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Tom, Home Buyer in Toms River, NJ

I recently sold my house in Toms River and am looking in Middletown for a 3 Bed 2 Bath under $420,000k single

Asked by Tom, Toms River, NJ Sun Mar 29, 2009

family home. I drove around this past Sunday to Open Houses and found myself in some not so desirable areas arond RT 36. How do I weed out good from bad when searching in Middletown. -Tom

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Tom, When my husband and I had been looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house we had started with Lincroft as our first choice of area's. However, as we continued to shop around we noticed that each area definately had a "reputation" that often inflated the true value of the individual house. Somewhat disappointed in what you got for your money in the Lincroft area, we kept looking around and quickly found that, unlike some realtor's opinion's, Lincroft, Oak Hill, River Plaza and Navasink are not necesarily the best places to buy in Middletown. Although, they are the most expensive. Several neighborhoods you might consider are: Twinbrooks (there's a few 3 bedroom 2 baths but mostly larger homes on good sized lots); Crestview (there's alot of 3 bedroom homes on modest but not cramped lots; Highview Park (this is where we bought - solid well built homes established neighborhood 1/2 to and acre lots, many homes back to the woods!) And Applebrook (alot of 3 bedroom homes good sized lots pretty neighborhood but most on slabs).
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Good Morning Tom

As Patty said, Middletown is composed up of a bunch of different areas. If you can be more specific about your wants and needs, I could be of greater help.
Do you want to be near the train station for commuting?
Closer to Rt. 35 for commuting and shopping?
Closer to the schools? Which schools matter most to you, Elementary or High School?

Here are a few links to Middletown. These should help guide you in the right direction.

http://www.middletownnj.org/

http://www.middletownk12.org/
http://www.greatschools.net/city/Middletown/NJ

http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=Hom…

Here are a few listings in Middletown and your price range
http://mls.momls.com/MonmouthReports/listings.asp?ID=1434124311

If I can be of any other assistance, Please feel free to reach out to me. You can reach me through Trulia, cell or e-mail.

Best of Luck to you in your New Home Search

Karen Sluyk
Karen@peninsulafirst.com
Peninsula Realty Group,
cell: 732-567-7152
office 732-530-7755
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Tom,
It's not surprising if you feel a bit overwhelmed at understanding Middletown. Middletown is about 40 square miles and encompasses many smaller neighborhoods, each with their own character. It's a huge area and frequently a challenge for buyers from outside the area. An illustration in point: there are currently 378 homes (wow!) available for sale in Middletown ranging from about $125,000 to almost $17 million!

In getting to know Middletown, you'll learn it has historic neighborhoods like Locust, the Village and Navesink; bayshore towns like Belford & Leonardo with histories that include commercial fishing & summer bungalows; communities that were developed in the 1980's housing boom, and many more. Middletown caters to all ranges of the economic spectrum so there's definitely neighborhoods that are likely to fit your budget.

What's interesting is, like other towns, Middletown has experienced many changes over the past 10 years and housing options have changed considerably; for instance, because of the high speed commuter ferries to Manhattan, we've seen some very upscale new construction in neighborhoods that previously did not offer it.

Some buyers will use school reports to help guide them, others will examine zoning, and still others will consider proximity to major roadways, public transportation, flood maps, shopping or recreational opportunities (in some parts of Middletown you can ride your bike to the beach!)

My advice: seek out a knowledgeable realtor who services Middletown and is familiar with all of it. Get what I call "the nickel tour" that will give you a clear picture of the town, the pros & cons of each neighborhood, and the relative house values of each. I'd also advise being clear with your realtor about what your needs & wants are: don't presume there's one best neighborhood for everyone's needs.

Lastly, I would encourage your consideration of other surrounding towns. All are smaller in size and each has their individual merits.

I hope that helps.... I'm glad to be of assistance.

Thomas McCormack
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Dear Tom,

Middletown is made up of many different communities that offer a variety of amenities. I would be glad to help familiarize you with the township. I can also provide you with detailed school reports for the various elementary, middle, and high schools if needed. You can contact me through my website below. My office is conveniently located on Rt. 35 in Middletown. I look forward to hearing from you.

Patty Lipert
Web Reference: http://www.pattylipert.com
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