U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New Jersey
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-29-2009, 12:05 PM
 
8 posts, read 16,504 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

My wife and I along with our kids are considering moving down to the Gloucester area. I am in the medical field and it seems like there are quite a few oportunities in the Camden/Phily area. I don't mind driving up to an hour to work. I would like:
Some land (.5-1 acre),
Good school district (I would like my kids to be proffesionals and around other kids who consider this a good trait)
Nice size home (4 BR 3 Ba) and most importantly
A safe and clean environment.
In the 399-435K price range
I grew up in a working class neighborhood in NY and do not want my kids to be anywhere near that situation. Too often you pick a neighborhood in the NY/NJ area and it's a nice place, but the next town over is seedy. I was looking into Woolwich Twnsp and couldn't believe the nice homes for the low 400 range. Is there a catch? If anyone could please let us know of a town with the aformentioned qualities within an hours drive of Camden/Phily my family and I would be most appreciative. Thank you.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-29-2009, 12:17 PM
 
1,983 posts, read 6,983,530 times
Reputation: 412
It's gloucester county, a bit far from Philly, so prices will be lower. Woolwich is not a bad area though, but some areas like Sicklerville to the east don't have a good reputation and housing has been crushed in that town. You might also look in Mullica Hill which is a good area with good schools. In general you are far better off staying close to 295 in Gloucester County than Rt 42 which is a traffic nightmare and has been for a long time. Housing has been crushed in towns along 42. Be wary of towns a bit north off 295, like Woodbury and Paulsboro, they are not good at all.

Gloucester county exploded during the boom with big lots and big homes and my sense is everything with commute issues and questionable schools down that way has sold off significantly, but if you stick to the quality towns down there you might be getting a good deal in the end. Woolwich and Mullica Hill are worth investigating. Watch the taxes, they could be high in those towns.

You can find the same type of housing stock with nice lots and an agricultural feel farther north and closer to Philly in Burlington County - Mount Laurel, Marlton, Medford, Moorestown - with better schools. But there you will get less house for the money than Gloucester. Depends what you want, BC will have far more shopping, better quality restaurants, better vibe and access to public transportation with trains to Philly/NYC. Gloucester has more rural character and open space with newer strip malls with big box stores and car-dependency.

Last edited by MoorestownResident; 07-29-2009 at 12:43 PM..
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 01:18 PM
 
8 posts, read 16,504 times
Reputation: 10
Moorestown resident-Thank you SO much for the info. The 295 comment was EXACTLY the type of info I wanted to get. I'm sure realtors don't tell you about traffic patterns which wind up being such a huge part of your life.
I already spoke with my wife and we decided that we'd rather have more house and drive a little to get our dose of culture. We looked at Mullica Hill and that looks perfect as well. We're used to spending close to 9K in taxes being up in Bergen County, so no big shock (but you get half the house). Is there a difference in the class of people between Mullica Hill and Woolwich?
Again, thanks for taking the time. It's a nice surprise to realize that there are people in this world willing to help others out of the kindness of their heart.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
1,794 posts, read 2,895,602 times
Reputation: 2919
Personally, I find East greenwich Township really nice. they include Mickleton, Clarksboro and Mount royal. Check out the area on realtor.com.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
691 posts, read 2,829,256 times
Reputation: 201
There is not much difference between Woolwich and Mullica Hill. Both are relatively new areas that have been growing rapidly. Woolwich tends to be lacking shopping/dining options but they will probably come once the economy rebounds. Mullica Hill is closer to Glassboro which has some more amenities.

Driving to Philly or Camden will probably be easier from Woolwich as you can shoot up 295. If driving from Mullica Hill, I would use the NJ Turnpike to exit 3 and then take Rt 168 (Black Horse Pike) to either the Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridges. As Moorestown mentioned, avoid taking Routes 55 or 42 during rush hour.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 01:52 PM
 
1,983 posts, read 6,983,530 times
Reputation: 412
Quote:
Originally Posted by RMON View Post
Moorestown resident-Thank you SO much for the info. The 295 comment was EXACTLY the type of info I wanted to get. I'm sure realtors don't tell you about traffic patterns which wind up being such a huge part of your life.
I already spoke with my wife and we decided that we'd rather have more house and drive a little to get our dose of culture. We looked at Mullica Hill and that looks perfect as well. We're used to spending close to 9K in taxes being up in Bergen County, so no big shock (but you get half the house). Is there a difference in the class of people between Mullica Hill and Woolwich?
Again, thanks for taking the time. It's a nice surprise to realize that there are people in this world willing to help others out of the kindness of their heart.
Both towns are desirable. I'd check them both out and see what feels best. Mullica Hill will have more character with a quaint downtown area. Your commute is likely a little easier from Woolrich, but you can't really go wrong with either town. East Greenwich area is another good suggestion. Good luck.

http://www.mullicahill.com/
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 02:19 PM
 
8 posts, read 16,504 times
Reputation: 10
Wow, thanks for the quick replies! It would be a joy living next to you people!
My wife and I will have to check out these towns along with some of the other suggestions (Mickleton, etc) probably have to get back to you with more questions in the next few weeks. Like I said I'm in medicine, so there might be an oncology related hospital even closer than Camden/Phily (just in the beginning stages of looking).
Thanks again to all, and if there are any other pieces of inside info that would be useful to a new resident, I would be more than obliged.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
2,510 posts, read 3,502,297 times
Reputation: 621
Quote:
Originally Posted by RMON View Post
My wife and I along with our kids are considering moving down to the Gloucester area. I am in the medical field and it seems like there are quite a few oportunities in the Camden/Phily area. I don't mind driving up to an hour to work. I would like:
Some land (.5-1 acre),
Good school district (I would like my kids to be proffesionals and around other kids who consider this a good trait)
Nice size home (4 BR 3 Ba) and most importantly
A safe and clean environment.
In the 399-435K price range
I grew up in a working class neighborhood in NY and do not want my kids to be anywhere near that situation. Too often you pick a neighborhood in the NY/NJ area and it's a nice place, but the next town over is seedy. I was looking into Woolwich Twnsp and couldn't believe the nice homes for the low 400 range. Is there a catch? If anyone could please let us know of a town with the aformentioned qualities within an hours drive of Camden/Phily my family and I would be most appreciative. Thank you.
I am a New Jersey DEP radon reduction system specialist......Woolwich, East Greenwich, Mickleton, Mullica Hill, etc are all nice rural areas, however, those towns, especially Woolwich have severe radon concerns......55% of the tests from Woolwich show unsafe levels.......I'm not saying don't buy there as its easy to correct elevated radon levels but definitely get a radon test through your home inspector as part of any real estate purchase in those and surrounding areas.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2009, 07:58 PM
 
1,189 posts, read 2,656,484 times
Reputation: 929
I lived in Woolwich for a year and a half while I worked near the Philly Intl. Airport. I could get to work in 20 minutes or less on most days. There wasn't much traffic at all to speak of on the Jersey side. It's a newly developing area, with lots of new cookie-cutter houses. Not much in the way of shopping/dining yet, that's one downfall. I don't have kids so I can't comment on schools, etc. It can be a great location depending on where you work. Swedesboro itself is older and more "working class" but there is nothing major wrong with it. Woolwich still has some nice rural areas. The housing crash has killed sprawl/development there for awhile, as Woolwich was kind of a fringe/exurb market. Last I was there, there were new developments just sitting with paved roads and utilities but all vacant lots growing weeds.

Some of the towns up 295 by the oil refineries (Woodbury/Paulsboro) are a little sketchy, plus some areas up there have a smell from the refineries.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-31-2009, 11:57 AM
 
8 posts, read 16,504 times
Reputation: 10
Thanks JohnZ963. My wife and I are meeting a realtor and seeing homes in Woolwich, Mullica Hill and Marlton this weekend. It's a good time to buy and as you said from the looks of the listings there seems to be A LOT of brand new homes that are just sitting waiting to be bought. Too bad I didn't sell my Seattle residence 3 years ago. I would have made about 150K more. I tried selling about 4 months before all this housing downfall talk came about in the media (Jan 07). But even before anyone knew what was happening the market had already tanked. Oh well, what can you do. I'm sure we all have grandparents that has it a lot worse than us.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New Jersey

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top