I am also a former Philadelphian and have lived in the South Jersey area for over 25 years. Over 20% of my clients are originally from Philadelphia and they are typically looking for the same things, safe neighborhoods, ample parking and good schools.
Haddonfield is an awesome town with a great downtown shopping area, excellent schools, and beautiful higher priced homes. What type of home are you looking for, price range, etc.? There are many fantastic neighborhoods and towns in south jersey that will allow you to be in center city within 15 to 20 minutes. My suggestion is to take a Sat. afternoon and drive through some of these towns, for example: Collingswood, Haddon Township, Haddon Heights, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Cinnaminson, Delran, Mt. Laurel, Moorestown, etc. You could save some time by working with an agent that knows theses areas and will listen to your needs and desires.
I think that you will love the small town atmosphere. It may take a little longer when you go to the supermarket because you always end up running into someone you know.
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Personally I love where I live and market real estate. I am located on the Jersey Shore a small town half way between Long Beach Island and Atlantic City on the Great Bay called Little Egg Harbor Township. Great schools with tons of year round activities, clubs, sports with a great teachers. Activities for any interest from the outdoors, like fishing, boating, golf, hunting, wild life,the beaches, lake, steames state parks, and or course the bay and ocean. Fine arts locat as well as a quick commute to Philadelphia and New York. Many variety of neighborhoods from wooded, waterfront, acreage, older homes, new construction, townhomes, adult communities and condos. Feel free to check out our town on the web and surrounding areas. Should you need my help or have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Good luck .