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Old 04-20-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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what are the pros and cons of living in south jersey compared to the pa suburbs? so far, the positives are that, there are more townhouses, which i like compared to the typical philly rowhome. gas is cheaper. but the rise in cost insurance is really bothering me. what other benefits are there to living in south jersey?? is anything else cheaper??
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Forest Hills
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You won't find new homes in the $300k range in the PA suburbs like you will in NJ. If you want the newer big McMansion style homes with the huge windows and 2 car garage, NJ is the place to be. Even with the taxes being higher, you still seem to get more home in NJ.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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Generally speaking, home prices in South Jersey, in general, regardless of age, tend to run lower than most of the Pennsylvania suburbs in proximity to Philadelphia. In fact, if you consider the entire Boston-D.C. corridor, the cheapest housing you are going to find will be outer Camden County, many Gloucester County towns, and Cumberland County, if you even consider that county to be in the commuting orbit to Philly. Many don't.

There are a few towns in proximity to Philly on the PA side that have some older, cheaper homes, such as Horsham, Elkins Park, Broomall, and Hatboro. Bensalem to a degree, but some neighborhoods in these towns aren't very desirable.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:07 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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A lot depends on where you work. The South Jersey suburbs are closer to Center City that the PA suburbs. To the immediate west of Philly is the Main Line which is much more expensive for real estate.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Fast commute to Philly - I go from the Deptford Mall area to University City in 25 minutes flat off-peak, 45 minutes at most in rush hour. Try doing that from Conshohocken or West Chester.
Cheap gas, full-service too
Plenty of shopping areas
Lots of ethnic food in Cherry Hill/Voorhees area
Easy access to shore
No sales tax on clothing, shoes, food - not sure if it's the same in PA?
Cheap housing - Good school districts with affordable homes - can buy a $200k home with $7k a year in taxes and have good schools
PATCO runs 24/7 which is nice

Bad points:
$4 toll to get to Philly
Far from mountains, very flat landscape
Higher income tax than PA suburbs (but lower than Philly with wage tax)
More restrictive gun laws (could be a plus for some)
Not as beautiful as the rolling hills out in western Philly suburbs


Overall, SJ won me over when I relocated here.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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Having lived in south jersey pretty much my entire life, I really don't have much to compare it to. I did live in Boston for four years during college, but that really doesn't count.

I would have to say for me it is the lack of want. Pretty much anything you could ever need is convenient and easy to get to. The schools are generally good, the neighbrohoods are active and have a sense of community. The taxes while certainly on the high side aren't that much higher and you do get a decent return on your money compared to a lot of other areas.

My wife and I have had the opportunity to leave a couple times and relocate to other areas or just move over the border to PA. However, everytime we considered it, no area we found provided the same feel and mix that South Jersey does.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Fast commute to Philly - I go from the Deptford Mall area to University City in 25 minutes flat off-peak, 45 minutes at most in rush hour. Try doing that from Conshohocken or West Chester.
Cheap gas, full-service too
Plenty of shopping areas
Lots of ethnic food in Cherry Hill/Voorhees area
Easy access to shore
No sales tax on clothing, shoes, food - not sure if it's the same in PA?
Cheap housing - Good school districts with affordable homes - can buy a $200k home with $7k a year in taxes and have good schools
PATCO runs 24/7 which is nice

Bad points:
$4 toll to get to Philly
Far from mountains, very flat landscape
Higher income tax than PA suburbs (but lower than Philly with wage tax)
More restrictive gun laws (could be a plus for some)
Not as beautiful as the rolling hills out in western Philly suburbs


Overall, SJ won me over when I relocated here.
I agree. it won us over too..
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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There is no tax on clothing in PA. As far as near/neighboring states, MD that has a tax on clothing and NY also, but NY recently made it so that it applies only to clothing over $100.

On food, NJ taxes food that is restaurant/take out (prepared), candy and soft drinks. I remember paying tax on Cracker Jack as it was considered candy/confectionary, but potato chips/snacks aren't taxed.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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If one takes Tacony-Palmyra or Burlington Bristol bridge, bridges not operated by DRPA, the toll is only $2, but it takes one to NE Philadelphia.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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For me it is that my suburb is alot closer to center city than most of the similar suburbs on the PA side. Plus quick access to my job in Center City via PATCO makes it ideal.
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