Sadly, the listing service for Rockaway does not commonly use square footage as a benchmark. I can tell you that the average home sales price for the area is largely between 175,000 and 350,000. I hope that helps. If you tell me how many bedrooms you are looking for I can narrow it down for you.... more
If you want privacy and a place to touch base with nature in a quiet setting, Lake Hopatcong is NOT the place that comes to mind. Although some areas on the lake are certainly quieter than others, Lake Hopatcong is a place where so many people go to party and run motor boats.
Right next to you in Denville you have some beautiful lakes such as Indian Lake and Cedar Lake although they are admittedly pricey and most likely higher in taxes.
Sussex County has a lot of great lakes with some great listings in your price range such as Cranberry Lake, Lake Lackawanna and Lake Mohawk in Byram.
Stillwater has Lake Musconetcong, Fairview Lake and Swartswood. There's also Paulinskill in Sussex.
These Lakes tend to be quieter, less touristy and you get more for your money. Some may have horsepower restrictions so you may want to check that out.
I would suggest doing some investigating on line, maybe taking a few drives on a beautiful day such as this and checking out the various areas before you start actually looking at listings.
It sounds like a great idea you have- to buy something with the idea of having it in the family for generations which makes it especially important that you do the research and hopefully have fun doing it! Best of luck!... more