My wife is looking at a few possible grad schools, Johns Hopkins and University of Pennsylvania at the top of the list now. I'm looking for any suggestions on where we should look for a house (neighborhood, zip code, street area), preferrably within 5 bikeable miles of the university. We'd be hoping to get rid of her car, so a neighborhood that's on a bus line for when it's raining, safe for when she has to study or work late, and while I know nothing will be "reasonably priced" by my Houston standards, I'd like to keep it under $250k. We've been in apartments long enough we really don't want a row house.
Also, we'd prefer a garage and a basement if I'm not being unreasonable. Feel free to tell me I'm dreaming.