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Old 05-02-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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In the market for a house, but couldn't decide on these towns: green brook, warren or hillsborough.
Budget: 650K
Year: younger than '80s
NYC commuter

Which town will be better, in terms of holding value, school and NYC commute?

The better sections of GB and Hillsboro both look fairly good. But got hesitated after reading previous posts here mentioning the 'snobbish' GB/Warren/Watchung area. How bad is GB anyway?

What about Hillsboro, high school seemed to be not as good as Watchung Hills, but really that bad?

Any insights are greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:07 AM
 
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I like Warren the best, then Hillsborough, followed by G.B. I think the rule in that part of Jersey the higher the elevation the better.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:35 AM
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For a NYC commute, disregard Hillsborough. GB and Warren both send to the same HS. Warren has more Mc Mansions than GB but Greenbrook has Mc Mansions with a NYC view the sit adjacent to Watchung Mc Mansions.
People who live on GB in Mc Mansions sometimes have a Watchung mailing address and tell people they live in Watchung. it's a real "can you top this" mentality for some Warren , Watchung, Greenbrook people.

You can buy a house in Greenbrook on the south side of rt 22, send your kids to the Watching Hills HS and not have to put up with the silliness of those who live up on the hill with the view.

650 won't get you much up on the hill but you will find lots to choose from in the not so snobby older neighborhoods in Warren.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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as PDD said, disregard Hillsborough immediately.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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I didn't think Warren or GB had any good NYC commute options; do they?
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:45 AM
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with 650K budget, I think you can look into New Providence and Berkeley Heights. If you commute to NYC downtown like my husband, you can drive to Newark Penn and take the PATH into city. Commute is very good.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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Thanks all for your input!

Bay, just wondering how long is the ride to Newark Penn in the rush hours, what about the parking?

If the NYC commuter doesn't mind extra time from Hillsborough, can anyone point out on the pros and cons, comparing Hillsborough (Belle Mead section) and Green Brook (north of Rt 22)?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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Thanks all for your input!

Bay, just wondering how long is the ride to Newark Penn in the rush hours, what about the parking?

If the NYC commuter doesn't mind extra time from Hillsborough, can anyone point out on the pros and cons, comparing Hillsborough (Belle Mead section) and Green Brook (north of Rt 22)?

Thanks in advance!
i cannot imagine, for the life of me, the NYC commuter not minding the extra time. but ok.

unfortunately i can't answer your question but can tell you Belle Mead is not part of Hillsborough, it's part of Montgomery Township (and even further to NYC than Hillsborough).
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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tahiti is right; i live near Hillsborough via back roads so if you want a reasonably decent commute to NYC, disregard hillsboro!!!!! 206 is a PITA to get through for you to drive the nearest train station or bus stop.

I would go for Warren over GB. Belle Mead...forget it, its even further out.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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In the market for a house, but couldn't decide on these towns: green brook, warren or hillsborough.
Budget: 650K
Year: younger than '80s
NYC commuter

Which town will be better, in terms of holding value, school and NYC commute?

The better sections of GB and Hillsboro both look fairly good. But got hesitated after reading previous posts here mentioning the 'snobbish' GB/Warren/Watchung area. How bad is GB anyway?

What about Hillsboro, high school seemed to be not as good as Watchung Hills, but really that bad?

Any insights are greatly appreciated!
For the NYC commuter and good schools stay up in the hills;
-Warren
-Berkley Heights
-New Providence
-Basking Ridge
-Bernardsville

You can't go wrong up there
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