The historical houses are just beautiful.
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.
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 regionâ€™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 ).
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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.