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Old 09-25-2019, 07:44 AM
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Have you considered Leonia? Great town and great location including wonderful housing stock. And a ton of Columbia academics and administrators live in town! There are also quite a few MDs who live in town and work in NYC hospitals. You won't find much newer housing stock, but the town is very walk-able, Tree City USA designated so lots of trees and shade, and most residents are engaged in town goings on. Great schools as well. Good luck with your search.
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:21 PM
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Based on your wants, Palisades, in Rockland County, would work. The drive down the Palisades Parkway is short and traffic-free, even at rush hour. You will get more of a woodsy property/feel than in the more dense Bergen County communities suggested in the thread. School district is excellent also.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:11 PM
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Tenafly has a ton of Columbia folks. The drive down 9w is easy, esp if you are driving outside of rush hour. The only real traffic choke point is the helix onto the bridge, though there are back ways on days that is bad (as long as former Gov Christie isn't shutting them down!). I don't think taxes are much worse than Demarest, Cresskill, etc.

Englewood Cliffs always feels like it has crowded lots to me.

Demarest and Cresskill are great, just a few minutes further up. Other towns further up are great options too, just depends on how much time you want to add to your commute. Closter has become a real business/shopping hub. The towns north of there are much more rural. Palisades, suggested above, is GORGEOUS, just much further (though an easy drive). correction - palisades ny really isn't much further, maybe 5 minutes, as the palisades parkway is fast. Also depends on where you look in tenafly/cresskill/demarest as it could take an extra 5-10 minutes to get from the east hill areas to the west sides.

Alpine is another good option, taxes are insanely low though home prices are above your range.

If you are athletic it's actually a fairly easy bike ride into the city too except for the one hill going up the palisades.

In general I think the commute from the north (ie 9w) is much easier to the GWB than the commute from the west (4/80/95).

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