(Closed) Philly Area (NWR)

posted 5 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

His interview was in Bala cynwyd?  that is one very expensive Philly suburb.  As well as the surrounding areas.  Roxborough, is a very nice Philly area about 6 minutes away.  Stay away from west Philly, overbrook/area around st joes.  The Italian market is a nice area too.  Just pretty cramped.  Do you want to be in the city or the burbs?

Post # 5
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  • Wedding: November 2012

@armychica06:  because you have kids i imagine your going to want a good school district.  with that, unless you can afford private/catholic/get into a charter school you do not want to be within philadelphia lines.  the only exceptions are masterman and gamp.  the school district isnt ideal.  high school is a bit different as there are a ton of better options (i went to public high school in philly but not grade school).  since he’s already out here he should have a good idea of what areas will be best suited for you.

will you have access to a vehicle?  king of prussia mall is about 15 minutes from his work and is the largest mall in the country.  public transit exists and actually functions well. but from that area it will take a lot longer.  i actually drive right by his job on my way to mine.  small world.

Post # 7
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  • Wedding: November 2012

@armychica06:  good luck!  feel free to PM me if you have any questions.  FWIW, I’ve lived here my whole life and loved about every moment.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I agree that’s a super pricey area. You may want to look into mount airy Or chestnut hill as potential spots. The burbs behind bala cynwood (wynnewood, Ardmore, haverford etc) are some of the priciest not only in the area but the country. If he doesn’t mind a commute I would consider an area like Media or Springfield. Both within about 30 min but with better schools. Even king of Prussia where the mall is would be reasonable. Conshohocken is just down the road & is pretty nice tho I don’t know much about the schools. Towns like Abington, Glenside & Jenkintown are also a good option. I agree tho- you’re better off getting out of the city limits in terms of schooling. Also there’s a hefty city wage tax that is lower if you don’t live AND work here. 

Stay away from norristown!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I 2nd what “relaxedaboutit” said.  Media is very nice and quaint as is Conshohocken (also unsure about the schools there?).

I live in the Abington/Glenside/Willow Grove area…  it’s not too far on the map but with morning traffic that would be well over 45 min each way commute for him… longer if traffic is backed up (which is typical). 

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: November 2012

I disagree about Mt Airy.  Only half of it is nice, if you cross germantown ave you’ve already gone too far.  Chestnut Hill is adorable but pricey, for what it costs get into the burbs foryour kids.   Abington is supposed to be very good, but like ^^ said it would be an awful commute for him.  Media would be nice, but I know nothing about the commute on the blue route.  Also, stay away from Darby Township.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I LOVE the Philly area, so welcome!

Commenting on some of the locations people mentioned…

I’m in the same school district as Conshohocken – Colonial School District – and I think it is decent but I’m not intimately familiar with the schools.  You could look it up.  However, the commute would be frustrating during rush hour – not far, but jammed up the entire way from Conshohocken across the bridge onto 76 to City Ave.  Maybe a 10 min drive in non-peak traffic which becomes about a 30 min or so drive in rush hour.  

I’d tend to agree with looking somewhere like Media if you test drive the commute in rush hour and find it to be ok…not sure, I know there can be bad traffic on 476 but you might also take Rt 1?

I don’t recommend Manayunk, Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, or Mount Airy as they’re all part of Philadelphia so subject to Philadelphia School District/Philly wage tax.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ardmore is nice, I do like that area. I live in West Conshohocken, which is in the Upper Merion School District. We’re across the river from Conshohocken, but we’re on the “right” side of a commute to Bala Cynwyd. The Conshy/West Conshy area is economically healthy and fared the recession rather well.

How old are your kids? I live across the street from one of the firehouses and they have a lot of family-friendly activities: breakfast with the Easter Bunny/Santa, Halloween parade, programs at the park over the summer for kids.

Plus, when mommy and daddy need a night out, there are plenty of good restaurants to go to!

FI and I will be remaining childless and we like this area becauase it somehow manages the balance between young professional and family friendly.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Ardmore is a GREAT area! Pricey, but worth it!

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