Moving to NJ from CA...whats the difference?

Asked by Lisa Nichols, Huntington Beach, CA Fri Aug 8, 2008

My best friend is being transfered to Fort Monmouth in the next couple months and has asked me to move with her. I've lived in Huntington Beach, California for most of my life, and the thought of moving clear across the country is slightly scary. I don't know what the cities/towns are like, or even whats out there. I've grown up near the beach, and am excited that Monmouth County is a coastal area, but that's all i know.
I know this is really general, but i guess i just want to get a feel for what life is like out there before i decide to leave my life out here. I'm the kind of person that likes to know everything i can before making a decision - i hate making decisions, especially really big ones :oP

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sat Aug 9, 2008

I could write volumes about the similarities and differences between Orange County and the Monmouth County. I lived in Coastal Orange County for several years and spent much time along the coast from Manhattan Beach to Dana Point, with the Newport area being my home.

I have lived in Monmouth for well over 10 years now (I intentionally learned to stop counting after 10!)…….. I visit South CAL on average 1x/year and still maintain contact w/ friends, etc.

So…..yes, I can write volumes, and don’t know where to start in a short post. I am frequently asked which I like better, East vs. West. I love living where I do; I could live anywhere, and choose to stay right here. There are isolated days when I miss something about CA.

Our change of seasons is moderate; but I do miss CA weather. I miss Fashion Island, Corona del Mar, fires on the beaches at night, Laguna, and La Jolla.

I could never leave coastal NJ without missing Red Bank, Sandy Hook, horse farms, boardwalks, and access to NYC.

Here are some threads from Trulia on the Monmouth County area. You will find many links for transportation, beaches, parks, recreation, etc when reading the threads listed below.


If you have further questions, please come back and post those online here or feel free to contact me directly.

Good luck with your move!

Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group - New Jersey
732 530-6350
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Beachy4, Home Seller, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Fri Aug 8, 2008
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Diane Glander, Agent, Spring Lake, NJ
Sun Aug 10, 2008
I've been to Huntington Beach (on vacation) and I live in Monmouth County. Eventhough life at the Jersey Shore is relaxing, it's not as laid back as Huntington Beach. We do get good waves for surfing and I would say that Manasquan is probably the closest to HB when it comes to attitude, demographics, and lifestyle.
You can reach out to me via Trulia if you would like to discuss. Good luck!
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Jim Lavin, Agent, Holmdel, NJ
Sat Aug 9, 2008
I have traveled all over North America and settled in no question the Crown Jewel! Monmouth County
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Fri Aug 8, 2008
Hi Lisa, I think CA and NJ are very different. I grew up on this coast and worked in So Cal for three years and found it very different. A big difference as noted is the change of season, something I missed very much. It is a big move and I would suggest that you visit to give the area a test drive before making your final decision.

Good luck.

Jeannie Feenick
Weichert Realtors
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A Choudhry, , Scotch Plains, NJ
Fri Aug 8, 2008
I have lived in CA and now in NJ. I love the North East and while many people complain, I love living here. There are the four seasons, each town is unique and you are close to every type of cultural activity imagineable! I am sure that once your friend moves here they will love it!! Of course alot will depend on what you like to do , but in general you have access to pretty much everything and type of activity you could think of. Good luck!
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Lisa Nichols, , Huntington Beach, CA
Fri Aug 8, 2008
no, i've been to PA, but thats it....i received the the Monmouth County Tourism guide, but it's not that helpful....
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