The North Penn school district shouldn’t be overlooked when looking in Montgomery County for a school district. One must not look past this borough that is situated about 28 miles North by Northwest of Philadelphia. Lansdale, with a population under 20,000 and located in the center of a wide valley, is part of the North Penn School District. Public Elementary schools include, Gwynedd Square Elementary, Knapp Elementary, Oak Park, Inglewood, Walton Farm, and York Avenue. There is one middle school and North Penn high School located in Towamencin Township. The town or borough as its “proper definition” has gone through some revitalization and has seen an increase in businesses. New and exciting “hipster” type businesses, like a brewery, add to the buzz of a community like this and this will only add to the overall curb appeal.
The area is served by SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) which can get you to center city in about an hour or less. A nice feature for those who want to live in this suburban atmosphere but work in the city. Also benefiting from an ideal location is Route 63 running north south and you are minutes from the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Having these options make for a nice commute and still having some space between you and more urban areas.
Home values rose with the boom years, have since dipped and are now at fair market values. Ironically the town has been portrayed as a farm community in pop culture (see the Fox TV series “Fringe”) but the days of Lansdale and the surrounding “farm communities” are long gone. Most farms have been eaten up by development, some responsible, but some just the same as any other strip mall frenzy that dots the landscape. But with that said, you can still get a sense of community and find some rural areas saved and tucked away for the community to enjoy.
Values of houses tend to stay relatively under priced inside the borough and do present a better value, but prices of McMansions and the cookie cutter developments outside the immediate town have seen values fluctuate. Having a good realtor and the right game plan can help achieve a good property at the right price. As always, do your research or make sure your realtor knows what he or she is doing.
Ultimately, the North Penn School district is an area worth checking out. A good school district, well managed and maintained; some higher taxes, but something that can be studied (by your realtor) and determined what is worth the tax burden. The North Penn High School is very competitive in academics and sports, which also makes it popular in the area. The North Penn school district got its name from the North Penn Railroad and even though the rail road is not the thing it used to be, we feel that in this community it is a commodity that still adds value because of its usefulness in mass transit. It is an ideal hub to get to Philadelphia or beyond and with that it’s a benefit that will always add something to the overall value and curb appeal of a house.