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Old 04-21-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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I currently live in los angeles and will be moving to philly to begin school in the fall for my doctorate. I will be attending the main campus of la salle in olney but do not want to live there!

what i am looking for is a hip/trendy place for people in their late 20's early 30's that is social but not to hustle and bustle. I am not exactly a "City girl" but dont want to be in the suburbs with a bunch of middle-class families. I wont; know anyone when i move so i want a place where i can meet people and make friends.

the areas im conidering are: art museum, no libs, old city, conchy, and manayunk. I am open to all ideas. I also want something safe and an area where i can park my car but also wont take me 2 hrs to drive to school.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE advise me of where to live. i keep getting mixed reviews on all the areas and im going crazy!

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Old 04-21-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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probably manayunk or east falls would suit you. manayunk might be tougher on parking, guess it depends on your street. conshohocken has a lot of young folks, but it seems more young couples. It's a sleepy suburban town.

Art Museum/Fairmount are both great, but pricey. Northern Liberties is also very nice but pricey. These hoods are more traditionally urban and maybe slightly busier than east falls/manayunk area.

Both the art museum area and manyunk areas are pretty convenient to fairmount park which has a lot to offer.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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ART MUSEUM
Art Museum might be your best fit seeing how it is a bit more auto friendly especially if you live in one of the big apartment towers.

Chestnut Hill

Incredible neighborhood located in NW Philadelphia. Chestnut Hill College brings in some young people but this is more of a family neighborhood but extremely nice. Auto friendly

Rittenhouse Square

Most vibrant neighborhood in the entire 6 million person metropolitan region.One of the safer neighborhoods in the city. Incredibly walkable, Car is a liabilty here.


University City
Upwards of 50,000 college students live here, lots of housing options. Again not car friendly.Try to stay close to U Pennsylvania campus

Manayunk
Big area for college and graduate students. Will be alot different from LA this is an old milltown area which recently been yuppified.


Main Line

Affluent Suburbia,Autio oriented,close enough to the excitement of the city, very safe, dozen small colleges sprinkled amidst Family dominated Main Line towns.


Good Luck

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:17 PM
 
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I agree with Eggtimer. Check out East Falls stay North of Midvale though. I lived in east falls for three years. It is walking distance to the train R6 and parking is easy. Expect to pay about 850-1100 month depending on what you want; should be less than cali though. Hope that helps
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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thank you all for your opinions. I'm going to check out east falls, manayunk, and art museum. Ill probably head out there for a few days and check out the area and try to secure an apartment!
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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i would also recommend queen village or bella vista. lots of people in your age range, easy to meet people as there is an abundance of nightlife. but rent is higher than east falls area. and parking requires patience. how about we switch houses, ill take your LA pad and you can take my philly pad. sweeet.
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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i would also recommend queen village or bella vista. lots of people in your age range, easy to meet people as there is an abundance of nightlife. but rent is higher than east falls area. and parking requires patience. how about we switch houses, ill take your LA pad and you can take my philly pad. sweeet.
arent those areas more south in the city? won't it be rediculous trying to get to la salle from there?!! sure we can switch places LOL
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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I'm interested in this as well. Which of the recommended neighborhoods have the cheapest rents? One thing I like about Pittsburgh is that my apt is in a corner and costs 550/mo all utilities
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm interested in this as well. Which of the recommended neighborhoods have the cheapest rents? One thing I like about Pittsburgh is that my apt is in a corner and costs 550/mo all utilities
If you can find anything under $550 in Philly, it won't be in a very desirable or convenient area.

I would say that $700 would probably be a good starting point for something reasonably comfortable. If you want to live downtown, $1000 is not unusual.
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