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Old 07-07-2007, 07:49 PM
 
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NJ is known for suburban sprawl but there are many 'street-car' suburbs, towns built along rail lines in the early part of the 20th century, with walkable downtowns. My list includes Ridgewood, Westwood, Montclair, Boonton, Morristown, Scotch Plains, Summit, Metuchen, Rutherford.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:53 PM
 
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Thanks for asking UKOK but no, I'm really looking for a town where our home would be within one mile of the downtown section. We live in major sprawl now outside of Washington DC and it's just development after development, strip mall after strip mall. I hate having to get in the car to go everywhere. Ideally, being able to walk to the library, out to dinner, for an ice cream cone, heck even to a park would be great. Plus, would like the kids to be able to walk to school and not have to deal with the school bus too. (Quite ironic... I remember walking the mile to school...up hill both ways in the snow... and WISHING we had a bus to take me there instead. Grass is always greener on the other side I guess).

Anyway, for a brief moment...let's pretend I didn't have this hangup on the walkable downtown. Cause my husband certainly doesn't and he's not too pleased with the homes I've been showing him in Westfield and Madison. So if that weren't a factor, what suburbs around Morristown would you be recommending that are safe, top schools, nice home for half a mil?
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Thanks for asking UKOK but no, I'm really looking for a town where our home would be within one mile of the downtown section. We live in major sprawl now outside of Washington DC and it's just development after development, strip mall after strip mall. I hate having to get in the car to go everywhere. Ideally, being able to walk to the library, out to dinner, for an ice cream cone, heck even to a park would be great. Plus, would like the kids to be able to walk to school and not have to deal with the school bus too. (Quite ironic... I remember walking the mile to school...up hill both ways in the snow... and WISHING we had a bus to take me there instead. Grass is always greener on the other side I guess).

Anyway, for a brief moment...let's pretend I didn't have this hangup on the walkable downtown. Cause my husband certainly doesn't and he's not too pleased with the homes I've been showing him in Westfield and Madison. So if that weren't a factor, what suburbs around Morristown would you be recommending that are safe, top schools, nice home for half a mil?
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:54 AM
 
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Thanks for asking UKOK but no, I'm really looking for a town where our home would be within one mile of the downtown section. We live in major sprawl now outside of Washington DC and it's just development after development, strip mall after strip mall. I hate having to get in the car to go everywhere. Ideally, being able to walk to the library, out to dinner, for an ice cream cone, heck even to a park would be great. Plus, would like the kids to be able to walk to school and not have to deal with the school bus too. (Quite ironic... I remember walking the mile to school...up hill both ways in the snow... and WISHING we had a bus to take me there instead. Grass is always greener on the other side I guess).

Anyway, for a brief moment...let's pretend I didn't have this hangup on the walkable downtown. Cause my husband certainly doesn't and he's not too pleased with the homes I've been showing him in Westfield and Madison. So if that weren't a factor, what suburbs around Morristown would you be recommending that are safe, top schools, nice home for half a mil?
Well, if you are basing it on schools alone I would pick Mountain Lakes which has the best school district in Morris County and is close to Morristown. The issue, of course, is the price of houses. $500k will get you a small cape that needs updating in the village section. I would suggest you look at Boonton Township as well (the kids there go to Mountain Lakes high school) but the houses are slightly cheaper with more land. You are still not going to get a wonderful house for 500k. Note: Do not look in Boonton Town as they go to a different (less desirable) high school. However, having said that Boonton does have a main street that has all you are looking for. All three towns are very very close together.

I would also look at Montville and Randolph which both have good schools but no downtown. Again, both are expensive. Isn't in insane when 1/2 a million dollars isn't enough?

Finally, check out Long Valley. You will get so much more house for the money there. If I was going to spend 500k on a house, this would be the town I would choose. High school is in top 50 NJ. Also, it's quite close to Chester so you can go there when you want to walk around and get an ice cream.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Denville has a walkable downtown, but it doesn't compare to Westfield or Summit. It is cute, however, and prices might be more in-line with your 500k budget. Also, the commute to Morristown would be a breeze.
We have friends in Denville and they love it there. They tell me the schools are very good and it has a wonderful downtown (Denville Dairy Bar anyone?). It may not be as upscale as some of the other towns but then again you do not have to pay the prices of those towns either.
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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Maplewood.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:54 PM
 
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Westwood in Bergen County is about 45 minutes away. It has everything you are looking for-$500K cannot get you a mansion, but if you up the range to about $550K, you can get a very decent house with a yard.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Yeah Denville's a good choice with a nice little downtown. The schools are good and you will probably get more house for your money than in the other towns mentioned.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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I know you are from new jersey and you want to move back, but you may want to consider Long Island. Th Northshore Suffoulk area is a great place to live. Northport has great schools, great neighborhoods for kids, and it has one of the best mainstreets in suffoulk. Surrounding towens like Kings park, Smithtown, east northport and Hungtington also have great mainstreets and downtowns, as well as gret neighborhoods. Definitely consider it.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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Just thought I would throw New Providence into the mix ...
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