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Old 06-18-2015, 09:39 AM
 
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So our family would like to move to PA and live somewhere rural (we love the woods and places where we can go hiking). The things is, my husband will still be working in NYC. He makes his own hours so he can drive in during off-peak hours, once traffic is over and the same with coming home. We looked at East Strousburg, Delaware Water Gap and Mount Pocono but would love to know of any other areas worth looking into that are affordable and within a reason able commutell to NYC. We'd also like to hear more about the areas Ive already mentioned as far as commuting, safety, schools etc.. Thanks
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Mayble Milford?

https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Milford,_Pennsylvania
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Why not try Shawnee-on-Delaware? It's part of Smithfield Township and is in the East Stroudsburg (South) school district. I happen to know of a nice 4-bedroom house on 2.6 acres that's for sale down the road from me, and it's only 3 miles from the I-80 Delaware River bridge. PM me if you want details.

We've lived in Shawnee since 1993 and have raised our kids there. We chose Notre Dame, the local Catholic school for our kids but I believe the local public schools are just fine. Crime isn't bad and thru-traffic in Shawnee has been greatly reduced since they opened the US 209 Bypass a few years ago. I'd call the area semi-rural since it's suburban but does run up against the DWG National Recreation Area.

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Old 06-18-2015, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Most of the area around Stroudsburg is starting to get pretty built up but just a bit further west and you will find it gets more rural. I would suggest around Effort, PA and Saylorsburg. They are an easy additional 15 minutes off of route 80 heading Southwest from Stroudsburg. You will be near Camelback Mountain, Big Pocono State Park and the Tannersville Shopping outlets but not right in the congestion.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Google Earth or Maps around Gilbert Street in Effort and do street view. Very Rural but close to Metropolis. Around there you also have Brodheadsville and Beltzville State Park. Nice area
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:32 PM
 
Location: On the bus.
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I don't care what hours you can work. Over time the commute will just plain wear you out.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Most of the area around Stroudsburg is starting to get pretty built up but just a bit further west and you will find it gets more rural. I would suggest around Effort, PA and Saylorsburg. They are an easy additional 15 minutes off of route 80 heading Southwest from Stroudsburg. You will be near Camelback Mountain, Big Pocono State Park and the Tannersville Shopping outlets but not right in the congestion.
They are great areas to live; but that 15+ minutes can and will add to the commute. The closer one gets to the border and access to the interstates; the less time they will spend on the road.

I still have to wonder why more do not look for property in the Slate Belt? Crossing the Portland bridge to NJ is one of the quickest ways to commute. I know that the Portland/Mt. Bethel area does not have the development buildup of Monroe County and housing/land can be difficult to find. But I still think that it should not be ruled out for those that want to commute. Every minute that can be shaved off the commute is two minutes more quality time with your family.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:31 PM
 
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Informative, and nicely said^
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Saylorsburg, PA
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Saylorsburg, Effort (stay away from Sun Valley in Effort, though), Portland/Mt. Bethel for the easy commute over the Portland bridge that connects with 80 East/West, Palmer Township, Sciota....you haven't said if your looking to rent first (highly advised) or buy....if your looking to buy what is your budget?? There are plenty of foreclosures to be had a great discounts and many in good condition....I can give you the name of a realtor who's an ex-Staten Islander herself....I don't get any commissions or anything like that so no worries....
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:46 PM
 
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I don't care what hours you can work. Over time the commute will just plain wear you out.
Have to say I agree. I do it 3x a week on average from Jim Thorpe to the Bronx. 80 in Jersey is a damn shame.
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