Thinking of Buying In Highland Lakes

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Newbie

Violet, LA

#1 Jan 15, 2010
I am a flyfisherman - are there many fly fishing enthusiasts in the Club? Do any of the five lakes hold trout year round?

What is the commute like down 23 on a daily basis?

Are there good and bad sections for swimming?

Are people friendly and welcoming to newcomers?
Jose Cuervo

Herndon, VA

#2 Jan 16, 2010
Commute is a horror, I go to Oakland and it takes me 1 1/2 some mornings, coming back is worse, getting into the S turns near Smoke Rise is bumper to bumper.

The property taxes will kill you, around $5,000 or better and you get nothing for those dollars. We are in the middle of a lawsuit that the towns people will be paying for. More $$$. Schools have taken a nosedive, and the key clubs are going strong, lonely housewives sitting home while hubby is at work, and well you know.

People are snobby and thing they are better, if your from Highland Lakes your in the proverty zone of town, if your over the railroad tracks than your on the better side of town. Weekends are a killer as the out of towners are all over town, can't get through traffic, the town center is a huge money loser for everyone, the road that goes no where. I wouldn't live in Vernon for all the money nothing but headaches.
Ricciolini

United States

#3 Nov 20, 2010
Where is the railroad tracks that divides the good and bad sides of town? I don't get it?
Patron

Dallas, TX

#4 Nov 23, 2010
Hey Jose- do us all a favor- if you hate our town so much just leave. Thanks.

Since: Dec 06

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#5 Nov 30, 2010
There is only one set of railroad tracks that run through vernon. And now that I think about it, the statement has some traction. On one side of the tracks you have the condos, highland lakes, 515, 94, all the other "undersireable neighborhoods" and on the other side of the tracks you have the newer, more desirable neighborhoods. Kind of a funny way of putting it.
Ricciolini wrote:
Where is the railroad tracks that divides the good and bad sides of town? I don't get it?

Since: Dec 06

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#6 Nov 30, 2010
Funny you mention this, how many houses are for sale in Vernon? How many people are moving in? Those who want to leave cant.
Patron wrote:
Hey Jose- do us all a favor- if you hate our town so much just leave. Thanks.
HLGuy

Dallas, TX

#8 Nov 30, 2010
Menards- your statements about Route 23 have a lot of inaccurate information. I have been commuting to Wayne from Highland Lakes for the past 13 years and am now commuting to NYC every day.

As long as you are at the Canistear light by 6:30 AM you can be in Wayne in 40 minutes total. On the way home, the worst backup is near Packanack Lake Road but other than that it's consistently 45 minutes and only once in a while approaches 50-55 minutes.

My average commute from my doorstep to my office in Chelsea is 1 hour 45 minutes utilizing the transit center in Wayne. It has never taken me more than 2 hours 15 minutes even on the worst days with accidents, sun glare, construction, etc.

I agree that Route 23 is one of the more unpleasant roads to travel each day because of the traffic lights, but to say it's 3 hours round trip to Wayne and 5-6 to NYC is completely wrong.

Since: Dec 06

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#9 Nov 30, 2010
How long have u been commuting into ny? A month?

Even at ur conservative estimates u concede u spend 3.5 to 4.5 hours commuting per day.

I stand by my estimates I did it for 4 years before moving out of Vernon.
HLGuy wrote:
Menards- your statements about Route 23 have a lot of inaccurate information. I have been commuting to Wayne from Highland Lakes for the past 13 years and am now commuting to NYC every day.
As long as you are at the Canistear light by 6:30 AM you can be in Wayne in 40 minutes total. On the way home, the worst backup is near Packanack Lake Road but other than that it's consistently 45 minutes and only once in a while approaches 50-55 minutes.
My average commute from my doorstep to my office in Chelsea is 1 hour 45 minutes utilizing the transit center in Wayne. It has never taken me more than 2 hours 15 minutes even on the worst days with accidents, sun glare, construction, etc.
I agree that Route 23 is one of the more unpleasant roads to travel each day because of the traffic lights, but to say it's 3 hours round trip to Wayne and 5-6 to NYC is completely wrong.
tmp

Middlesex, NJ

#10 Dec 1, 2010
I have read all the posts and thought I would just add my 2 cents. I have been a resident of Highland lakes now for one year almost to the day. I have to say "YES" the trip on RT23 going both way's is not my favorite part of the day.I travel to Totowa and back every day and leave my house at 7:00 am every morning. I walk in the door to my office by 7:50 everyday unless of course there is some unforeseen issue. I have tried a few different times to leave in the morning to see what works best for me. If I leave at 6:30 I am at work by 7:15. As far as the good and bad parts of Vernon, too be honest every town has there good and bad areas.. Look at Montclair, some of the most expensive houses in NJ and two blocks over you are in the projects. So for me, I personaly love living in Highland lakes an all my neighbors where I am are FANTASTIC! I do not see that it is more expensive to live here than where I was before. The weather if anything reminds me of when I was a kid when it snowed a few feet like it was a normal occurance. I could really do without that now at this point in my life. But for me as far as the overall experience of living in Highland lakes this past year and weighing in all the pro's and cons. I do not plan on moving anytime soon.

Since: Jan 11

Highland Lakes, NJ

#11 Jan 27, 2011
Newbie wrote:
I am a flyfisherman - are there many fly fishing enthusiasts in the Club? Do any of the five lakes hold trout year round?
What is the commute like down 23 on a daily basis?
Are there good and bad sections for swimming?
Are people friendly and welcoming to newcomers?
Welcome Newbie,
Please take most of the comments you read here with a grain O'salt, I don't believe that they are all residents of our community.
I've lived in Highland Lakes year round for over 25 years and I will never leave. I raised my kids here and they are now mature & successful adults as are most of their friends. We've met & continue to meet many wonderful people here. I often speak to co-worker who ask me about our town & I love to brag how strangers wave to you when walking around the lake.
Swimming...If you are familiar with lake swimming, Highland lakes are generally shallow and if it's a warm summer, there will be algae & weeds later in the year. The club does a decent job keeping that to a minimum and in general the swimming conditions are good to excellant.
Commute...I have commuted RT23 all 25 years that I've been here & I find it to be not a problem once you become experienced with it. It's better to get out early, before 7am and/or leave after 8:30 if your hours are flexible. If not and you must travel during the rush, expect on average a 35 minute ride to Rt 287.
Fishing...I'm not a member of the clubs, but I know members that are & they enjoy their time. There are no trout due to warmer water temps as previously mentioned, but there are healthy populations of several Bass species as well as Walleye, Muskie, Cats & several types of panfish.
As with most rural lake communities, I suggest before you buy to knock on your potential neighbors doors and introduce yourself. You'll get an immediate idea of what to expect and I think you may be pleasantly surprised.

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