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Asked by Raina, Pennsylvania Tue Jan 27, 2009

I was just wondering how this neighborhood is these days? Some sites I've read that it's going down, while others state that its up and coming? Housing is affordable right now, so if the latter is true, it would be a great buy right now? What are the thoughts ? Thanks!

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Lansdowne is a fantastic town and i would not live anywhere else. We moved there in Feb 2009 and have been delighted to find a town with a strong sense of community, from old to young, engineers to school teachers, people are very proud to live in Lansdowne. The town itself has so much to offer from the local Restaurants and Cafe, Indie cinema to the Farmers Market.
The historical houses are just beautiful.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 18, 2009
I have been here for 4 years now renting an apartment. I am now ready to purchase a home and personally I couldn't see myself living anywhere else. However, due to my financial circumstances and limitations, I might not be able to purchase here. However, if you are looking for a nice, beautiful, classy town to come to. I would suggest Lansdowne.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 29, 2009
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.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 27, 2010
I think the town is really stepping up.

For example, in the last month a restaurant called Sycamore has just opened ( http://www.sycamorebyo.com/ ). Cinema 16:9 ( http://www.cinema169.com/ ) opened earlier this year and has already been featured in national magazines such as the Wired etc. Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation is renovating the historic theatre ( http://www.lansdownetheater.org/ ). Arts and Culture by way of Philadelphia region’s one and only original STAGE theater magazine is now published out of the Lansdowne Theater offices. As a result, the downtown district is seeing a number of improvements both in terms of facade improvements and business tenants. Lastly, Lansdowne was also recently categorized as a Classic Town ( http://classictowns.org/lansdowne ).

Should I say more?
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 2, 2009
the town is nice. what i like best about the town are the age, quality and character of the houses. you will see all sorts of people. it is close to philly, rt 476 and the streets are wide and nice. two things that discourage me from buying a house in lansdowne are: the high property taxes and william penn public school district. if i did not have school age kids, i would have ignored the high taxes and buy a house in lansdowne.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 6, 2009
No. run away as fast as you can. NO. NO. NO. If you have kids how will attend the public school DO NOT Buy There....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
Lansdowne does contain a lot of older homeowners. Depending on the market conditions at the time of sale will determine the demographics of the neighborhood. I personally helped move a friend's family into a truck toward a assitance community just last week. Younger people are moving in, to some people that means it is going down. It is impossible to really say if any neighborhood is going up or down. Everyone has their own opinions. The best way to tell is get into the neighborhood, walk the streets, and visit the stores along the business districts.

Brian Fletcher
Lincoln Realty
(610)312-3158
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 6, 2009
Lansdowne is great, hip town. There are a lot of young urbanites gentrifying the area as well as older couples and families in the town. It is a "walk-to" town, with a train station right near downtown for quick access to Center City.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 27, 2009
Raina,

It is the best time to buy! Price are affordable and interest rates are at historic lows. Every neighborhood has variances. Some have older folks moving out and younger moving in, some areas have young people already moved in, Lansdowne in whole is a wonderful community! It already has been up and coming! If you would like to give me a call, or an email, I can email you all available properties in Lansdowne, or any wear. C21mci@aol.com.

Thanks,

Maureen
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 27, 2009
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