A 138-year-old Victorian in Franklin Township's East Millstone historic district.
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When you hear the phrase "primeval old-growth forest," chances are New Jersey doesn't spring immediately to mind. But the state known for jokes about its mammoth turnpike does in fact boast such a pristine wilderness: a 65-acre one in Franklin Township.
This surprising 46-square-mile municipality, home to several different villages is just an hour from Manhattan, but residents don't need to hit the big city to find jobs. There are plenty of high-tech, pharmaceutical and research and development firms in the area, not to mention Princeton just to the south and Rutgers and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to the north. And housing is a relative deal for the region. Starter homes go for less than $250,000 in the Somerset area. And the solid school system has a 95% graduation rate.
On the downside, New Jersey's tax burden is notoriously high. The township's property taxes run about $7,000 for the typical $385,000 three-bedroom, two-bath house.
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