Walter Lee Davis on 30 Jul 2007 20:40:48 -0000

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Re: [PhillyOnRails] OT: Living in Philly

Melrose/Elkins Park, PA is 15 minutes north of Center City by rail. It's a good walkable suburb with a tiny but functional town center and a great and diverse community. My kids have all gone to Myers Elementary, which is currently being re-built (so the entire school has moved into a surprisingly livable portable school on the grounds of Elkins Park middle school) but you cannot beat the parent involvement and the "mainstream + 1 on 1 help" approach to special needs kids.

I recommend it wholeheartedly. Property tax is the only bad thing about it, but I have lived here for 15 years and don't want to move anywhere else until the kids are grown!

There are housing opportunities from rental to multi-million mansions, with a good spread of sizes and values in between.

Take an R1,2,3, or 5 north and get off at Elkins Park or Melrose Park and just walk around. Or take Broad Street north until it stops being 611 and veer right to follow 611. Once it stops looking like [insert name of recently demolished middle eastern country here] and you cross Cheltenham Avenue, you're there.


On Jul 30, 2007, at 4:25 PM, Flinn Mueller wrote:

Does anyone have some advice on where to live in Philly? I figure this is a good place to ask people who might have similar income and issues to share their experience. I'm looking at relocating to the area so I'm trying to get a good idea of where to look (and were _not_ to look). I have a wife and a son who's elementary school age so schooling is a big factor for choosing a location. A school with a separate gifted program would be preferred but I don't know if they do that in every school district. Crime is a factor also (obviously), we're from a NEPA and crime here is pretty low. I know this subject came up a few months ago but I think that was addressing a single person looking for an apartment. Any advice shared is appreciated. Thanks ---flinn
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