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Old 12-02-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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lol oh boy I bet there are some people in sales that come online to try and paint a pretty picture.

Blinky, prices are already down that much and it's very easy to find out the information.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:21 AM
 
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I am looking to move from Bergen County NJ and need advice as to where the best places are in the Lehigh County area to live a grow a family.........anyone have any info or experiences they would like to share........

thanks in advance!

Back to Macungie talk please.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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We also are transplants from Bergen County. My husband and I both went to Ridgewood High School and later lived in Midland Park. We moved to Lower Macungie in June of 2006 and really love it here. You get so much more house for your money, big beautiful lots and the people are really nice. So many people here are transplants from all over, but especially NJ and NY that everyone is trying to meet new friends. One of the things I really like about our development, which is called Graymoor by Pulte, is that we have sidewalks and streetlights. We have 2 young children and it is a great place to raise a family IMO.

The taxes are not cheap as some people might tell you but they are not as high as Bergen County and you are getting so much more house. THere are quite a few developments around here that you would probably want to look into...Brandywine I and II, Farmington Hills, Millcreek, Graymoor. And of course, there are always the older developments for resales.
I would be curious to know about Graymoor. Once our home sells, we might consider building there. I have two children (will be 8 and 12 this summer) and only hope there are a lot of kids their ages in this area. Can you share your experience? - Thanks, AR
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Default Graymoor

Abbe - Graymoor is extremely family friendly with the majority of the residents having children. As I said in a previous post, one of things I really like about this development is that there are sidewalks and streetlights. This is great for the kids because even the little ones can ride their bikes and not be in the street. There are still lots of new families moving in and new homesites being sold although I think they may be getting fairly close to being built out (maybe another year). Pulte has another development called Coldwater Crossing which is a mix of single family and townhomes but the Graymoor area and surrounding neighborhoods have a much nicer, more neighborhood feel to them. We have been very happy with our Pulte house and love the neighborhood. We have a beautiful view out our back windows of the mountain range (not sure the name if any) and the Bear Creek ski resort.

Coming from New Jersey, where the houses are on top of each other and every bit of land has long since been developed, it is so nice to see a bucolic setting like Lower Macungie. They have not been developing as quickly around here which is a good because we definitely don't want it to turn into anything like another NJ or NY (which it is very far from now). The schools here are excellent too. Both of my sons are in elementary school and I am really impressed with their teachers and the curriculum.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll be taking some trips out here to look around and see for yourself how beautiful it is. Let me know if there are any specific questions you have. Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:28 AM
 
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Abbe - Graymoor is extremely family friendly with the majority of the residents having children.
I second that - we too, live in Graymoor!

We have relocated quite a bit for my husband's job, and I can honestly say that this move has been the best! Since there are so many transplants, it is easy to make friends and fit right in.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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We also are transplants from Bergen County. My husband and I both went to Ridgewood High School and later lived in Midland Park. We moved to Lower Macungie in June of 2006 and really love it here. You get so much more house for your money, big beautiful lots and the people are really nice. So many people here are transplants from all over, but especially NJ and NY that everyone is trying to meet new friends. One of the things I really like about our development, which is called Graymoor by Pulte, is that we have sidewalks and streetlights. We have 2 young children and it is a great place to raise a family IMO.

The taxes are not cheap as some people might tell you but they are not as high as Bergen County and you are getting so much more house. THere are quite a few developments around here that you would probably want to look into...Brandywine I and II, Farmington Hills, Millcreek, Graymoor. And of course, there are always the older developments for resales.

Wow ! I went to ridgewood high school and now live in midland park!

I wanted to know about this area. There is a job at Rodale I might be interested in. I am also really big into track cycling so that sort of cuts down on my 4 hours of driving on a weekend day.

Is there access to local food - any local farms that sell their own produce and eggs and meat?

for buying organic foods, is there any closer choice than Wegman's in Allentown. I know it's only 7 miles but i guess we are used to things being closer here.

I am not sure if we would want to live in a development.. the prices of these newer homes look great and I would love a nice new efficient home... but I would not know what to do with 2300 sq ft. Maybe a townhome. We do not want to live anywhere where they handle the grass for you if they use chemical pesticides and fertilizers on it. We are also a family with children (well 1 and a dog for now) and are concerned about toxins etc. In Graymor I guess you probably handle your own lawn plus there may be some community areas that are handled for you?

Also we like to grow a lot of vegetables and I am not sure how or if that fits in with development HOA rules or whatever?

Not opposed to having a townhome and having a plot at a community garden if there is such a thing. Or even just buying an acre of land somewhere close by to start one up. I am probably coming across pretty crunchy but we don't exactly fit in in Midland Park either - I am not sure if we would be any more normal or find any more similar minded people over that way.... Basically our hobbies are being outside, gardening , walking, hiking, biking... we're not SO crazy.

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Old 10-06-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Joe, as you probably know, Rodale is an awesome employer. Everyone I know who works there is very, very happy

I don't know if one of those developments would suit you and your family. I ride through on my bike and the smell of lawn pesticides is literally hanging in the air. Ugh. I also have encountered massive amounts of rude drivers in the Macungie area, and I'm an extremely considerate road cyclist who adheres to the rules of the road at all times! However, when you leave the developed areas, it is a true joy cycling on all the rural, little-traveled roads.

The Rodale organic farm is not too far away out in Maxatawny Township and offers CSA: Quiet Creek Farm - LocalHarvest

and there many other farms in western Lehigh/eastern Berks county (not sure of organic status, when I can't afford organic I strive to buy local).

As far as your love of outdoor hobbies, there are so many opportunities here. You know about the velodrome, with all the free/cheap classes and opportunities for kids, the wonderful Rodale Fitness Park across the street, hiking at Hawk Mountain, the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking, etc. I could go on and on!
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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Thanks

i forgot all about localharvest, and it looks like there are a fair number of farms,farm markets, coops, etc. in the area.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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There are tons of local markets in this area, especially August through October. I like to go to the Emmaus farmers market on Sunday's after church for veggies, bread and cheese. I also pick apples and other fruit at Bob White acres in Lower Milford township. Bob White Acres - Coopersburg, PA It's out in the middle of nowhere and not one of those cutesy places, but great fruit and vegetables at good prices.
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