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    Arrow Vacation Properties near Philadelphia ~$100k?

    Anyone know of a good area within approx. 1.5 hours of Philly that would be a good spot to buy a modest vacation house for around $100k or less?

    Something with good options for outdoor activities, ie. near swimming areas, forest, hiking, skiing, etc. Basically a retreat home to escape city life for the weekend.

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    Delaware. It has low real estate taxes and if you look the far side of route 1 you can buy for less but be less than 10 miles from beach.

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    Check out Jim Thorpe, pa area

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    Yes, there are areas of the Poconos where you would be able to find a small place for that amount. You would have a lot of options in White Haven, in particular, which is on/close to the Lehigh River and several state parks. Skiing is also nearby in the winter. To get someplace where you can swim you'll need to be in a lake community though - check out albrightsville, as there are a few such developments there (Briercrest Woods and Towaminsing Trails in particular -- avoid Holiday Poconos at all costs).
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    Believe it or not you can find small modular summer home communities within 10 minutes of Wildwood that fit your price range. At least that was the case a few years ago. I doubt much has changed.

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    The problem with the shore is that you are talking about 3 mos of the year. It sounds like the OP wants a more year-round place.

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    The problem with NJ is not the house proces but the taxes. Delaware can offer you the beach without the $5000 tax bill. However, it does look like he is looking for a mountain retreat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoshTrvls View Post
    The problem with the shore is that you are talking about 3 mos of the year. It sounds like the OP wants a more year-round place.
    Exactly, looking for something year-round (including skiing nearby) or at least 3/4 of the year. NJ is out of the question due to property taxes. Thanks for all the tips so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveomar View Post
    Exactly, looking for something year-round (including skiing nearby) or at least 3/4 of the year. NJ is out of the question due to property taxes. Thanks for all the tips so far.
    I've had a house in the Poconos for more than ten years now and have no regretted it for a single day. I go up almost every weekend, and it is as much my home as my house in the city. PM me if you want more info --

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdaire View Post
    The problem with NJ is not the house proces but the taxes. Delaware can offer you the beach without the $5000 tax bill. However, it does look like he is looking for a mountain retreat.
    Um. South Jersey shore trailers are basically no taxes. Never in a million years would it be $5000. Look into it before you discount it.. I know people white shore(near) trailers and they pay $1000 for taxes.

    Hers a dandy module home for less then $40k near the beach. Not sure how much that tax is cause its in a development and you usually pay a fee for maintenance but at $40k who cares

    http://hotpads.com/search/state/NJ#l...ultsPerQuad=24
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    You can also get renovated motel rooms in hotels for less the $100 right IN Wildwood walking distance to the beach.. small but walk to the beach.

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    The lancaster area has places dirt cheap.

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    The modular approach has two major issues- getting a loan is very difficult because it is a modular home. In addition, the sites are life time lease scenarios. I have no desire to pay a land lease. I have done a lot of research into this and NJ was not as an attractive option as Delaware was.

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    My favorite shore towns are probably Fishtown and Bridesburg. Depending on how much work you want to put into it, you can probably get one for cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdaire View Post
    The modular approach has two major issues- getting a loan is very difficult because it is a modular home. In addition, the sites are life time lease scenarios. I have no desire to pay a land lease. I have done a lot of research into this and NJ was not as an attractive option as Delaware was.
    Getting a $40k loan is as easy as pie. It does not matter that its a trailer. Got a co worker near that place and she said it was easy and cheap.

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    Up North. Check out the places in Holiday Pocono & Hickory Hills, they are nice areas with a couple 100k homes. Worth checking out. Cool modest little resort areas & the air up there is amazing!

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