John

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Nov 4, 2007
Can you guys give me some info on the following

1. travel to center city
2. neighborhood, good and bad place
3. good grocery stores
4. home prices, why are they going down so much in phoenixville? too much of new construction?
5. Is phoenixville best behind it or ahead?
Mandapants

Phoenixville, PA

#2 Nov 5, 2007
John wrote:
Can you guys give me some info on the following
1. travel to center city
2. neighborhood, good and bad place
3. good grocery stores
4. home prices, why are they going down so much in phoenixville? too much of new construction?
5. Is phoenixville best behind it or ahead?
1) Center City Philly? Real easy - take 23 west to 422 (south or west - I forget which way 422 runs) to the Schuylkill Expressway. Follow that to your exit of choice.

2) I live on the east end (actually in Schuylkill Township) and it is downright gorgeous over here. Stay away from the center of town and from over the bridge where 113 leads, and you'll be fine. Actually, let me revise that - there really are no "bad" neighborhoods here. It's just that some are nicer than others.

3) You have a decent choice of grocery stores in Phoenixville. Acme's right on Starr Street. Giant and Redner's (which is the best, in my opinion) are right on 23/Nutt Road. There's a Genuardi's on 113. Redner's is usually cheaper than the other three unless there's stuff on sale (tea, for some reason or another, is always cheapest at Giant). Redner's also has a wide variety of decently-priced organic stuff, too.

4) Home prices are a bit on the expensive side, especially since you have to pay that extra surcharge to live in Chester county. I rent, but when it comes time for me to buy, I'll be looking in the Pocono area - nothing against Phoenixville or Chester county, but I just can't afford to buy a house down here. Also, home prices are down nationwide - it's not just a local phenomenon. Just be forewarned that with all the construction, a lot of wildlife, especially deer, have been forced to relocate. Be very wary of driving at sunrise or at night.

5) I'm not sure what you're asking here. Is Phoenixville best behind or ahead of what?
Sam

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Nov 6, 2007
What I meant by the last question is with all the redevelopment talk, are the benefits still built into the talk about Phoenixville or are we to expect a lot of improvements in the future that would make Phoenixville even better? ie, is Phoenixville yesterdays' story or is it tomorrows?
Mandapants wrote:
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1) Center City Philly? Real easy - take 23 west to 422 (south or west - I forget which way 422 runs) to the Schuylkill Expressway. Follow that to your exit of choice.
2) I live on the east end (actually in Schuylkill Township) and it is downright gorgeous over here. Stay away from the center of town and from over the bridge where 113 leads, and you'll be fine. Actually, let me revise that - there really are no "bad" neighborhoods here. It's just that some are nicer than others.
3) You have a decent choice of grocery stores in Phoenixville. Acme's right on Starr Street. Giant and Redner's (which is the best, in my opinion) are right on 23/Nutt Road. There's a Genuardi's on 113. Redner's is usually cheaper than the other three unless there's stuff on sale (tea, for some reason or another, is always cheapest at Giant). Redner's also has a wide variety of decently-priced organic stuff, too.
4) Home prices are a bit on the expensive side, especially since you have to pay that extra surcharge to live in Chester county. I rent, but when it comes time for me to buy, I'll be looking in the Pocono area - nothing against Phoenixville or Chester county, but I just can't afford to buy a house down here. Also, home prices are down nationwide - it's not just a local phenomenon. Just be forewarned that with all the construction, a lot of wildlife, especially deer, have been forced to relocate. Be very wary of driving at sunrise or at night.
5) I'm not sure what you're asking here. Is Phoenixville best behind or ahead of what?
Mandapants

Phoenixville, PA

#4 Nov 6, 2007
I might be in the minority here, but I like Phoenixville the way it is. It's quiet, but not to quiet. We have a wide variety of shopping, and anything that's not in Phoenixville is really only a ten minute drive away. We don't really have much of a nightlife; I mean, there are a couple bars, but there's not really much to do at night around here - which still isn't a problem, because Philly is only 20 minutes away. The people are nice, there are plenty of amenities and whatnot. I think Phoenixville would be best left as it is right now - no more developing, no more building.

Think about it. All of the local roads already get backed up during rush hour. On Rt. 29, you'll be lucky if you make it through the light after it cycles only three times. 23 is a mess, as well, at rush hour (moreso heading into Phoenixville than actually once you're in Phoenixville). I don't do much driving; instead, I walk most places. And it is just crazy how bad the traffic can get. With more developing and more building, you're only going to get more traffic - and frankly, I don't see what can possibly be done to the roads to accommodate more people.

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