Originally Posted by Ellie C.
We just returned from a house hunting trip in that area not too long ago and we found the people extremely nice. WG is our first choice as far as towns go. Ithaca is great but the property taxes are staggering. The towns to the south of there were a huge disappointment - Elmira, Corning, Horseheads, Painted Post. It's a shame really, because it's so much cheaper to live there, and there are some beautiful houses, but there are a lot of people who seemingly have nothing to do and nowhere to go in those towns. Ithaca and Elmira are a little over a half hour's drive apart, yet it's like night and day between the two.
I think that Ellie C's comment is right on that in many of these small towns, "there are a lot of people who seemingly have nothing to do and nowhere to go ..." Yes, you will get much more house/land than in NJ, and in general the people are nice, BUT be prepared for a very different way of life and very different "local" culture than what you have been used to in NJ -- You may find this part of the transition very difficult and should consider it carefully. I live in Rochester, NY and while I love the Finger Lakes area, except for a couple towns, I could never live in the area because of the culture and mentality of many of these small towns.