Go to web site of schools to see what programs they offer.You should visit Philadelphia and go to different areas and see which suburbs you want ot consider.We also have a great public transportation system so you can take the train to Philadelphia. http://www.septa.org
I would plan a visit here to see the suburbs and your choices in person. I am north of the city but do know some very good Philly realtors who can help you with your search. Email me if you want guidance
Safety is a relative concern. Many of the areas mentioned by the other agents are great areas. The question is what are you comfortable paying per month for a mortgage? That will also determine what areas you will be able to look for housing. The first suggestion I will make is to get a pre-approval from a lender so you know where to target your home search.
Lower Merion includes, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Ardmore, Merion, Wynnewood,Rosemont, Bala Cynwyd, Penn Valley, etc. and adjacent Narberth Borough. The housing choices are endless if you can afford upwards of $300,000. Taxes are pretty good there because there is a substantial amount of industry which offsets residential real estate taxes. You can be in the "city" in about 20 minutes and some of those areas have "walkable" neighborhoods.
Chestnut Hill and Roxborough are in the far NW corner of the city and are bounded by the Fairmount Park System. If you like "small town" feel, most of Chestnut Hill is walkable, and Roxborough is a hop,skip and jump from Manayunk, which is a pretty trendy locale. Just across from Chestnut Hill is Wyndmoor, and you would have options for Springfield Schools and Cheltenham Schools.
If you are ok with about a 35 minute commute to center city, you might enjoy Glenside (Blue Ribbon Schools) and Upper Dublin (just on the edge of the town of Ambler) - also with fabulous schools. You have many, many choices, but your price point will be the determining factor. You can check out values, community info, etc. at http://www.sendmyvalue.com. If you need anything else, please let me know.
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Welcome to Philadelphia! Rather than tell you my own opinion, I posted the following information in a past Q&A.
Please check out these websites to learn more about our wonderful city:
http://www.phillymag.com - Philadelphia Magazine puts out school rankings every year for both the city and suburbs. Very easy to read with great details.
http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com - This is a neighborhood forum website that allows you to speak to actual people living in and around Philadelphia; it's broken down by neighborhood/town.
http://www.phillypolice.com - This is the Philadelphia Police Force's website. It has a "Crime Maps & Stats" section at the bottom of the home page that lets you view crime stats for different areas. It can be a little overwhelming, but it's a good tool.
Best of luck with your search!
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There are many options to choose from. I would be happy to speak with you regarding what is important to you directly. Feel free to contact me at 267-688-1110.
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Phila, PA 19114
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My last 2 clients that relocated here for jobs in Philly considered these neighborhoods. If Philly is an option I would add Chesnut Hill and Mt Airy into the mix!
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Welcome to Philadelphia! There are great choices for families and schools, both in the city and in the near suburbs. The Main Line is an easy commute by train and offers excellent school systems in Lower Merion. Also an easy train commute are the northern suburbs of Abington and Cheltenham. I went to Cheltenham High School and on to the University of Pennsylvania so I can vouch for the excellence of the schools there. Many of my classmates and friends from Cheltenham, Abington and Lower Merion went on to Ivy and other excellent colleges and universities.
Philadelphia's rich Quaker tradition has given rise to many wonderful private schools both in the city and the suburbs. There are also many other excellent private schools.
I would be happy to share my in-depth knowledge of the city and the suburbs with you. I have lived in a number of center city neighborhoods as well as in Cheltenham and Lower Merion townships. Shoot me an email or call.
Whatever you do I wish you well in your move and hope you'll be happy in your new home.
There are so many places to consider, and you might want to take a trip up to explore the different neighborhoods. I am not sure what price range you are in, and that may make a difference in where you should begin looking, but some basic suggestions are Springfield, Drexel Hill, Havertown, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood, Broomall, Bala Cynwyd, Media.
If you want me to run a detailed search for you, email me with your requirements and price range and I'll gladly send you some listings so you can get a good general idea of what's available.
Good luck and happy new year!
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