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Old 12-28-2008, 02:17 PM
 
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My husband and I are newlyweds and are looking to settle down in a community that promotes not using a car (walkable downtown, access to train). Our families our from Bergen County so we would like to stay in that area or close to it. Although Ridgewood is very nice, we would like a place a little more down to earth. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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Westwood, for sure, although you might be limited with grocery shopping to Trader Joe's and a butcher shop.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Cranford is a great town like that. Wonderful downtown & trains etc. Also Morristown (some areas more urban), Montclair is also wonderful downtown & tains....
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: a warmer place
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Westfield, Maplewood, South Orange, Madison
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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Maplewood, Montclair.

South Orange's downtown is improving--there's a beautiful new gourmet market there, I hear.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Hi Lisa,

I think you should consider Glen Rock. Most people their love it, and it's definitely more down to Earth than Ridgewood. In fact, many people say that Glen Rock is a Ridgewood for nice people.

-Marc
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Ditto Maplewood/South Orange. They are both very walkable, down to earth, and great communities.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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Good Luck!
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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I second the South Orange/Maplewood area
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:13 PM
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Location: Bergen County
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Hi Lisa,

I think you should consider Glen Rock. Most people their love it, and it's definitely more down to Earth than Ridgewood. In fact, many people say that Glen Rock is a Ridgewood for nice people.

-Marc
I think it's a common misconception about Glen Rock. It used to be more "down to earth" than Ridgewood but not anymore. Glen Rock used to be more "blue color" town, hence "down to earth". But people who moved to Glen Rock in the past 10 years or so are the same "Wall Street" types as the ones in Ridgewood. So, the older population of Glen Rock may be more down to earth but most of the "newcomers" are the the same kind of people as in Ridgewood.
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