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Old 08-07-2017, 02:14 PM
 
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Hi all. I wanted to gather some feedback for a move I have planned from NYC (Astoria) to Northern NJ. I currently live in a large 1 BR apartment with my wife and 10-month-old. We've made do by converting our eat-in-kitchen alcove into a nursery for the first year but now that he is mobile we must move and get more space. My wife and I are both from the suburbs (Long Island originally) and are looking to kill two birds with one stone: get more space for our money and move from a decisively urban environment to a decisively suburban environment--which is what we want at this stage of our lives. Our lease is up November 1, so ideally our lease would start Oct 15 - Oct 25.

I commute to WTC (PATH goes straight into my building) and my wife commutes to Bryant Park so NJ is the most sensible place to commute from. We will have 1 car when we move.

Budget: Up to $2400/month (adjusted for broker fees or W/D purchases)

Need:

1. Safe, family-friendly neighborhood
2. <1 hr commute to midtown and downtown
3. 2-3 bedroom, 1+ bathroom; >1000 sqf
4. In-unit W/D OR W/D hookups
5. Good daycare options nearby

Want:

1. Suburban
2. Driveway or on-street parking
3. Two-family home
4. Walking distance to station OR some reasonable way to park at station
5. Parks

Not Necessary:

1. Good school district (our child will not be in school)
2. Downtown area

If I'm paying a broker fee, I want to amortize that over the cost of a 1-year lease. Is it 1-month in NNJ? That's what I've been seeing. And for W/D hookups, I'm fine, and in some cases, prefer paying for a W/D assuming the lease is on the cheaper end.

After doing research on NJ for several months, this is my shortlist of towns that I've come up with:

1. Rutherford
2. Lyndhurst
3. East Rutherford
4. Bloomfield

The ideal seems to be Rutherford for us and that is where I've focused my attention but the other 3 seem fine too. I'm encouraged that, so far using the various online tools, it seems like I can get what I want in the Rutherford area for like $1850-$1900 in a 2-family home and I'd love to save money to pay for extra furniture. If I can get a rental in the $1900 range instead of $2300, that combined with the daycare savings would give me a nice chunk of change to buy new furniture.

Please let me know what you think! While I try to avoid brokers, if it becomes inevitable, I'd also like to know if anyone has a personal recommendation for one that may specialize in residential rentals in these areas.

Thanks,
Chad
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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If you can find what you're looking for in your budget in Rutherford, then go for it. That is the best town of the 4 you listed above. You can take a train from Rutherford to Hoboken and then to WTC. Your wife would probably be better off taking a train to Port Authority and walking to Bryant Park.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:07 PM
 
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If you can find what you're looking for in your budget in Rutherford, then go for it. That is the best town of the 4 you listed above. You can take a train from Rutherford to Hoboken and then to WTC. Your wife would probably be better off taking a train to Port Authority and walking to Bryant Park.
Bus.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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Yeah we're cool with trying out the bus and using the train, for my wife, as a backup if Lincoln Tunnel is fubar.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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Bus.
Oops. Yes, I meant bus. This is how my entire day has gone. Should have stayed home.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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Oops. Yes, I meant bus. This is how my entire day has gone. Should have stayed home.
Ah yes, I've had those days!
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Old 08-08-2017, 09:36 AM
 
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They're all nice towns.

None of them have what I would consider a downtown, but all nice places.

If you are considering Bloomfield, then you might want to consider Montclair, which does have a true downtown, though I suspect you thought it was too pricey.

If I were choosing amongst those places, I'd pick Bloomfield, only because the traffic is more manageable in that area.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:05 AM
 
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They're all nice towns.

None of them have what I would consider a downtown, but all nice places.

If you are considering Bloomfield, then you might want to consider Montclair, which does have a true downtown, though I suspect you thought it was too pricey.

If I were choosing amongst those places, I'd pick Bloomfield, only because the traffic is more manageable in that area.
Rutherford has a downtown called Park Avenue, from Lincoln Park to the Train station is a downtown lined with stores, restaurant's, what is missing?
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Didn't he say he doesn't need downtown?
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:56 AM
 
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I think you already have a few good selections. I would also add Wood-Ridge and Clifton to the list. Good luck!
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