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Old 11-08-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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My husband and I are originally from Scotch Plains, born & breed! We moved out to PA 5 years ago, but now are thinking about returning. My husband commutes 2.5 hours daily. His business was going to relocate when we moved, but the economy hit. We are both 49, and have two little girls we adopted from China. We raised our adult kids in Scotch Plains. We have family in S. Plainfield and N. Plainfield, Green Brook and Scotch Plains. Our budget is 250-270,000. I know what your thinking, but I've lived in 650,000 homes on down and after a while it's just a house. Our values/goals have changed. So with that being said, and I've home schooled my older kids, so that's also an option. What towns would you recommend? I'm not that familiar with somerset co and I am with Union co. Husband works in Newark. We were thinking green brook, since schools are Warren. Also N. Plainfield because houses are so cute! What about Dunellen? I no nothing about it? Are there any other towns to consider?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:41 AM
 
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Where are you coming from? Originally from Scotch Plains coming back from Bethlehem PA
Why are you moving? Commute to long from PA to Newark. Not worth it! Miss NJ!
Where will you be working ? If NYC, what part of NYC? Newark

Will you buy or rent? buy
What is your budget ? 200-270,00 purchase price.
What kind of place are you looking for ? Small, charming, 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath cute neighborhood.

Will anyone (spouse, children, pets) be moving with you ? My charming husband, 3 year old, 5 year old, boston terrier and possible 27 adult son! Yikes! Maybe I need a 2 bedroom
Do you need/want good public schools? Yes. Good, they don't have to be great! Had great, and they weren't so great! Was in Scotch Plains and home schooled my older children. Even the best of the best have issues!

Briefly describe the kind of neighborhood you'd like to live in down to earth families, with young/small children that is close knit, safe, diverse would be fine since were white and our girls are Asian, block parties, closeness.
(examples: families with young children, young, mature, artsy, diverse, safe, close-knit, block parties, etc)

List three things that are important to you in order of importance.(examples: nightlife, outdoor activities, rural/urban, safety, downtown area, charming, new construction, proximity to XYZ, family oriented, easy parking, short commute, etc)

Charming, safe, family oriented, short commute, older homes, close to shopping (does not need to have a downtown)
close to family
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey
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I've looked at Dunellen and think it's not bad, but many sections south of the main train line are in a flood zone. What do you think about Somerville? We just lost out on a bid on a condo there. "Up and coming", as they say. It's diverse, there's shopping and lots of restaurants in a walkable downtown, it's close to Bridgewater Commons, it's a transportation hub (287, 205/202), and on the Raritan Valley Line. Once again, there are some flooding issues, but not as much as, say, Bound Brook and Manville.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Monmouth County, NJ
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Well if living up north is too expensive, I recommend Monmouth County.. some area's are "NJ Affordable" and have nice neighborhoods...
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey
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I've looked at Dunellen and think it's not bad, but many sections south of the main train line are in a flood zone. What do you think about Somerville? We just lost out on a bid on a condo there. "Up and coming", as they say. It's diverse, there's shopping and lots of restaurants in a walkable downtown, it's close to Bridgewater Commons, it's a transportation hub (287, 205/202), and on the Raritan Valley Line. Once again, there are some flooding issues, but not as much as, say, Bound Brook and Manville.
Somerville is a very nice town, as you say, it has a walkable downtown, close to major highways, Raritan Valley Line, good schools
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