Quakertown, PA - Good place to live?

Quakertown, PA - Good place to live?

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Rich

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#1 Jun 6, 2012
Maybe I should have started this discussion before we decided to move to Quakertown but oh well. We are moving to Quakertown very soon and I was curious as to what people thought about the community. I have heard mixed things but it appears to be a beautiful community with lots of newer developments and nice families. When we were house hunting the real estate was actually pretty pricey and pretty much in line with communities such as Macungie and Lower Milford. We looked in Coopersburg but there really were no homes that had what we wanted. I keep hearing how much nicer Coopersburg is but most of the homes that were available were on the cheaper end and not enough home for us. I have also heard mixed things about the Qtown schools but the ratings are actually pretty good. Quakertown is also the perfect location with how close it is to the Turnpike and 309. We are moving to Milford Township, which we heard was the nicer part of Quakertown but it didn’t seem that much different than Richland township to be realistic. Ok, this post is getting too long. Looking for thoughts on this topic please. Thanks!
Inquiring Mind

Quakertown, PA

#2 Jun 6, 2012
Rich wrote:
Maybe I should have started this discussion before we decided to move to Quakertown but oh well. We are moving to Quakertown very soon and I was curious as to what people thought about the community. I have heard mixed things but it appears to be a beautiful community with lots of newer developments and nice families. When we were house hunting the real estate was actually pretty pricey and pretty much in line with communities such as Macungie and Lower Milford. We looked in Coopersburg but there really were no homes that had what we wanted. I keep hearing how much nicer Coopersburg is but most of the homes that were available were on the cheaper end and not enough home for us. I have also heard mixed things about the Qtown schools but the ratings are actually pretty good. Quakertown is also the perfect location with how close it is to the Turnpike and 309. We are moving to Milford Township, which we heard was the nicer part of Quakertown but it didn’t seem that much different than Richland township to be realistic. Ok, this post is getting too long. Looking for thoughts on this topic please. Thanks!
You're going to get an earful from nitwits who spend all their time putting down Q'town. Don't believe them, especially in the case of Milford Township. It's kept its rural nature, but is convenient to everything and the elementary and middle schools are very good. Quakertown boro has its problems, but no more than most high-density, blue collar towns. Depends on what you're looking for, but I could've moved anywhere in the three county area near my business and the best value that suited my lifestyle (privacy and convenience) was Milford Township.

Since: Feb 10

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#3 Jun 6, 2012
I will reiterate what Inquiring said, it's a good place to live. it's a good balance of rural/suburbia without the real traffic density that you will find either on the main line or montgomeryville areas.

It's not perfect, and while the school district is adequate, I would say the high school performance could use improvement.

There will be people who will bash the place, but you will find people everywhere who will bash where they live for reasons only known to themselves.

Like IM, we could have gone anywhere, but we chose to come here.

Welcome to the area.

Since: Jan 12

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#4 Jun 6, 2012
I moved here last year. If you live in a high density area where there is chuck loads of diveristy and culture, moving here is a huge change. There is a lot of same but it is comforting. The people, at first, are either very friendly or not at all. But I've come to the conclusion it is because there are some groups that are a bit self-righteous and snotty but oddly enough they don't think they are so it is a bit weird 'cause you really can't get upset at something like that. Then there's the others, so friendly, so helpful, I mean wonderful people, down to earth. And yes, every town has a couple of weirdies, it'll throw you back like "How did I end up in Hell's Kitchen, NY?" But they rarely come out during the day.
The schools, eh, they leave much to be desired but that's public schools all over the nation, it's the policy. If you are expecting AP courses for your teen in HS, it isn't going to happen unless maybe MAYBE someday in cyber space. They are really trying to push for that. You have some wonderful teachers, regardless of the policy, that really care and work with you to provide your child with the best they can. Elementary schools, from what I've learned from my neighbors, pray they go to some and not to others. I didn't press on the why. I'll cross that bridge when I get there my little ones are pretty little still and my older one is going to the HS next year. I've heard that Jersey is very tough with school. I strongly suggest you go and sit in classes and take a tour if it is a priority. I know my husband and I were very taken back and frankly, pissed off. But that was because we believed what we read on the internet in so many different sites. Please take the time to go if you are basing you decision only on that. Luckily, we decided, if they are going to hit the books THEY'll do it regardless of where we are. If Gerry Spence can become a lawyer in the middle of the country... it's all in the wants. As a parent I'll be my best to provide the books and materials and slap over the head when necessary with the "You have to study NOW!" Thank God I don't have too. I just give him the timer.=) Overall, I am very happy I moved here. I love it and I don't think I would have been as happy in Schuykill, Nazareth, Milford, or Montgomery, or Berks,... I think its a little slice of heaven with a very small side of crazy but plenty of dessert perks.
southpark69

Quakertown, PA

#5 Jun 6, 2012
Lived here all my life. And I agree with IM an Vain.
So, I have seen all the changes over the many years.

The schools- years ago they were good. Now. I have to agree with the three other posters.

I have traveled to different parts of the country and out of the country.
And to tell you the truth I love this place.

The poster before me doesn't understand is the cultures.

I think they mean the PA Dutch/Germans as they can be not too friendly until they know you!

(Chuckles) New people moving into Quakertown have always said that.

Good luck to you and your family

Oh yes

Quakertown, PA

#6 Jun 6, 2012
My entire family - parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on, have always lived in the Quakertown area. I enjoy it... I think home is wherever you decide to make it. The schools, no different really than anywhere else you go. I had 2 graduate last year - both attended tech school and did AP courses so they could work in their chosen fields while going through college. I Have another entering high school next year.

I would tell people who are new coming into the area that yes, the "dutchies" tend to act off toward you until they get to know you. Untrusting nature I guess. Some of us are not like that at all. And I live in the borough - it is not all bad in town. I love the ability to walk downtown and my kids to go where they needed to.

Don't listen to the negative nellies on here. Some people never know how to think good about anyone or anything.

Welcome to Quakertown!!!

Since: Jan 12

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#7 Jun 7, 2012
Please don't judge the town based on some of the posts you might read on the forums discussion. What you're reading on these posts, good people. But don't let some of the stuff people type on this give you a bad impression about the place.

BTW Congrats!
trust me

Perkasie, PA

#8 Jun 7, 2012
Unless you like living in a town full of druggies, alcoholics and criminals move elsewhere. I lived in the area since 1996 moving from the Wildwoods NJ. It used to be good in the 90s then after living in the area for awhile you get to know the problems Quakertown has which are a lot more then most places. I have come in contact with some real shady people in this area over the years and they are not people I hang out with. These are people you bump into while your out doing errands or whatever.

I just moved out of Quakertown literally last week and I am so happy beyond belief. Trust me their are much better places to live. All Quakertown offers is the shopping and easy access to other areas.

This is not being negative this is a real experience of living there for 12+ years.
trust me

Perkasie, PA

#9 Jun 7, 2012
QuiteCrazy wrote:
Please don't judge the town based on some of the posts you might read on the forums discussion. What you're reading on these posts, good people. But don't let some of the stuff people type on this give you a bad impression about the place.
BTW Congrats!
With a name Quite Crazy that fits Quakertown to a T.

Since: Jan 12

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#10 Jun 7, 2012
southpark69 wrote:
Lived here all my life. And I agree with IM an Vain.
So, I have seen all the changes over the many years.
The schools- years ago they were good. Now. I have to agree with the three other posters.
I have traveled to different parts of the country and out of the country.
And to tell you the truth I love this place.
The poster before me doesn't understand is the cultures.
I think they mean the PA Dutch/Germans as they can be not too friendly until they know you!
(Chuckles) New people moving into Quakertown have always said that.
Good luck to you and your family
Yes. I probably don't understand the culture part, Dutch/German, especially when they seem to be concentrated in one area. It is strange for me. But I like the fact that they leave me alone and I leave them alone. It's peaceful and when we do talk, I feel tension on both sides. I feel like I'm going to DIE because I'm literally thinking "Did I say something wrong. Be Quiet. Keep your yap shut and nod. Smile. Smile. Nod. Don't talk or they'll know. Yup they'll know." What?
Let's see... that your really excited to talk to new people, that you want to know everything you can about the area, like are the deer all over every morning, the blackberries are they? blackberries? Wild grapes! will I die if I eat one? the bunnies! My goodness aren't they wonderful! I don't mean to eat, the bunnies. And the birds! Cardinals and blue jays, and huge thigns that I thought would run off with my toddler but sooo cool. I've only seen loads and loads of pigeons!(My sister even has a shirt that says "Save the world from polution, eat a pigeon.) And the croaking at night! Wow! Boy you can really see the stars out here, like you can bath in them and are there bears? Will they come if I build it? The bears really? Oh! The archery range and bird conservation been there? What's it like? Compound or traditional? Where's the range, for guns? Am I going to get shot if I walk around during hunting season? Should I wear orange, you know just in case?....

But I can't ask all of that, they'll know... I'm nuts. But I still want to KNOW! Especially after my last encounter with mother nature, IVY was her name and she poisoned me for three weeks!
Nuts

Quakertown, PA

#11 Jun 7, 2012
Also lived here my entire life, and although it's not perfect...nowhere is...it was a great place to grow up and also raise your own family.
Inquiring Mind

North Wales, PA

#14 Jun 7, 2012
QuiteCrazy wrote:
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Yes. I probably don't understand the culture part, Dutch/German, especially when they seem to be concentrated in one area. It is strange for me. But I like the fact that they leave me alone and I leave them alone. It's peaceful and when we do talk, I feel tension on both sides. I feel like I'm going to DIE because I'm literally thinking "Did I say something wrong. Be Quiet. Keep your yap shut and nod. Smile. Smile. Nod. Don't talk or they'll know. Yup they'll know." What?
Let's see... that your really excited to talk to new people, that you want to know everything you can about the area, like are the deer all over every morning, the blackberries are they? blackberries? Wild grapes! will I die if I eat one? the bunnies! My goodness aren't they wonderful! I don't mean to eat, the bunnies. And the birds! Cardinals and blue jays, and huge thigns that I thought would run off with my toddler but sooo cool. I've only seen loads and loads of pigeons!(My sister even has a shirt that says "Save the world from polution, eat a pigeon.) And the croaking at night! Wow! Boy you can really see the stars out here, like you can bath in them and are there bears? Will they come if I build it? The bears really? Oh! The archery range and bird conservation been there? What's it like? Compound or traditional? Where's the range, for guns? Am I going to get shot if I walk around during hunting season? Should I wear orange, you know just in case?....
But I can't ask all of that, they'll know... I'm nuts. But I still want to KNOW! Especially after my last encounter with mother nature, IVY was her name and she poisoned me for three weeks!
Don't take this the wrong way, QC. But switch to Decaf. LOL
Transplant

Broomall, PA

#15 Jun 7, 2012
Definite lack of culture. Backwards thinking too. Sorry but it is true.
We always call it the bubble. You leave the area for a while come back and you see how "unique" it is.

I don't think it is bad here. Where you are moving is great! But town needs MAJOR help. Also I hope you commute. There is minimal money to be made here in town.People are very thrifty thus why everything around here is a value store and nothing high end typically comes around.

If you are from a more progressive area you will experience culture shock. Like I said not a bad place but some of the stuff just leaves you scratching your head.
Richard

Newtown Square, PA

#16 Jun 7, 2012
Lots of drugs.
Lots of white trash who like to think they are some how better than everyone else.
If you have a daughter, be careful. She'll be knocked up and useless by 20 if you're not careful.
You have a lot of ignorant people who grew up in a bubble. The "America, F--- yeah" redneck attitude is strong here and not in a way I'm proud of.
If you like scumbags in monster trucks with bad teeth and tattoos, Q-town should be your Green Acres.

Since: Jan 12

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#17 Jun 7, 2012
Inquiring Mind wrote:
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Don't take this the wrong way, QC. But switch to Decaf. LOL
=) I know I know I know. Have you ever tried Albanian coffee??!!?! I thought I'd never sleep again.=)

Since: Jan 12

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#18 Jun 7, 2012
Richard wrote:
Lots of drugs.
Lots of white trash who like to think they are some how better than everyone else.
If you have a daughter, be careful. She'll be knocked up and useless by 20 if you're not careful.
You have a lot of ignorant people who grew up in a bubble. The "America, F--- yeah" redneck attitude is strong here and not in a way I'm proud of.
If you like scumbags in monster trucks with bad teeth and tattoos, Q-town should be your Green Acres.
HOLY COW! Where? I miss everything!
Transplant

Broomall, PA

#19 Jun 7, 2012
Just be a good parent. Like I said Milford is nice.
Know your kids friends and families. Plenty of people do not do drugs.
Do not let your kids hang in the boro especially the park ! That is where the trouble brews.
southpark69

Quakertown, PA

#20 Jun 7, 2012
Here is what you need for the poison ivy and sumac.Walmart sells it and so does Weiss market.

Its an old cure all- YES it works!

Its called Fels-naptha soap. When you are outside make sure you wash with this soap when you come in.

IF, you get the poison lather it on the area of the poison an let it dry. It takes the itch out too.

Old PA Dutch cure!

Don't feel bad they treat everyone the same.

I guess you could compare it to the Amish. They get stand offish IF, they don't know you.

You will be fine. A little bit of friendly conversation never hurt anyone.
Inquiring Mind

North Wales, PA

#21 Jun 7, 2012
QuiteCrazy wrote:
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=) I know I know I know. Have you ever tried Albanian coffee??!!?! I thought I'd never sleep again.=)
No, never did. Brazilian coffee's pretty strong. But I saw a brand down the shore called "Wake the F**** Up!" No kidding.
Interesting

Quakertown, PA

#22 Jun 7, 2012
southpark69 wrote:
Here is what you need for the poison ivy and sumac.Walmart sells it and so does Weiss market.
Its an old cure all- YES it works!
Its called Fels-naptha soap. When you are outside make sure you wash with this soap when you come in.
IF, you get the poison lather it on the area of the poison an let it dry. It takes the itch out too.
Old PA Dutch cure!
Don't feel bad they treat everyone the same.
I guess you could compare it to the Amish. They get stand offish IF, they don't know you.
You will be fine. A little bit of friendly conversation never hurt anyone.
An old American Indian cure, which does work, is to use the stalks of Queen Anne's Lace plants and boil them to make a tea. Don't drink it, just wash the areas where you've been exposed to the plant oils. It actually prevents it too. Just use it right after you've veen exposed.

FYI, it's the common weed that grows about 3' tall with large, flat lacey flowers that grow all over the place in this area.

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