Camden County New Jersey
Located just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Camden County is the most populated county in southern New Jersey. Its close proximity to the Center City Philadelphia makes the county a popular destination for city workers who wish to reside in the suburbs. Three major bridges connect Camden County directly to Philadelphia, as does PATCO's Speedline. The Speedline travels from Lindenwold in New Jersey to 16th and Locust streets in Philadelphia, making nine stops throughout Camden County and four stops in Center City.
Tremendous differences exist across many of Camden County's 37 municipalities. The city of Camden, the county's largest municipality, features inexpensive homes, usually under $100,000. Right next door in Cherry Hill, the county's second-largest municipality, the 2008 median sale price of a home was $257,500. Close by in Haddonfield, one of southern New Jersey's wealthiest suburbs, the median sale price of a home for 2008 was $449,500. Perhaps the property values reflect Haddonfield's selection by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the best places to live in the Delaware Valley!
With more than 73,000 residents, Cherry Hill is one of Camden County's most populous municipalities. Just minutes from Center City Philadelphia via Route 70, Cherry Hill's neighborhoods, schools and its prime location make it on the top of the list of places for businesses and residents looking to relocate to the region. In fact, it is regarded as the commercial epicenter of South Jersey. Spanning 24 square miles, the township has two high schools to accommodate its large population — Cherry Hill East and Cherry Hill West. Home styles in Cherry Hill range from modest single-family homes to large luxury houses, both situated in predominantly residential settings. Cherry Hill is also home to the Cherry Hill Mall, which is the chief retail destination in Camden County. With 165 stores, it attracts visitors from near and far who enjoy the mall's shopping extravaganzas.
Rural and suburban communities are pleasantly integrated in nearby Voorhees Township. Although mildly built up, the township does have a strong commitment to preserving open space — limits are placed on the number of homes that may be newly developed. Unlike Cherry Hill, which is highly developed, modern homes and shopping centers in Voorhees are built among ponds and bushy woodlands. The median sale price of a home in Voorhees was $287,000 in 2008. Voorhees is just about 20 minutes from Philadelphia and is easily accessible from the city using Routes 70 and 73.
You'll meet great neighbors in Haddonfield, which is about 15 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Historic homes add character to the borough, and the picturesque downtown is lined with small boutiques and shady trees. Steeped in tradition, Haddonfield is a close-knit community where everyone seems to know one another. Residents enjoy various local theater and music organizations, such as the Haddonfield Plays and Players, Dance Haddonfield and the Haddonfield Symphony (one of three professional training orchestras in the country). Nearby Collingswood has undergone recent revitalization that has restored an atmosphere of old-fashioned charm throughout the borough. While you're downtown, take a stroll along Haddon Avenue for some window-shopping or stop for a meal at a neighborhood restaurant. And keep in mind that local real estate has remained very reasonable in Collingswood ($220,000 median sale price in 2008) even considering new town enhancements.
If you enjoy a rural setting, Pine Hill might be the place for you. Pine Hill is one of the county's least populated municipalities, with half of its landmass still undeveloped. A little further south, Winslow Township offers a mix of rural and suburban neighborhoods. The western end of Winslow Township is predominantly residential while the eastern portion of the township still contains many family farms.
There are numerous revival projects that continue to enhance Camden County's appeal. The rebirth of Camden's waterfront has completely transformed the former industrial site and has brought exciting additions to Camden County, including the Battleship New Jersey, Adventure Aquarium, the Susquehanna Bank Center and Campbell's Stadium. The former RCA building was rehabilitated and opened as luxury loft apartments in early 2004. Recently, the state of New Jersey invested $175 million into revitalizing the city, and fall 2008 marked the groundbreaking of a $90 million project by the Campbell Soup Company to build a 100-acre office park, which will serve as the new headquarters of the company. Additionally, the River LINE light rail connects Camden to Trenton, adding value to the Waterfront area. It is ideal for work and play — the rail line stops in communities and also has scheduled stops at the Walter Rand Transportation Center (connected to Philadelphia by PATCO), Rutgers University Camden, the Susquehanna Bank Center and Adventure Aquarium.
Camden County is also undergoing much redevelopment. An 88-acre multi-purpose cargo and marine terminal was just renovated along the Delaware River in Gloucester City. The former Garden State Racetrack in Cherry Hill was demolished and has been replaced with condominiums, offices and retail shops. Nearby the New Jersey Transit train station, connecting Cherry Hill to Philadelphia and Atlantic City, makes this real estate a prime location for developers. Collingswood also has been experiencing a great deal of revitalization. Renovated structures, repaired roadways and restored historic buildings have transformed the face of the town and brought about an economic resurgence.
Elementary and secondary education in Camden County is thriving. Cherry Hill schools constantly receive special recognition by the New Jersey Department of Education. In Voorhees, district students have consistently scored in the top 10 percentile on national standardized tests. Haddonfield Memorial High School posted the highest mean SAT score in Camden County in 2008, with a score of 1728. It's easy to see that from pre-school through high school many of New Jersey's finest public school districts are located right in Camden County.
You're bound to find something that suits your interests in Camden County. From small farmers' markets to large malls, from the small-town charm of Haddonfield to the big-town dynamics of Cherry Hill, you're sure to find a place you can call home in Camden County.