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Old 08-01-2007, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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Definitely try out your commute for a week (or more) before leaping. First my SIL and then my brother tried it (we are all natives here but they got jobs in NYC for the big salaries) and both of them were completely burned out within the first two years. They were both young single people too. I don't know how you could do that commute and have any kind of decent family life.

The taxes in Monroe county especially are going to continue to skyrocket - they simply can't build schools fast enough and someone has to pay for all of that. Also, other services such as police, fire, and EMS are WAY behind the growth and severely taxed by the population increase.
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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HI!

I relocated from NJ to Shohola, PA 5 years ago. I didn't know the area well enough at that time so if I had to do it over again I would move to Milford, PA or Hemlock Farms in Lords Valley, PA.
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Mount Pocono, PA
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I was born and raised in Monroe County. I have lived in many other places up and down the eastern seaboard during my twenties, but returned home 3 years ago because I had an opportunity to work for a family business. While it was nice to be close to family again, I found that the congestion, escalating housing prices, lack of a strong art and music community, the increasing crime, and many other factors have made this an unlivable place for me (a 35-year old, newly married, child-free artist-scholar).

With the Poconos these days you get the worst of both city living and country living: congestion and high cost of living in addition to a lack of cultural and urban amenities. Not a good combination. If one is going to live in Hickville, then one should at least have some peace and quiet. That's rapidly dwindling here. They also seem to be cutting down all the trees here and loading up the place with strip malls. What little that was good about the Poconos is disappearing.

If you try to live on Pocono wages, unless you're a doctor or other highly skilled professional, you'll find you cannot afford a modest home. In order to afford a nice home, most people are forced to commute a total of 4 hours per day to NYC. I see children in daycare from 6 am to after 6 pm. I see families stressed beyond belief because they have no time together.

4 hours per day X 5 days per week = 20 hours of your life wasted on commuting just so you can afford a home you don't have time to enjoy in an area that is only becoming another version of Long Island.

I know it's not always an easy thing to do, especially if there are family obligations, but perhaps relocating someplace completely out of the area where you can both afford a home and work without wasting much of your life commuting is the solution.

My husband and I are relocating at the end of September. We're going to try the Pacific Northwest. Portland has a more progressive culture, a better quality of life, and I won't have to commute more than 15 minutes, hopefully by foot or bike. I'm getting out of the Poconos before it sucks my creativity and finances dry.

Regardless, good luck with getting out of the NY area. I don't envy your position.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:39 AM
 
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Default Thanks Trina,

I am looking to move to the Stroudsburg area: me commuting to NYC weekdays and hubby working in Wilkes Barre.

I moved from North NJ to here and after a few months regretted it. Hubby love that it's not as congested as North Jersey, so we're not moving back to NJ anytime soon...+ property taxes and prices are outrageous.

Can you tell me if there is any area left that provides easy access to NYC buses + schools. Hubby has many ways to get to WB for his commute; plus, he'll eventually work at home - setting up a home office after we settle in.

Thanks!
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I second Hemlock Farms in Lords Valley. It is a beautiful place. I'm considering a move within the next year or two.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Pocono's
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I live in PV school district and my kids love it. They do very well. We are moving next year to Scranton area b/c of my husbands job but we both grew up here and loved it as kids. It has changed A LOT but it's still a nice area to live and raise a family.

I have to agree w/ Triana though about the Pocono area in general. Triana where did you go to school?
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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I have to second PV school district. If you want to live in Monroe County, I suggest this district. There are buses that leave from Effort to head to the city and its an easy trip to WilkesBarre/Scranton area. Good luck.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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With a commute to NYC daily what about giving the Lehigh Valley consideration. I moved from the city to the poconos and then to Bethlehem 6 years ago. Bethlehem in a lot of ways reminds me of Long Island. You are close to everything, shopping, churches, schools. It is a great town.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:26 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. We've settled in Tannersville. The kids will be going ot mt pocono school in Swiftwater. They have a great swim team - which was a big + for my son.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Greentown, PA
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I moved here two years ago from Queens, ny. We moved to Greentown, PA (Pike County) Prices in my area range from 150- 250K. You can get a nice house for 200k and have neighbors real close. The School system is great Wallenpaupack. (one of the best in the area) The commute is 2hours. My hubby was able to get a transfer with here so he does not commute. The thing you need to consider is you need a good car living here. A car that can handle the bad winter months. I learned that in my first month when my car broke down and had to wait for hubby to have time to go grocery shopping. Its hard to not have a store nearby. but you get used to the distances.

I tell you, I have two little girls and they love it here. The nature ( they had never seen a worm or deer ) has been a great experience for them. and the peace of mind of being able to let them go out and play in the backyard without being scared for them. pm is you have any questions
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