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Old 05-14-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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Default Affordable family friendly towns in North Jersey.. Help

My husband is a market manager for a large retailer and will be taking over a market in North Jersey. We plan on moving to the area next year once my daughter graduates high school. I have an 8 year old son who will be in school so I'm looking for good school districts. Bergan County would be great but very pricey. I am looking for an area within a 45 min drive to Secaucus NJ. We would like to say under $600,000 for a home and that sounded reasonable until I started looking at prices of homes over in north Jersey. All the houses seem to be small and just redone. Looking for a cute affordable newer neighborhood with good schools. Can anyone please give me a direction as to where I might start my search.
Thank you so much in advance...
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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My husband is a market manager for a large retailer and will be taking over a market in North Jersey. We plan on moving to the area next year once my daughter graduates high school. I have an 8 year old son who will be in school so I'm looking for good school districts. Bergan County would be great but very pricey. I am looking for an area within a 45 min drive to Secaucus NJ. We would like to say under $600,000 for a home and that sounded reasonable until I started looking at prices of homes over in north Jersey. All the houses seem to be small and just redone. Looking for a cute affordable newer neighborhood with good schools. Can anyone please give me a direction as to where I might start my search.
Thank you so much in advance...
Please do take the time to read the sticky and post more information.

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Because you didn't mention anything about how many rooms, type of home, etc. For 600k, I can tell you about great 1bed, 1bath condo in areas with good public schools. But I'm pretty sure that doesn't meet your need because you probably require at least 3 for your two children and yourself plus spouse.

Not being a jerk, just pointing out an example for why providing information for questions listed in sticky is useful. Also mention what is highest priority is helpful too. For example, good public school district is highest priority and we're willing to take a hit on commute time, etc.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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you may havemany options. it also depends if taking the train to secaucus is an option. ideas coming to mind are madison, chatham, maplewood, south orange, westfield and cranford.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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newer (not: small and just redone)
under 600k
45 minutes to Seacaucus
good schools

Choose 2 or 3 of these criteria, because I don't think you can get all 4.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:42 PM
 
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Where are you coming from? Pa
Why are you moving? job relocation
Where will you be working ? If NYC, what part of NYC? north Jersey

Will you buy or rent? buy
What is your budget ? under $600,000
What kind of place are you looking for ? family friendly towns

Will anyone (spouse, children, pets) be moving with you ?spouse and two children 18 and 8 yrs old
Do you need/want good public schools?yes

Briefly describe the kind of neighborhood you'd like to live in
families with young children, and safe

List three things that are important to you in order of importance. nice schools, rural, good neighborhood

We don't need to be by any trains or anything since he has a company car. He will be running stores in Secaucus, Saddle Ridge and Suffern NY just to name a few.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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it appears you'll need easy access to secaucus and suffern and by saddle ridge do you mean river? list also other locations so we can help further.

not rural, but northwest bergen county is a central location. though it is a very rich town and has great schools, franklin lakes has some options in your budget, like 563 Colonial Road, Franklin Lakes NJ - Trulia and 1137 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes NJ - Trulia. this is easy for you because to get to suffern, you just take 287 north, and for sec. you take 208 south east.

though also it isn't really rural, mahwah is a good fit for you. it is next to the ny state line, and the town next to suffern. no traffic it is 30 minutes to sec. the schools are good, and there are many stores off 17. options here include 114 North Railroad Avenue, Mahwah NJ - Trulia and 114 Winter Place, Mahwah NJ - Trulia and 368 Campgaw Road, Mahwah NJ - Trulia.

as you know probably that the stores are not in a rural area, but for a longer drive, also look at ringwood in passaic county. a lot of it is rural, and there are many homes in your range. students go to lakeland high in wanaque. to suffern is 15-30 min depending on what side of town you're in, and sec. is 40 minutes no traffic. the town contains ringwood state park. your options include this nice house 62 Coventry Way, Ringwood NJ - Trulia near ramapo mtn state park, and 101 Coventry Way, Ringwood NJ - Trulia and 102 Carletondale Road, Ringwood NJ - Trulia and 8 Bearfort Terrace, Ringwood NJ - Trulia and 15 Crescent Drive, Ringwood NJ - Trulia and 41 Windbeam Lane, Ringwood NJ - Trulia and this large house for 450k 26 Arrow Head Trail, Ringwood NJ - Trulia.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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Agree that Ringwood could be a good option. Check out Oakland too.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the info. Ringwood has more of the style homes I like. One other question. Do you know anything about Stoney Point NY? They have beautiful homes there but not sure of the commute to secaucus.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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Agree that Ringwood could be a good option. Check out Oakland too.
i wouldn't say oakland is rural, but it is still a good option.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:46 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the info. Ringwood has more of the style homes I like. One other question. Do you know anything about Stoney Point NY? They have beautiful homes there but not sure of the commute to secaucus.
stony point is a lot different than ringwood. stony point is in rockland county, right on the hudson. it's known for it's lighthouse and the stony point state park. it also contains bear mountain, a major state park and tourist attraction. it is not rural, but does have some nice homes. the good is that it is 25 min from suffern. the bad is that it is northeast. to get to sec. is supposed to be 50 min, but you will probably get traffic on the palisades and garden state parkways or turnpike or 17. and do you want to pay the tolls for the parkway and turnpike everyday (you may need both to reach sec. depending on what side of town)? and be careful of flooding, which stony point had in sandy.
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