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Old 08-15-2013, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Novato
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In terms of your real estate dollar, you may want to go up two exits on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike (25 miles) Milford Township | Quakertown | Pottstown, PA 663

It is near the intersection of three counties. Milford Township is in Bucks County, Lower Milford Township is in Lehigh County, and Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County. In Pennsylvania Upper and Lower refers to elevation (not North and South).

Quick comparison of the markets indicating two homes for about the same price. By travelling north you get 8 times as much land, about 25% more extra house, newer construction and extra bathrooms

$619,900 - Plymouth Meeting 19462
Bedrooms:4 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths :3,597 sq ft Lot:0.39 acres Year Built:2001

$599,000 - Quakertown, PA 18951
Bedrooms:4 beds Bathrooms:4 baths :4,480 sq ft Lot:3.38 acres Year Built:2009

You have the advantage of your husband working quite near the turnpike entrance.
Thanks for the tip. But how are the schools there?
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Novato
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Another question I have... Do we have to switch to AWD cars due to the snow or is it manageable without it? I have a non- AWD SUV.

Also, what are the closest and nicest ski resorts to the Philly area? We love skiing/snowboarding and look forward to taking the kids to ski lessons.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip. But how are the schools there?
Southern Lehigh School District in Lehigh County is very good. There are several school districts in the area, and I would have to study them, but it is not a low income region, and generally has good schools. It is just a little more rural than the close in area, so the prices are lower.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:20 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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In terms of your real estate dollar, you may want to go up two exits on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike (25 miles) Milford Township | Quakertown | Pottstown, PA 663

It is near the intersection of three counties. Milford Township is in Bucks County, Lower Milford Township is in Lehigh County, and Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County. In Pennsylvania Upper and Lower refers to elevation (not North and South).

Quick comparison of the markets indicating two homes for about the same price. By travelling north you get 8 times as much land, about 25% more extra house, newer construction and extra bathrooms

$619,900 - Plymouth Meeting 19462
Bedrooms:4 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths :3,597 sq ft Lot:0.39 acres Year Built:2001

$599,000 - Quakertown, PA 18951
Bedrooms:4 beds Bathrooms:4 baths :4,480 sq ft Lot:3.38 acres Year Built:2009

You have the advantage of your husband working quite near the turnpike entrance.
Coming from CA where the houses are on top of one another, they'll probably think .39 acres is HUGE!
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:49 PM
 
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Another question I have... Do we have to switch to AWD cars due to the snow or is it manageable without it? I have a non- AWD SUV.

Also, what are the closest and nicest ski resorts to the Philly area? We love skiing/snowboarding and look forward to taking the kids to ski lessons.
I don't know if your kids are 8 or 18. It makes it difficult to answer.
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Bear Creek Mountain is the closest resort (41 miles from Plymouth Meeting). I would consider it almost a country club, and not really a road trip. If your kids like snowboarding or are very young, this would be the best resort. To get there you would take that same exit that I mentioned earlier. It's about 16 miles from the exit.

The exit from the turnpike is at 500' of elevation and the bottom of the ski resort is at 600' above sea level. So it is not very high or snowy and would be easy to drive to without all wheel drive. You may llike going to a resort so close, as you can get season passes and go there almost any evening. You can move into the general vicinity, find a decent school district and your husband's commute will probably be the same as it is now.

Blue Mountain (62 miles) has a lot of vertical, is still a small resort, but bigger than Bear Creek.

Jack Frost and Big Boulder are a paired group of resorts about 84 miles from Plymouth Meeting. The most commercial choice of resorts, if your kids are too active for Bear Creek but you don't fancy driving for 2.5 hours to get to Elk Mountain. Big Boulder is the easier of the two, but I think most lift passes are good at both mountains, so you can switch halfway through the day.

Camelback (91 miles) is more of a pure skiing place. Much more difficult than Jack Frost/Big Boulder

But the best resort is 134 miles from Plymouth Meeting at Elk Mountain which I recommend if your kids are excellent athletes.

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Stats from Skier Net
Bear Creek, Macungie (Lehigh Valley) • 90 skiable acres on 510' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 1110'; Base elevation: 600'. Uphill Capacity: 6600/hr. Terrain Mix: 30-40-30. Longest Run: 5280'. Season: December through mid-March. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 40". Snowmaking: 100%.

Blue Mountain, Palmerton (Lehigh Valley/Blue Mountains) • 110 skiable acres on 1082' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 1600'; Base elevation: 580'. 7 Lifts: 1 quad, 1 Triple, 5 doubles, 1 t-bar, 1 rope tow. Uphill Capacity: 9,000/hr. Terrain Mix: 44-30-26. Longest Run: 6400'. Season: December through mid-March. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 30". Snowmaking: 100%.

Jack Frost, Blakeslee (Poconos) • 100 skiable acres on 600' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 2000'; Base elevation: 1400'. 8 Lifts: 1 quad, 3 Triples, 4 doubles. Uphill Capacity: 11,000/hr. Terrain Mix: 20-40-40. Longest Run: 2700'. Season: early December through mid-March. Annual Snowfall: 50". Snowmaking: 100%.

Big Boulder, Lake Harmony (Poconos) • 55 skiable acres on 600' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 2275'; Base elevation: 1700'. 7 Lifts: 2 triples, 5 doubles. Uphill Capacity: 9600/hr. Terrain Mix: 40-35-25. Longest Run: 6,400'. Season: usually mid December through mid March. Night Skiing 7 days. Rentals Annual Snowfall: 65". Snowmaking: 100%.

Camelback, Tannersville (Poconos) • 139 skiable acres on 800' vertical
view of camelback ski area Specs: Summit elevation: 2050'; Base elevation: 1239'. 13 Lifts: 2 quads, 3 Triples, 7 doubles, 1 surface. Uphill Capacity: 18,600/hr. Terrain Mix: 7-54-39. Longest Run: 6000'. Season: early December through mid-March. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 30". Snowmaking: 100%.

Elk Mountain, Union Dale (Endless Mountains) • 140+ skiable acres on 1000' vertical
view of elk mountain ski area Specs: Summit elevation: 2693'; Base elevation: 1693'. 6 Lifts: 1 quad, 5 doubles. Uphill Capacity: 6,500/hr. Terrain Mix: 25-30-45. Longest Run: 9,240'. Season: early December through late March/early April. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 60". Snowmaking: 95%.
The SKInny: Number one. Elk is a cut above every other ski area in Pennsy, for conditions, challenge, length of trails, quality of snow, and variety.

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Old 08-16-2013, 12:20 AM
 
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Coming from CA where the houses are on top of one another, they'll probably think .39 acres is HUGE!
Maybe a better comparison are similar houses with similar size lots. The newer one in Quakertown is 30% less money.

$619,900 - Plymouth Meeting 19462
Bedrooms:4 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths :3,597 sq ft Lot:0.39 acres Year Built:2001

$434,900 - Quakertown, PA 18951
Bedrooms:4 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths :3,386 sq ft Lot:0.44 acres Year Built:2006 Last Sold 2006 $399,224

This house is 16 miles from Bear Creek Mountain, so the kids can pop over there for night skiing without having to deal with weekend crowds. Tired kids, happy wife, happy life.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:23 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Another question I have... Do we have to switch to AWD cars due to the snow or is it manageable without it? I have a non- AWD SUV.

Also, what are the closest and nicest ski resorts to the Philly area? We love skiing/snowboarding and look forward to taking the kids to ski lessons.
Well, it won't be fun in a RWD vehicle if snow hits. Is the SUV at least FWD?

Sounds like you may want AWD, especially if you're traveling up the mountains frequently.

If that's a big activity for you, you would be wise to stick close to the Northeast Extension (476 north of Plymouth Meeting).
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Novato
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Coming from CA where the houses are on top of one another, they'll probably think .39 acres is HUGE!
This is the size of our land where we currently live but it is mostly hilly. That's a good size for us but of course we'd prefer if it were flat so the kids could have a nice area to play.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Novato
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I don't know if your kids are 8 or 18. It makes it difficult to answer.


Bear Creek Mountain is the closest resort (41 miles from Plymouth Meeting). I would consider it almost a country club, and not really a road trip. If your kids like snowboarding or are very young, this would be the best resort. To get there you would take that same exit that I mentioned earlier. It's about 16 miles from the exit.

The exit from the turnpike is at 500' of elevation and the bottom of the ski resort is at 600' above sea level. So it is not very high or snowy and would be easy to drive to without all wheel drive. You may llike going to a resort so close, as you can get season passes and go there almost any evening. You can move into the general vicinity, find a decent school district and your husband's commute will probably be the same as it is now.

Blue Mountain (62 miles) has a lot of vertical, is still a small resort, but bigger than Bear Creek.

Jack Frost and Big Boulder are a paired group of resorts about 84 miles from Plymouth Meeting. The most commercial choice of resorts, if your kids are too active for Bear Creek but you don't fancy driving for 2.5 hours to get to Elk Mountain. Big Boulder is the easier of the two, but I think most lift passes are good at both mountains, so you can switch halfway through the day.

Camelback (91 miles) is more of a pure skiing place. Much more difficult than Jack Frost/Big Boulder

But the best resort is 134 miles from Plymouth Meeting at Elk Mountain which I recommend if your kids are excellent athletes.

==========================
Stats from Skier Net
Bear Creek, Macungie (Lehigh Valley) • 90 skiable acres on 510' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 1110'; Base elevation: 600'. Uphill Capacity: 6600/hr. Terrain Mix: 30-40-30. Longest Run: 5280'. Season: December through mid-March. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 40". Snowmaking: 100%.

Blue Mountain, Palmerton (Lehigh Valley/Blue Mountains) • 110 skiable acres on 1082' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 1600'; Base elevation: 580'. 7 Lifts: 1 quad, 1 Triple, 5 doubles, 1 t-bar, 1 rope tow. Uphill Capacity: 9,000/hr. Terrain Mix: 44-30-26. Longest Run: 6400'. Season: December through mid-March. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 30". Snowmaking: 100%.

Jack Frost, Blakeslee (Poconos) • 100 skiable acres on 600' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 2000'; Base elevation: 1400'. 8 Lifts: 1 quad, 3 Triples, 4 doubles. Uphill Capacity: 11,000/hr. Terrain Mix: 20-40-40. Longest Run: 2700'. Season: early December through mid-March. Annual Snowfall: 50". Snowmaking: 100%.

Big Boulder, Lake Harmony (Poconos) • 55 skiable acres on 600' vertical
Specs: Summit elevation: 2275'; Base elevation: 1700'. 7 Lifts: 2 triples, 5 doubles. Uphill Capacity: 9600/hr. Terrain Mix: 40-35-25. Longest Run: 6,400'. Season: usually mid December through mid March. Night Skiing 7 days. Rentals Annual Snowfall: 65". Snowmaking: 100%.

Camelback, Tannersville (Poconos) • 139 skiable acres on 800' vertical
view of camelback ski area Specs: Summit elevation: 2050'; Base elevation: 1239'. 13 Lifts: 2 quads, 3 Triples, 7 doubles, 1 surface. Uphill Capacity: 18,600/hr. Terrain Mix: 7-54-39. Longest Run: 6000'. Season: early December through mid-March. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 30". Snowmaking: 100%.

Elk Mountain, Union Dale (Endless Mountains) • 140+ skiable acres on 1000' vertical
view of elk mountain ski area Specs: Summit elevation: 2693'; Base elevation: 1693'. 6 Lifts: 1 quad, 5 doubles. Uphill Capacity: 6,500/hr. Terrain Mix: 25-30-45. Longest Run: 9,240'. Season: early December through late March/early April. Night Skiing 7 days. Annual Snowfall: 60". Snowmaking: 95%.
The SKInny: Number one. Elk is a cut above every other ski area in Pennsy, for conditions, challenge, length of trails, quality of snow, and variety.
Very good info! Thanks! My husband likes skiing, I snowboard and my kids will start learning soon... they're 2 1/2 yrs old.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Novato
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Well, it won't be fun in a RWD vehicle if snow hits. Is the SUV at least FWD?

Sounds like you may want AWD, especially if you're traveling up the mountains frequently.

If that's a big activity for you, you would be wise to stick close to the Northeast Extension (476 north of Plymouth Meeting).
We like winter sports but I doubt we would be going skiing on a daily basis during winter so driving up there on weekends would be our best bet. I'd rather be close to good school districts than ski resorts.

My SUV is FWD.
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