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Carole, Home Buyer in Pontiac, SC

would like to hear from people living in Stroudsburg PA. I'm planning to move there, but have concerns about

Asked by Carole, Pontiac, SC Sat Feb 16, 2008

taxes, etc. We are a retired couple, no interest in night life or attractions. Also concerned about traffic between PA and NJ as our family all live in NJ.

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Use to be very nice here in the Poconos, but real estate practices in the past has taited the area. Communties charge alot for very little service, some strange Berkhimire(sp?)--each area has it's area tax, many bad kids and crime ----be aware of Martz Bus lines--$50.00RT -depending on fuel prices to Manhatten, electric heat is very high to heat your home, long, can be difficult traveling if uyou travel by car-alot of wear and tear!! Talk to people you know in area you are considering--don't only listen to commisioned sales person!! I have lived in the poconos for 8 yrs--expenisive and congested in the city--but Can walk to a deli, etc.!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
Taxes are always something to consider. Here are two examples: On the market for $272,000 Two story, 2000 sq. ft, built in 2000 on 1 acre- $5600 annual property taxes. On the market for $210,000, Two story built in 1995, 2000 sq. ft on 1/2 acre, taxes are $3000 annually. The last decade we have experienced some strong growth and taxes have increased. If you were to search our web site and pick specific properties we would be able to give you specifics that could help you in your decision. Next question: TRAFFIC: I occassionally travel to our corporate headquarters in Parsippany, If I travel in the early morning or dinner hour, traffic is quite heavy because I am sharing the roads with daily commuters. By avoiding the commuter times, heavy traffic is not an issue.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
I have lived here for 20 years, and raised my children here (they were two when we moved in) I live in a great area, close to everything yet far enough that I don't deal with traffic. Yes, there is some traffic issues, but unless you are really in the far out country areas, where is there no traffic. We are close to everything, including NEW JERSEY. This is not only a college town, it is also a tourist town, so things do not close up at 5pm! Close to shopping, great parks, and plenty of things for all to do within 20 minutes in any direction. Yes crime has increased and the prices of the homes have decreased, but where is it any different. My children love it here and have no desire to move anywhere else, so they've told me. I think that says a lot! Good luck in your hunt, but I have no regrets in making my decision to live in Stroudsburg!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 3, 2013
Hello, just wondering, because I am looking to move into East Stroudsburg. We have 2 children and want a safe neighborhood. Which neighborhoods are better then others as far a clean, and safe?
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I have lived in Stroudsburg for most of my life and I've seen it grow and change over the years. This area is so much bigger than just Stroudsburg, Monroe County has many different areas that you could find a nice home, with reasonable taxes and still be within 10 -15 minutes of the DWG Bridge. There are definitely some days that you will have to sit in traffic to go over the bridge and there are other days that it will be a breeze. If I were you I would contact a few realtors in the area, find someone that you are comfortable with and want to work with. This way you'll have the opportunity to make the trip several times to see how the traffic is at different times. Realtors have access to the MLS, which has almost every home available in the area, including tax information and if they are working with you as a Buyer's Agent they can advise you on the best resale locations. Best of Luck to you.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 21, 2009
We lived in Stroudsburg (not far from the mall) from 1978 -2003. It was once a lovely town to live. It became a place for commuters who left their kids home alone. I taught high school and often children didn't see their parents until the weekend. Property and school taxes skyrocketed. We were lucky--sold our home at a nice profit and retired to central PA. We're close to everything and the people know how to hold a door open for you rather than trying to run you over at Wal-Mart or park in the fire lane at the grocery store.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 25, 2010
born here. crime has shot up through the sky. the ever famous "new york attitude" is the only attitude you will find here anymore. people come here from new york and new jersey to live and commute to work back in the city. this is fine but the big problem is that they leave there young teenage kids home alone without supervision and this is where the trouble and CRIME comes from. don't let anyone down play the traffic either. its plain sickening. i don't know who the person is that said " its relatively cheap to live here" he must of come from hollywood ? the rent for a basic house has gone to unthinkable levels. taxes have been in the news for decades as a huge issue. now lets talk about the great jobs available in the area. ( give me a moment to catch my breath from laughing so hard) no seriously though, you will not have a problem getting an $8 an hour job. but if you are looking for anything better,,,, well let me just say i hope you like working for $8 dollars an hour. back to the traffic. almost forgot. the roads here were not designed for the traffic they carry. lets now talk about the condition of the roads. you will be hard pressed to find a road in the county that you would not compare to a goat path. i thought you asked your question looking for honest answers. well now you have HONEST answers. not candy coated twisted answers the others gave you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 13, 2010
We have lived in Stroud Twp (in Stroudsburg) for 6 years and love it! There are tons of parks and lots of nature as well as every store you could ever need for shopping. There is a huge shopping outlet and every modern convenience you could imagine. The traffic in town is heavier (but manageable) on weekends. But once you live here you usually know the back roads and avoid all the traffic areas anyway. We loved having the river nearby and the recreational outdoor activites are plentiful. The area is very beautiful and peaceful. Our neighborhood is very friendly and the people are very caring and helpful. My husband commutes by car to NYC and Long Island often, sometimes every day. We have family in Bergen Co. whom we visit easily on weekends via I-80. You could also head south on 33 and take route 22 or 78 east in to NJ depending on where in NJ they live. We also go down the shore during the summer which takes us about 2.5 hours because we go further south to LBI.
As far as the taxes- I believe you get what you pay for. Houses with higher taxes have larger lots, PUBLIC WATER & SEWER and more square footage overall. The school taxes make up the majority of the tax bill here but the schools are all new with state of the art facilities (a good investment in our future). We plan on retiring here too!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 19, 2010
Fantastic place to live ! certin areas of stroudsburg are what i like to call retirement towns alot of elderly people and slow lifestyle not the hustle and bustle of the city life but yet close enough if desired. this is coming from a 35 year old who use to live in that neck of the woods and its relatively cheap to live here also including taxes. good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
First let me say "North Eastern PA is a lovely place to retire".So very close to the major cities but yet living here still gives you that small town feeling.Taxes all depends on where and how big the home is.For myself the beauty of the Fall season is worth it every year.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 20, 2008
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