lansdown is a great area. Try to stay closer further from yeadon side. Try the historic district or near upper darby and drexel hill area. It does not have a good school district either but its full of historic homes and tree-lined blocks... more
We moved to Lansdowne in 2009. We were greeted by great neighbors young and old. The youngest homeowners in the area that I've met are in their mid-20's and moved to Lansdowne to start a family but still want to be close to the city. We are also one of them.
The town is getting better as far as I can tell. The facades of many of the building are getting overhauled. The theater is undergoing a huge renovation, there are some shops (including a great music shop,Todaro's), a cafe, and a Farmer's Market during the warmer months. The arts seem to be very strong here. I like that the town is very walkable. You can walk to the town center from anywhere in Lansdowne. Many of the streets contain beautiful Victorian houses and there are many parks. There are two train stations on the south end that will get you to Suburban Station in Philly in about 20 minutes or so. To the north is Drexel Hill and there are many trolley stops that take you to 69th Street Station. A little further north is the Tower Theater, and some great Mexican and Vietnamese restaurants. A mile or two to the west is the "Golden Mile", and that's where you can find Target, Best Buy, etc...You know, all of the chain stores and restaurants.
This is supposed to be a safe neighborhood and I have not seen or heard anything that would indicate otherwise. The only police activity I've seen is where people are getting pulled over for coasting through stop signs.
I do not like the high property taxes, but when compared to Montgomery County, the taxes are the same but the houses there are very expensive. You can get a much better deal in Lansdowne. The public schools are not so great. We'll probably go for a private school when that time comes.... more