I agree with the other answers. You should find a local Realtor to help you. I am a Temple University graduate (Alumni) and manage many properties in the Temple University area. With your maximum budget of $1200 per month, it will be difficult to find a 2 Bedroom home in the suburban areas you mention.
Another alternative may be to live in the City limits and send your children to a good Charter School. There are many options in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Please feel free to call me to discuss your preferences and needs. After we speak, I can start to send you the appropriate listings that may meet your needs. Have a great day. Ciao!
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I am a licensed Realtor, and my agency is located in Northwest Philadelphia. We sell and rent houses and apartments in this area and in the specific areas you are seeking. (In fact, I do live in Elkins Park.) I would be very happy to help you. I should caution you that there are not many rentals in these areas within the price range you want, but we can certainly try! Please contact me by phone or email, and we can work from there.
Elfant Wissahickon Realtors