As I have started in other posts, I'm aiming for $250-$350k with good schools.
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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Area seems clean, I have family in Lafayette Hill off of Ridge and Joshua, lots of great conveniences around, I have no idea about the schools though...I've spent many weeks in the area and it always seemed to be a great place to live...
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:17 PM
 
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PW/Colonial schools are pretty good. I wouldn't worry too much about that.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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This month's Philadelphia Magazine just named Lafayette Hill/Plymouth Meeting the "new Main Line" because it's full of people who are priced out of the Main Line, don't have that kind of money, and aren't concerned about showing off their status.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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This month's Philadelphia Magazine just named Lafayette Hill/Plymouth Meeting the "new Main Line" because it's full of people who are priced out of the Main Line, don't have that kind of money, and aren't concerned about showing off their status.
LOL... so it's exactly the opposite of the Main Line?
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: DC
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My good friend grew up in Lafayette Hill. It's a bunch of families (I remember kids running all over the place), safe, and fairly convenient.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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The wife of a good friend of mine grew up in Lafayette Hill and convinced him to move there sometime after they married as a place to raise their family. They couldn't be happier.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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do you think I could get a decent place around $250k-$350k?

anyone know which areas up there are most/less desirable than others?
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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I would say Lafayette Hill is a great choice for you. I would also look in Blue Bell area. You cant really get anything in the Whitemarsh Valley Farms neighborhood for less then $350 but this house has been on the market for awhile. Great location next to Country Club and Dixon farm. Walk to local market/strip mall. Right off of Germantown Pike. Location location. New construction in neighborhood goes to 700K+. Neighborhood has plethora of different houses sizing from Ranch style, to split level, to colonial. By far the best side of Lafayette Hill. No snobs, professionals with families.

Last edited by FindingZen; 04-13-2009 at 12:00 PM.. Reason: Was a link to your own home? If so, it's real estate advertising.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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plymouth mtg/whitemarsh are is perfect for young families. i would think your price range would give a lot of good options in the area.

my neighborhood is between north lane and cedar grove rd. lots of nice homes, both newer and older, with tons of kids and young families. i think a nice house on the street over from us just sold for $275. 3 br, 1.5ba, detached garage, nice yard. definitely not a fancy neighborhood, but nice people, safe, decent schools.

check realtor.com post some of the locations if you want any guidance about the neighborhood.
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