The Village is the BEST!!! We've lived here over 13 years and wouldn't trade it for anything! Lots of kids, lots of dogs, lots of friendly people, lots of fun and laughter. We receive all the benefits (and there's MANY) of ML at a lower entry fee and lower taxes. Look past the house, buy the best location available. Remember, you're buying the people (yes, we have our nuts, but they too are lovable) the lifestyle and all ML has to offer! Fix the house to make it your own. Feel free to stop by...20 Maple Way... more
A year later and Mt. Lakes continues to be a very desired community. Maybe you can wait another year and ask this question. I will tell you that if you are trying to "time" the market to buy at the lowest point, by the time you realize it, you will have missed it. Mountain Lakes is and always has been a very nice community in high demand. There are very good opportunities for buyers at the moment, just buy one and start enjoying the lifestyle Mountain Lakes offers. There are many fine agents who have given you excellent advice, pick one and buy somethng now before interest rates move higher, They are already moving up if you haven't noticed. Good luck Crob125... more
Hi there, while I can't comment specifically on Mountain Lakes, I can comment on the peer pressure that kids experience - let me start by saying that it is hard to escape the affluence of the NE experience, particularly in NYC commuting towns. I've raised two children here, worried about this same issue, and watched them struggle now and then,but the wonderful thing is this....as young adults they are very centered and down to earth, almost defiantly so (like their Mama ;-) I like to think!). They can hold their own in any crowd, socially and academically but remain true to themselves - and we are middle class hard working people. My advice is this - your children will look to you - stay grounded yourself and they will too.
If you feel comfortable in a community - your children probably will as well. Take your time, immerse yourself in the community - do some grocery shopping there, walk the streets a little, visit a park or two, talk to people - allow yourself to get the feel of it. Here is one suggestion, I apply the "do they wave back" test when I visit a community with buyers. I wave, and I watch and take note - if people acknowledge me, smile and wave back, I take it as a very good sign. If they don't, that makes a real impression as well.
When all is said and done, the best advice is this - trust your instincts - no one knows you or what is "home" to you better than you do.
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The Hill is quite popular. However, you really should focus on the lifestyle you are looking for. Keep in mind there are many different kinds of homes in Mountain Lakes, ranging from the popular Hapgoods to the cape cod style of the village area to be a good fit, and of course the more expensive lake zone. But consider this - the Hapgoods are charming, but older with special maintenance needs; the lake homes are upscale and on the water, but you may not like dealing with the driveways in winter if you live there year round; and the newer homes give you all the modern amenities, even such features as radiant heat and modern computer wiring, though are not as distinctively "Mountain Lakes" in nature. So give more thought to what you'll LOVE to live in - that's your best bet to save time and improve your chance for happiness.... more