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Old 07-04-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Held Hostage in Overland Park, KS
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Did anyone read that Hunterdon County made the Top 10 Forbes List for the best places to live and also the lowest cost of living?

"It's qualities like these that landed Hamilton County atop Forbes' list. Ozaukee County, Wis., and Johnson County, Kan. came in second and third. Rounding out the top five? Geauga and Delaware Counties in Ohio. Chester County, Pa., and Hunterdon County, N.J. placed in the top ten. All earn high marks for their low cost of living, reasonably priced homes and short commute times. They also offer terrific schools, one of the most important characteristics to consider when choosing a place to raise a family."

America's Best Places to Raise a Family - Yahoo! Real Estate (http://promo.realestate.yahoo.com/americas-best-places-to-raise-a-family.html - broken link)

Anyone familiar with life in Hunterdon County? I'm struggling with relocation issues and can't decide whether or not to stay in NJ or to relocate to Knoxville, TN or N.E.PA.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:39 PM
 
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I don't know if things have changed, but when I was looking for a house about 10 years ago Hunterdon Cty wasn't exactly on the "reasonable" side.

Maybe the tax rate is low?

Easy commute to where? I don't think that living in Hunterdon County would be an easy commute to NYC. Rt 78 is horrible going east during morning commuting hours.

Hunterdon Cty is a very nice place to live - not sure about the low cost of living or the easy commute to anywhere east of Hunterdon.

Schools? From what I understand the elementary schools are great. Hunterdon No....I don't know anything other than what I have heard and what I have heard is that it's not so great. But I don't know...this is all from a friend of my husband's who is a Detective in Hunterdon.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:22 AM
 
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Did anyone read that Hunterdon County made the Top 10 Forbes List for the best places to live and also the lowest cost of living?

"It's qualities like these that landed Hamilton County atop Forbes' list. Ozaukee County, Wis., and Johnson County, Kan. came in second and third. Rounding out the top five? Geauga and Delaware Counties in Ohio. Chester County, Pa., and Hunterdon County, N.J. placed in the top ten. All earn high marks for their low cost of living, reasonably priced homes and short commute times. They also offer terrific schools, one of the most important characteristics to consider when choosing a place to raise a family."

America's Best Places to Raise a Family - Yahoo! Real Estate (http://promo.realestate.yahoo.com/americas-best-places-to-raise-a-family.html - broken link)

Anyone familiar with life in Hunterdon County? I'm struggling with relocation issues and can't decide whether or not to stay in NJ or to relocate to Knoxville, TN or N.E.PA.
People don't retire to Hunterdon county, although it is one of my favorite counties in NJ. When I was working in Madison I looked at housing there and although there were exceptions I didn't find it overly expensive. Some towns have high taxes but where are they not. TN and NE PA have much lower costs of living.
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:39 AM
 
Location: High Bridge
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With the exception of a few towns, Hunterdon County is still very reasonably priced, taxes aren't cheap (highest in NJ), trains and buses make for an easy NYC commute, there is no crime, and most schools are excellent, and get top ratings on the regular.

I love life here
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Old 07-05-2008, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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With the exception of a few towns, Hunterdon County is still very reasonably priced, taxes aren't cheap (highest in NJ), trains and buses make for an easy NYC commute, there is no crime, and most schools are excellent, and get top ratings on the regular.

I love life here


I'm in the Hopewell/Ringoes area....and I agree

Life is Good here...crime is so low East Amwell Twp. dosen't even have a police department !! Talk about a tax savings...

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Old 07-05-2008, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Hunterdon Co. is beautiful. The taxes are high though. But if you can get a steal fixer upper like Cu Cullin did, it kind of offsets the tax burden.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:34 AM
 
Location: High Bridge
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Just be prepared to spend some time with our good friends mr. circular saw, mr. paint-roller, mr. scraper, the entire drill bit and screwdriver family, and of course pencil to paper for plans

Now if I could just get the hood open on the van... (long story, I think the cable broke, so I need to disassemble the hood )
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:24 AM
 
Location: NJ on the way to Chicago!
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We just moved to Raritan Twp. Hunterdon Co. So far it is great. I guess your decision will rest on where your job is located and how long of a commute you can handle. So far, my husband's 50 minute commute to Newark is ok with him. Mind you he leaves at 5:30am and leaves the office by 4pm. Home prices here have dropped, yet they are still higher than PA. But depending on where in NE Pa. you are looking, Hunterdon Co. offers a better quality of life, IMHO. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Held Hostage in Overland Park, KS
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Thanks everyone for the info..... Hunterdon County or NEPA sounds like a good fit for me. I'm also considering TN/Northern GA. Decisions.... decisions. The more I research, the more confused I am. Excuse me while I go out back and hang myself.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: High Bridge
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Thanks everyone for the info..... Hunterdon County or NEPA sounds like a good fit for me. I'm also considering TN/Northern GA. Decisions.... decisions. The more I research, the more confused I am. Excuse me while I go out back and hang myself.
Well, here's some additional commentary for you...

My gf's parents love the area, her paternal great grandmother lived in Hampton, and her dad would like to live out his retirement years here. Meanwhile, my dad is considering moving here so he can get the property and house he wants, still have a good education for my sister (big age difference), with a shorter commute (oddly enough - they are in union county now), and still be reasonably close (about 20 minutes, same as now) to my aunt (my mom's terms).

Theres kind've something here for everyone. Except those who want the urban life. Suburban or rural, the area has quite a bit to offer without being out of touch.
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