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Old 07-24-2006, 02:00 PM
 
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We're moving to Pa. because of job transfer. We've looked at (internet research) Newtown, New Hope, Holland, Wrightstown, Yardley along that corridor. Are there other towns i've missed that we should consider? Want to be in Bucks County in a good school district.

Can anyone tell me what's it like (eg. property taxes, income taxes, quality of living, kids activities, Starbucks, Target, Costco, Walmart etc. ) in those areas?

Which town would be best for a family with 2 young kids (kindergarteners).
Can only afford upto $500K for a house.

Thanx.
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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well in newtown, new hope, yardley, doylestown that price range of 500 will get you very similar properties, 4 bed, 2 full bath, 1-2 partial baths. Taxes are fairly similar around 5000 or above but the newer the house the higher the taxes up to around 7000. School districts are very good, central bucks, new hope solebury, council rock and pennsbury, pennsbury is a little lower statisticlly. All are nice areas, you should look at homes in all those areas.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:49 PM
 
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I live in Langhorne; the next town over from Yardley and Newtown. Basically Langhorne, Yardley and Newtown are all in the same general area. The area as whole is nice, slightly expensive, great schools, and insanely safe. I've lived here for 16 years and have yet to see an murders/crimes/break in's etc. I'm not so sure what taxes would be, but I know they arn't cheap. Breaking it down, Newtown has alot of older homes, it has a small main street in town and is pretty expensive to live in. For example getting gas in Newtown is almost 20 cents more per gallon then say in Langhorne. Yardley has some big houses and a small main street also, but I perfer Newtown over Yardley. They are both pretty small towns, which not much to do in them. Langhorne however is slightly bigger and has more sections to it. Theres Langhorne Borough which is basically the middle of Langhorne. The homes are historic in this area and it's really nice. Theres the Langhorne/Newtown section, which is where I live and it's mainly big neighborhoods with nice houses. Further away there's the Langhorne/Feasterville area which is fairly decent but nowhere near as nice and the Langhorne/Newtown area would be and lastly there is the Langhorne/Levitown area which has smaller homes and isn't as nice as all the rest of the areas. But don't get me wrong basically anywhere in Langhorne is nice and definitely safe. Langhorne is basically your typical suburb, which great schools and sports leagues for kids. There's 2 major parks within 5 mins of my house and a mall 10 mins down the street. Langhorne/Newtown/Yardley is all within miles of Route 1, I-95 and the PA Turnpike, which makes getting places easy. It's also about 30-45 minutes away from Philadelphia and about 2 hours away from the Jersey Shore. So even if they isn't much to do in Langhorne itself it's within good distance from everywhere else. Langhorne is in the Neshaminy School District, where I happened to go to school and it's a great school district. I recommend all these towns. But if you're looking for newer houses I wouldn't recommend Newtown or Langhorne Borough. Hope that helps
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Old 08-06-2006, 09:23 PM
 
Location: At the local Wawa
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Default mabye I'm biased

but,,,, As a former resident of Yardley, I think Yardley is a better choice than Newtown or Langhorne. But that depends on what you like. Yardley is the most scenic of the bunch. You got the beautiful Delaware River (just don't buy a house right on River Road, it can flood out). You've got a small lake in the center of downtown, where you can ice skate in winter. Close enough to everything and far enough away that it remains pleasantly suburban. Newtown is very nice but has become a very popular place to live, with sprawl, office parks, and lots of traffic being generated everywhere. Downtown Newtown is very quaint but EXTREMELY overpriced for everything. The area also has kind of a snotty-ness that is not present in Yardley. Langhorne is the most crowded and suburban of the bunch. This is where Target, Oxford Valley Mall, and many other strip mall type shopping is. I'd rather live in Yardley and go there when I need something- this is also reflected in the prices of homes, with Yardley and Newtown being higher priced.

All in all, you can't beat the area as a good place to live, but it is expensive. Nonetheless, if my job hadn't transfered me to the Jersey Shore, I'd still be living there (and prefer it heavily over NJ).
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