I would move south. There is pleanty of home inland in Cape May or Atlantic County that are close to all the beaches , your away from the summer traffic but not to far that your out in the boonies and there is tons or stuff to do around here besides surfing. Nice houses are less than 130k and there are a variety of stores in the area also
well im not too sure about where you could go, all i could tell you is to find a place where you dont have to go down joline ave, especially weekends in the summer around 5. just dont do it, its a parking lot
Having grown up in southern jerz, I would say stay away. There is NOTHING to do there in the off season and you're at least an hour from anything. I have found that slightly inland in Monmouth County is the place. I'm in Farmingdale and can get to more than a dozen great breaks in 15-20 minutes, plus I can also get to NYC in less than an hour and have a nice size property with extremely low taxes. Being inland you don;t have to deal with the tourist BS either.
this area is 10 minutes from the casino pier,10 minutes from bay head,15 from jenks,20 from manasquan inlet,has great beachbreaks in between,is a nice 1.5 hour drive to cape may for those north wind east swells,i think we've got 'em all beat for every kind of swell,and the 2 months of crowds aren't that bad as the beachbreaks have mellow guards and big surfing areas.ortley,lavallette,ocean beach,chadwick,silver,normandy,mantoloking.
Not sure how far inland you would like to be and/or how close to work for you and/or wifey, etc. but you may want to consider Bridgewater or Somerset County. It's about 1 hour from the beach, 35 min from Newark airport and close to a ton of jobs.
Although I live in Bridgewter, I've been begging the wife to move to Monmouth County for a while now (even though I don't know too much about it) but there seems to be a lack of jobs nearby and the commute could be very long to NYC (I think the train connects in Newark) or other areas with plentiful jobs.
Taxes - Somerset County is probably fairly similar to other areas in NJ (1.9% property tax on price of home) so say you buy a ~2,300sf 4br house on 1/2 acre it would cost roughly $500k and property taxes would be somewhere in the $9-10k range. No matter how you cut it, NJ sucks.
Here's my suggestion - move to SoCal. It cost of living and salaries are the same as NJ but the surf and weather are soooooooo much better and it's completely acceptable to blow off work where there is a swell...everyone does it.
ya, that property tax is nuts. Anyone know exactly the percentage you pay on property tax?
in manasquan my property taxes yearly for this year are just below 8 grand. i forget the exact figure off the top of my head, but it's about between $7950-$8000 a year. the value of the home is damn close to $600k, but i got it for $535k. it's 4 bedrooms, over 2000 square feet, and the lot is almost 6000 square feet, plus a two car garage. the couple who had the house built 50 years ago were the previous, and original owners of the house. they were around 80, and moving to florida. actually they didn't even live here year round anymore. a lot of people i know who still live in north jersey[bergen county] where i lived most of my life say thats dirt cheap as some of thiers are 10k grand a year, but the value of some of their homes is 100k grand less. a lot of people called me crazy, because i had a good amount of money where i could have bought a house in wall township, lakewood, brick, or even point boro in cash. i wanted to be where i could ride my bike to the beach though so i took out a loan, and put the rest down from the money i have saved through the years, the profit i made on the house i sold 8 years ago in north jersey, and an inheritance. i love it, and wouldn't have it any other way at least not in jersey.
i wanted to settle in cape may. i rented there for over a year, but couldn't afford to buy. at least not on my own. the only reason i was able to afford the rent was, because i had two roommates. now in north cape may, and the parts north of the ferry, and even west cape may by the farms, and rio grande i found stuff in the 200k range. i could have easily bought in cash, and had some left over. my buddy bought a house in north cape may in a nice little quiet neighborhood for $223k grand. 1200 square feet, 3 bedroom, one car garage, and under $3k grand a year for property taxes.
here is the money situation though, and the cost of living. while the cost of living in monmouth county, and ocean county is a little bit lower than bergen county, and even the suburbs in essex, and points west the wages are A LOT lower. in fact when the business i worked for 17 years folded i inquired about a job down in monmouth county doing the same thing. 17 years of experience, and the highest they could go was $9 an hour less that what i was making up in north jersey. i'm not personal about my salary so i'll put it right out there. up there i made $26 an hour. in monmouth county they told me they would gimme $17. they said the highest paid guy they had on the pay roll was in his 50s, and had over 30 years experience, and he was making shy of $20 bucks an hour. and that was just one of the places i inquired with. everyone else only wanted to pay me $15-$17 an hour. i've since started working for myself, because if i hadn't i would have never been able to afford another house. at least not to finance, so manasquan is a great place for me. i am hoping to raise a child here once myself, and my fiance are married, and settled. it's mostly older people in my neighborhood. a lot of retired folks who bought their houses when the area was relatively affordable.
Brielle is a nice little town to live in. It's a very laidback town with not much usually going on there because of it's small size but it's a 5 minute drive to Manasquan, Point, Spring Lake, or Sea Girt. The average home is 387,000 dollars according to realestate.aol.com
Red Bank is a fun town. Urban-trendy and close to the beach. Worth taking a ride and checking it out. Let me know more specifically what you are looking for. My girlfriend and I are house hunting now for after the wedding (October) so I have a pretty good idea of what's out there.
Agree with your recommendation. Red Bank is a cool town and it is not too far from the beach.