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Old 07-17-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Hi

We are planning to move to Easton PA but we are not sure exactly what area to start look into....

My husband works in Lebanon NJ so we want to stay somewhat close to route 22. I checked out few new developments online such as Riverview Estate, College Park and The estate at Bushkill Creek. All the houses look good but I am not sure how the area is by those developments. Does anyone know if it's in the flood zone? How is the school system there? Are there any shopping/mall close to the development? Any info about these new development homes would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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You may want to consider the Hellertown Exit and Lower Saucon Township on I78. The Saucon Valley school district has a much higher rating than Easton area school district.

In addition the bridge across the Delaware on route 22 will be under construction for 2 years. The Advisory is to use the I78 bridge in the interim.

Housing Characteristics 2010 from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. Both township are forecast to roughly double in population over the next three decades.

Upper Saucon Township
Total housing units 5,262
Occupied housing units 5,039
Owner occupied 4,509
Renter occupied 530
Vacant housing units 223
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $299,800

Forks Township
Total housing units 5,595
Occupied housing units 5,399
Owner occupied 4,845
Renter occupied 554
Vacant housing units 196
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $289,400

Williams Township
Total households 2,363
Persons per household 2.49
Total housing units 2,537
Occupied housing units 2,363
Owner occupied 2,018
Renter occupied 345
Vacant housing units 174
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $283,700

Bethlehem Township
Total housing units 9,031
Occupied housing units 8,777
Owner occupied 7,575
Renter occupied 1,202
Vacant housing units 254
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $267,100

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Old 07-18-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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I personally live in forks township. Collage park is a very nice area next to the Forks Park and Community center. College park is one of the most desirable areas in East on. In Riverview the taxes are higher due to the golfing and country club pool.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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In general the housing characteristics are similar between Lower Saucon Township and Fork's Township, but Lower Saucon has it's own school district (Saucon Valley SD) while Forks is part of Easton Area SD.

Many people who can't afford Lower Saucon Township buy or rent in Hellertown Borough


Forks Township in Northampton county
Total housing units 5,595
Occupied housing units 5,399
Owner occupied 4,845
Renter occupied 554
Vacant housing units 196
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $289,400

Lower Saucon Township in Northampton county
Total housing units 4,340
Occupied housing units 4,120
Owner occupied 3,712
Renter occupied 408
Vacant housing units 220
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $305,300

Hellertown Borough in Northampton county
Total housing units 2,774
Occupied housing units 2,604
Owner occupied 1,778
Renter occupied 826
Vacant housing units 170
Median value-owner occupied (2006-2010) $189,500

PSSA results
% Adv Reading ========= % Adv Math
33.8 BETHLEHEM AREA SD 39.0
35.9 EASTON AREA SD 53.1
36.8 NORTHAMPTON AREA SD 52.7
36.9 BANGOR AREA SD 47.6
37.0 PEN ARGYL AREA SD 46.5
42.9 WILSON AREA SD 60.9
45.8 NAZARETH AREA SD 61.5
48.1 SAUCON VALLEY SD 59.0
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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We used to live in Forks. It is a very nice town, a bit pricey, that is ruined IMHO by being a part of the Easton School District. If you have high school age kids, look elsewhere. This was a major reason why we moved. The elementary schools might be ok, but once you get to high school age you have a big problem.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:14 AM
 
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Default Penn's Ridge Forks Township

Does anyone have any insight into the Penn's Ridge development in Forks Township. It appears to be one of the lower priced housing areas in the township and was built in the last 12 years. I am concerned about the number of houses for sale and number of foreclosures in the development.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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May I direct your attention to this article; Penn's Ridge development residents in Forks Township to start community policing - PennLive.com

The problems described in this article that were occurring in 2010 would explain a number of the of foreclosures and houses for sale in the development in 2014.

Addendum; Here's another related article concerning this situation from Allentown's Morning Call paper. http://articles.mcall.com/2010-07-20...lins-road-west
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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Default Penn's Ridge Forks Township

Thanks julian17033. Do you know if other areas in Forks are experiencing similar issues? The news articles confirmed my fears of what I was visually seeing at Penns Ridge.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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We used to live in Forks. It is a very nice town, a bit pricey, that is ruined IMHO by being a part of the Easton School District. If you have high school age kids, look elsewhere. This was a major reason why we moved. The elementary schools might be ok, but once you get to high school age you have a big problem.
That's exactly what I hear. The same is true for Palmer Township. It has some nice affordable homes, but the High School is Easton.

OP, if your husband works in Lebanon, why not find a smaller house/ townhouse in Hunterdon County? That school district is supposed to be one of the best in NJ. I'd also suggest Nazareth, as long as you are close to 33. 33 to 78, IMO is better than 22 to 78 because of the lights on 22 and the bridge construction.
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Thanks julian17033. Do you know if other areas in Forks are experiencing similar issues? The news articles confirmed my fears of what I was visually seeing at Penns Ridge.

No I'm sorry I don't. But glad to have helped you with at least this.
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