Friday, March 17, 2006

Conshohocken (Moving, Again)

We're moving again -- for the fourth time in three years, if you can believe it. We knew this one was coming; actually our current apartment was only supposed to be temporary, but three months turned into five months as our house-hunt dragged on.

We bought a townhouse in Conshohocken, close to the Schuylkill River and the scene in the photo above. 'Conshy' is a hip little town about 10 miles northwest of Philly. I find it to be an interesting place in transition: it was run down, but now it's being redeveloped and gentrified a bit. It's not as happening as say, Manayunk, but it beats many of the boring, hyper-suburban gated community type places that are scattered around central/eastern Montgomery County -- which were the main areas we were looking (for commuting reasons). Conshohocken, at least, feels like a town.

The house we're moving to is our first. It's a relief to finally 'settle down', though it actually wasn't an especially pleasant experience dealing with a series of strange sellers and rather difficult negotiations. We lost one house we liked in a bidding war and walked away from another when the sellers turned out to be insane (we found them on Craigslist; oh well). Through the process, we learned a lot about how the real estate industry works. While it's now pretty easy to find houses on the MLS database system online without an agent's help, agents can still help you out: they can shield you from irrational or dishonest people on the other end of a major business transaction. Also, for first-time buyers, real estate agents can be invaluable in guiding you through a formidable, complicated process: negotiations, contract, inspections, appraisal, mortgage, and settlement. So don't believe all the hype you hear about disappearing Real Estate agents!

We ended up with a house we're happy with, at a price that was actually within our budget. It's on the top of a little hill in West Conshohocken, with nice views of the surrounding Schuylkill River Valley and the town below. It also has a beautiful kitchen and a walk-out basement with built-in shelves and a desk built into the wall -- a perfect workspace for me. It's also close to SEPTA trains as well as a bicycle trail that goes along the river from Valley Forge to Manayunk.

It will take awhile before the internet is set up there, so blogging may be light for a few days. Til then, enjoy the view (or the larger version at Flickr)


vk said...

Hi Deep,

9:18 PM  
Anonymous said...

congrats, deep ... Happy Moving & Settling ...


12:06 AM  
Rani said...

Congrats! Happy moving.

4:16 PM  
Ms. World said...

congrats on the new home!

3:25 PM  
zp said...

If you can brave a very short spell of cobblestones (I blew a tire there once, then just learned to walk it), that supurb bike path will take you through Manayunk and Fairmount Park all the way to the Art Museum . . . or at least it used to?

4:28 PM  
RajpaL said...

Congrats and best of luck with the move!

We have been looking for the last year and haven't been able to find anything to our liking.

9:48 PM  
Ruchira Paul said...

Congratulations on becoming a responsible home owner. You will forever remember your first home with special fondness, no matter how many other homes you own and occupy down the road.

10:59 PM  
Lucy Tartan said...

Sounds very nice. I live near a riverside bike trail and it's a great source of pleasure. Congratulations!

4:45 PM  
Archana said...

Wow - felicitaciones! We are struggling with patchy internet here in Guatemala and know what it's like to have multiple moves. Best of luck settling in! Love the view...

9:36 PM  
gawker said...

Conshohocken's a nice place, centrally situated and close to everything. And yes, as zp pointed out, the bike trail does go up to the Art Museum. Actually, if you go west on the trail instead of east, its far more interesting and scenic as it leaves the Schuylkill river and goes along the Perkiomen creek through Oaks, Collegeville upto Green Lane. The trail is part wooded and part farmland.

1:10 PM  
Gel said...

Iam crating a directory for Conshy, can i use any of your photos for free?

10:25 AM  
Amardeep said...

Gel, yes, go ahead -- though I would appreciate if you could credit the photo you use to me.

Also, please email me when the directory is done so I can get a copy. My email is amardeep [at] gmail [dot] com

10:30 AM  

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