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Old 06-25-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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currently commute to Jersey City and Downtown Manhattan. Daughter is 3 yrs old
and starting nursery school this september. we are looking to rent first and
possibly purchase later on, budget is no more than $3000/month.

Our priorities are:

1. Schools
2. Commute (Car and Mass transit preferable)
3. New home inventory with modern amenities (parking space, dishwasher,
washer/dryer)
4. Good everyday shopping close by (Super market, drug store)
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:50 PM
 
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So can you take the train then the Path to JC? Where do you commute to in Manhattan?
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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yes i can take the path to newport. around WTC site in manhattan.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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So you can live anywhere that has trains that go to Newark Penn Station. That gives you many options. What type of community are you looking for? Where do you live now?
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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we are looking for a family oriented, very safe community. currently residing in brooklyn and are looking for a less densely populated neighborhood. we like the idea of having a town with a few restaurants and shopping a short car ride away, if possible... thanks!
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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The usual suspects for downtowns, excellent schools and commuting are Westfield, Ridgewood, Cranford & Summit. Maybe ppl who live there can elaborate on how far $3K/month can get you, because these are pretty wealthy areas. Then half-a-step down you have a town like Rutherford with a train to Hoboken, nice downtown and schools that are good but not excellent. Your money will go further in Rutherford.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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currently commute to Jersey City and Downtown Manhattan. Daughter is 3 yrs old
and starting nursery school this september. we are looking to rent first and
possibly purchase later on, budget is no more than $3000/month.

Our priorities are:

1. Schools
2. Commute (Car and Mass transit preferable)
3. New home inventory with modern amenities (parking space, dishwasher,
washer/dryer)
4. Good everyday shopping close by (Super market, drug store)

I'd add Madison and Chatham to the list of possibilities. Both have train stations with service to Newark and Hoboken, as well as midtown direct service, nice walkable downtown areas with shopping good schools (esp. Chatham it's always in the top 10 districts in the state in NJ Monthly's rankings) You should be able to rent a nice home in either town in your price range. (though you may have to provide your own W/D in a rental home) Although new construction is limited, most all the homes in the area are updated with all the amenities and well maintained. In fact, I'd be tempted to take Summit off the list only because there is no grocery store near downtown. Morristown is also an option, though the school system is good, it is not one of the top few in the state.

HTH

Koala
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Chatham is a good district unless a child has a disability.

Then it is known as Cheatham

They fabricate documents and grease the hands of certain people in the state DoE if anyone complains about their special education services.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Red Bank, NJ
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Red Bank or Middletown NJ,area (Holmdel, Hazlet, Rumson, Fair Haven), good transportation, low crime, good schools, parks.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Rocking the 609
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Generally, the more south you go, the cheaper your rent and the more suburban/less densely populated the area becomes. Considering where you're going, you have a LOT of options as even towns without train service often have some kind of direct bus to the WTC.

Do you have a car now? If not, do you plan on getting one? There's a lot of great areas of Central Jersey with good schools where your $3K budget would go pretty far but I wouldn't advise living in Central Jersey without a car. (Even if you DO live in walking distance of a train station.)
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