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Old 09-10-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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In terms of counties...which counties are the most rural? I would surmise Warren and Salem....yes?
It depends on your metrics-population density, number of working farms, distance from major metro areas, etc... In reality, none of New Jersey is all that "rural" compared to a place like Wyoming where you might have to drive three hours to get a town of any appreciable size. Still, places like Warren and Hunterdon County are markedly different than Hudson or Essex County. A quick Google search did reveal that Salem has the lowest population density with Sussex, Hunterdon, and Warren coming in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:21 PM
 
Location: West Chester, Pa
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If you want to see a lot of dear plant a few apple trees and enjoy the fun. We planted 4 trees and enjoyed seeing the many fawns being born on the property. Downside is if you plan a garden you will need 8' high fence with 2' of chicken wire on the bottom and 2' out on the ground from the fence to prevent the ground hogs from getting in. We tried an electric fence and had little luck keeping the critters out.
If you plan a shed, put the chicken wire 2' down on the perimeter to prevent them from getting under it. These are things we learned the hard way after 28 years on our piece of heaven.

You will get to know Tractor Supply very well....lol.
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:34 PM
 
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If you want to see a lot of dear plant a few apple trees and enjoy the fun. We planted 4 trees and enjoyed seeing the many fawns being born on the property.
There's a McIntosh tree right off the back porch that produces some very nice apples. The bears like them as well judging by the scat piles found beneath it.

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Downside is if you plan a garden you will need 8' high fence with 2' of chicken wire on the bottom and 2' out on the ground from the fence to prevent the ground hogs from getting in. We tried an electric fence and had little luck keeping the critters out. If you plan a shed, put the chicken wire 2' down on the perimeter to prevent them from getting under it. These are things we learned the hard way after 28 years on our piece of heaven.
Chickens will be the first order of business-a garden will probably come later. We'll fence it well, but groundhogs, foxes, coyotes and the like will be shot on sight.

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You will get to know Tractor Supply very well....lol.
I find TSC to be very hit or miss. They're great for a lot of general stuff like fencing, gates, feed, etc...but sometimes they either don't have stuff you really need or they do but it's lacking in quality. In many ways they are the "Made-in-China-Wal-Mart-Emporium" of the farm supply world. Between Rymon's, Delaware Valley Feed and Farm, and Califon Lumber there are still plenty of good places in the area to find better quality stuff than TSC carries, but TSC is still good for a lot of things as well-the Washington store is the closest for us.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Chickens will be the first order of business-a garden will probably come later. We'll fence it well, but groundhogs, foxes, coyotes and the like will be shot on sight.
More than once, groundhogs have stripped my garden before I saw them.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:54 PM
 
Location: West Chester, Pa
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[quote=Swamp_Yankee Between Rymon's, Delaware Valley Feed and Farm, and Califon Lumber there are still plenty of good places in the area to find better quality stuff than TSC carries, but TSC is still good for a lot of things as well-the Washington store is the closest for us.[/QUOTE]

Yep lived in the Washington area, add One Stop on RT 31 to your list.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Tioga County
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Even though I'm from/live in upstate NY, with a couple of former coworkers and buddies from the military in NJ, I stop in here occasionally. Nice pics...nice place...Does the pond have any depth to it to carry fish through the winter?
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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How does anyone afford a decent house + property in NJ (without inherited money/property/buying the place many years ago) and still have a job which pays enough while living 'far out', and not commuting 1.5 hrs each way.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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Yep lived in the Washington area, add One Stop on RT 31 to your list.
Love the One Stop!

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How does anyone afford a decent house + property in NJ (without inherited money/property/buying the place many years ago) and still have a job which pays enough while living 'far out', and not commuting 1.5 hrs each way.
That's a very complex question, starting with the fact that everyone's definition of "decent" is very different. The original part of our home was built in 1896-the basement is not finishable space-it's solidly constructed with rubble stone walls and partial concrete floors, but it's damp, has low clearance, and is typical of the time when basements were basements. We lucked out as most of the systems were updated recently and we're getting a new septic, but obviously we didn't pay as much as someone purchasing a 20 year old 3000 SF Center Hall Colonial on a similar property with a full height, dry basement that can be finished into living space, etc... As far as commuting, we've lived in Hunterdon County for over 10 years now and started out fighting Route 78 and 31 every morning. However, we both set our sites on finding ways to work locally, and finally achieved that recently, which then pushed us toward looking for a new home. In short, there are a million ways to skin this cat, and no two people are going to approach it the same way.

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Even though I'm from/live in upstate NY, with a couple of former coworkers and buddies from the military in NJ, I stop in here occasionally. Nice pics...nice place...Does the pond have any depth to it to carry fish through the winter?
It's about 8 feet deep in the center and supports bass very well, but its not suitable trout habitat unfortunately.
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Old 09-12-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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How does anyone afford a decent house + property in NJ (without inherited money/property/buying the place many years ago) and still have a job which pays enough while living 'far out', and not commuting 1.5 hrs each way.
You're either a remote employee, or you have skills which you can do, provide, in any location.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:09 AM
 
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Hmm yes makes sense...

I do sometimes wish I was a lawyer, doctor, plumber, general contractor etc... can really live anywhere you want!
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