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We live in Brooklyn and are looking to move outside of nyc. We've visited Sloatsburg and Tuxedo a bit, drove through some of Rockland county, which seemed too suburban for us. And we visited Putnam County.<br><br>
If we could have our dream, it would be land at the edge or right outside a small town with a liberal leaning community, neighbors who are thinking a bit green and not too far from a train. We're thinking 60-90 min train to nyc, but know we might have to move a bit farther. We're planning to build an eco-house with solar, composting toilets, etc and to have a large veggie garden, some fruit trees, chickens, and possibly a few ducks and goats.<br><br>
We found a property we really like in Holmes, NY, but it's a tad bit farther out that we would like. However, it was beautiful! We don't know anything about that community. Anyone live in Holmes/Patterson area in Putnam County?<br><br>
Any other areas to recommend looking?<br><br>
Just to give you a sense of what kind of community we're looking for, we love Ithaca and New Paltz and we like to support small businesses when possible. Also, would be nice to be somewhere that's not just a bedroom community. For example, Warwick sounded ok, but from what I could gather, the vast majority of families have both parents commuting to nyc.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I'm looking at Princton, NJ and surrounding areas Hillsborough (rated in top 25 money magazine as best places to live in 07 <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2007/snapshots/CS3431890.html" target="_blank">http://money.cnn.com/magazines/money...CS3431890.html</a>) and Lawrenceville for farming areas.<br><br>
Here's my thoughts:<br>
** Commute from Princeton to NY is one hour. Your 1 hr to Philly and 2 hours from the Jersey shore.<br>
** There are a plethora of schools to choose from and even a waldorf in Princeton.<br>
** Lots of local farms, csa's, farmers markets, whole foods and other health food stores.<br>
** It's not a bedroom community.<br>
** active local chapters of LLL and holistic moms. I'm sure there are others, just don't know of the yet.<br>
** Baby wearing community. I saw several sling and wrap wearers on Nassau street a few weeks ago, and there's a local mom w/ her own business in Princeton.<br>
** The university brings great culture, museums, shows, art, restaurants, etc. (great ice cream!)<br>
** Einstein lived there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
** I think there's a non vax friendly pediatritian.<br><br>
Here's a day trip review: <a href="http://offmanhattan.com/2008/05/02/mini-guide-to-princeton-a-stroll-full-of-surprises/" target="_blank">http://offmanhattan.com/2008/05/02/m...-of-surprises/</a><br><br>
Here's a link for princeton kids <a href="http://princetonkids.org/" target="_blank">http://princetonkids.org/</a><br><br>
If I find anymore info I'll post. Please post your research of other communities as well, as this is a topic that comes up often.
 

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We live in Putnam County and there are many things about the area that I love but it doesn't seem to meet your criteria. Some of the things that I love are: our wonderful CSA farm in Patterson (Cascade Farm), Putnam County is a beautiful area with lots of natural/green areas, there are a couple of nice organic markets, Kent has a great recycling center, we have a thriving homeschooling community and a great community of attachment parenting families. Overall though the area is quite conservative and although I've created community for myself, we are not the norm. Also, although a lot of people commute into the city from here it is about a 2 hour door to door commute. Hope you find a great area and if you end up in Holmes, then definitely e-mail me!
 

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I don't know too much about this, but I was in Hopewell Junction this past week and by looks, it had what you were looking for. I don't know much about the community, though. It's gorgeous there!
 

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I definitly second the Hillsborough/Princeton recommendation. I have lived in NJ all my life and you can find alot of what you are looking for in that area.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm looking at Princton, NJ and surrounding areas Hillsborough (rated in top 25 money magazine as best places to live in 07 <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2007/snapshots/CS3431890.html" target="_blank">http://money.cnn.com/magazines/money...CS3431890.html</a>) and Lawrenceville for farming areas.<br><br>
Here's my thoughts:<br>
** Commute from Princeton to NY is one hour. Your 1 hr to Philly and 2 hours from the Jersey shore.<br>
** There are a plethora of schools to choose from and even a waldorf in Princeton.<br>
** Lots of local farms, csa's, farmers markets, whole foods and other health food stores.<br>
** It's not a bedroom community.<br>
** active local chapters of LLL and holistic moms. I'm sure there are others, just don't know of the yet.<br>
** Baby wearing community. I saw several sling and wrap wearers on Nassau street a few weeks ago, and there's a local mom w/ her own business in Princeton.<br>
** The university brings great culture, museums, shows, art, restaurants, etc. (great ice cream!)<br>
** Einstein lived there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
** I think there's a non vax friendly pediatritian.<br><br>
Here's a day trip review: <a href="http://offmanhattan.com/2008/05/02/mini-guide-to-princeton-a-stroll-full-of-surprises/" target="_blank">http://offmanhattan.com/2008/05/02/m...-of-surprises/</a><br><br>
Here's a link for princeton kids <a href="http://princetonkids.org/" target="_blank">http://princetonkids.org/</a><br><br>
If I find anymore info I'll post. Please post your research of other communities as well, as this is a topic that comes up often.</div>
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Blairstown NJ is still full of farms and beautiful--Hardwick is even nicer. Blairstown is not so liberal though.<br><br>
Even better than that is Tewksberry/Oldwick, NJ--there are more forward-thinking people here, an awesome general store & Melick's apple farm--it's a lot more expensive there though but it's lovely and the schools are excellent, unlike Blairstown.
 
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