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Old 05-16-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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We are a lesbian couple, with no kids, looking to move to NJ from Saint Petersburg, FL. I was born in Andover, NJ, and loved it there, but now I'm used to city-living. St. Petersburg is right near Tampa, and has 24 hour McDonalds, grocery stores, ect. It has a Downtown aera with lots of art stores, cool little music/coffee shops, a good nightlife. We are trying to find the same type of town/city in NJ. We hate the heat down here, and would like to get married. We pay $600.00 rent here, and obviously know cost of living is higher there, but we'd like to find a cool town that's not too expensive.
Any suggestions? Or any other sites with this kind of info? I was looking at Union County on a map, it looks like there are a few bigger city's there, but I wouldn't want to live in any place like Newark! It's also a good location, close to NYC, and the beaches! Since living in FL, I've been within a 30 min. drive to the beach.

Thank you so much to all who reply!
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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We are a lesbian couple, with no kids, looking to move to NJ from Saint Petersburg, FL. I was born in Andover, NJ, and loved it there, but now I'm used to city-living. St. Petersburg is right near Tampa, and has 24 hour McDonalds, grocery stores, ect. It has a Downtown aera with lots of art stores, cool little music/coffee shops, a good nightlife. We are trying to find the same type of town/city in NJ. We hate the heat down here, and would like to get married. We pay $600.00 rent here, and obviously know cost of living is higher there, but we'd like to find a cool town that's not too expensive.
Any suggestions? Or any other sites with this kind of info? I was looking at Union County on a map, it looks like there are a few bigger city's there, but I wouldn't want to live in any place like Newark! It's also a good location, close to NYC, and the beaches! Since living in FL, I've been within a 30 min. drive to the beach.

Thank you so much to all who reply!
Red Bank? Cool hangouts, trendy restaurants, not far from NY, closer to the beach than Union Cnty, fairly affordable - some areas better than others (but nothing like Newark)......Good luck!
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:52 PM
 
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$600 a month is St Pete? An absolute steal. You are going to find yourself in a commuter sort of life and it will not compare to what you have now. Somewhere between Pt Pleasant and Red Bank might be a good area to target but it is very suburban in that area and your job might be elsewhere. Would a place like Cape May be interesting to you?
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:06 AM
 
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The great thing about Jersey is that where ever you end up you'll be welcomed. We are more progressive then Fl. and welcome your choices.
As for a more progressive area vs. another... anything along the hudson river area. Edgewater, fort lee, jersey city..ect.
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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I know Plainfield is a Gay friendly town with many older but elegant homes being renovated and at very good prices considering the location.
The major downside to Plainfield according to news reports is the very large drug problem. It is pretty well known in NJ that Plainfield is where to go if you are looking to purchase drugs.

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Old 05-17-2007, 08:16 AM
 
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Florida does have its progressive areas. There are not many places in north NJ that have what this OP is looking for. Most of NJ is not similar to what they have now. A resort area might be closer to that. Maybe somewhere like Cape Cod. I only mentioned Cape May because it is in NJ but there is nothing urban in NJ or New England that is similar to the Tampa area.
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:45 AM
 
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The best advice for cheaper rents will be in the local newspapers. On the internet, and in apartment booklets you'll find 2 bedroom places from $1,500 to $2,500 give or take. In the paper you'll get away with it for a grand or perhaps less if lucky. The issue is that you'll have to be present to go and look at the places, thats my current issue.
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:47 PM
 
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I looked into Red Bank, and that seems like an ideal spot, thanks for that! It seems to be posted in a few other places about it being an artsy gay-friendly town. I'm not sure where Cape May is, I'm going to look it up now.
My gf works at Starbucks, and makes around $7-8/hr., so I'm sure the wages are higher in NJ too, and we only need a 1 bdrm. I actually saw an add for a 1 bdrm. in Plainfeild for $700., not too bad. Funny you mentioned that emanon.
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