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Weigh In - If you were to live anywhere....
05/03/2012 - By Paul Williams

Weigh In - If you were to live anywhere....

If you were to live anywhere your heart desired, where would that be?

The ancient philosopher Saint Augustine once said, ďThe world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.Ē (Thankfully for Monmouth County, this  winterís page was not quite as white as last yearís.) With 196 countries that have innumerable varieties of cities, cultures, climates, cuisines, and landscapes, our world  sounds more like an entire library now than just the single book Augustine likened it to (unless he was referring to Proustís epic 4,211-page In Search of Lost Time.) Weíll give him a pass since most explorers through the 4th century were afraid theyíd fall off the edge of the Earth if they travelled too far; however, his premise still  rings true today. Thereís a large, vast, beautiful world out there, and we only see a small scope of it at a time.

As I traversed the four corners of our great county (we could write an entire book on Monmouth alone!) for a sampling of answers from residents enjoying the day at  our beaches, parks and shopping malls, I noticed some prevalent themes in their dream destinations. Almost every one of our participants desired to live in a warm, comfortable climate near the ocean. Who can blame them? Many also needed to live amongst friendly neighbors, great food, and a diversity of entertainment options.  And whether itís where they live now, where they were raised, or where their lineage hails from, just like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, some of them felt thereís no  place like home.

So, before the comfortable, ideal weather of another Jersey summer arrives, try to envision where you would like to live permanently, if given the choice. Also keep in  mind that itís never too early to book your next winter vacation.



Somewhere out west in either San Diego or Los Angeles. Itís got a great climate, with a mild winter and good surf.

- Dan Casselli

The Tuscany region of Italy. It has the best food in the world and some of the friendliest people in the world.

- William Santanglo


I would be just fine here in Holmdel. The school systems are great, and Holmdel Park is beautiful and so close to home.

- Mary Ann Anshelelwitz


Iíve travelled around and I would say Tel Aviv, Israel. Itís a chic city and has a perfect climate.

- Joel Markel


Iíll live anywhere where there are palm trees, blue water, and warm weather. You donít have to shovel heat.

- Jerry Almpi

Colts Neck

We would like to go back to Poland. Itís a totally different lifestyle over there. People spend as much of their free time as they can with nature, and we love the  outdoors.

- Mike and Agnest K

Old Bridge

I would just like to live anywhere in nature. I love the tranquility of it. I could listen to the chirping of the birds all day.

- Sriran Rajappa

Australia. Iíve wanted to live there since I was little. The reefs are beautiful, and Iíd love to explore the desert and see the famous opera house.

- Amanda Merced


Christchurch, New Zealand. Iíve read and heard a lot about it from other people and it sounds like an ideal place to live. Itís got good weather, great scenery close to  the shore, and friendly people.

- Anne Kingshott


You canít beat Hawaii. Tropical climate means great weather, palm trees, and the ocean. Thereís nothing better.

- Rick Kingshott


New York City. Itís such a cultural and cosmopolitan hot spot. Itís a city of action, and with all the diversity, itís always exciting.

- Dan Celenti


Fort Lauderdale, FL. The east coast water is so warm there, and the weather is always consistent.

- Jeff and Connie Hitt

Red Bank

Iíd love to live in Greece. Thatís where my lineage is. The cleanliness of the country is outstanding. The people and the food there canít be topped.

- Tom K

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St. Martin or St. Thomas. I was there once on vacation and it was breathtaking. I wish I could go back forever.

- Ashley Ferrera


Iíd be fine in Point Pleasant. Iíve lived there for 51 years and I love it. Itís close to the water, and just a great place to live.

- Betty Mazich

Point Pleasant

Italy. Iíve travelled all over the world, and I would say Italy. Itís got some of the best history of any country in the world.

- David Laverde

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Arizona. I grew up there and have never been anywhere else that made me as happy. The people are friendly and mountains and rocks are amazing.

- Maureen Curt

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Brooklyn, NY. Itís not homogenized like other parts of the country. The cultures are so diverse, and with the urban atmosphere, youíll always find something to do, but  itís not as crowded as Manhattan.

- Larry L.


Iíd like to stay right here in the United States. This is one of the most stable countries in the world, and the opportunities we have are unmatched.

- Gerard I.

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Being Jewish, I would say Israel. Iíve been there before and I love being there around the great cuture. I could stay there forever.

- Joeseph E. Ramapo

Long Branch
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South Carolina, near the Appalachian Mountains. It has some of the cleanest, serene scenery in our country.

- Karen March

Colts Neck
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Right here in New Jersey. Weíve got it all: The ocean, mountains, and weíre close to Atlantic City, New York, and Philadelphia. Thereís no shortage of entertainment here.

- Richard R.


The Amalfi Coast in Italy. Iíd love to move there, buy a villa and a farm and just live off of nature like the Native Americans did here.

- Rosa I.



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