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G, Home Buyer in 11023

Retired but not retiring

Asked by G, 11023 Fri Dec 5, 2008

Where is the best place for a Retired couple to live that is convenient to restaurants, great for Walking, and a good place for an Artist? I've looked into Rittenhouse but it is a bit pricey for what we want (eg good space, good kitchen, good neighborhood), and seems to be a bit Young, too. Although retired, we are late 50's/ early 60's.

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Phoenixville is another great opportunity as well. The area has continued to grow, and prices have been stable. The downtown area is spectacular with tons to do and see, great places to eat, live music, coffee shops, art galleries....easy access to major routes and only15 minutes to King of Prussia.

Michael Richter
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Hi G,

I just wanted to follow-up with you to see if I can be of any assistance to you and your wife?

Thanks

Renee Porsia
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G
I agree with Cheryl that Skippack may be a good fit. If you would like to be more in the city i would also check out Chestnut Hill. It is a great community as well.
The very best of luck to you!
Michael

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You are right. Front and Arch in Old City is very nice and quiet since it is north of Market St. I lived there for many years. Have a couple condos listed right at 50 N Front St which are exquisite.

http://www.thesomersteam.com/team-listing.php?zip=19106 - Old City Real Estate

For more info about Old City, you can also view:

http://localism.com/pa/philadelphia/olde_city

My wife and I now live in Northern Liberties which is a short walk from Old City. We walk to Old City frequently for both business and going out to a restaurant or a gallery and for First Friday (when we are not working).

There has been a strong trend of second home purchasors and retirees buying in these areas to enjoy a lovely condo that has very little maintenance and to be able to walk to wonderful places.

Good luck in your search ! If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us through our site below.
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G,

Though New Hope is very trendy it may not fit what you and your wife are looking for. It is out of the way as far as your travel is concerned.

You said you need to be able to get to Northeast Philadelphia. There are other areas that would better suit your needs.

Renee Porsia
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HI G,
i am the agent that originally mentioned New Hope. The condos in New Hope do not have a flooding problem, mainly it is the single homes along the river. (River Road). I-95 has an entrance in New Hope.

Feel free to call if I can be of any assitance,
Judi 215-817-2811
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G

I just had to comment about 2601. I have heard is not very quiet. There were also issues with the condo association.

As for First Friday, that is in Old City.

No matter what, as you may know, you really need to take a look for yourself at these different areas and places to see if its what you want. What I might consider quiet, may not be your idea of quiet.

Do you and your wife like little cafes where you can sit and have coffee listening to live music? There are some really great places like that. I absolutely love NYC and try to get there as much as I can.

I actually live near Grant Avenue. I have access to the train into NYC as well as 95. I am close to everything.

Well, I have a lot of other questions I would love to ask you and I would love to do research for you and your wife to assist you in finding a great place for you both.

Feel free to contact me.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
RE/MAX ACTION REALTY
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office Ask for Renee
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Hello Again, G,

There is a great building around 20th and Hamilton that was converted to condos. Also ParkTowne Place was built long ago. It is a quiet building as far as what I hear from my clients. Ditto for 2601.

I know quite a number of people in your age bracket who are moving into these locales. Proximity to everything and the beauty of Fairmount Park nearby.

Carol Cei
ReMax Millennium
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I have some concerns about New Hope because of the floods a few (?) years ago. From what I heard, many many houses suffered water damage. I'd be a little leery of getting "damaged goods" there.
Also, it doesn't seem to be convenient to I-95 - it's a bit far west I believe.
And I need to go to NE Philly frequently - I think that's like a 45 minute drive? Near Grant Ave. Probably similar to getting there from Center City?

Is Front & Market - Arch area considered Northern Lberties? And the area around the First Friday art galleries? A friend just moved from LA to a Condo on Front St, around arch, and it is very nice.

Another concern is that I've learned how soundproof NYC apartment buildings are. I lived in one on the Upper West Side - would love to go back - THAT is the kind of neighborhood I'm looking for. Now I live in an apartment in the 'burbs, and I hear every sneeze, etc, from neighbors above, below & next to me. FEH. I certainly would not want a building like that. I'd prefer a Condo if it is well insulated to noise.
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Hello G,

I have to agree that New Hope could be a great fit for you and your wife. What is your price range? Also, Northern Liberties could be a great area as well. There are some great opportunities out there right now. Perhaps Manayunk or even Old City.

Are you looking for a single home or condo?

If you are looking for the 50s and 60 somethings, perhaps a 55+ community would work. There are some amazing communities that offer so much.

If you could offer some more information that would be great.

Feel free to contact me, I would love to talk with you and your wife.

Good luck with your search.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
RE/MAX ACTION REALTY
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office Ask for Renee
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The New Hope area is a great place for an Artist and you can walk to EVERYTHING. I know that the "daily" traffic is more of a younger age, but those living in the hi-rise condos and homes will be more of the 50-60 age.

The Jersey Shore might just be the perfect answer.
We have a home in Margate and just love the whole idea of retiring there. Most all of the year-round residents are in the 50-60 age. There are great restaurants, lot of activities and riding a bike om the boardwalk is the BEST.

I service BOTH areas and would be delighted to send you the listings of the homes in both the Jersey Shore and the New Hope areas.

Just give me a call at 215-322-0109 or 800-339-5834.
Judi Wolfson, ABR, CRS
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Thanks for the answers thus far.
The neighborhoods mentioned are familiar to me, but when I left Philly 30 years ago, they were not the places I'd have looked to live (The city neighborhoods, that is).
But these "up & coming" areas also seem to be "young" areas. I'm not young. Where are the 50 & 60 somethings? Even Rittenhouse seems to be predominantly 20 & 30somethings.
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Hello, G,

Northern Liberties IS a great area, but I would also suggest Fairmount. Its proximity to the Art Museum and the park is fabulous and there are some great buys there. I have particularly enjoyed eating outdoors during the good weather in some of the restaurants there. You will find everything from fine dining to casual eateries and you are a relatively short distance from the center city area.

Manayunk is also another great place but if you like walking, it is important to be selective about where you buy. There are lots of homes for sale in Manayunk, but the proximity to Main Street is the premium.

If you are willing to venture outside the city, Bala Cynwyd, Narberth and Bryn Mawr are all areas that offer lots of opportunity for dining, entertainment, artistic pursuits etc.

Jenkintown, Glenside and Ambler will do the same, but on a much smaller scale, but you'll get the BEST home pricing here. Are you familiar with the Ambler Theatre, Cheltenham Art Center, Abington Art Center, Settlement Music School? These are all facilities that would be in close proximity along with Arcadia University and Montgomery County Community College.

When you are ready, please contact me and I will be glad to share more information with you.

Carol Cei
ReMax Millennium
215-643-9661
carolcei@remax.net
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I would also look into Northern Liberties - a recent article written by business week talked about artists and real estate and was featured in our blog - see below:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/722188/Business-Week-s-Top
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If you want to live in the city, close to Center City but in well defined neighborhood I think you should investigate Queen Village / Bella Vista and possibly Fitler Square. These are places that are in walking distance of all the city has to offer. You can search for homes in these areas on my website.

Janice Bovee
267.566.6813
janice@phillyrealestateguide.com
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Skippack, Pa has a small "village" that has restaurants, shopping, walking area and is close to Valley Forge walking trails, Limerick Outlets and King of Prussia, Plymouth, and Exton Malls. It is a great area, although I am a little impartial as I live nearby. Let me know if that helps. Thanks!

-Cheryl Supplee
610-812-6575
csupplee@cbpref.com
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