What areas within 5 hrs of New Jersey have cheaper real estate?
August 22, 2014 3:38 PM Subscribe
My fiance and I live in NJ and work at a major pharmaceutical company as scientists making decent money. What cities/towns within a 5 hr drive of north Jersey have cheap real estate where it's realistic to buy a house for < $250k yet still have major pharma/chemical/related employers?
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Those are the major requirements. Currently, we can afford an okay house here, but would have to cut down on our vacation budget and would have to hope that neither one of us gets laid off during the frequent layoffs that happen in our industry. Ideally though, we would continue working for a major company (meaning we keep the same pay) in another state not too far from our families where we would be able to buy a nice house for < $250k, and not have to pay over $500/month in property taxes (!).
Additionally it would be awesome if the town had the following:
1. Walkable downtown with restaurants/cafes/a good library/outdoor concerts/all that good stuff.
2. Good schools.
3. Near a major airport.
4. Mountains or a beach within a 2 hr drive.
5. Some diversity.
6. A climbing gym.
Seriously, we were shocked to find out that people can buy a WHOLE HOUSE WITH A BACKYARD in good condition for the price of a 2 bedroom condo in our area. These people that we know are in Fredericksburg, VA, and Springfield, MA. But we haven't seen many relevant job postings in either of those towns.
We would rather not move to another suburb in NJ for slightly cheaper property taxes in exchange for a much longer commute, but if you know of a place in NJ that has drastically cheaper real estate (and is still a good town), then feel free to suggest it to us.
We are currently in scientific jobs but both looking to move into more of coordinator/project planner roles, and the companies don't have to be pharmaceutical companies specifically. I'm leaving the jobs vague on purpose because we are open to anything. But there need to be companies that generally pay well because we're only moving if at least one of us finds a good job.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!