First, to the other just looking. The township will be doing another reassessment to adjust for the price adjustments caused by the dip in the market and foreclosures. You can also do a tax appeal. more importantly, Barnegat is beautiful and the people are very nice and friendly. Come and see and look at other areas as well. I wish for you that you find a place where you will be comfortable. Good Luck!
But there are many homes available with a yard outside of these communities. Many ranch style homes, and colonials or capes have master bedrooms on the first floor.
There are also several communities in southern Ocean County that might suit you. In addition to Barnegat, you might want to consider Manahawkin (Stafford Township), Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton and Waretown (Ocean Township).
If you'd like to get a better sense of these communities and the homes available, please contact me. I live in Manahawkin and work throughout southern Ocean County.
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore
What kind of price range is good for you? When do you want to move?
Can you call me now or later today / tomorrow. I need to speak with you.
Getting a rancher is no problem.