Like so many New Yorkers who have recently fled the city, Luis and Evelyn Torres had been thinking about selling their home, a condominium in Queens, but found their plans accelerated by the onslaught of the coronavirus. In May, the couple began looking at houses in New Jersey, starting in the northern part of the state and working their way south, until they landed in Jackson Township.
“When we got to Jackson, we knew, this is it,” said Mr. Torres, 50, the owner of a trucking company in Manhattan. “For what I’d pay for a house in Secaucus or Paramus, I’d get twice the size of house and two to three times the size of land here. And the commute would be just about the same.”
After losing out on several houses in Jackson to other eager buyers, the Torreses paid $695,000 for a 4,017-square-foot, five-bedroom house on 1.36 acres