Any Moms Out There in Montgomery County, PA?

Julianna - posted on 05/04/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 week old newborn and I go back to work next week. My job has asked me to relocate to Montgomery County, PA and I need some advice on where to live and a good daycare for our LO. Any suggestions. A little about us: we are a middle class family, animal friendly, have never been to Philadelphia before, outdoor loving (campers), originally from the Midwest and this is our first and only child. :-)

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Krista - posted on 05/06/2013

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Please, whatever you do, don't move to Norristown! No offense to anyone who lives there, but there are just way better options for similar prices out here. I grew up in Montgomery County and now have a 1 year old with another on the way due in early July and I am still here in Montgomery County with no plans to leave! We have some of the BEST schools around! I second what Rebekah said about the north-eastern part of the county being nice, but I grew up a little more south in Horsham and went through Hatboro-Horsham school district and had a really wonderful experience there. I currently live in Glenside, which is Abington school district but my one of our family goals is to move back so our kids can go through the Hatboro-Horsham school district. I would strongly suggest basing your home search on school districts, we have such good options that it would be crazy not to! :) My top five districts are all right next to each other, Hatboro-Horsham, Upper Dublin, Wissahickon, Abington and North Penn. Abington school district is located the closest to Philly and has the most urban vibe, if you moved here I'd stay away from Crestmont and lean more towards the Ardsley area or the Keswick borough area or the area near the Abington Hospital (which also, if you are planning on having more kids is a fabulous hospital and the hospitals in Philly are top notch as well, CHOP our children's hospital, is rated #1 in the country!) So, if Abington has a more urban vibe then North Penn has probably the most country vibe. North Penn is one of the largest districts in our area, if not the largest but there are a lot of new builds and you could probably get the most bang for your buck house-wise in Lansdale or North Wales, or even more house for the money in the farther reaches of North Penn district but you'd be farther from Philly. Wissahickon and Upper Dublin have an eclectic mix of older and newer homes, Upper Dublin is probably the most expensive area with the highest taxes but the school district consistently ranks really high but there are some really cute older homes in Old Fort Washington or even in Maple Glen that can be affordable in those districts. In Wissahickon, Ambler borough is super affordable with lots of older homes and lots of twins, it does have a more urban vibe though. Hatboro-Horsham has a good mix of high, low and mid-priced homes. Hatboro being on the more affordable end with older homes in a little town setting and Horsham being on the more expensive end with lots of golf course style mcmansion neighborhoods but there are also a lot of 1950-1970's era homes that are now in need of updates that you can get for a lower price in Horsham. I grew up in Horsham, in a house built in 1950 that my parents are still slowly updating, but I am really partial to the area. I wish that there weren't so many newer builds because we can't afford them but there is so much green space there. Lots of parks and dog parks, bike paths and a great community. I'm partial to it because that is where I grew up and loved it as a kid but really any of the areas I listed have great communities and parks and great schools, daycares and preschools. I hope this wasn't info overload and was at least somewhat helpful. I was actually googling for mommy and kid fitness groups in montgomery county and this post popped up and I just felt compelled to comment! Good luck with everything!!

Rebekah - posted on 05/04/2013

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The heart of Norristown is definitely more city-atmosphere...yes, with some rough areas. Though there are probably outskirts that are not so bad... I can't speak fully on that, but for me personally, I probably would look elsewhere if possible. I'm more familiar with the north-eastern part of the county... Souderton, Telford, Lansdale, Harleysville, Hatfield areas... nice suburbs, all of them. I don't know if that's close enough to where you need to be for work, but I'd suggest checking it out.
The other thing you could do (which I imagine you will need to do) is get connected with a realtor who has a lot of experience in the area and can really give you the low-down on school districts and the like. Are you going to get a chance to come scope out the area for yourself? That would probably ease your mind too.
I hear you on the mom-nerves... I didn't know I was neurotic until I became a mom. :)

Rebekah - posted on 05/04/2013

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Hi Julianna...

I live near Montgomery county and I used to work there (Souderton). I don't have experience with any daycares there, but I just wanted to say that its a beautiful county with many nice suburban towns, as well as farm/country area, if you'd prefer. There are some areas that are more pricey, probably the closer you get to Philadelphia, generally speaking....the restored, historic areas. Just beautiful. But there are a variety of options for middle class income--I think it just depends what part of the county you are looking in. There are several state parks within driving distance for your outdoor fix, and the Poconos are about 2 hours away (depending on where you go) if you want to go camping in more vast woods and mountains (small mountains, but still mountains).

I'll put a plug in for Philadelphia too... It is fun to visit and has a lot to offer for day trips... the zoo, sports arenas and concerts, historic area, aquarium (in Camden), art museum/galleries. Note...the Please Touch Museum is fabulous...when your child is about 3, definitely put it on your must-do list. When your child is 5 and up, put the Franklin Institute on your must-do list. I'm more of a country person myself, but I lived in Philly for 2 years while going to grad school and appreciate that time in my life. Take advantage of the city if you can.

Congrats on your new baby, and welcome to PA! Hope you find a place that feels like home.

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Sarah - posted on 09/17/2013

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I know this post is old, but the North Penn School district is huge. I went there for several years and it is very easy to have a child 'get lost' in the masses. There are so many kids in a class that only the smartest or the most troubled are focused on. Anyone who is an average student will be overlooked and basically be ignored. I graduated from the Norristown School District, and like most districts in this area, it is average. I live in East Norriton (East and West Norriton border N-town) and it is a very nice place to live. We are close to any and everything you need. I wouldn't move to the Borough of Norritstown, but any place that surrounds it is pretty nice and reasonably priced. I hope your move was successful and you are settled in wherever you decided to move.

Bridget - posted on 07/26/2013

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Hi Julianna,
I happened to stumble across this post looking for stay at mom groups and just had to comment(I usually keep them to myself) but this one I couldn't. Not sure if you relocated yet or how long you will stay, but here goes:
I have 2 boys; 1 that is 18yrs old who graduated from Norristown School District and the other is 6yrs old and attending Catholic School. I live in Norristown and have done so for 12yrs now and I have to tell you to stay AWAY, far, far away from Norristown. I myself want to get out, don't get me wrong there are still a few nice neighborhoods left and some more affordable housing options but you definitely do not want the school district. Also, Pottstown is much like Norristown so you don't want that area either. We are looking into other school districts to narrow our search, but they all have pros and cons...Good Luck in your adventure!!!

Julianna - posted on 05/04/2013

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Funny you should mention that. Lansdale is at the top of my list. I have been scouring the real estate listings in that area and the surrounding burbs. Thanks for your input. Wish me luck! :-)

Julianna - posted on 05/04/2013

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Thanks Rebekah! Your post has helped ease my nerves a bit. I have lived all over the country, but being a mommy has really turned me into a frady cat!! :-)

Are there any towns you suggest staying away from?? I have seen many places we can afford in Norristown, but I read that it is not a very safe place to live,

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