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Old 02-03-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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Hi and thank you for the time to answer my questions. I am looking to buy my first house and I have no idea where to start from.
I want to find something in Pensilvania that is:

1. not too big in size and is cheap (around 150K)
2. easily accesible from public transportation (train)
3. 2-3 hours from NYC (I am still gonna live in Brooklyn but my parents need a house)
4. Safe neighbourhood, good hospitals, I don't care about schools
5. I am hoping I don't have to spend a fortune on property taxes either.

Please if you know of a place that approaches those criteria please repspond.

Thank you!
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Old 02-03-2007, 08:02 PM
 
Location: PA
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This might stretch your budget, but I always thought Hershey, PA was cute. I'm not sure that $150k buys much there. The median is in the 200's somewhere. However, you can probably find something. It's not a huge place. They have excellent medical facilities there. Not sure about the public transport.

It might be something to consider. It's a nice place.
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Old 02-04-2007, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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Allentown, PA's population is just over 100k. It has a very good hospital (Lehigh Valley). Crime rates/statistics seem a bit high than what I have seen when I visited, but if it is a concern you could live in a neighboring town. It's about 2 hours from NYC. Not sure about public transportation, I do know there is a small airport.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area of Northeast Pennsylvania might fit within your qualifications.
1. You shouldn't have any problem finding a good house for $150K (check out the local MLS sites for more info. www.nepahomesetc.com and www.scrantonpamls.com (http://www.scrantonpamls.com - broken link) )
2. There is train service proposed, but for now there is bus service to and from NYC.
3. NEPA is approx. 2 1/2 hours to NYC.
4. There are many safe neighborhoods in the NEPA area. Hospitals are getting a boost from Blue Cross NEPA and a new medical school is on the front...you can find them online (Geisinger, WVHCS, CMC, Mercy, etc.). Some schools are better than others, but that's not a concern for you.
5. I think you'll find property taxes pale in comparison to taxes in NY. Also, sales tax is lower here.

I am an advocate for Wilkes Barre, but you might try these areas: Kingston, Forty Fort, Wyoming, Swoyersville, Dallas, Trucksville, Shavertown, Mountaintop, West Pittston.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more input.
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Old 02-04-2007, 07:06 PM
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Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I second the vote for NEPA from WBAdvocate. The bus ride from the area to NYC isn't a problem; my friends and I utilize either Martz Trailways or JoJo's Travelers on a regular basis for our trips to NYC. You can easily find a decent home in our area for $150,000 or less, and crime is quite low, overall. Community Medical Center in Scranton is well-noted for its trauma center and neo-natal care, and Mercy Hospital in Scranton is also well-established in cardiac care. Property taxes should be considerably less than they are in much of Greater NYC/NJ. I would recommend the Pocono Mountains (Monroe/Pike Counties) to you, but finding a home for under $150,000 with reasonable property taxes in either county would be a doozy.
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