We are relocating from Toronto, Canada. Is Philly a good place to raise a family? We are looking for a high end community and good private schools.

Asked by Amy, Philadelphia, PA Tue Dec 21, 2010

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Janis Nadler, Agent, Haverford, PA
Mon Feb 7, 2011
For the very best in public and private education you must come to The Main Line areas. These are the western suburbs with outstanding schools, shopping restaurants, and other amenities. It is very convenient to downtown Phila by car or rail. Also easlly accessable to the office parks in King of Prussia, Malvern and Collegeville areas. As a relocation specialist, I have outstanding information, maps and the tools to make this an easy transition for you and your family. I am ready at your convenience to give you a comprehensive tour of the area and schools. With 27 years as a real estate professional, you can count on me to be your smart choice for all your real estate needs. Contact me so I can start sending you information NOW!
Janis Nadler, Associate Broker 610-247-3474 Janis@JanisNadler.com
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors.
http://www.JanisNadler.com.
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Kahlia Rhodes, Agent, Cityscape, PA
Thu Feb 3, 2011
It's a great place for families you should look at different area's and what the different parts of the city of have to offer. Do you want to be close to public transportation how far do you want to live away from work.
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., , Philadelphia, PA
Wed Feb 2, 2011
Hello Amy and Welcome, in advance!

You might be interested in the area just outside the city limits in Montgomery County called
the "Main Line." This is the most affluent area of the state, and the private education is excellent and abundant.
My son is a product of one such school, and it has certainly paid off.
And my business partner is also from Toronto!
Should you decide you need an relocation expert and a friend in the Philly area, give me a jingle!

All the best,
Susan Groff, ABR
Vice President
Coldwell Banker Realty Corp
215-825-6042 Office
215-802-4365 Cell
Web Reference:  http://www.cbrca.com
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Bruce Lang, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Feb 1, 2011
I live at the western union building at 1111 locust st. Some families here have their children and friends select. I have other friends who's kids go to chestnut hill academy but live downtown. Yet others have moved to university city to attend Sade Alexander school and others flock to meredith school in queen village. Everyone has different ideas.
I have some clients moving to the suburbs to attend the french school in ball cynwyd and i have others bring the children downtown to attend friends, masterman or other private schools.
I worked for several years in ottowa and Montreal. Philadelphia is not dissimilar to Montreal. Fais moi signe!

Bruce lang
Cold well banker real Corp
215-735-0700
267-312-6221 cell
Blang@circa.com
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Ian A. Wolf, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Fri Jan 7, 2011
Having been born in Philly and most of my family being form there I am a bit biased. However what makes Philly so great is that because it is a big city you have everything you could want but more importantly the surrounding suburbs offer fantastic places to raise families. You may want to check out Bala Cynwyd.
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Barbara Smith, Agent, Marlton, NJ
Mon Jan 3, 2011
Amy,

There are lots of great communities in the Phila suburbs as well as the New Jersey suburbs, places like Haddonfield and Moorestown, that have tremendous public and private schools, easy access and a short commutes to Center City Philadelphia and the airport in South Philadelphia.

I am licensed Salesperson in both NJ and PA, so if you'd like information on communities within a certain radius of where you will be working, let me knwo and I'd be happy to help you out. My website also has links to school report cards for many South Jersey communities. Many of our residents work in Philadelphia and there is a commuter train that goes into Philadelphia (PATCO High Speed Line).

If I can supply you with any information on either side of the river, please let me know.

Barbara Smith
Weichert Realtors
Licensed Salesperson in NJ & PA
cell/text: 609-980-7593
email: BarbSmith321@comcast.net
Web Reference:  http://BarbSellsSJ.com
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Michael Gard…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Hi Amy,

I moved my family to Philadelphia from New York in 2005 after thoroughly investigating the top public and private schools in the Center City area. My two daughters are now 10 and 13 and doing very well. I find the quality of family life here to be very good. Center City is a very intimate area wherein you are never more than a block or two from historic homes, restaurants, cafes, and groceries. The culture, shopping, and lifestyle is fantastic. It is a very walkable city, parking is very manageable, and the public transportation is good. My office is near Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares, considered to be two of the most "high end" neighborhoods in the city. (The Philadelphia School is in Fitler Square.) Feel free to contact me so that I can learn more about your interests and help you begin a home search.

Best regards,

Michael Garden
mg@michaelgarden.com
215 500 2981
Web Reference:  http://www.michaelgarden.com
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Amy Shelanski, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Hi Amy,

I am a homegrown Philadelphian who attended public schools both in the city and in the suburbs (Cheltenham HS). I went on to the University of Pennsylvania and other than a two year stint in New York City have lived here. Philadelphia is a great place to raise a family. There are a number of "high-end" communities both in the city and in the suburbs. If you like city living and all the amenities it offers I'd suggest the Rittenhouse Square area, Society Hill, or Chestnut Hill. Great suburban areas are Abington and Cheltenham townships to the north and the Main Line to the west. The best schools for these areas are privates schools. Philadelphia's rich Quaker tradition has created some of the best private schools in the country: Germantown Friends, Friends Select, Friends Central, and the William Penn Charter School for example. There are many other excellent private schools. Among them are St. Peters, Baldwin, Agnes Irwin, Episcopal Academy. There are many more and this link will lead you to more http://www.isconsortium.org/schools.htm.

Additionally, Philadelphia offers wonderful cultural institutions and museums. Not as overwhelming as our New York neighbor to the north, Philadelphia boasts world class classical music and music education; renowned art museums and art education, the fabulous Franklin Institute and the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Penn. We are not all stuffy either. There's a terrific zoo, great sports teams, loads of parks, bicycle trails, great restaurants, and of course history. You will probably get tired of hearing about "Philadelphia Firsts": first zoo, hospital, post office. If Ben Franklin started it, it's here.

I would be happy to provide additional information and hope that you will find what you want in the Philadelphia area.

Best,

Amy
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Renee Porsia, Agent, Newtown, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Hello Amy,

Happy holidays!

I have family in Toronto and they come visit often. Love it there.

Philadelphia is definitely a totally different living experience coming from someone who knows personally and after having a family member living here who came from Toronto. After 10 years though, they are now used to it here and actually prefer Philadelphia.

There are various communities around Philadelphia that may suit your needs such as Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Both are extremely close to Philadelphia.

I have to warn you though... there are no Tim Hortons here though. :-(

In order for me to accurately answer this question, I would need to gather much more information from you.

Feel free to contact me directly at 215-669-0589 or if you prefer to email me reneeporsia@mac.com

I'd love to talk with you.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Action
(215) 669-0589 DIRECT
(215) 358-1100 OFFICE ASK FOR RENEE
http://www.reneeporsia.com
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Pete Simonet…, Agent, Wayne, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Amy,

Lots of good answers here. With your interest in schools, I always refer relocating families to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Report Card on the Schools. It's an annual look at schools in the area. http://www.philly.com/philly/education/report_card/

If I can be of any help, like everyone else here, just get in touch!

Regards,

Pete Simonetti, MBA
REALTOR, ABR, SRES
Weichert Realtors

610-662-9695 cell
610-687-4400 x125
610-340-2338 fax
mainlineagent@gmail.com
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Kahlia Rhodes, Agent, Cityscape, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
My advice to you is that you look into different cities and towns see what area fit's your life style .What kind of work do you do . visit different area's and take a look around.
If you just need advice feel free to call me 267-351-0569
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Ellen Schupa…, Agent, Rockledge, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Amy; I would recommend Abington (especially Meadowbrook and Rydal), Huntingdon Valley, and Jenkintown as I am from this area. These are suburban areas with an easy commute to CC, beautiful homes and great schools (blue ribbon). I raised my own family in this area and love it. There is also less traffic congestion than in the Western suburbs.
Ellen Schupack, Realtor
Coldwell Banker, Hearthside
215-379-2002
eschupack@comcast.net
direct-215-913-8219
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Timothy Garr…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Hi, Amy.

Welcome to Philadelphia!

Rather than tell you my own opinion, please check out these websites to learn more about our wonderful city:

http://www.phillymag.com - Philadelphia Magazine puts out school rankings every year for both the city and suburbs. Very easy to read with great details.

http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com - This is a neighborhood forum website that allows you to speak to actual people living in and around Philadelphia; it's broken down by neighborhood/town.

http://www.phillypolice.com - This is the Philadelphia Police Force's website. It has a "Crime Maps & Stats" section at the bottom of the home page that lets you view crime stats for different areas. It can be a little overwhelming, but it's a good tool.

Best of luck with your search!

Regards,
Tim

Timothy M. Garrity | Brown McKinney Real Estate, Co.
Real Estate Professional & Consultant
http://www.phillyurbanliving.com

tgarrity@brownmckinney.com Email| http://www.brownmckinney.com/tim Website
215-825-2250 x 1007 Office | 267-879-2716 Mobile | 267-519-5490 Fax
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Michael Cohen, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Lower Merion is a suburban community just outside the cty and offers great schools public and private
and offer a fas commute to the city.
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Michael Gard…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
I moved my family to Philadelphia from New York in 2005 after thoroughly investigating the top public and private schools in the Center City area. My two daughters are now 10 and 13 and doing very well. I find the quality of family life here to be very good. Center City is a very intimate area wherein you are never more than a block or two from historic homes, restaurants, cafes, and groceries. The culture, shopping, and lifestyle is fantastic. It is a very walkable city, parking is very manageable, and the public transportation is good. My office is near Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares, considered to be two of the most "high end" neighborhoods in the city. (The Philadelphia School is in Fitler Square.) Feel free to contact me so that I can learn more about your interests and help you begin a home search.

Best regards,

Michael Garden
mg@michaelgarden.com
215 500 2981
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Shakela Stra…, Agent, Ardmore, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Philly is a great place to raise a family. There are wonderful upscale Philadelphia communities such as Overbrook Farms, Wynnefield Heights, sections of the Northeast, etc. And then there's suburban Philadelphia as well. I would be more than happy to work with you and show you a few things. You can feel free to give me a call at 2159177457 or email me at strawberry@kw.com.
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Joe Nemeth, Agent, Exton, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
Hi,
I'm a local realtor in West Chester, here its high end, very nice place to raise a family. I can also send you info on the area..I can assure you, you will enjoy this very much. Email- joenemeth24@gmail.com
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Brian Fletc…, Agent, Springfield, PA
Tue Dec 21, 2010
It sounds like you would be looking in Montgomery County. If you would like me to send you more information, contact me via email and I would be happy to tell you which schools are available as well as some listings for you to peruse.


Thank You,
Brian Fletcher
Brianffletcher@gmail.com
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