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Old 08-08-2011, 04:08 AM
 
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We are moving from Florida to ??? I have a lot of choices. I can live in any state in my husband's territory. (NY, NJ, PA, RI, NH, CT,MA,VT). My husband wants to be w/in 1 - 1 1/2 hours of NYC by train or car. He has no other requirements. I on the other hand have a lot!

1. Good public schools
2. Small town to medium size town (we currently live in a town of about 12,000)
3. Reasonably affordable (home prices at 250,000 - 350,000)
4. Safety
5. Night life is not important, but I would like to have nice restaurants and shopping available.

A friend thought that a Philly suburb might be a good place. I also noted on another forum that places like Morristown,NJ and Mt. pleasant, NJ might be suitable.

HELP!!!
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:11 AM
 
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We are moving from Florida to ??? I have a lot of choices. I can live in any state in my husband's territory. (NY, NJ, PA, RI, NH, CT,MA,VT). My husband wants to be w/in 1 - 1 1/2 hours of NYC by train or car. He has no other requirements. I on the other hand have a lot!

1. Good public schools
2. Small town to medium size town (we currently live in a town of about 12,000)
3. Reasonably affordable (home prices at 250,000 - 350,000)
4. Safety
5. Night life is not important, but I would like to have nice restaurants and shopping available.

A friend thought that a Philly suburb might be a good place. I also noted on another forum that places like Morristown,NJ and Mt. pleasant, NJ might be suitable.

HELP!!!
Bucks County, PA or Hunterton County, NJ, to me would give you an over abundance of choices...

Anything below Quakertown, would give your hubby great access to the train...Montgomeryville, North Wales, Lansdale, Horsham, Hatboro, Dublin, Collegeville, Skippack, King of Prussia, depends on how rural you want it...Doylestown is perfect, along with it's outlining areas, like Plumbsteadville, Willow Grove, etc.

New Jersey, has extremely high taxes and property values...however, Hunterton County is a very nice area...with access to the train straight thru to New York. New Hope Area...Frenchtown, Stockerton, Lambertville, which are near the Delaware River, and extremely quiet and Rural...Oh, and Tinicum Township, a very Lovely area on the PA side of the River...but very rural. My Brother in Law lives on the PA side of Lumbertown and travels back and forth to New York. However, he works from home 2 days a week and stays in New York, two days...sharing an apartment with a buddy.

I hope you find a lovely area to live in, which meets your needs and your move goes smoothly...do your homework...make certain you speak to neighbors before purchasing a home...what I would do, is rent an apartment for a while, a privet apartment, I know of a lovely spot in Valley Forge, and get to know the area, take weekend drives around the area, and visit all these spots, before purchasing a home. Give yourself a year or so, to become familiar with all the areas have to offer.

Good Luck...
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Holland, PA
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Have you spent a lot of time in the northeast? I'm only asking because I'm also from FL and moved to PA because of my husband. I'm currently living in Holland/Bucks county and although it is a nice area, I REALLY miss FL!! Everyone in this area just loves it here and thinks it's so great, but I find it horribly expensive and the people definitely aren't as friendly as the south! I miss the laid back atmosphere and people of FL, palm trees, the beaches, GOD do I miss the beach (and don't let people try and tell you the Jersey shore is nice! If you grew up in FL you will NOT like Jersey beaches believe me) and most importantly the weather! The winters feel like an eternity and are soooo depressing. However, fall is beautiful here! I don't mean to be such a downer, just don't want to see you make the same mistake I did. Like I said, this area is beautiful in some spots, but for a native FL girl it's just not for me!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Susquehanna River, Union Co, PA
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Your current town of 12,000 sounds awfully small compared to any town in the northeast 'megalopolis' - that is within the 1.5 hours from NYC that you wish to live... It seems like a very big change, in addition to the climate, as another poster mentioned. I would recommend looking at any towns near the end of commuter rail lines for good access to the city but live in a more town-like situation. Another recommendation would be to buy the adventure and move to Manhattan!
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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We live about an hour and a half from NYC and our town only has 5,000 people. There are lots of small towns surrounding the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Our school district only has one High School with 1,000 kids.
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