Tom, local resident, and near this home.
The town's challenge, as others have said, is it's school district. For some people, this doesn't matter as much, and so they may wish to consider one of the nicer areas of Morrisville and get a great Victorian home on the cheap.
But ... there are areas of Lower Makefield (also known as Yardley by some) that are right next door, nearly walking distance from Morrisville, that have reasonably-priced homes. And Lower Makefield has the Pennsbury school district, which is very well regarded. I forget the exact ranking but it's a good one.
My bottom line advice is to go there and drive around a few times, and see for yourself. Talk to people there too. Don't be shy. I think some of the areas in Morrisville are absolutely charming little neighborhoods and I wouldn't rule out buying there, but I view things as an investor and won't be raising a family.
Figure out where the line is between Lower Makefield and Morrisville. This might help:
Oh! And one more thing - since you live in Doylestown, you know what Earned Income Tax is, but is varies by municipality. Check out my blog and there's a link there to the official site where you can lookup the EIT for anywhere in PA. http://www.trulia.com/blog/jefferson/2009/12/buying_in_nj_do
Morrisville is an old town. It has not had significant new construction since 1950 and could be called â€œbuilt out.â€ The town has a large â€œlower middle classâ€ stock of housing, a much smaller â€œmiddle incomeâ€ section and some â€œprofessionalâ€ class homes of the 1920s.
It borders on Falls and Lower Makefield Townships. Falls ranges from Levittown to more substantial homes and Makefield pretty much is all substantial. They share a well-respected school system but not with Morrisville, which has itâ€™s own school system. Unfortunately, with a population just over 10,000 (2000 census,) the high school is small and has limited options for itâ€™s students. The fact that the system is supported by a smaller business community means that taxes can be higher than in surrounding communities.
I donâ€™t think Morrisville is going places. I donâ€™t think it has to. There are a few decent places to eat and a couple of supermarkets and the usual portion of bars, beauty salons and other establishments. Transportation is good with access to trains to NYC and Philly nearby, along with route 1 and close access to I-95.
Trenton is just across the river and used to be more of an asset than it is today but you do have access to NJ transportation and the county over there (Mercer) along with Lower Bucks in PA offer just about anything you can imagine you might need.
I would worry much less about where Morrisville is headed and worry far more about where I was, if I were you. If you find a house you like in Morrisville or Levittown or a large, expensive home in Upper Makefield with room for horses that is you personal lifestyle taste, go for it. None of the areas looks to be changing very rapidly.
Bill Holt Licensed in NJ & PA
Morrisville is a great town. It has gotten some bad press, mostly related to its school district. We advise you to do your own research on that matter if school districts are important to you. You can buy a lot of house for the money in Morrisville however the real estate taxes tend to be a little higher than in some surrounding communities, for similar priced homes. It is convienent to route 1 and I95 also an easy commute to NYC from the Trenton train station. We have represented many buyers and sellers in Morrisville and would be happy to help you. We live and work in the Yardley/Morrisville area and know it well. Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.
The Lehigh Valley offers other areas that would be more up and coming.
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Elizabeth (Betty) and Jonathan Bonomo