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Old 12-17-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: The Garden State
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I know this is a little late being this artical came out during the summer but with all the negativity about NJ I figured I'd post something positive. Any thoughts or opinions on Holmdel?



6-figure towns - Holmdel, NJ (1) - Money Magazine
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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wow you need a 6 figure salary to afford those houses in that town
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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I'm not sure why it's considered the "best six figure town." I can think of at least 30-40 cities/towns in the US that I'd rather live in than Holmdel, NJ. Holmdel is a decent place to live, but I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a highly desireable place to live. If that were the case, all the Wall Street/corporate exec types would be attempting to move there instead of places in NJ like Alpine, Saddle River, Princeton, Bernardsville, Short Hills, Livingston, etc. Overall, decent place, but nothing to write home about.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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I'm not sure why it's considered the "best six figure town." I can think of at least 30-40 cities/towns in the US that I'd rather live in than Holmdel, NJ. Holmdel is a decent place to live, but I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a highly desireable place to live. If that were the case, all the Wall Street/corporate exec types would be attempting to move there instead of places in NJ like Alpine, Saddle River, Princeton, Bernardsville, Short Hills, Livingston, etc. Overall, decent place, but nothing to write home about.

Decent? Holmdel is a great place to live. I don't disagree that there are towns just as nice or even better, I certainly thinks it's better than 'decent'. I'd take Holmdel over Livingston anyday.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Central, NJ
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I'm not sure why it's considered the "best six figure town." I can think of at least 30-40 cities/towns in the US that I'd rather live in than Holmdel, NJ. Holmdel is a decent place to live, but I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a highly desireable place to live. If that were the case, all the Wall Street/corporate exec types would be attempting to move there instead of places in NJ like Alpine, Saddle River, Princeton, Bernardsville, Short Hills, Livingston, etc. Overall, decent place, but nothing to write home about.
Their absence helps it's ranking as a great place to live.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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I'm was born and raised in Holmdel. I had a great upbringing and wouldn't change that but I don't think I would raise my children there now. It is a nice town with nice homes (lots of mini mansions) but I will say that there were a lot of punks that really didn't care about school and just had no ambition to do well. They essentially were very materialistic. I think Holmdel is really good for a child that is gifted or has special needs. Otherwise they will get lost in the system. All of my 5 siblings except for me went to private school and had a much better experience. I stayed in Holmdel bc. my doctors anticipated that I would have difficulty in school from complications at birth. I was just average and if it weren't for my parents, I wouldn't have succeeded.
It has become so built up that the charm that was once there is gone.
Also, there is no commerce so taxes a pretty high. They are still trying to figure out what to do with the large AT&T campus.
I would consider a different town all together.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: NJ
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oh damn, i am big pimpin and spendin cheese here in holmesdel.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I'm not sure why it's considered the "best six figure town." I can think of at least 30-40 cities/towns in the US that I'd rather live in than Holmdel, NJ. Holmdel is a decent place to live, but I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a highly desireable place to live. If that were the case, all the Wall Street/corporate exec types would be attempting to move there instead of places in NJ like Alpine, Saddle River, Princeton, Bernardsville, Short Hills, Livingston, etc. Overall, decent place, but nothing to write home about.
I agree 100%. Holmdel is nice, but nothing special. I would pick any of those other towns, if for nothing else, convenience of their locations over that of Holmdel.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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The best photo they could come up with to represent Holmdel (and the state of NJ in this slide show) is a photo of an empty PNC Bank Arts Center? WTH?
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: North Brunswick
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I'm was born and raised in Holmdel. I had a great upbringing and wouldn't change that but I don't think I would raise my children there now. It is a nice town with nice homes (lots of mini mansions) but I will say that there were a lot of punks that really didn't care about school and just had no ambition to do well. They essentially were very materialistic. I think Holmdel is really good for a child that is gifted or has special needs. Otherwise they will get lost in the system. All of my 5 siblings except for me went to private school and had a much better experience. I stayed in Holmdel bc. my doctors anticipated that I would have difficulty in school from complications at birth. I was just average and if it weren't for my parents, I wouldn't have succeeded.
It has become so built up that the charm that was once there is gone.
Also, there is no commerce so taxes a pretty high. They are still trying to figure out what to do with the large AT&T campus.
I would consider a different town all together.
Every town in that area has suffered this fate. That is why I left the area. The town I grew up in (Manalapan) has suffered a more extreme version of this.

I know a few people who live in Holmdel and they don't seem all that stuck up as the Manalapanian crowd and the town does have a few sections that are still really rural with lots of nature all around, but I don't really like the look of the developed areas at all. Not all of it is McMansions, but kinda gaudy and doesn't do much for my tastes.
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