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Old 12-21-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Connecticut shoreline
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Hi and best wishes to all.

Here's my current question:

We love (and have lived -- rented -- in) Ocean Grove and have been trying for a full year to find a house within 1/2 hour of it for not much more than 250K, with some acreage, say close to an acre or even 1/2 -- plus at least 1600 square feet.

Nothing right yet.

Now we're considering the Barnegat area, seeing lots of houses for even 230K that fit our needs, but the area?

If you're thinking Jackson & Howell, we've ruled them out.

Also avoiding Toms River area for health issues.

Help! Please give me opinions about: keep focusing on Monmouth and be patient, forget about Barnegat, Barnegat's great, etc etc.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! and thanks.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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Have you considered Bayville? Pine Beach? Both are in Ocean County. Reasonable prices and taxes.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Hi and best wishes to all.

Here's my current question:

We love (and have lived -- rented -- in) Ocean Grove and have been trying for a full year to find a house within 1/2 hour of it for not much more than 250K, with some acreage, say close to an acre or even 1/2 -- plus at least 1600 square feet.

Nothing right yet.

Now we're considering the Barnegat area, seeing lots of houses for even 230K that fit our needs, but the area?

If you're thinking Jackson & Howell, we've ruled them out.

Also avoiding Toms River area for health issues.

Help! Please give me opinions about: keep focusing on Monmouth and be patient, forget about Barnegat, Barnegat's great, etc etc.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! and thanks.


What would Toms River have to do with health issues??

Ocean Grove?/ Have you checked any of the redevelopment areas in Asbury Park?

Depending on where you work Barnegat can be a haul up the GSP
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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What would Toms River have to do with health issues??

Ocean Grove?/ Have you checked any of the redevelopment areas in Asbury Park?

Depending on where you work Barnegat can be a haul up the GSP
Toms River had contaminated wells.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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In order to stay in NJ where you want to, you need a bigger budget. It looks like you might want to consider another state by the shore. You will find alot more for your money. I do agree that Toms River, Jackson, and Howell are all undesirable as well.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: NJ
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In order to stay in NJ where you want to, you need a bigger budget. It looks like you might want to consider another state by the shore. You will find alot more for your money. I do agree that Toms River, Jackson, and Howell are all undesirable as well.
why are Jackson and Howell undesirable? I sincerely don't know - I was always under the assumption they were decent places.
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Connecticut shoreline
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why are Jackson and Howell undesirable? I sincerely don't know - I was always under the assumption they were decent places.
Mostly from having explored both towns several times, driving around, feeling like the subdivision-heavy infrastructure is about to implode: cars piled to the gills at intersections, overworked sewage system, water supply and all. Plus things I've read -- maybe on city data links, maybe realtors I've spoken to, and some stories I've read in local newspapers referring to overcrowding.

I imagine the more southern towns in clusters, like Bernegat and all, might be facing the same problems.

I'd love people to weigh in on this. The houses I'm seeing online down there (Barnegat, Lacey, Waretown, Stafford) look like just what we're hoping to buy.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Connecticut shoreline
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Following up to my own post:

Shortly after posting the above, I looked at some Howell houses online, and plan to do some drive-by's. I meant no offense to anybody who lives in either Howell or Jackson or Tom's River. Honest and thanks.
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I was just a little surprised about Jackson because it's one of the largest townships in the state, west over to Colliers Mills and down to Lakewood.
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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[quote=njkate;12129402]What would Toms River have to do with health issues??

They found lots of Cancers in that area. Water is awful................
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