If you’re thinking of escaping city life, Sussex County on the northern tip of New Jersey is a good place to consider. It’s considered an exurb (a fancy name for areas that are farther from cities than suburbs, and more rural). Sussex County offers well-rated public schools and lower taxes.
You can also get more space for less money compared to areas closer to the city (one of the main draws of exurbs). The median sales price is $347,500 according to Realtor.com. Most houses have large yards, so you get more privacy, and many have finished basements, decks, and garages.
The county is made up of several towns and boroughs including Andover, Franklin, Newton, Sussex, and Vernon Township. Some popular destinations in the area include Mountain Creek, Mountain Creek Water Park, High Point State Park, Green Valley Farms, and Space Farms Zoo and Museum. And it is about an hour-and-a-half drive from New York City.
To help with your search, Brick found these five houses for sale in Vernon, Newton, Stillwater, Hamburg, and Sparta.
15 Crestview Ln., Vernon
This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $329,999 after a $5,000 drop in July. Located in a cul de sac, the house has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, custom shelves, moldings, skylights, vaulted ceilings, new siding, a wood-burning stove, two-car garage, tiered deck, shed, and large backyard.
17 Linwood Ave., Newton
This five bedroom, three full bath, two half bath is listed for $399,900. It features hardwood floors, built-ins, recessed lighting, moldings, stainless steel appliances, ceiling fans, high ceilings, front and back staircases, a covered front porch, basement, above-ground pool, and patio.
61 Lynn Dr., Andover
This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $450,000. It has hardwood floors, high vaulted ceilings, skylights, oversized windows, ceiling fans, intergrated and stainless steel appliances, a new roof, finished basement, deck, and two-car attached garage.
137 Hudson Ave., Hopatcong
This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $559,000. The renovated lakefront house features hardwood floors, moldings, recessed lighting, exposed beams, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, decks, a cottage house, and dock.
41 Morning Star Dr., Sparta
This four bedroom, four bath is listed for $755,000. The lakefront house features hardwood floors, high ceilings, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, walk-in closets, picture windows, a fireplace, covered porch, tiered decks, gazebo, wine cellar, plus a new roof, furnace, and gutters.
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