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bethwhistler

Broomall, PA

#50 Aug 27, 2012
Yes, I am a lady - lol!

Here is a link to conservancy website which has an excellent map of the "swamp" areas, surrounding creeks, etc.

http://www.heritageconservancy.org/lasting-la...

The entire Milford/Quakertown/Richland area is on a type of "impermeable igneous intrusions into older sedimentary sandstone, forming a surface water table." This interferes with normal water percolation.

The impact of this varies depending on the topography of the land. In the flatter more level land areas, it makes sense that it will be more prone to flooding.

I'm pretty sure the property where the high school was built on Park Avenue was pretty swampy before they filled it in to build the high school.

Also, the new development back behind Cedar Grove Estates ("Grundyville" as the teens call it) was all swampy and they spent months clearing the land, putting in piles of fill, and creating a drainage system through the place to direct the water to a stream.

I think southeastern PA has lots of areas that tend to flood because of all the creeks draining into the Delaware River.
Richland Res

Newtown Square, PA

#51 Aug 27, 2012
bethwhistler wrote:
Yes, I am a lady - lol!
Here is a link to conservancy website which has an excellent map of the "swamp" areas, surrounding creeks, etc.
http://www.heritageconservancy.org/lasting-la...
The entire Milford/Quakertown/Richland area is on a type of "impermeable igneous intrusions into older sedimentary sandstone, forming a surface water table." This interferes with normal water percolation.
The impact of this varies depending on the topography of the land. In the flatter more level land areas, it makes sense that it will be more prone to flooding.
I'm pretty sure the property where the high school was built on Park Avenue was pretty swampy before they filled it in to build the high school.
Also, the new development back behind Cedar Grove Estates ("Grundyville" as the teens call it) was all swampy and they spent months clearing the land, putting in piles of fill, and creating a drainage system through the place to direct the water to a stream.
I think southeastern PA has lots of areas that tend to flood because of all the creeks draining into the Delaware River.
The soccer fields behind the HS were raised several feet with fill, including a former restaurant on 309 called Ken's Chicken Den, and loads of old lockers and desks! I was told this years ago by Mary Steckel who was a biology teacher, then assistant principal of the HS.

The old section of Beaver Run Village on Station Rd is built on landfill as well. That entire section on both sides of the creek used to flood out, but because this was built up, it now goes into the borough all the way over to 2nd St. Even Park Manor Apts floods!
Lehigh County Resident

Philadelphia, PA

#52 Aug 29, 2012
Lehigh County Resident wrote:
<quoted text>This is a great question.
East (Central Bucks SD houses are more expensive)
West (Upper Perk SD houses are more expensive)
North (Southern Lehigh & Palisades SD houses are more expensive)
South (Pennridge/Souderton SD houses are more expensive)
Who in the Quakertown/Richland/Milford areas can answer this?
Anyone have any ideas on this post? Why is Quakertown the cheapest place to live?
Troll Patrol

Newtown Square, PA

#53 Aug 29, 2012
Lehigh County Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Anyone have any ideas on this post? Why is Quakertown the cheapest place to live?
Why the hell do you care anyway? You moved away from here!

Go troll on your new hometown's topix board.
Suggestion

Newtown Square, PA

#55 Aug 29, 2012
Lehigh County Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Anyone have any ideas on this post? Why is Quakertown the cheapest place to live?
Call a local realtor--Coldwell Banker, ReMax 440, Century 21. They could tell you.

I think if you look at home pricing trends, even if those other areas are priced higher than Quakertown, they are still far lower than they were a few years back. This isn't localized to one area; it's nationwide.

However, for a first time buyer or investor, there is no better time to buy a home than right now!
Location Location

Allentown, PA

#56 Aug 29, 2012
Southern Lehigh is much closer to NYC, thus many people live in that area an commute to Newark or NYC.
Doylestown and southern Bucks is closer to Philly and there is direct train access to NYC and Northern New Jersey.
Perkasie has a stronger school district.
Our house in downtown Q-town sold after the first showing at a decent price.$50K less than it's peak, but still a fair price. We purchased a home in Telford in the $300 range, and it was very comparable to houses in the Quakertown/Coopersburg area. We wanted more of a country setting, so we went with Telford. Homes do sell, quite frequently, in Quakertown. Houses in developments are over saturated, so those may languish a bit.
I think Quakertown was a great place to live for 10 years. We never had issues with crime, drugs or anything really. We just wanted a larger house. I would live in Q-town again with no problems.
Here is the reason

Levittown, PA

#57 Aug 29, 2012
We moved here in 2005, Quakertown seemed to have so much potential & our children were doing well in QCSD.Then the half-way houses & drug rehabs started to pop up bringing unsavory characters to our little town(now they sell drugs to our kids).At around the same time the school district went down hill & lost the respect of the community. The most important thing to us & most families when we were house hunting was the quality of the school district.I wish we could move now ,but due to the economy we will have to wait it out.
That will cause it

Lansdale, PA

#58 Sep 18, 2012
Then the half-way houses & drug rehabs started to pop up bringing unsavory characters to our little town
This is exactly what destroyed huge sections of Philly.

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