Berkeley Heights Named Best Place to Live

Money Magazine named Berkeley Heights, New Jersey , 45th out of 100 in its Best Places to Live article on Monday. via Berkeley Heights Public Library Book ...

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“Be careful what u pretend 2 B”

Since: Jun 07

Lehigh Valley

#1 Aug 3, 2007
as long as you're making $100k+ a year, it's wonderful. Many children raised in BH will never be able to afford to live there.

I guess they don't rate community planning.
BerkeleyHeightsO nline_com

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Aug 8, 2008
Why do you suggest that one must have an annual income of 100K to live in Berkeley Heights?

“Be careful what u pretend 2 B”

Since: Jun 07

Lehigh Valley

#3 Aug 9, 2008
BerkeleyHeightsOnline_com wrote:
Why do you suggest that one must have an annual income of 100K to live in Berkeley Heights?
Because it is a very high cost of living area.Heck, I was paying over $14k in taxes on a modest house there. A 2 BR townhouse in Berkeley Heights costs about $400k - 500k. That means that housing at the low end of the scale in the town costs $3,000 -$4,000 per month; and that's before car payments & insurance, etc. A person making $100k has about $4k -$5k in take home pay.
Beautuful town, great schools, wonderful folks. But it's not for those of average means. Young adults starting out making $40,000 or so can barely afford to live out in western parts of the state, let alone here. BH was a nice, affordable community in the 1970's and 1980's. The run up in housing prices and taxes makes it very, very expensive.

Go to the multiple listing service, there are all of 12 properties listed for under $450,000.
a happy resident

Gillette, NJ

#4 Aug 12, 2008
Know when you are well off!$100,000 is nice barrier to keep this area safe, clean, well policed and well educated. that's the upside of high taxes and prices! As to what the kids can afford, they start out at the bottom and work up like every other generation. It's America and it works! Let us old rich people be heavily taxed, safe and whinny like we've always been!

“Be careful what u pretend 2 B”

Since: Jun 07

Lehigh Valley

#5 Sep 2, 2008
Written like a true snob.
a happy resident wrote:
Know when you are well off!$100,000 is nice barrier to keep this area safe, clean, well policed and well educated. that's the upside of high taxes and prices! As to what the kids can afford, they start out at the bottom and work up like every other generation. It's America and it works! Let us old rich people be heavily taxed, safe and whinny like we've always been!
Also Happy ti be in BK

West Orange, NJ

#6 Sep 3, 2008
a happy resident wrote:
Know when you are well off!$100,000 is nice barrier to keep this area safe, clean, well policed and well educated. that's the upside of high taxes and prices! As to what the kids can afford, they start out at the bottom and work up like every other generation. It's America and it works! Let us old rich people be heavily taxed, safe and whinny like we've always been!
I second this!!!
Also Happy to be in BH

West Orange, NJ

#7 Sep 3, 2008
Kilgore Trout wrote:
<quoted text>
Because it is a very high cost of living area.Heck, I was paying over $14k in taxes on a modest house there. A 2 BR townhouse in Berkeley Heights costs about $400k - 500k. That means that housing at the low end of the scale in the town costs $3,000 -$4,000 per month; and that's before car payments & insurance, etc. A person making $100k has about $4k -$5k in take home pay.
Beautuful town, great schools, wonderful folks. But it's not for those of average means. Young adults starting out making $40,000 or so can barely afford to live out in western parts of the state, let alone here. BH was a nice, affordable community in the 1970's and 1980's. The run up in housing prices and taxes makes it very, very expensive.
Go to the multiple listing service, there are all of 12 properties listed for under $450,000.
You get what you pay for and live returns to you what you put into it. If you aren't working hard enough in a career to afford to live in any given place than that's not where you belong. If you don't like where you live, this should motivate for you to find ways to improve yourself so you can. I wouldn't want to live next door to someone making $40k a year cause I know their negative habits all too well. This has nothing to do with being a snob, it is for getting rewards in life that you have worked for.

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