Best Neighborhood In the Quakertown a...

Best Neighborhood In the Quakertown area?

Created by SaraSmile on Jan 3, 2008

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Brayton Gardens (1 and 2)

Hunters Crossing

Academy Place

Sweetbriar

Tollgate Landing

Spring Meadow Estates

Streamview Estates

Parkside Estates

Home

Philadelphia, PA

#269 Dec 7, 2009
Just moved to Spring Meadow.My neighbors are great.It is walking distance to town.(that's why we did not buy in Hunter's crossing Or Brayton Gardens,you would have to cross 309.We also found THP rooms were very square & the layout was boring.There is a new park coming directly across the street which will be great for the kids.Q-mart is not an issue at all,we back up to a beautiful wooded area.
Trash

Philadelphia, PA

#270 Dec 7, 2009
dont bother wrote:
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Out-of-control school taxes, terrible school district, rundown buildings, congested Rte 309... Qtown is a dump. Move a little east of it, into Palisades. You'll be a lot happier and a lot better off.
Do you live in Melody Lakes ?
Welcome McFly

Philadelphia, PA

#271 Dec 7, 2009
McFly wrote:
Hi guys,
My wife and I are looking to relocate to the Quakertown area, and have been looking at a few neighborhoods (Brayton Gardens, Hunters Crossing, Sweet Briar, and Academy Place). While doing some research I came across this thread.
Can anyone provide any updated information about these communities? Is Academy Place still going to be affected by the "Quakertown Bypass" that was going to be built? I see that was almost two years ago when it was discussed, is it still in the works?
Driving around, we really liked the Brayton Gardens and Hunters Crossing neighborhoods, but there's currently only one house for sale total. It seems it is true what is being said in this thread, people that live here love it and don't want to leave!!
Any information or insight would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks in advance!
The road near Academy Place will eventually be extended to Station Road, so I'd avoid that development. There is a lot of traffic back to the middle school as it is. I live in Sweetbriar and it's a great neighborhood. The largest number of homes were built by Rouse Chamberlain, who did good work. There are some larger homes in the newer phase, haven't heard complaints. Brayton Gardens is likely your best bet if you have children -- there are great families in that neighborhood. There were a lot of problems in Hunters Crossing, but I'd expect they've been resolved by now. Welcome to the area. Regardless of what some people on this board say, I've lived here for 15 years and wouldn't want to raise my kids anywhere else. The area's youth sports programs are second to none, if that is a priority ... many wonderful parents and role models.
McFly

Malvern, PA

#272 Dec 7, 2009
Welcome McFly wrote:
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The road near Academy Place will eventually be extended to Station Road, so I'd avoid that development. There is a lot of traffic back to the middle school as it is. I live in Sweetbriar and it's a great neighborhood. The largest number of homes were built by Rouse Chamberlain, who did good work. There are some larger homes in the newer phase, haven't heard complaints. Brayton Gardens is likely your best bet if you have children -- there are great families in that neighborhood. There were a lot of problems in Hunters Crossing, but I'd expect they've been resolved by now. Welcome to the area. Regardless of what some people on this board say, I've lived here for 15 years and wouldn't want to raise my kids anywhere else. The area's youth sports programs are second to none, if that is a priority ... many wonderful parents and role models.
Thank you very much for your input and thanks for the warm welcome!

We don't have any children yet, but plan on starting a family in the next year or so, so this is very important to us.

If you don't mind me asking, what types of problems were in Hunters Crossing?
House

United States

#273 Dec 7, 2009
Home wrote:
Just moved to Spring Meadow.My neighbors are great.It is walking distance to town.(that's why we did not buy in Hunter's crossing Or Brayton Gardens,you would have to cross 309.We also found THP rooms were very square & the layout was boring.There is a new park coming directly across the street which will be great for the kids.Q-mart is not an issue at all,we back up to a beautiful wooded area.
Which house did you end up buying? I used to live at 1425 Sunflower Court. My lot and those on Sunflower bordering the woods were nice.
Qtown Resident

Sellersville, PA

#274 Dec 7, 2009
McFly wrote:
Hi guys,
My wife and I are looking to relocate to the Quakertown area, and have been looking at a few neighborhoods (Brayton Gardens, Hunters Crossing, Sweet Briar, and Academy Place). While doing some research I came across this thread.
Can anyone provide any updated information about these communities? Is Academy Place still going to be affected by the "Quakertown Bypass" that was going to be built? I see that was almost two years ago when it was discussed, is it still in the works?
Driving around, we really liked the Brayton Gardens and Hunters Crossing neighborhoods, but there's currently only one house for sale total. It seems it is true what is being said in this thread, people that live here love it and don't want to leave!!
Any information or insight would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks in advance!
I've lived in Quakertown for 10 years and if I was moving in now I would pick Parkside Estates if I could afford it, otherwise I stick with Brayton Gardens or Hunters Crossing. I'd pick Brayton Garden over Hunters Crossing because it goes to Trumbauersville Elementary. Sweet Briar (and this is just my opinion) just isn't that upscale and the one and only school bus stop at the front by the neighborhood sign is a negative. I know it seems like a petty thing to worry about when buying a house but I highly recommend finding out where the school bus stop is for any potential home before buying. You might be unpleasantly surprised at how far you'll have to walk to get to one. Same thing with mailboxes. Academy Place has nice homes for a good price - the only draw back is the school traffic on Ronald Reagan drive. On the other hand, if you like the ability for your kids to walk to school you can't beat it - they can walk to Richland Elementary or Strayer Middle School. It is quite a hike to the turnpike from Academy Place, so if you are going to be commuting for work keep that in mind.
Your real problem may be what is for sale right now. There is only around 1 house for sale in each of these neighborhoods...
Spring Ghetto

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

#275 Dec 7, 2009
Home wrote:
Just moved to Spring Meadow.My neighbors are great.It is walking distance to town.(that's why we did not buy in Hunter's crossing Or Brayton Gardens,you would have to cross 309.We also found THP rooms were very square & the layout was boring.There is a new park coming directly across the street which will be great for the kids.Q-mart is not an issue at all,we back up to a beautiful wooded area.
If you just moved there, you may not be aware a lot of homes in that neighborhood have had water issues. And yes, that is not a rumor, that is confirmed. I personally know 3 of them. And the Q-Mart was a major deterrent when considering moving into this area. Now only is it dumpy, but it adds a lot of traffic, and most of all, I don't want my kids hanging out there.
Economy

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

#276 Dec 7, 2009
Not sure how much you follow the economy, but as you know many homeowners are under water. When they are underwater, the exterior of the house will suffer first. I am not going to mention any neighborhoods, but you can easily do a search to find houses up for foreclosure or going into foreclosure. I mention this because if you buy into a neighborhood where this is happening, your equity will be directly effected by houses selling below market value. Kiplinger's just did an article on this in the past week. Bottom line, look for a neighborhood with fewer houses and this is less likely to happen. Also, do your homework, the web will tell you everything you need to know.
Economy

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

#277 Dec 7, 2009
Qtown Resident wrote:
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I've lived in Quakertown for 10 years and if I was moving in now I would pick Parkside Estates if I could afford it, otherwise I stick with Brayton Gardens or Hunters Crossing. I'd pick Brayton Garden over Hunters Crossing because it goes to Trumbauersville Elementary. Sweet Briar (and this is just my opinion) just isn't that upscale and the one and only school bus stop at the front by the neighborhood sign is a negative. I know it seems like a petty thing to worry about when buying a house but I highly recommend finding out where the school bus stop is for any potential home before buying. You might be unpleasantly surprised at how far you'll have to walk to get to one. Same thing with mailboxes. Academy Place has nice homes for a good price - the only draw back is the school traffic on Ronald Reagan drive. On the other hand, if you like the ability for your kids to walk to school you can't beat it - they can walk to Richland Elementary or Strayer Middle School. It is quite a hike to the turnpike from Academy Place, so if you are going to be commuting for work keep that in mind.
Your real problem may be what is for sale right now. There is only around 1 house for sale in each of these neighborhoods...
You mention upscale and Brighton Gardens in the same sentence. I couldn't be more confused here. What the heck is upscale about that neighborhood? The masses of un-landscaped houses, or the community mailboxes you have to walk a mile to get too? All things are relative, but an upscale house doesn't cost 350-400K, not even in this area.
Welcome McFly

Philadelphia, PA

#278 Dec 7, 2009
McFly wrote:
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Thank you very much for your input and thanks for the warm welcome!
We don't have any children yet, but plan on starting a family in the next year or so, so this is very important to us.
If you don't mind me asking, what types of problems were in Hunters Crossing?
I don't recall exactly what the problems were in Hunters Crossing, there were issues with the builder, but it could just be what can occur in some situations. I'm sure others here have a better memory. And depending on your budget, Sweetbriar is toward the more moderate end of the price scale and the newer, more luxe Parkside Estates is at the upper end. There are nice homes and lots in both neighborhoods, it depends how much you want to spend. A note on Sweetbriar, school buses do indeed come into the neighborhood -- that situation changed years ago, so shouldn't be a concern. There are some houses for sale in the neighborhood, you might be able to make a decent deal. Good luck.
Rose

Perkasie, PA

#279 Dec 7, 2009
Spring Ghetto wrote:
<quoted text>If you just moved there, you may not be aware a lot of homes in that neighborhood have had water issues. And yes, that is not a rumor, that is confirmed. I personally know 3 of them. And the Q-Mart was a major deterrent when considering moving into this area. Now only is it dumpy, but it adds a lot of traffic, and most of all, I don't want my kids hanging out there.
I live there & am part of a big mom's group. We talked about your post today & nobody had a water issue or knew of anyone who does. They all have sump pump in the basement & never had water problems. Sounds like you have some other agenda.
Qtown Resident

Sellersville, PA

#280 Dec 7, 2009
Welcome McFly wrote:
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I don't recall exactly what the problems were in Hunters Crossing, there were issues with the builder, but it could just be what can occur in some situations. I'm sure others here have a better memory. And depending on your budget, Sweetbriar is toward the more moderate end of the price scale and the newer, more luxe Parkside Estates is at the upper end. There are nice homes and lots in both neighborhoods, it depends how much you want to spend. A note on Sweetbriar, school buses do indeed come into the neighborhood -- that situation changed years ago, so shouldn't be a concern. There are some houses for sale in the neighborhood, you might be able to make a decent deal. Good luck.
There is a very nice section of Sweetbriar in the back - I believe it is called the Estates at Sweetbriar or something like that. Thing is, you have to drive all the way through Sweetbriar to get to it and the houses were selling for over $400K in the recent past. There is nothing wrong with Sweetbriar - it is a nice neighborhood for what it is. I live in a similar aged neighborhood not mentioned in any of these posts but I can recognize that Brayton Gardens and Hunters Crossing are a bit "nicer" than my neighborhood. The other thing is, many homes in Sweetbriar only have 1 car garages. That is just not standard anymore.
Based on the neighborhoods the poster indicated he was considering I'd guess he is looking in the mid to upper $300s. In that price range Brayton Gardens really is the best option if you want something newish that will hold it's value. I haven't seen a single house up for sale for less than $330 in that neighborhood in the recent past. The last one for sale on Dovecote sold in like a week, I think (I know the sold sign went up fast). That seems like a good sign. I would be hesitant to pay in the high $300s for Sweetbriar - you'd clearly be at the higher end of the range in that neighborhood.
McFly

Harleysville, PA

#281 Dec 7, 2009
Thank you everyone for you input, it is very helpful!

Of all the neighborhoods we've seen in our price range (Parkside Estates are beautiful but too expensive for us), Brayton Gardens was our favorite. We just started looking, so we haven't been monitoring the market in the area, but right now it looks as if there are no current listings in Brayton. That's a good sign in general, but bad for us =)

Thanks again!
Qtown Resident

Sellersville, PA

#282 Dec 7, 2009
Another neighborhood you might try is Streamview. It's off of Allentown road just down from Parkside Estates.
possibility

Quakertown, PA

#283 Dec 7, 2009
McFly wrote:
Thank you everyone for you input, it is very helpful!
Of all the neighborhoods we've seen in our price range (Parkside Estates are beautiful but too expensive for us), Brayton Gardens was our favorite. We just started looking, so we haven't been monitoring the market in the area, but right now it looks as if there are no current listings in Brayton. That's a good sign in general, but bad for us =)
Thanks again!
If you want cheaper taxes, try looking in town. There is a really nice brick house for sale on the corner of Juniper and 7th street. That one is going for $235,000 and it is immaculate.
Comical

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

#284 Dec 8, 2009
Rose wrote:
<quoted text>I live there & am part of a big mom's group. We talked about your post today & nobody had a water issue or knew of anyone who does. They all have sump pump in the basement & never had water problems. Sounds like you have some other agenda.
SO I posted this at 4:30PM last night, then you got together with your moms group to discuss this. I think you may have a bias hunny. And you mention each house has a sump pump. Guess why????
Joe

Philadelphia, PA

#285 Dec 8, 2009
Comical wrote:
<quoted text>SO I posted this at 4:30PM last night, then you got together with your moms group to discuss this. I think you may have a bias hunny. And you mention each house has a sump pump. Guess why????
Your reply is not as comical as you think it is Duffus. Most new homes have sump pumps & esp. in an area known as the swamp such as Quakertown.
QT Resident

Atlanta, GA

#286 Dec 9, 2009
In response to "don't bother"’s post. Yes, the taxes are a bit high, but if you want to live in a nice house/neighborhood in Bucks County, PA good luck finding reasonable taxes. I had no desire to move to QT when my husband and I were looking for a house six years ago, but this was a good "middle of the road" location for us, so I decided to give it a try. I consider myself to be pretty picky, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the area and it is in no way a dump. Sure, it has its less desirable areas, buildings, etc. but what town doesn't. As for the school district, I have nothing but good things to say about it, our experience has been great. Since moving here we have not dealt with a single teacher that wasn't plugged into our child’s academic success. I hate the new grading system, but that's another story and has little to do with my overall satisfaction. Maybe I'll change my mind when my kids get to the high school, but thus far the elementary & middle school has met (if not exceeded) my (high) expectations. BTW, we live in Parkside Estates and love it!
Celia

Broomall, PA

#287 Dec 11, 2009
McFly wrote:
Thank you everyone for you input, it is very helpful!
Of all the neighborhoods we've seen in our price range (Parkside Estates are beautiful but too expensive for us), Brayton Gardens was our favorite. We just started looking, so we haven't been monitoring the market in the area, but right now it looks as if there are no current listings in Brayton. That's a good sign in general, but bad for us =)
Thanks again!
Brayton has some foreclosures and there is one in Hunters Crossing.
Rose

Perkasie, PA

#288 Dec 11, 2009
Comical wrote:
<quoted text>SO I posted this at 4:30PM last night, then you got together with your moms group to discuss this. I think you may have a bias hunny. And you mention each house has a sump pump. Guess why????
Don't patronize me with your hunny. Most new houses have sump pumps.

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