What are some good, safe areas right outside of Center City, Philadelphia?

Asked by Ronnie, Philadelphia, PA Thu Sep 27, 2007

I work in Center City Philadelphia, but townhome prices are astronomical. I would like to be able to purchase a townhome that is right outside of the city so I can have my home and car, but still be able to get to work in 10-20 minutes. Thanks!

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Denise, , Center City, MN
Sat Nov 17, 2007
A realtor cannot tell you where if a neighborhood is safe or not. You need to speak to local residents, get crime reports and talk to community centers. Walk around during the day, night and weekends. Personally I like Bella Vista, Pennsport, Port Richmond because I have lived there not because I sell there.
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Ron Ridolfo, , Doylestown, PA
Sat Sep 6, 2008
Hi Ronnie,

When you choose a realtor have him/her refer you to the crime stats and school reports etc of the specific areas.
Good luck
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Jscott1225, Home Buyer, Philadelphia, PA
Sat Sep 6, 2008
look in nj. collingswood, haddonfield - along the PATCO line. easy commute and affordable.
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Joe White, , 19102
Fri Sep 5, 2008
Try this web site


It gives color coded maps by type of incident.
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Bonn, Home Buyer, Philly
Thu Sep 4, 2008
Port Richmond should be a very safe area.
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The Home See…, , Philadelphia, PA
Mon Nov 19, 2007
Here is an answer: look either in Bella Vista, Queen Village, University City, Art Museum areas, or of you are looking to venture out of the city (although I recommend city life over the boring burbs), consider a town near one of the commuter rail stations. Just off the top of my head, some close towns within a 30 minute train ride and affordable townhomes would be Media, Narberth, Secane, Lansdowne, Overbrook.
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Danni DeWoody, , Drexel Hill, PA
Thu Nov 8, 2007
There are some nice newer townhomes in many of the better parts of Delaware County that are close to I95/I476 like Ridley, Aston, Media. Also, Eastern Montgomery County areas like Blue Bell & Conshohocken have some great areas that are affordable and yet still close enough to the city to be convenient.
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Joe Michalski, , Philadelphia, PA
Thu Oct 4, 2007
Hi, Ronnie!
I have lived all over the Philly area. If you are looking inside Philly, but outside Center City, some neighborhoods to consider are Bella Vista (around 6th and Catherine area just south of South Street), Fishtown and Northern Liberties. A little further out are some parts of Northeast Philly like Mayfair or Torresdale, and great neightborhoods East Falls (my favorite), Roxborough, Manayunk, and Chestnut Hill.

These are all pretty safe areas, with nice homes and a good sense of community. There are others, but these are my favorite for the people I have met, places I frequent, and ease of getting around.

Ouside the city, your chances of getting into center city in 10-20 minutes are not good, but there are a vast number of towns (like Narberth, Newtown, etc) that are great places within 30-45 minutes of town. Check out Realtor.com and other sites like it to see the housing stock in each area (I like Bucks and Montgomery counties) and take a Satursay or Sunday drive through those areas to get a feel for them.
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Edmund Choi, Agent, Paoli, PA
Thu Sep 27, 2007
Please refer to the following database to determine which neighborhoods meet your needs.

Web Reference:  http://PhillyandBeyond.com
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