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Old 04-08-2009, 06:25 PM
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Greetings! First off, let me thank everybody who posts here as this information is so valuable. That being said, I need help! My husband is interviewing for a job in Philly and we're doing preliminary research on if this move is really going to work (we live in central Illinois). We do not want to buy a home right away so we will be seeking an apartment or rental. What areas (with apartments/townhomes/rentals) would be family-friendly along with good schools? I've seen other posts that list Wallingford, but looking at the photos of apartments there I am unsure of this area. Any advice would be appreciated! (we're looking to spend no more than $1500/mo).

Thank you!
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:33 PM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Wallingford is a great area to live but the apartment complexes are older and tend to be out of date imo. Thats not an area where you will find alot of new living arrangements on the apartment side.Great housing stock though.

The closer you are to Philadelphia the older the towns and amenities. Wallingford is relatively close to the city(10 miles) For newer apartments you need to look a bit further out. Google apartments and Glen Mills,Brandywine valley,Garnet Valley,Concordville,Chadds Ford,West Chester,Exton, Chester Springs.

Those towns are all newer growing areas. They are a bit further from the city of Philadephia but they have alot of positives. Newer apartments,newer shopping,more laid back,pleasant landscape, they have a more suburban to even rural feel.

Wallingford is the dividing line of new vs old. Everything west of Wallingford does not fit your typical east coast fast paced stereotype in fact its just the opposite. Chadds Ford,Glen Mills and West Chester might remind you of home.

Good luck.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:21 PM
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I found out today that the job is located in the northern area of Philly (5000 Wissahickon Ave.) are you familiar with this area? What towns around this address would "fit the bill". Thanks again!
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:24 PM
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Plymouth Meeting / Wyndmoor / and Glenside would probably all be pretty convenient to that area. I can't speak to the suburban school districts much but plymouth meeting would be the colonial school district and has a good amount of nice apartment communities. Maybe not super modern, but it would probably be a 20 minute drive for you husband to work.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:23 AM
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I'd agree with Glenside as well - not to shortchange the others but only because I grew up in that area. Your kids would likely be in the Abington School District which has a very good reputation. You'd be part of an older bedroom community with plenty of families. The intersection of Easton Rd. and Keswick Ave. can be a cool place to hang out. Some surprisingly decent acts have been known to roll through the venerable Keswick Theatre.
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