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Old 05-13-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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if at newark you transfer to path it is shorter and more service.
PATH only goes to World Trade Center from Newark. If you want to go midtown, you must transfer from one PATH train to another PATH train at Journal Square.

On weekdays there are several Transbridge buses that go from Clinton to 8 different stops in downtown during work hours. So unless you work right near the WTC you don't have to walk as far to work. In most cases it is faster than the transfer to PATH in Newark.

I wish it wasn't so, but the bus is always much more timely and cost effective than the train. They may improve the train service in the future.

Even if I was going once a week I would still take the train for comfort. But any more often than that I would take the bus to reduce time on the road.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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hopefully, with njt you just don't know. if the op wants to be closer to philly they can look near doylestown or warminster, which is not too far from the lehigh valley. other options for being closer to nyc with transfer include bridgewater or raritan. to the op- how close do you want to be to lehigh? how much are you willing to spend?
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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From what I've seen from this site, Upper Saucon and Forks Township's median income are pretty similar. Can you give me where you got those numbers?
upper saucon and forks township have some similarties and differences. a plus for upper saucon is that it is near bethlehem and allentown, and has the promenade shops, with many stores and a supermarket. and shopping in quakertown area is nearby. forks township is close to easton, and shopping in lower nazareth is close. the op could also consider whitehall.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:13 PM
 
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upper saucon and forks township have some similarties and differences. a plus for upper saucon is that it is near bethlehem and allentown, and has the promenade shops, with many stores and a supermarket. and shopping in quakertown area is nearby. forks township is close to easton, and shopping in lower nazareth is close. the op could also consider whitehall.
It is a little difficult to say if we don't know if one or both of the parents are commuting or if they are retired. Going to the cities to see Broadway shows, shop at Zabars, or going to the Philadelphia Art Museum is different than commuting daily, or even weekly.

We know he is from a nice suburban neighborhood, but we don't know if his parents want a home for $300K or a $million. Are they interested in an architectural gem, an old house, land, or a solid suburban home.

Here is a ranking of zip codes in the Lehigh Valley by Zestimate (proprietary estimate of average home value including all homes and condominiums).

To the OP: These are the 5 counties that are within 30-60 minutes drive of Lehigh University. Hunterdon County, NJ is one of the wealthiest in the country. The Pennsylvania homes are generally much cheaper. Warren County is the closest to the Pennsylvania border.

Zestimate Zip County : City
$256,200 18069 Lehigh : North Whitehall Township
$239,000 18034 Lehigh : Upper Saucon Township
$234,100 18051 Lehigh : Weisenberg Township
$230,900 18078 Lehigh : North Whitehall Township
$224,400 18036 Lehigh : Upper Saucon Township
$218,600 18106 Lehigh : Lower Macungie
$216,600 18031 Lehigh : Upper Macungie
$216,600 18092 Lehigh : Upper Milford Township
$214,000 18040 North. : Forks Township
$212,200 18062 Lehigh : Lower Macungie
$204,500 18064 North. : Nazareth
$202,400 18020 North. : Bethlehem Township
$191,800 18045 North. : Palmer Township
$189,700 18066 Lehigh : Lynn Township
$186,200 18014 North. : Moore Township
$181,700 18017 North. : Bethlehem Township
$174,300 18011 Lehigh : Alburtis
$172,300 18104 Lehigh : Allentown
$171,000 18053 Lehigh : Heidelberg Township
$170,000 18055 North. : Lower Saucon Township
$167,900 18088 North. : Lehigh Township
$163,900 18049 Lehigh : Emmaus
$162,600 18067 North. : Northampton
$155,900 18037 Lehigh : North Whitehall Township
$154,100 18052 Lehigh : Fullerton
$150,300 18080 Lehigh : Washington Township
$146,700 18235 Carbon : Lehighton
$140,300 18071 Carbon : Palmerton
$134,300 18072 North. : Pen Argyl
$131,000 18018 North. : Bethlehem Township
$129,700 18103 Lehigh : Allentown
$119,300 18032 Lehigh : Catasauqua
$118,200 18015 North. : Bethlehem Township
$113,200 18210 Carbon : Penn Forest Township
$98,100 18109 Lehigh : Allentown
$61,200 18102 Lehigh : Allentown

New Jersey
$413,400 8551 Hunterdon : East Amwell Township
$398,500 8833 Hunterdon : Clinton Township
$392,600 8867 Hunterdon : Alexandria Township
$389,900 7830 Hunterdon : Tewksbury Township
$383,000 8889 Hunterdon : Readington
$371,600 8801 Hunterdon : Clinton Township
$346,800 8559 Hunterdon : Delaware Township
$340,100 8822 Hunterdon : Raritan Township
$312,400 8530 Hunterdon : Lambertville
$300,300 8802 Hunterdon : Bethlehem Township
$290,800 8827 Hunterdon : Hampton
$284,600 8825 Hunterdon : Kingwood Township
$283,300 8809 Hunterdon : Clinton Township
$270,100 8826 Hunterdon : Lebanon Township
$268,200 8848 Hunterdon : Holland Township
$250,400 7825 Warren : Blairstown
$244,800 8886 Warren : Greenwich Township
$240,900 8804 Hunterdon : Bloomsbury
$231,100 7838 Warren : Liberty Township
$220,600 7840 Warren : Hackettstown
$215,000 8829 Hunterdon : High Bridge
$214,800 7865 Warren : Mansfield Township
$206,000 7832 Warren : Knowlton Township
$175,700 7863 Warren : Oxford Township
$173,700 7882 Warren : Washington Township
$171,900 7823 Warren : White Township
$154,100 8887 Hunterdon : Readington
$135,900 8865 Warren : Phillipsburg


The ZestimateĀ® (pronounced ZEST-ti-met, rhymes with estimate) home valuation is Zillow's estimated market value, computed using a proprietary formula. It is not an appraisal. It is a starting point in determining a home's value. The Zestimate is calculated from public and user submitted data; your real estate agent or appraiser physically inspects the home and takes special features, location, and market conditions into account.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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I agree that the reason to go to Philly or NYC is very important. If it's just for occasional trips, then there is no reason to look in Northern Jersey, unless money is no object and Costco shopping is a priority. I am looking forward to the Costco being built in Macungie but have been able to tough it out driving to the one in Montgomeryville. One of my neighbors goes to the one in Pottstown. I've been surprised at how much I like our local BJ's in Quakertown and I can get there in 10 minutes taking back roads. It's just a few years old, still clean and has a good selection of organic products.

If one is looking for houses here, we found it better to shop by School Districts rather then town names. While I live in Upper Saucon township, when we were looking for homes, we searched for homes in Southern Lehigh School district which included the townships of Upper Saucon, Lower Milford and the borough of Coopersburg.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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Default OP is gone

The OP posted his questions over a 2 hour period two days ago and is now gone. Without more specific information (like do his parents work) there is little we can say.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Sorry guys, I've been busy with some schoolwork

We are looking to spend around 300,000 to 450,000 on a house. A good distance from Lehigh U would be around 30 minutes to one hour. We would like to remain about one hour to two hours away from NYC and Philly because that would be an overwhelming drive. And also, a low crime rate is MUST. We do not want to be around lots of crime.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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The area where we live (Upper St. Clair and Peters Township) has next to no crime and we have grown accustomed to that.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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Sorry guys, I've been busy with some schoolwork

We are looking to spend around 300,000 to 450,000 on a house. A good distance from Lehigh U would be around 30 minutes to one hour. We would like to remain about one hour to two hours away from NYC and Philly because that would be an overwhelming drive. And also, a low crime rate is MUST. We do not want to be around lots of crime.
then these are certainly options. all of them are within 1-2 hours from nyc or philly no traffic. forks township is close to lehigh and is filled with developments. there is not much crime. look at these in your range:Mod cut - single house listings are NOT allowed.

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Old 05-14-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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Sorry guys, I've been busy with some schoolwork

We are looking to spend around 300,000 to 450,000 on a house. A good distance from Lehigh U would be around 30 minutes to one hour. We would like to remain about one hour to two hours away from NYC and Philly because that would be an overwhelming drive. And also, a low crime rate is MUST. We do not want to be around lots of crime.
I am still assuming that you are going to the cities for visits, and not daily for work.

Bieber Tourways has buses to both New York City (Port Authority Bus Terminal) and to Philadelphia 30th Street Station (Cross 29th St. from station On Market St. Bridge at the 3rd light pole) . You have to leave from two different locations, both within 2 miles of Lehigh University. It is about 100 minutes on bus to Philly, and 120 minute to NYC.

(to PHL) $24.25 r/t Bethlehem, PA 18015 Bethlehem Bus Terminal 12 E. Mechanic St. 610-867-3988
(to NYC)$43.75 r/t Hellertown, PA 18055 Top Star Exxon* 1570 Main St. 610-838-7502
Bus Picks Up at Hellertown Park-n-Ride In New Lot

If you go even 5 times a month the price will drop to $32 round trip to NYC. Senior citizen prices are drastically lower.

While driving to Philadelphia (especially the Art Museum) is a reasonable alternative to taking the bus, it is difficult and expensive to drive and park in NYC given that tolls and parking are extremely high.

While there is some discussion on this point, if you go to NYC with 3 people (unless they are getting senior citizen discount) the bus is expensive.
(option 1) Some people vote for paying the tolls (about $20) and the parking which could be $50 or more and just driving into the city.
(option 2) I like driving to Harrison NJ (next to Newark ) and paying for the enclosed garage and taking a PATH train into the city. A PATH train is a hundred year old train system that is about the same cost and almost as high a frequency as the NYC subway system. It connects locations in close in New Jersey to Manhattan. The Newark and Harrison stations only go to the World Trade Center nonstop. To get to midtown you must change trains at Journal Square. The station is near the Empire State Building.
(option 3) Park at Newark and take an AMTRAK train into Penn Station. I think it is $5 pp one way vs $2 pp one way for PATH train. But it is nonstop to midtown
(option 4) Take a New Jersey Transit train. This option is for people who don't want to drive to the close in Jersey suburbs of NYC. It is by far the most time consuming option, but for people terrified of traffic it is a good one.

The low end of your price $300K will make purchasing a 4 bdr single family home in NJ nearly impossible unless it needs massive work. You will have a number of options in PA. The high end will buy a very nice home in Pennsylvania, although there are single family options on the low end as well.

There is an attractive 4 BDR, 4 BATH 3,142 sq ft home with a 1 acre lot Bethlehem, PA 18015 for sale for $424,900 which you can find on a real estate website. But as it is only 300' from the Interstate, it might be a good place to begin research. It is about 2 miles to the Park and Ride where the bus goes to NYC.

There is another nice 4 BDR, 3 BATH 3,000 sq ft home with a 1/2 acre lot Center Valley, PA 18034 for sale for $426,000 which you can also find on a real estate website.

Both these homes are relatively new and in very safe neighborhoods.
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