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Old 11-06-2006, 08:47 PM
 
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I hope you resettle with us! I would look into Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Watch out for HIGH prices in Pike's county - lots of families moving there and realtors know it's hot property! I come from a very international family and welcome diversity - many of us would love to have more families from India, Africa, Latin America.
Just WATCH OUT for Hazleton PA for now - please do some research on the Latino population and their experiences there.

We hope you and your family have a peaceful and productive move. Paz, Ciao.
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Old 11-24-2006, 03:59 PM
 
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You really can't go wrong in Pike County; Eastern Monroe County is generally what I tell people to avoid due to the traffic congestion, school overcrowding, and rising crime rates and housing prices. Basically, the Stroudsburg area is becoming NYC's newest bedroom community, and it's getting all of the ills that come with it as it has now been transformed from sleepy country village to booming suburbia.

I'm not quite sure where Lehman Township is specifically, but I know that much of Pike County should remain largely unspoiled, quiet, and picturesque for years to come. As far as shopping needs are concerned, there are conveniences in Matamoras and Westfall Township, just north of Milford, such as a Lowe's, Wal-Mart Supercenter, etc. Downtown Milford is a cute artists' retreat with some small galleries and gift shops along its main drag. Other than that, more "urban essentials" can be found about 45 minutes away in Scranton or a half-hour away in Middletown, NY. I don't know much about Middletown's nightlife scene, but Scranton has been reinventing itself over the past five years under the fresh leadership of a "bohemian culture class" mayor. Scranton has two shopping malls, as well as a new NYC-style outlet center on the way to completion next March. Scranton has Starbucks, Best Buy, Wegman's, and just about any other chain store you could think of, and the downtown is starting to noticeably bounce back (The most recent additions are a new soup cafe called "Soup Man" that parodies the "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld, as well as announcements that the old rail station along West Lackawanna Avenue will soon be home to a new mixed-use project, which is yet another sign that NYC's influence is starting to spread into Scranton).

Getting back to Pike County, there aren't really any major crime issues either. You occasionally hear about the local idiot who got drunk and beat his dog, or the bored local teenagers who went on a mailbox-smashing frenzy, but the crime here is still much lower than it is in Monroe County, just to the south. As with anywhere else, Pike County has a drug abuse problem, but for the most part the druggies keep to themselves. As far as schools are concerned, Delaware Valley serves the Milford area, and from what I've heard it's an excellent school district. My only word of caution is to BEWARE THE WATER---Many folks from NY/NJ think it "looks nice" to build a new home right along a stream or the Delaware River, but as we found out this past June with a major flood, these rushing waters aren't quite as relaxing when they're pushing your prized investment off of its foundation! If you are looking to build in Lehman Township, be wary of your location in relation to streams and creeks.

As far as it being "kid-friendly", well, I suppose up until your teenaged-years, when many of the locals complain about "being bored" and turn to mischief. Then again, that's the trade-off you get from moving to a rural lifestyle; there's not a dance club or internet cafe on every corner anymore. Personally, I've lived in the inner suburbs of Scranton my entire life, and I've never found myself "bored", so I guess this area is just what you make of it!

If you want to know anything else, then feel free to ask!
Thanks for the info. By the way, how is the job market in the Pike county area? Not so much for me , but for my wife. I'll be retired and don't plan on working anymore. Right now my wife is pursuing a career in the nursing industry. Health care aid, Senior care, etc. How will her chances of landing a job be around the Pike county vicinity or neighboring towns? I also have three children ages 8,7, and 5. Eventually they will be seeking work when they reach their teens. What do you see in the forseeable future for young people seeking employment in the Northeast region of Pennsylvania?
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Old 11-24-2006, 04:03 PM
 
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Pike County is wonderful! We too are originally from NY (Queens) lived in Jersey and currently Florida but will be building in the coming months in Pike County. The closer you are to Milford the more things there are to do.
Welcome!
Will you be making Pike County a permanent home or just a vacation getaway? Why Pike County? Can you recommend any places I can visit just to familiarize myself with the county? Are you familiar with Lehman Township? Keep in mind that I have very young children and whatever I do revolves around them. I really want to move out of New York (Brooklyn). I need a change. Any imput would be appreciated. Thanks
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