I grew up in Bergen County, NJ, one of the nation's richest counties. In 2005, just before the bottom started falling out of the real estate boom, we sold our house and my grandfather's house and bought a bigger house in town. G-pa's house was a 3 bedroom, dated ranch. 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, finished basement, decent size land, 1 car garage. He'd bought in the 60's for like $20,000 or something. It sold for $467,000.
Our house went for $500,000-something. 3 bedroom bi-level, 1 car garage, we'd done a fair bit of work so it was much more modern, not as much land.
We bought a 4 bedroom bi-level, 2 car garage, above ground pool...over $800,000.
NJ is crazy expensive. Figaro, just be glad you weren't buying in 2005.
Prices have dropped.
I hope you find something soon.