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Old 05-20-2008, 08:41 AM
 
Location: NJ
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You have a few choices:
1. Buy a cheaper house. Cheaper house = lower taxes
2. Move further out from the city or give up your dream of a huge old home
3. Deal with it as the rest of us have...would you really let an extra $1K a year keep you from owning your dream house?
1. I'd love to buy a cheaper house but amazingly, it seems pretty hard these days to find a decent single house in a good area for less than $300K.

2. We don't need to live right in or near the city, but need to be within a reasonable commute (i.e. 45 minutes). Don't need a huge home. Looking for $1600 sq. feet or so - in fact, we'd prefer 1600 sq. feet over much bigger, since bigger = more expensenve to heat and cool. Old is a must. We just don't like post-1940s architecture.

3. We are currently paying $8000/year property taxes in Cherry Hill, NJ and looking to half that. That's the whole purpose of us moving so yes, an extra $1K matters to us. There's no sense in us moving only to be paying as much as we are now. We love everything about our house and where we live and the only reason we are considering moving is to cut our expenses.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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I don't think Ambler was mentioned. It's another older town with a lot of nice homes and an active downtown with a historic movie theater and a bunch of restaurants and shops. It's on the R5 train into the city.
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Thanks everyone. I have checked out the real estate in all the areas you suggested. The main challenge is finding older architecture in nice areas where there is a possibility of paying less than $5000 property tax on a house in the $300-$340 range. The taxes seem to be the biggest challenge. I LOVE the architecture in Drexel Hill, but the taxes are outrageous. I also love a lot of the houses for sale in Lansdowne, although poking around on this discussion board it seems like an area with mixed reviews and I am leary of living in a town that has a "bad side". I am still open to checking it out in person, though, to make my own evaluation.

So right now the main towns I am interested in exploring are:

Havertown
Narberth
Wynnewood
Media
Springfield
Jenkintown
Ardmore
Lansdowne

If you have any other suggestions, please keep 'em comin'!

Thanks...I sincerely appreciate all your help. I am hoping to rope hubby into exploring these areas in person sometime in the next couple weeks.
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