I consider the "Philly Suburbs" to include a huge area, and there are lots of companies and job opportunities in a pretty wide circle around Philly from the "close suburbs" to Princeton, NJ and Cherry Hill, NJ to the "Far Northeast" Montgomery and Bucks counties to the Main Line ... and probably plenty I missed. All have good points.
We're in central/upper Bucks county (Quakertown). The schools are absolutely amazing in this area. But we're probably a bit over an hour to the city ...
Will you be choosing a home around a job ... or a job around a home? How old are the kids? What types of things are you looking for in your new place besides a good school?
Welcome to Philadelphia! (You should see how we treat Santa....)
There seems to be some confusion when you say you are relocating to Philly - I've had people tell me that, but really meant the suburbs and not in the city. To which are you referring?
"they are all dump"---that is a great command of the English language. What high school did you attend?
Deborah, Can you tell me a few of the neighborhoods that are the most affluent? Thanks.
I belive Wallingford Pa and its school district answer this question. There are no good schools in phila, They are all dump unless you either go the private route, at joes prep or malvern prep or consider the private schhols in delaware ie., archmere, tower hill, urisiline academy or tatnell
How far are you willing to commute? Are you looking for Philly neighborhoods or suburbs?
I am not a Philly Realtor. Sorry, I should have included that in my first post. Some Realtors have reports for communities that complete profiles including avg hosuing costs, population, etc. I have those for all communities in NJ and FL. Some Realtors have search tools on their websites that might help. Maybe a few from the Philly and suburbs will chime in here. I am in NJ.
Meanwhile, perhaps this links may have some useful info:
Look for Philly and surrounding area RE Pros to chime in.
Hoping the links might give you a head start on some info.
To add to Deborah's response, a link I give to all my clients is http://www.philly.com/inquirer/education/school_report_card/. The Philadelphia Inquirer does an annual Report Card on the Schools which many people find interesting and helpful in deciding which school districts they want to consider. Any questions, let me know.
Happy New Year
Realtor, MBA, ABR
Your question is a common question that I see posted on Trulia. Fair Housing laws impose limits on what real estate licensees can say about schools and neighborhoods. Since "best" is subjective and steering is illegal, instead of voicing opinons or risk violating laws, RE Pros will provide references that will allow you quick and easy access to info to help you make the choices most suitable for you.
You can find info about schools at the following links:
Some local Philly RE Pros may chime and tell you about areas where they specialize.
Best of luck. Welcome to the east coast!