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Old 08-12-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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Seriously considering Manalapan, Millstone, Freehold. moving from Rockaway Park Queens. Would prefer to be in Holmdel (Greek church is there) or Colts Neck but too pricey. Want to spend about 700k. Want a 4+ bedroom, one acres, basement (prefer finished), pool, office, plyroom. Say 3600+ sq feet.

We are almost 40, two girls aged 3 and 5.

Can you tell me about towns. What are differences? Programs available for children? Shopping? Restaurants (I saw Freehold has a dowtown)? How are schools? Where is most Christian areas?

Differences within Freehold? How is Upper Freehold differnt?

Any place else we ,should consider?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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Seriously considering Manalapan, Millstone, Freehold. moving from Rockaway Park Queens. Would prefer to be in Holmdel (Greek church is there) or Colts Neck but too pricey. Want to spend about 700k. Want a 4+ bedroom, one acres, basement (prefer finished), pool, office, plyroom. Say 3600+ sq feet.

We are almost 40, two girls aged 3 and 5.

Can you tell me about towns. What are differences? Programs available for children? Shopping? Restaurants (I saw Freehold has a dowtown)? How are schools? Where is most Christian areas?

Differences within Freehold? How is Upper Freehold differnt?

Any place else we ,should consider?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
You can probably get close to what you want in Holmdel or Colts Neck (do a search on realtor.com) If you want to be close to the Greek church forget about Upper Freehold and Millstone (real nice towns, country feel, farms, horse country) they are a bit of a drive. When asking about Freehold, you need to be specific. There is Freehold Borough (which has what you refer to as downtown) and there is Freehold Township which surrounds Freehold Borough. Freehold borough is a small town that has a mixed population and probably don't meet your needs. Freehold Township is a large town with homes from 200K to 1.5 Mil+. You can look in the eastern section of Freehold Township on the Colts Neck Border and find what your looking for (and still be within 20 minutes of the church in Holmdel). Manalapan and Marlboro are similar towns as well. I'm sure people here will chime in on the plus and minus of those towns. You can also look in Middletown. Good luck to you.

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Old 08-13-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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The houses are nice but is there any "town" there? I drive through that area and don't sense any community feel
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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Don't give up on Holmdel or Colts Neck. My SIL didn't think she could get into these towns either, and she was able to buy a 5B/3BTH, 3700 SQ FT for 800K. Prices are dropping so I would definitely keep looking in thoses areas if that is where you truly want to be.
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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I lived in Manalapan for about 6 years. Although I loved it down there, there was no town feel. I wanted my daughter to grow up in an area where we could walk to the ice cream store, and I could walk her to school. No such thing in Manalapan.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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Restaurants (I saw Freehold has a dowtown)?
when i was a kid, i would say that the freehold town area was mixed. its not mixed now. its like 95% mexican.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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Seriously considering Manalapan, Millstone, Freehold. moving from Rockaway Park Queens. Would prefer to be in Holmdel (Greek church is there) or Colts Neck but too pricey. Want to spend about 700k. Want a 4+ bedroom, one acres, basement (prefer finished), pool, office, plyroom. Say 3600+ sq feet.

We are almost 40, two girls aged 3 and 5.

Can you tell me about towns. What are differences? Programs available for children? Shopping? Restaurants (I saw Freehold has a dowtown)? How are schools? Where is most Christian areas?

Differences within Freehold? How is Upper Freehold differnt?

Any place else we ,should consider?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
Manalapan - McMansions and Cell-Phone-talking-leased-SUV drivers up the wazoo that "pretend" to be loaded with $$$$ but instead just sue each other to maintain their empty lifestyle and spoil their kids rotten. Complete with deep exaggerated dumb-Brooklynite accents. If you like these backsliders you are set.

Millstone - Other than the fact that it is a very boring, desolate place with absolutely nothing at all to do except maybe look at summer camps, it is fine.

Freehold and Upper Freehold are completely different towns, they do not even touch. UF is past Millstone on the border into Jackson (Ocean County) and is kinda the same kind of place, except it has a nice little main street called Allentown. Freehold Township is where all the business/commerce is for that entire region and the borough (downtown) is the county seat which has pretty much become ghettofied over the last few years.

I do not think any of these towns are exactly "Christian". Most of the people I have met from there are Jewish. Don't know much about the schools - taught in Manalapan for one year and that was enough to know that those are not kids I would want my children to associate with. I think the best schools in Monmouth County are Holmdel, which is a very nice town, but out of anyone's price range that is not incredibly wealthy like you already said.

Are you that picky about the location?

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