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Old 06-30-2007, 04:32 AM
 
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Hi, I'm planning to move into New Jersey from California for a new job. I will be working in North Branch(Bridgewater/Branchburg area).

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I should live? What places to avoid? Which areas are a bit 'seedy'? How much should I expect to pay? (From the internet searching it seems like it varies quite dramatically)

Thanks a lot.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:09 AM
 
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You have many great choices in that area. You are right on the border of Hunterdon/Somerset. I will assume you are working on the Rt 22 corridor. Im a big fan of Hunterdon. Readington Township is very nice and very close. Down the road 15 minutes is Clinton also very nice. There is also Alexandria and Holland Township (where I live) it will take between 25-35 min to North Branch. If you have lots of money, look at Tewksbury. Lebanon, Raritan are also good. Ok, I think I mentioned every township. Bottom line, the further west on 22 and 78, you get more house you get. Avoid Warren Co. if you have kids (not a fan of Phillipsburg HS). Ill keep my eyes on this thread, if you have more questions just ask. Good Luck
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:06 AM
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Good advice from yrgm. I'm east of Bridgewater in Union County. Do your homework and checkout the HS ratings, regardless of whether you are moving with children, as they have a direct influence on property value and neighborhood quality. You are relocating to a nice area, Good Luck.
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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Pharmaceutical Biz?

Somerset and Hunterdon are some of the nicest areas in the state. Other than South Plainfield, There aren't really any seedy areas in those counties. The area is somewhat open and kind of on the rural side. Meaning you might have to drive 10-15 minutes to get to a supermarket depending on where you move. If you are coming from a more urban area in CA then it might be an adjustment at first.

PM me if you have any specific questions...
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Old 06-30-2007, 02:25 PM
 
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Hi, I'm planning to move into New Jersey from California for a new job. I will be working in North Branch(Bridgewater/Branchburg area).

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I should live? What places to avoid? Which areas are a bit 'seedy'? How much should I expect to pay? (From the internet searching it seems like it varies quite dramatically)

Thanks a lot.
you have a lot of options - but of course price range is the key. you could also go a little north into Chester, Mendham, or Long Valley and still be within a very manageble commuting range.
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:04 PM
 
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Be leary of Bridgewater, some of the areas are flood prone.
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Old 07-01-2007, 03:27 PM
 
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Hi,

It totally depends on what you're looking for. Are schools important? If so look into the Clinton area of Hunterdon county. Great schools, beautiful historic small downtown, 2 huge reservoirs for sailing etc. 1 1/2 hours to beach, 1 1/2 hours to mountains, 45 mins to princeton, 45 mins to newark airport, 1 to 1 1/2 hours to Manhattan (there is a train link but I've never used it), about 20 mins to Bridgewater. Very safe, great schools, quaint, semi rural but not 'county'. A bit pricey.

For a good look at house prices in different areas, check out....

NJ - Garden State MLS, New Jersey - Garden State MLS (http://new.gsmls.com/public/ - broken link)
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:36 AM
 
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Hi, thanks for the replies everyone.

I'm at 23 year-old single engineer, so school quality is not exactly on the top of my priority list. I come from southern California, so I don't know what to expect in terms of commute time to work in NJ (especially during the winter). I consider myself a decent winter driver because I love snow sports, but I've never had to drive myself through it daily to get to work.

Ideally, I'd like to keep my commute under 30 minutes. But, I understand that with snow on the road, things change...

My budget is a little flexible, but I'd rather not burn all my money on rent as I'm fresh out of graduate school. I'd say around $1000-1200 / mo. + utilities would be my range for a 1BR (less is good too). I'm also considering getting a 2BR and working on finding a roommate.

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Old 07-02-2007, 04:37 AM
 
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Hi,

It totally depends on what you're looking for. Are schools important? If so look into the Clinton area of Hunterdon county. Great schools, beautiful historic small downtown, 2 huge reservoirs for sailing etc. 1 1/2 hours to beach, 1 1/2 hours to mountains, 45 mins to princeton, 45 mins to newark airport, 1 to 1 1/2 hours to Manhattan (there is a train link but I've never used it), about 20 mins to Bridgewater. Very safe, great schools, quaint, semi rural but not 'county'. A bit pricey.

For a good look at house prices in different areas, check out....

NJ - Garden State MLS, New Jersey - Garden State MLS (http://new.gsmls.com/public/ - broken link)
Thanks for this link. It is very useful.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:28 AM
 
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23 and single, originally from So Cal, moving to central Jersey? Sounds like the beginning of a horror movie. The areas surrounding N. Branch are bedroom communities. Not too much excitement going on, very family friendly. If you like to have a little fun at nights look at New Brunswick. Rutgers U is built into the city. Trains to New York. This should be less than a 30 min commutte and in your rent range. Also, check out Morristown.
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