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Old 05-26-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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thread on NEPA forum suggested i try here, so here here is my story
I am looking for a place to live that fits me and my family and our long list of criteria
We are New Yorkers who moved to Lancaster 6 years ago and I am still homesick =(. My husband is ok with moving but does not want to leave the state. I am willing to compromise and move to the eastern part of pa so I can be in closer driving distance to my family in NY. We do NOT need to commute to NY for work. when I say NY i mean NYC (Brooklyn) and Long island.

Id like to live within 1 1/2 hours or less from NYC
we have 2 young children so good schools and low crime rate are important
Im not a country or wilderness girl Id prefer suburban area
I have no preference in counties whether its pike, monroe, bucks etc..
budget $0-$300000



Yes we are new yorkers, I hear people say leave the NY attitude and you'll do fine , i dont think I have one im pretty quiet and laid back but I am extremely proud of where I came from and will prefer not to live around people who hate new yorkers.


am I looking for a diamond in the rough? does such a place exist?
any help would be appreciated , thanks for reading!

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Old 05-26-2014, 07:28 PM
 
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We do NOT need to commute to NY for work. when I say NY i mean NYC (Brooklyn) and Long island.

Id like to live within 1 1/2 hours or less from NY we have 2 young children so good schools and low crime rate are important
If you don't mind me probing, I am guessing that you live three hours from home. If you want to cut that drive time in half and you only go back to NYC 8 times a year, then personally I think moving your whole family to save a little drive time seems like overkill. (My opinion)

Now, if you are going to have a friend or relative take a casino bus from Brooklyn to Bethlehem every week for a late night or overnight visit then it makes a little more sense.

People who take the casino bus for transportation usually pay the $35 and they get $45 in free play. They play the $45 once through the machines, and whatever they have left determines the cost of their transportation. Unless you are wildly unlucky it will be a whole lot less than gas and tolls.

Casinos aren't stupid, and they know that people use casino buses for transportation. That's why the promotions are only good if you start in NYC or Brooklyn (or northern NJ, and possibly Long Island). There is only a handful of people that want to come this way, vs thousands of people per day that want to go to NYC.

Just picking two homes to give you an idea.
These homes are 3-5 miles from the casino, in an excellent school district, and in a low crime area.

4 beds, 2 baths, 2,378 sqft For Sale: $332,500 Last sold: Oct 2008 for $275,000
Built Circa 1900 This Truly Magnificent 2 Story Colonial , , has been Meticulously Restored and Renovated. Improvements include, Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Natural Oak Trim, Pocket Doors, New Kitchens and Baths, Custom Window Treatments and More!This Stunning and Spacious Home is zoned Mixed Use, can be used as an Office or Residence and is worthy of your inspection.

4 beds, 4 baths, 2,754 sqft For Sale: $319,000
Built in 1950 Additions 1975 & 1993 This rambling large Cape Cod home on a 3/4 acre lot with mature trees. It has tremendous possibilities. Very convenient to Bethlehem with all the benefits of country living.There have been several additions over the years. 3 fireplaces, Den with dry bar, Gathering room, Cozy family room.

The second home looks like a much better value for the money, but it is near an interstate so it is much noisier.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:17 AM
 
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I understand the reasoning for the move and wish my mother was an hour closer. A visit for fun is one thing, but as our parents age, it's incredibly inconvenient when you need to help them and every visit means a whole day because of the drive.

I would look in any of the towns surrounding the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem or Easton. The school districts generally considered the best are East Penn, Parkland and Southern Lehigh. The first two are large districts with High Schools of 3,000 students. Southern Lehigh HS has about 1,000 students. You might do a quick zillow search to get an idea of the prices. The biggest problem with Southern Lehigh is the lack of available housing, especially under $300,000. I wouldn't rule out other school districts like Saucon Valley (but be careful, the teachers may likely strike - they're operating without a contract), Nazareth, Salisbury, Northern Lehigh are all pretty good too. You can compare districts here and look at demographics and stats: Pennsylvania Schools - Find a School in Pennsylvania - SchoolDigger.com

Emmaus and Macungie are the largest towns located in East Penn School district.

Parkland has the following areas: North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie

Coopersburg, Upper Saucon and Lower Milford are the areas/towns associated with Southern Lehigh.

PacoMartin mentioned the Casino bus option, which is certainly doable, but most people that I know just take the Bieber bus to Port Authority. Bieber Tours - Home lousy website, but convenient buses.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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PacoMartin mentioned the Casino bus option, which is certainly doable, but most people that I know just take the Bieber bus to Port Authority. Bieber Tours - Home lousy website, but convenient buses.
The Bieber buses go to Port Authority, You then have to follow it up with a long subway ride to Brooklyn (very difficult and expensive with children). While the Bieber bus is a convenient way to commute, or if you are sightseeing in Manhattan, I imagine that the OP will drive to Brooklyn via the V-N bridge. She did say that she wanted to get home in 90 minutes. The bus and subway combination will be closer to 3 hours.


The casino buses start in Brooklyn and also they are essentially free if you win back most of your comp dollars. Even if you lose everything, they are no more expensive than a regular bus. If I wasn't clear, you can't get on a casino bus at Sands casino and go to Brooklyn. You must start in Brooklyn.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Yes we are new yorkers, I hear people say leave the NY attitude and you'll do fine , i dont think I have one im pretty quiet and laid back but I am extremely proud of where I came from and will prefer not to live around people who hate new yorkers.

Hello and welcome to the Lehigh Valley Forum.

I wish to address your issues with attitudes being shown from more indigenous Pennsylvania residents.

Whereas you will find those that do not like people from the NYC/NJ metro area regardless of who they are the real issue that most of these residents have including myself is the population that brought
inter generational poverty from that metro area to the Lehigh Valley.

Due to the massive gentrification pushes that NYC metro as been experiencing we here in this metro area have seen a large influx of non productive citizenry from that area resulting in the decimation of school districts, blighted neighborhoods, large amounts of litter, crime and racial tensions.

These problems are mostly relegated to the downtown areas of Allentown, parts of Bethlehem,downtown Easton and to a lesser extent Phillipsburg, NJ.

The outer ring suburbs of these cities are still mostly occupied by a middle class working population.

Venture further out and into the outer metro areas and you'll discover low crime, excellent school districts and desirable homes.

I personally welcome any high quality NYC/NJ area transplant. High quality for me is defined as being someone that has not or will not move here to solely obtain cheaper rent and to be a drain on city tax coffers by living on public assistance as a way of life as opposed to being a helping hand to lift one selves out of poverty and into being a productive citizen.

You and your family Majenta will find the overwhelming majority of people here to be welcoming to you due to what you bring to the table which isn't a drain but a positive to the valley.

Welcome.
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:08 PM
 
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I am a recently transplanted NY'er. I love it here and chose this place due to many things, including its proximity to nyc ( for family and occasional work)
I am just getting settled in. This place is great. Good luck
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:33 AM
 
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I am a recently transplanted NY'er. I love it here and chose this place due to many things, including its proximity to nyc ( for family and occasional work)
I am just getting settled in. This place is great. Good luck
what town/city do you live in
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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Upper saucon
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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Upper saucon
Upper Saucon is a township with 5262 homes (upper middle class to ultra exclusive) . Suburban to Rural developments with three acres of land per home.

Upper Saucon surrounds borough of Coopersburg with is 985 homes (2 homes per acre), which offers a more affordable housing with most of same benefits.

Lower Macungie and Upper Saucon township are the same size, but LM has 31K homes. LM is by far the most developed of all the townships and has as many homes as the City of Bethlehem.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:28 PM
 
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I want to add Northwestern Lehigh school district where I live is also a very good school district. I would personally stay in the suburbs of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton rather than the cities itself.
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