As an agent that services both areas, I would have to say that many people feel as you do. However, you should purchase in the area that best fits your needs, both now and looking towards the future. Once you decide what area is best for your lifestyle, you can start to narrow down your choices and analyze value.
It sounds like you are looking at the market pretty closely to evaluate what is available. A good buyer's agent, as part of their services, will also look at recent comparable sales, not just homes for sale. This is a better indicator of what a particular home is worth, not the asking price. A home that has been for sale for an extended length of time is most likely priced too high for the market...those that are priced right are gone before the casual buyer gets to them. That said, though, value is still in the eyes of the buyer that finds the perfect house to fit their needs.
If you would like some assistance, feel free to contact me. As I mentioned, I do service both areas and am located in North Huntingdon.