freetown fred wrote:Raised in Upper Black Eddy above Doylestown. Used to run 611 North into the Pocono's since I was a kid & the Harley North till early 60's when I headed over to the Nam. Back when the Deer stop was open before some A-hole pulled in & killed the rescue deer they had there. Don't get me wrong, Stroudsburg's a nice lil city. My understanding is that EWF is looking for something way off the beaten path.
i'm originally from NJ, sussex county, furthest north-west county of the state. Say about 45-50 years ago it was basically a farming county.Yes there were the people that moved up to the area back then, but they still mainly worked further down the line, and there wasn't no I-80 then. Where i live now is a lot like what home area i grew up in was back then, still open rural country, farms. Yes there are a lot of farms that aren't active or barley active, and the pressure of people looking for a place further out, off beaten path is happening. Which does cause property values to go up some. Yet quantity porperty prices are still reasonable, if not being sold by a land developer, buyer/seller. The land buyer/sellers only see the dollar sign, not the way of life as a motive for investing in areas like this. Which is sad.Older farmers have property, kids, family really want no part of farming or that life.The do want the property, basically for money reasons again. they get it hoild it for a while, and then subdivide it into smaller parcels (10-30acre) lots and sell it. Then the land guys buy them sit on them for a nimber of years and subdivide again. So after a number of years, property to farm is there, but its owned by mulitle owners. Some buildright away, others build eventually, will let you hay it only to keep tax basis in Pa's clean and green lower tax rate. The clean and green does help somewhat to keep property lots to a minimum size of around 10 acres, due to fall back taxes if smaller and built upon for a residence in future date. so its a catch 22 as far as getting a deent size parcel for residence and still keeping a farmette properrty. Theres acreage available, but anything of size to be self sufficient for farming, there going by the way side.
My 2 cents anyway.