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Old 11-05-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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What about the logging industry, public works dept, police, and all the Mental Health programs which are great professional jobs. If you dont like Berlin then instead of complaining.... do something about it. The reason we dont get alot of positive press is the people from the South who dis our city because it doesnt have all that nashua has... keep your big cities we dont need your city life. Come cause you can afford to pay cash for a house that looks at the Presidential mountain range, come cause you want to leave the stress of the city life to the Mass-holes. Hampshire fro damnsure
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:53 PM
 
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Logging is still there but it's running down too. A friend of mine has a brother who had been logging since high school (10 years) and many people got laid off especially since the mill closed. He only got to keep his job because he had been there so long. Public works and police jobs are not easy to get. Have you ever tried getting a government based job? It isn't easy. Mental health jobs i guess are there but again, it's not such an overwhelming demand so there's no guarantee of having a job. Berlin is a very small town and although there are great jobs out there, you need to find an opening first and what do you do in the mean time waiting for an opening? I'm not trying depress those wanting to move to Berlin, it is my hometown but just for those who are thinking of moving there looking to get a great paying job, yeah they are there when someone quits but that's about it. I know right now we need to find a mobility specialist for my daughter to attend high school next year and there is a job opening posted all over the state and beyond to find that specialist. There is a demand for special ed teachers if anyone fits that job description and in know nursing is also in high demand.

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Old 11-10-2007, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
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I grew up in Berlin and still have family there.
The area itself is very depressed and jobs are scarce, and low-paying.
There is a State Prison and the Federal Prison is supposed to be erected some day.
They just tore the Mill down and haven't settled what will be in its place yet.
There are lots of schools.. one High School (9-12). Multiple Elementary Schools.. I think 3 or so. One Middle School.
There is a Public Library, Bowling Alley, Pizza Shops, Delis, Mom and Pop Shops (what is left of em..) A JC Penney, Hospital, Pharmacies/Drug Stores, a Small Grocery Store in town but Shaws is not too far in Gorham and Super Walmart recently opened. I have seen a lot of development down Berlin/Gorham Road (Route 16) every time I visit the family. Top Furniture just built a new store (which my dad and his crew built-yay!), a New Laconia Bank and Super Walmart. There is Berlin City Car Dealership, Lots of gas stations...
The biggest issue is I have caught wind of a surge in drug use in town. All I hear about is this person doing crack, this person is in rehab, this person is a pill popper, it is insane. I came home for New Years to spend it with my best guy friend at the time and we went to a party, and they rounded up lines of coke right in front of me.. YIKES I was out of there within seconds of that happening!
Main Street is decrepit and is in need of work, but slowly is being revamped. They just don't have people to fill the spaces so they are old, run down, empty retail spaces. The fire that took out part of Pleasant Street is still vacant, they tore down the building but now you can see the crappy, run down apartment buildings that were behind it. That is the other issue.. there is rarely a very nice place to live. They are there, but as far as renting, good luck in finding one that is up to date. There are some nicer neighborhoods than others.
I still love the town since it is where I grew up and I know the history of it's once glorious past.. it is just very run down these days and has a very bad reputation. Though it doesn't stink anymore.
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Default Thank you for your insightful comments....

I have been looking at property in Maine for the past year and recently extended my search and was amazed at the price difference if you travel inland over to NH.....I now have my eye on Berlin and everything that has been posted here and on other threads has been so helpful. A special thank you to Daniellefort!

I will be visiting Berlin in July to look at some specific properties: how is the school street area in terms of neighborhood?

I am a teacher and I actually work overseas and would inhabit the property during my breaks which currently occur in July and December-February since I am in the Southern Hemisphere. Is safety an issue?
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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I have been looking at property in Maine for the past year and recently extended my search and was amazed at the price difference if you travel inland over to NH.....I now have my eye on Berlin and everything that has been posted here and on other threads has been so helpful. A special thank you to Daniellefort!

I will be visiting Berlin in July to look at some specific properties: how is the school street area in terms of neighborhood?

I am a teacher and I actually work overseas and would inhabit the property during my breaks which currently occur in July and December-February since I am in the Southern Hemisphere. Is safety an issue?

I'll get back with you tomorrow. I just got in, it's late and i have to get my daughter to bed. so check tomorrow morning and i'll have a response. I have to look up on the map where School street is because if forgot but it sounds familiar.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:27 AM
 
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Ok school street is a nice area. It's just off the main highway through town about 1 street back. Keep in mind it's close to the middle and high schools so because of that, your taxes are going to be quite a bit higher than if were to live further from the schools. I know because my sister lives 1 mile from a school and she's paying about $4000 a year on a $160,000 home. You may also want to check out the Milan area. they have much lower taxes and it's more a country setting where you have room between the homes and yet still 10 minutes from town. You'll have to travel to Berlin for your shopping, banking etc but again it's only 10 minutes away. If i had a choice, i would live in Milan vs. Berlin for that reason because i like a little grass around my home. You'll notice when to get to Berlin that there are a lot of 3 or 4 story apartment buildings that are pretty run down but don't let that scare you. the crimes are very low and there are nice areas in town to live. The east side of town across the river is where you'll find the most run down places. Oddly enough, i grew up on that side of town. I'm actually moving back this weekend to Berlin but i'll be staying with my sister for a while until we find a place. Good luck on your search.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Back in NYS
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I'm actually moving back this weekend to Berlin but i'll be staying with my sister for a while until we find a place. Good luck on your search.

Have a safe trip Danielle - let us know when you arrive!
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:31 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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Talking have fun

oh my, the only one that will take care of you up there is god. lol that's gods country.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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oh my, the only one that will take care of you up there is god. lol that's gods country.
Well that's all i need then. Well, my husband with me would be nice but i guess i can't have everything.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Seacoast NH
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Default Was watchin real estate a year ago in Berlin

I was looking at several properties in Berlin about a year ago there were lots of relative bargains out there, but just a bit too far out there I decided. there still localle's that can be a great of cost of living bargains. I wasn't up for that much snow. I've decided util the state does something pro-active I don't wan't to support schools with my property tax/ retirement dollars. there are still places in this country you live very well. on < $50,000 or less on a year, sometimes local economies are a severe drawback, but retirement dollars are largely exempt from those considerations.
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