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Old 04-14-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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University City is a great place to live, tons of young families. Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy are both nice places as well, but if you are looking for a hood without a car University City is tops. Center city is super convenient with a few different septa options to get there. If don't care for center city, UC has plenty of it's own options for anything you'd need.

Safety-wise, it's still the city. If you exercise common sense you probably aren't any more likely to be a victim of crime than you would be in CC. I don't know if that's reassuring or not.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! It's great to get several different responses. It's not that I don't care for Center City, but for our budget, it's hard to buy something there with enough room!
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! It's great to get several different responses. It's not that I don't care for Center City, but for our budget, it's hard to buy something there with enough room!
Yeah, as Penn spiffed things up in the neighborhood, UC became a "refuge" of sorts for people in your exact situation.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Yeah, that's what it seems like. The people we know who live there are kind of like us - can't really afford enough room in the city, but not quite ready to make the move to the suburbs. I guess it's hard to say if a home there would retain its value, but I hope so!
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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Granted, most homes are losing value these days. My unprofessional opinion is that in better times, homes in UC would appreciate albeit not quite as fast as in Center City.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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home values in UC have continued to increase in value rapidly. The PENN Alexander school, mortgage program, and further expansion west have all contributed. While prices may have come down slightly over the last few months I would not worry about losing value in UC.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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Thanks. We'd want to stay for at least a few years (over 5) and then we could decide what to do next...
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