Best Neighborhood In the Quakertown area?

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Quakertown, PA

#311 Jan 9, 2013
Pete wrote:
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I am really considering a home in spring meadow estates. I see that the majority of these comments are older. So now in 2012 have things changed? I have read of the proposed retirement community and looking for any feedback I can get regarding this neighborhood\development.
Thanks
That development is on hold because the Quakertown sewer plant is at it's capacity. BCWSA wants to increase the capicity, and I expect they will, but not anytime soon. The flooding issues in SM are near the back where it slopes down. That was swampland at one time.
Lehigh Valley Resident

Philadelphia, PA

#312 Jan 10, 2013
Make sure you do your home work. Those homes still have not reached the value they were sold for 10 years ago. You don't want to be in a neighborhood where people are underwater (no pun intended) and let their houses go to sh!t. Just looked up 2 on Zillow and both were foreclosed on.
troll

Quakertown, PA

#313 Jan 10, 2013
Lehigh Valley Resident wrote:
Make sure you do your home work. Those homes still have not reached the value they were sold for 10 years ago. You don't want to be in a neighborhood where people are underwater (no pun intended) and let their houses go to sh!t. Just looked up 2 on Zillow and both were foreclosed on.
The same applies to your neighborhoods is scenic Center Valley, troll.
Lehigh Valley Resident

Philadelphia, PA

#314 Jan 10, 2013
troll wrote:
<quoted text>The same applies to your neighborhoods is scenic Center Valley, troll.
Actually we have not only returned to pre-housing crash pricing, but have eclipsed it. 2 Neighbors sold their houses in less then a week (both above asking price) in the past 3 months. That's what happens when you live in a desirable area that people want to live in and can afford to pay for it. No go make Quakertown proud loser!
Disagree

Quakertown, PA

#315 Jan 10, 2013
Lehigh Valley Resident wrote:
<quoted text>Actually we have not only returned to pre-housing crash pricing, but have eclipsed it. 2 Neighbors sold their houses in less then a week (both above asking price) in the past 3 months. That's what happens when you live in a desirable area that people want to live in and can afford to pay for it. No go make Quakertown proud loser!
Quakertown and Center Valley have different demographics and the Quakertown area is much more heavily populated.

If the Quakertown area, meaning Richland and Milford, is such an undesirable area, why has there been so many bedroom communities built over the past decade? There are quite a few just waiting for the sewer plant expansion as well.

You are a very mean spirited person with a hint of snobbery.
Lehigh Valley Resident

Philadelphia, PA

#316 Jan 11, 2013
Disagree wrote:
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Quakertown and Center Valley have different demographics and the Quakertown area is much more heavily populated.
If the Quakertown area, meaning Richland and Milford, is such an undesirable area, why has there been so many bedroom communities built over the past decade? There are quite a few just waiting for the sewer plant expansion as well.
You are a very mean spirited person with a hint of snobbery.
I had bought one of those houses built in the bedroom communities. Seriously, the reason so many are built in the area is because land is available, and for the most part the houses are cheaper then any surrounding area. That's not negative, just a fact.
Not So

Quakertown, PA

#317 Jan 11, 2013
Lehigh Valley Resident wrote:
<quoted text>I had bought one of those houses built in the bedroom communities. Seriously, the reason so many are built in the area is because land is available, and for the most part the houses are cheaper then any surrounding area. That's not negative, just a fact.
Land availability is drying up due to conservation. There are areas around Quakertown which cannot be developed due to protection of the wetlands and the Quakertown Swamp.

There's plenty of land available up in your neck of the woods, btw.
Lehigh Valley Resident

Philadelphia, PA

#318 Jan 11, 2013
Not So wrote:
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Land availability is drying up due to conservation. There are areas around Quakertown which cannot be developed due to protection of the wetlands and the Quakertown Swamp.
There's plenty of land available up in your neck of the woods, btw.
Richland and Milford are what I was referring too. There is plenty of land and its relatively cheap compared to the surrounding area. Just look at all the threads on this board, everyone is complaining about tax increases, this cost, that cost, etc.
Not So

Quakertown, PA

#319 Jan 11, 2013
Lehigh Valley Resident wrote:
<quoted text>Richland and Milford are what I was referring too. There is plenty of land and its relatively cheap compared to the surrounding area. Just look at all the threads on this board, everyone is complaining about tax increases, this cost, that cost, etc.
Obviously, you are unaware of the work that the Richland Preservation Board is doing for the area. They have vast tracts of farmland that will remain untouched because of their conservation efforts. Richland has planned growth areas which are about maxed out now. I don't know about Milford except for the large village they have planned for the 663/Portzer Rd area.

The tax increases come with population expansion, and the Quakertown/Richland/Milford area has easy access to all the surrounding areas via the Turnpike, 309 and 78. You moved just slightly north of here, and trust me when I say that in doing so, you are only delaying the inevitable increase in population. They wouldn't have built the Promenade or all the new businesses on the Center Valley Parkway if there wasn't a population increase to warrant it. All of the undeveloped land on 378 and the CVP will be developed someday, and probably sooner than you think.
OMG

Lansdale, PA

#320 Jan 11, 2013
c. Keller (36-9-6, 36-9-115-2) 88 acres on Gross Rd- In a meeting with Kathy & Laura in October, Mr. Keller announced that he has decided not to preserve his property & intends to develop it.
OMG

Lansdale, PA

#321 Jan 11, 2013
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SPCA, Reservoir Road & California Road; The SPCA will donate 12 acres of their plot, as detailed on their Sketch Plan 1; they plan to develop 3 houses on adjoining plots.
Not So

Quakertown, PA

#322 Jan 11, 2013
OMG wrote:
c. Keller (36-9-6, 36-9-115-2) 88 acres on Gross Rd- In a meeting with Kathy & Laura in October, Mr. Keller announced that he has decided not to preserve his property & intends to develop it.
It will have on-site septic with the 2 acre minimum to build. There isn't public sewer in that part of the township.

Minimal development.
Not So

Quakertown, PA

#323 Jan 11, 2013
OMG wrote:
a.
SPCA, Reservoir Road & California Road; The SPCA will donate 12 acres of their plot, as detailed on their Sketch Plan 1; they plan to develop 3 houses on adjoining plots.
Three homes.

I was referring to the large developments like Brayton Gardens which have a huge impact on the community.
Lehigh Valley Resident

Philadelphia, PA

#324 Jan 11, 2013
Not So wrote:
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Obviously, you are unaware of the work that the Richland Preservation Board is doing for the area. They have vast tracts of farmland that will remain untouched because of their conservation efforts. Richland has planned growth areas which are about maxed out now. I don't know about Milford except for the large village they have planned for the 663/Portzer Rd area.
The tax increases come with population expansion, and the Quakertown/Richland/Milford area has easy access to all the surrounding areas via the Turnpike, 309 and 78. You moved just slightly north of here, and trust me when I say that in doing so, you are only delaying the inevitable increase in population. They wouldn't have built the Promenade or all the new businesses on the Center Valley Parkway if there wasn't a population increase to warrant it. All of the undeveloped land on 378 and the CVP will be developed someday, and probably sooner than you think.
No doubt development will come to Center Valley, heck its already there or I wouldn't live there. Here's the difference...300K homes aren't being built in CV. They Start at 500K and usually go over a million and include extremely high taxes. I bought into it and accepted that when I moved there. Nice thing is.....no Rif-Raf, high taxes will do that.
OMG

Lansdale, PA

#325 Jan 11, 2013
RPB if they can't buy it cheap they find away to take it!
10 yrs in Qtown

Souderton, PA

#326 Mar 3, 2013
We have been here for 10 yrs we have been happy and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We have 3 kids in every level of the school system.(elem, middle, high) My wife and I are both working professionals and schools were important but also was cost of living. We could have afforded "prestigious" center valley or doylestown area but didn't want to be strapped to a high nut to cover and be constantly working. We wanted to "be there" for our kids. There's great people here and if u don't think so, you probably haven't been around and immersed yourself in the community. A lot of people sit on their computers and read statistics about the schools, the qmart, and magnify any cons instead of praising the pros. Or better yet they criticize the school system without ever stepping foot inside to meet teachers and see how most of them put 100% into their jobs. All 3 of our kids are in QCSD and are getting a great experience and education. Remember its not always what you get out of school it's also what you put in and chip in. Get involved, meet teachers, principals, coaches, and ancillary staff and you would come away saying Qtown is good people.
Schools: all 3 kids went to trumb elem, and it is a great school with a great staff and principal. The teachers give over 100% and it shows. Two went through Strayer and we were overly pleased both were disting honors. We hear Milford MS has a "better" rep, but strayer is great. It gets bad rep bc the "townies" go there but Jesus, that's what life is, all kinds, welcome to the real world. QHS, our daughter grads this yr and off to college. She was so happy w mostly every teacher she's had there and was involved in many activities and committees. And trust me, QHS has a lot for your kid to keep busy. It will be getting a reno starting next yr and should be done by '16.
All said, don't drive by a school and pass judgement. There are real ppl in there making a real difference.
Housing: we bought brand new in 2003 Brayton Gardens II. Great community, decent house for the $. Picked it bc we had 3 small kids at the time and wanted their friends close which is good and bad but mostly good. Layout of developmt was good too. No matter who builds a house, there will be issues, but in 10 yrs we haven't had anything major. Yes we have a high water table but get a good sump pump and install a water powered backup that runs on water if there's no electricity and those battery backups die in a major outage. Never had basement flood yet. But talk to ppl who did and find they made no provisions to prevent it.(i.e.) downspout extensions, backup pumps, proper grading, waterproofing walls, etc. It's like buying a cheap umbrella living in Seattle and complaining that you got wet!
Can only speak for our development but most of them are similar. Track homes in the 250-400k range. Some ppl "do up" their homes from landscape to granite and crown moulding, and some choose not to. To each their own, we are in the middle.
We know ppl from all the developments and they are working professionals for most part. The Qtown area is a mix of all kinds, but the majority are people just raising families and good kids.
10 yrs in Qtown

Souderton, PA

#327 Mar 3, 2013
Now the cons:
We live near the burned out demolished wig place and have that nut who owns it living in the house behind it. It appears to be built and maintained by someone who has serious ADHD. Multiple projects unfinished, a hideous sight of a yard, and a full sized Elvis poster in the front window. But guess what? That's not as bad as adult world next to the burned down wig place. I wish it would close down. It's so 80s. I find it mindblowing that places like it still exist with Internet porn and Internet sales of the same crap in the store.
Traffic: try getting from tollgate rd to target in rush hour. Unless u use back roads it can take 20 min. West end blvd (309) is a parking lot with a traffic light every 10 feet. So learn how to navi through the back roads.
Johns diner: looks like a spaceship landed there and they turned it into a diner. Whatever, I'm just getting picky.
I can see when people drive thru qtown on 309 they may be overly critical. I mean, we have a lot of fast food restaurants, two adult book stores if you count Springfield twp, and 4 mattress stores. It may appear we like fast food, porn and sleep. But that's not us! That's not who we are in Quakertown. We're just good people.
10 yrs in Qtown

Souderton, PA

#328 Mar 3, 2013
We have been here for 10 yrs we have been happy and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We have 3 kids in every level of the school system.(elem, middle, high) My wife and I are both working professionals and schools were important but also was cost of living. We could have afforded "prestigious" center valley or doylestown area but didn't want to be strapped to a high nut to cover and be constantly working. We wanted to "be there" for our kids. There's great people here and if u don't think so, you probably haven't been around and immersed yourself in the community. A lot of people sit on their computers and read statistics about the schools, the qmart, and magnify any cons instead of praising the pros. Or better yet they criticize the school system without ever stepping foot inside to meet teachers and see how most of them put 100% into their jobs. All 3 of our kids are in QCSD and are getting a great experience and education. Remember its not always what you get out of school it's also what you put in and chip in. Get involved, meet teachers, principals, coaches, and ancillary staff and you would come away saying Qtown is good people.
Schools: all 3 kids went to trumb elem, and it is a great school with a great staff and principal. The teachers give over 100% and it shows. Two went through Strayer and we were overly pleased both were disting honors. We hear Milford MS has a "better" rep, but strayer is great. It gets bad rep bc the "townies" go there but Jesus, that's what life is, all kinds, welcome to the real world. QHS, our daughter grads this yr and off to college. She was so happy w mostly every teacher she's had there and was involved in many activities and committees. And trust me, QHS has a lot for your kid to keep busy. It will be getting a reno starting next yr and should be done by '16.
All said, don't drive by a school and pass judgement. There are real ppl in there making a real difference.
Housing: we bought brand new in 2003 Brayton Gardens II. Great community, decent house for the $. Picked it bc we had 3 small kids at the time and wanted their friends close which is good and bad but mostly good. Layout of developmt was good too. No matter who builds a house, there will be issues, but in 10 yrs we haven't had anything major. Yes we have a high water table but get a good sump pump and install a water powered backup that runs on water if there's no electricity and those battery backups die in a major outage. Never had basement flood yet. But talk to ppl who did and find they made no provisions to prevent it.(i.e.) downspout extensions, backup pumps, proper grading, waterproofing walls, etc. It's like buying a cheap umbrella living in Seattle and complaining that you got wet!
Can only speak for our development but we know ppl from all the developments and they are working professionals for most part. The Qtown area is a mix of all kinds, but the majority are people just raising families and good kids.
southpark69

Quakertown, PA

#329 Mar 4, 2013
Ask Ammie she seems to know it all ,She is the lady that knows everything about everyone homes included. She was volunteering, at the historical society for many years.
THPoop wrote:
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See my post,#10. Hunter's crossing's trail will eventually be connected to yours as well!
Hey, they had an early 20-something drive through on a bike, trying to get dates from two of the homeowner's (one 40's, one 60's). He was looking for a quick way to go to a 'business' on 309. These ladies reported this to Richland police, and while the officer was there talking to them, our young Romeo came back through on his bike, after having bought a bag of porn dvd's from Adult World...and he rode through YOUR wonderful development to get there!
Hey...that's right, you have an exit that goes right next to the porn shop...nice "family neighborhood!"
Tommy, how much are your taxes?$5000+/-?

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