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Here us my situation. Dh is taking a new job in Malvern. He is not going to be making so much that I will be able to quit working completely, but I should be able to just do part time, prn work (I am a trauma/icu nurse). We are trying to decide whether to move to the city proper and he reverse commute, or trying to find something halfway between Philadelphia and Malvern (or Wilmington and Malvern for that matter). We have a almost 3 year old dd, and a 9 month old son. So school will be a factor soon, but not immediately. Childcare will be needed but only on a very part time basis - maybe a nanny share? We have not had to use childcare yet as my dh and I have co-parented while he was in school, but we will need it probably 2 days a week now. Any advice about good places to live in the area, hospital info, crunchy shopping, schools, gawd, ANY info would be great! We live in Chapel Hill NC now and have for the past 17 years. A little spoiled. And I have never lived outside NC before!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Traffic into and out of Malvern during typical commuting hours can be a hassle, so you may want to look into something close by if your husband is not a commuter at heart. Phoenixville and Kimberton are crunchy-friendly and fairly close to Malvern. Exton/West Chester are close to Malvern and have better public transportation options, though not exceedingly crunchy. There are many excellent hospitals/care facilities in the area (Chester County, Main Line Health, Phoenixville), so finding quality work should not be a problem.<br><br>
Best of Luck!
 

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This is going to be short because I'm in the middle of move myself. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for my grad school and loved living there. I've been living in Center City Philadelphia for the last 3 years and love it here. My husband too worked in Malvern and he used to take the Harrisburg Amtrak to Paoli. We left our old Camry parked at Paoli which he used to drive from Paoli station to work. He said the commute was very comfortable and it took him about 50 min one way door to door. He did ocassionally drive but the traffic was terrible and Amtrak was far more comfortable. Anyway, I love living in the city and there are some good places you can send your kids for PT day care. Its easy to find a nanny/babysitter. And there are tons of parks you can walk to. The trade-off is that you'll probably live in a smaller place. We live in a high rise off JFk which is walking distance from the 30th St Station an important factor if you want to shorten the commute time. PM me if you want to discuss more options of living in the city.
 

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May I suggest checking out Reading Hospital? It's a fairly large regional hospital. I see them advertising all the time. Then you could live in, well, right about where I live <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: a little north of Kimberton, toward Spring City and Royersford. This area is still affordable. Or a little south and west, toward Honey Brook and Morgantown. The hospitals in Allentown are also within reach of where I live. Lehigh Valley Hospital is an excellent hospital with a really well renowned cancer unit (I think, or was it cardiac? I'm pretty sure it's cancer.)<br><br>
Phoenixville is a cool town, and still somewhat affordable. It's about 7 miles east of me. It was a steel city, and it's only now gentrifying. So home prices there haven't gone through the roof yet. It's also within reach of Reading Hospital and Allentown, only slightly farther out from them. For that matter, Phoenixville Hospital is a decent size. Not a fabulous medical center, but not the sticks either.<br><br>
There's also a good hospital in Paoli, very close to where your dh will be working. Then you could expand your range to anywhere surrounding Malvern.<br><br>
This whole Kimberton/Phoenixville area is crunchy and getting crunchier. If only it were a little more do-able on foot and by bike, it would be about perfect. There's a very good hfs in Kimberton, a Waldorf school, several montessori schools, a store called Earth-Mart in Phoenixville that sells sustainably made home goods and clothing, and a little food. There's a great coffee shop that hosts fantastic music, local and national. There's a Camphill Village outside Kimberton with a cool thrift store and cafe.
 
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