Life In Drexel Hill?
Sandy

AOL

#1 Nov 2, 2006
Hi, all. Wasn't sure if this was a political blog or a Drexel Hill News blog, so if it is the former, please forgive my intrusion.

I want OUT of my Wallingford neighborhhod (I'm not in the posh section, by any means), and I just love driving through Drexel Hill. There are many beautiful and architecturally-interesting homes there. But WHY are the taxes so high? They're even worse than in Swarthmore!!

For those of you who are Drexl Hill residents, how do you like living there? I have no children, so the School District is of little interest to me except in terms of possible furture employment. I was going to look for a single home with a little bit of ground - or at least a bit more than a postage stamp inasmuch as I have large dogs. Any comments or advice about life in Drexel Hill would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Sandy
Miss Mary

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Nov 6, 2007
I've lived in Drexel Hill for 25 years. We do have some great houses, a nice mix of classic arts & crafts era bungalows, Victorians and even a few nice 18th century colonials.

A plus with your dogs--a new dog park is being constructed in Kent's Park, right under the Lindbergh Bridge, that will consist separate runs for small and large dogs, and a nature walk along the creek.

I'm close to public transportation and have actually never owned a car. My commute into my Philadelphia job is only 45 minutes, from start to finish. If I drove, it would be about 25 minutes by car.

The taxes are too high, considering for most of the year trash is collected only once a week. The school taxes are the biggest problem and will undoubtedly continue to rise. The Upper Darby High School is overcrowded; how long until they decide it's time to build a new school or addition?

I do like my home, a bungalow, but for myself, I'd do better selling and buying a new condo in Philly with one of those nice 10 year tax abatements.
Judy

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Feb 26, 2008
I rent an apt in Drexel Hill, and funny enough lived in Wallingford.. It is very beautiful, yet I believe the taxes are very high.. Wallingford, was nice, access to Media yet my mom owns the apt so I moved here.

Very safe... and I belong to St. Andrews.. nice church. I guess you have to see if you can afford it, and what you want in a neighborhood.
Love_Drexel_Hill

Lansdowne, PA

#6 May 4, 2008
Hey there... I'm a two-year resident of Drexel Hill, and I love it here. Taxes are high relatively-speaking compared to some places, but the values of the homes and the quality of the neighborhood make up for it in my opinion. If you're earning six figures, you can probably find some place more upscale than here, but if you're not, this is a great middle-class neighborhood. I highly recommend it. Good luck!
waz

Marcus Hook, PA

#7 May 5, 2008
I live in drexel hill and it is a great place to live and raise a family. The taxes are higher than surrounding areas....but it keeps the riff raff and thugs from buying here. The town services are great and the neighborhoods are great. The only downfall is the school system being uper darby, but the actual physical schools in DH are better then UD, even though it's the same system. Quite a few residents send their children to private schools.

The best part about upper darby is the neighborhood was going downward in the 1980's but it is on an upwards trend so there are some great real estate buys here. When the school systems split, someday, and Drexel Hill has their own seperate from UD....the home values will skyrocket! Many investors are doing property flips or holding to rent until that day comes, but no one knows how soon it will happen.
skipper

Macomb, MI

#9 May 29, 2008
waaaay too high taxes for the school district. The money they spend per student is next to nothing for all the taxes collected. I am too afraid to buy there right now, especially with young children. The taxes make it impossible to afford private school. Unless I take a gamble that a new school will be built within the next 10 years.
Karen

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Jun 3, 2008
I grew up in Drexel Hill and have watched and witnessed like everything else go down hill progressively....u pay too much in taxes for the school district that is overly filled with adolescents bussed in from the city. The houses are overly priced for the land and area they surround, my advice is to get out like everyone else is trying to do before they are stuck there
brandi

Lansdowne, PA

#11 Jun 3, 2008
clifton heights is better then drexel hill
dubheasa

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Jun 10, 2008
I suggest that anyone with an opinion on Upper Darby Township (and school district) invest just a little of their precious time and attend a school board meeting or home and school association meeting. Meet the people who make the decisions and devote a little volunteer time to make things better. Yes, our taxes are too high, but if you're not part of the solution ... you're part of the problem.
apparent

Hillsborough, NJ

#13 Jun 10, 2008
dubheasa wrote:
I suggest that anyone with an opinion on Upper Darby Township (and school district) invest just a little of their precious time and attend a school board meeting or home and school association meeting. Meet the people who make the decisions and devote a little volunteer time to make things better. Yes, our taxes are too high, but if you're not part of the solution ... you're part of the problem.
Well said Dubheasa. As a resident and parent of UDHS grads, I have seen the lack of involvement in the community. It's sad that with a high school enrollment of close to 4,000 that only an average of 20 parents ever show up for Home & School meetings. As well, the senior parents expect a great prom and After-Prom for their children, but it's generally the same group of parents that are active in making it all happen. Parents expect a lot to be provided for their children but don't expect to help make it happen. More parental involvement is desperately necessary. Stop complaining and 'be part of the solution,' get more involved in your school, in your community and in your children's education and safety.
dubheasa

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jun 11, 2008
Karen wrote:
I grew up in Drexel Hill and have watched and witnessed like everything else go down hill progressively....u pay too much in taxes for the school district that is overly filled with adolescents bussed in from the city. The houses are overly priced for the land and area they surround, my advice is to get out like everyone else is trying to do before they are stuck there
The only bussing that is happening occurs when Philadelphia residents take public transportation into our township, illegally provide a resident's address, and commit theft of service by attending the schools. Your post gives the impression that there is a legitimate program to bus non-resident students here.

Furthermore, many of the homes here are a great deal for the price (taxes notwithstanding.) They are charming and functional ... and not everyone wants a lot of land to maintain. What we do lack is a majority comprised of educated, interesting people who are committed to stepping up to redefine the community. We need people who are interested in investing time and energy in the community, who are willing to stand up to the political "powers-that-be" and question their judgment (or lack thereof) on issues of zoning and business development.
Love_Drexel_Hill

Lansdowne, PA

#15 Jun 27, 2008
Well said, Apparent and Dubheasa! Many of the people who complain about our neighborhood and the school district wouldn't actually lift a finger themselves to try to fix it. THAT'S why a neighborhood eventually go downhill -- people stop caring about it, instead choosing to complain and do nothing. The folks complaining here need to stop being spectators, roll up their own sleeves, and get involved. It's the only way we can control our own destiny. Thanks for the great posts...
dave

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jul 13, 2012
brandi wrote:
clifton heights is better then drexel hill
lol
James Klein

Clarkston, MI

#17 Nov 22, 2012
There is a great deal of white trash around here.

It really stinks. Every parking lot has oil stains from the beat up old domestic cars that these scum drive around. Many blue collar laborers in pickup trucks with ladder racks live here.

It's almost as sleazy as Northeast Philadelphia as far as white trash goes.

I wish I could sell my parents' house for a decent price, it was nice here when I grew up, but that was 50 years ago. Now it's all Irish or Slavic bums. Who wants to live next door to some loser whose family are all Mummers?
Deb

Westland, MI

#18 Feb 27, 2013
I have lived in Drexel Hill for 15 years, having grown up in Havertown. I have a single home with 5 bedrooms and a great yard for my family that I raised. Now with grandchildren, I had hoped to stay. Due to the continuing increases in taxes, this is the first year I think I am throwing in the towel and selling. It is a beautiful area, but you would think with the taxes paid, SOMETHING would change for the better........I don't see it.
EJB

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Dec 21, 2014
I am looking to buy a house in Drexel Hill and I keep hearing how high the taxes are there. How can I go about determining an estimate on the taxes for a home there. Thanks
JumpersRuinInIt4 All

Pottstown, PA

#21 Jan 24, 2015
EJB wrote:
I am looking to buy a house in Drexel Hill and I keep hearing how high the taxes are there. How can I go about determining an estimate on the taxes for a home there. Thanks
Besides public property records most realtors and real estate sites post the taxes along with other information.

Over the last year I saw houses under $150,000 with a tax bill over $9000 per year.

School district or boundary jumpers are saturating the Upper Darby school district among other things. Large parts of Upper Darby now have a huge immigrant or new citizen population because many immigrant orientation groups now tell them stay out of Philadelphia. With declining property values many houses are being rented out as apartments or large families are living in one house adding to the number of people that want services. Upper Darby is turning into a very transient town.
Irishintellect

Upper Darby, PA

#23 Oct 28, 2015
James Klein wrote:
There is a great deal of white trash around here.
It really stinks. Every parking lot has oil stains from the beat up old domestic cars that these scum drive around. Many blue collar laborers in pickup trucks with ladder racks live here.
It's almost as sleazy as Northeast Philadelphia as far as white trash goes.
I wish I could sell my parents' house for a decent price, it was nice here when I grew up, but that was 50 years ago. Now it's all Irish or Slavic bums. Who wants to live next door to some loser whose family are all Mummers?
Nice comment about the Irish and Slavic bums. I've lived in UD Township for five years and, while we have our share of riff raff, my neighborhood is fairly nice. I grew up in Lower Merion and could never afford to buy there. I am trying to sell my current property and purchase something larger in. Drexel Hill. Yes, the taxes are ridiculous and the quality of the school system does not justify such high taxes. That is why I plan on getting involved. Your low class comments and racist remarks, Mr. Klien, indicate that YOU are white trash! Best move on.
Upper Darby Barbie

San Francisco, CA

#24 Dec 11, 2015
Irishintellect wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice comment about the Irish and Slavic bums. I've lived in UD Township for five years and, while we have our share of riff raff, my neighborhood is fairly nice. I grew up in Lower Merion and could never afford to buy there. I am trying to sell my current property and purchase something larger in. Drexel Hill. Yes, the taxes are ridiculous and the quality of the school system does not justify such high taxes. That is why I plan on getting involved. Your low class comments and racist remarks, Mr. Klien, indicate that YOU are white trash! Best move on.
Stow it, you dumb, flithy, pale, freckled drunken mick.
drunksNskunks

Springfield, PA

#25 Jan 21, 2016
I'm stunned what I've seen in the parking lots and streets of places like Drexel Hill seeing the type of trash one would only see in the inner city . Little crack and meth baggies all over the place, beer bottle liter and lots and lots of cigarette butts. What's this, the party harty 1980s circa the Barber Shop?

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