South Amboy has a history of flooding. I personally lost a house in Hurricane Sandy, and had flooding in the past. If you live in the newer construction by the waterfront, you should be ok, as that area was elevated before it was built upon, but your bank may require you to have flood insurance anyway as it is still in a flood zone ( People had boulders from the SA waterfront walkway tossed up, and in some cases through their homes.) South Amboy itself has a history of major flooding, which can be looked up in the Flood Insurance Study. Flood insurance is calculated to the scale of 1 flooding event in 100 years - the NFIP flood program started in 1968, so the calculation held true - we had a major flood event within the 100 year period ( acutall we have had several, but sandy is the worst and the most public). Flood insurance premiums are going up also, so that is something to consider.
I would not recommend moving to South Amboy. It is run by a do nothing group of "elected" officials (mostly the same families holding all the positions) and is completly self serving. The parades are great, and so is all the talk of "redevelopement", but the reality is that its a small town run by small town minds with small town goals and is very frustrating to get them to do anything but "manage" their agendas and praise the public workers. South Amboy is like a rehabbed home with a cheap veneer and a jacuzzi tub with the label "luxury living"
Perhaps in 5-10 years when the locals start dying out and retireing real change will come, until then, come for the parades, walks at the park and coffee, but don't - for your sake - move here.... more
Hi Paulie, I am a realtor that can answer some of your questions.
The schools in South Amboy are quite small regarding number of students in the public schools. They built a new middle and high school. Graduating class size of each year ranges from 85 to 100 children. That is relatively small compared to bigger towns. There are private Catholic Schools located in South Amboy for elementary, middle and high school.
South Amboy has its Waterfront properties worth over $1,000,000's
South Amboy has very good recreational programs for every sport. They have beautiful football, baseball and soccer fields located in their Waterfront Park. They have travel and CYO basketball leagues, travel baseball teams. South Amboy hosts many of these leagues.
South Amboy has been built up and caters to many commuters into NYC. Train that will take you to either Manhattan or the Jersey Shore. I have placed many new married coupes in South Amboy and they love the town.
If you would like to see the town or some homes that are available, please contact me by email at email@example.com or 732-236-5327
Hope this helps.
south amboy is a town your could look at, but for good school systems and a better place for families there are some other towns I would definitely recommend looking at. Feel free to ive me a call and I will e-mail you some areas.
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Yes, it appears Lighthouse Bay has bottomed out as 6 houses have either sold/or gone under contract in the last 6 months. One of the beachfront homes is under contract for $1.295M; 2 on Spinnaker have sold and 3 on Blue Heron. Those five houses have ranged between $550K and $665K.
We currently have our house listed 16 Spinnaker for $650K. Four years ago we listed it for $929K. If you are interested, here is our listing. We have an open house this Sunday July 17th 1-4pm. Thanks!
Jay, You would contact the Planning & Zoning Dept. of the municipality of South Amboy, NJ. I believe that in NJ they are Townships. There may be a website as well where you might get information to lead you in the right direction.... more