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Old 10-15-2019, 09:38 PM
 
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Could anyone recommend locations for buying a home in New Jersey that match my requirements:
* Walking distance to New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor rail stations (15 minutes or less of a walk)
* Well-regarded public school system
* Nice homes - preferably newer with an open floorplan and tasteful construction but I also like well-maintained older homes!
* Closer to NYC is better - but not 100% necessary!

Appreciate any help from those on the ground!
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:03 PM
 
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Have a look at this sticky and see if you can get a little more detailed. The NEC line is incredibly long, so knowing where about you want to live with regard to NYC would be a huge help to you.
Questions For Future and Potential Residents
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:39 AM
 
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Thanks for your suggestion! Here are some answers:

Why are you moving? For Work
Where will you be working? Wife will be commuting to the Metropark Rail Station, I am not sure where I will be commuting yet but it could be anywhere in New Jersey or NYC. I'm trying to be flexible in my job search.

Will you buy or rent? Buy
What is your budget? $400,000-$600,000
What kind of place are you looking for? Modern and open floor plan, or old and tasteful. Nothing too tacky or McMansion-y. Walking distance to a Northeast Corridor rail station and to shopping area.

Do you need/want good public schools? Absolutely. This is critical to our decision.

List three things that are important to you in order of importance:
1) Walking distance to New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor rail station.
2) Great public schools.
3) Tasteful home.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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Metuchen - old and tasteful, your budget is too low for new
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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If you want specifically a Northeast corridor station that is walkable, I think the easiest thing to do is go through those limited stations and then assess schools. You can also find towns that have walkable train stations that you can transfer to the Northeast corridor at say Newark, which will broaden your search.

Trenton- schools not good
Hamilton- decent schools
Princeton Junction- great schools, but not many houses near station
Jersey Avenue- New Brunswick schools not good
New Brunswick- same
Edison- great schools
Metuchen- great schools
Metropark- go to Edison schools, so see above
Rahway/Linden/Elizabeth- schools not good
Newark- schools not good
Secaucus- decent schools but not walkable to train

If that is seriously a 100% requirement you are best to look in Metuchen or Edison.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:39 PM
 
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Thanks for your suggestion! Here are some answers:

Why are you moving? For Work
Where will you be working? Wife will be commuting to the Metropark Rail Station, I am not sure where I will be commuting yet but it could be anywhere in New Jersey or NYC. I'm trying to be flexible in my job search.

Will you buy or rent? Buy
What is your budget? $400,000-$600,000
What kind of place are you looking for? Modern and open floor plan, or old and tasteful. Nothing too tacky or McMansion-y. Walking distance to a Northeast Corridor rail station and to shopping area.

Do you need/want good public schools? Absolutely. This is critical to our decision.

List three things that are important to you in order of importance:
1) Walking distance to New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor rail station.
2) Great public schools.
3) Tasteful home.
I'm thinking Edison or maybe Westfield............
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:16 PM
 
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I'm thinking Edison or maybe Westfield............
Except the request to be along the Northeast Corridor Line means no Westfield.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:32 PM
 
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New Brunswick might be a good fit for the op, but not sure about the school situation.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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I think in general it is more realistic to be walking distance from the train station in towns next to either Main/Bergen or Montclair Boonton lines. These smaller railroads often go right through the town so there are properties within walking distance to the station. But still, those are not easy to find and are more expensive. Most people prefer to walk/bike to the train stations and not have to deal with hassle and danger of parking their cars in crowded lots that don't have enough space.
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