U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New Jersey
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 01-19-2009, 03:08 PM
 
1 posts, read 1,468 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

I commute to Manhattan (midtown on park avenue) and my husband commutes to Cranbury, NJ. We are looking for neighbourhoods where we both can commute from. He would drive and I would take the NJ transit into Penn station. We are not looking for more than a 1 hour commute for either of us. We need a safe neighbourhood and our rent is limited to about $2K. We've heard about South Orange as a possibility. We wanted to hear from posters as to any other neighbourhoods we should consider.
Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-19-2009, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
531 posts, read 1,913,555 times
Reputation: 155
South Orange to Cranbury won't be a very pleasant drive at all.

If you work in southern Middlesex County (Cranbury) and your husband wants to NJ Transit into NYP, I'd suggest somewhere within a short drive of one of the stops on the NEC or NJC lines. Say anywhere between Princeton Junc. and Metro Park on the NEC line, or anywhere between Red Bank and South Amboy on the NJC line.

Here's a pic. The approx location of Cranbury is marked with a red cross. The 4 stops I mentioned and NYP are also marked with cursors. Hopefully it helps you visualize the region better.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-19-2009, 06:22 PM
 
19 posts, read 53,743 times
Reputation: 18
I live in South Orange and commute to Plainsboro, my husband commutes into NYC and works on the east side. He takes the midtown direct and gets to office in about 50 minutes (35 minutes to Penn Station, 15 mins Subway). I take 78 to the GSP and the NY Turnpike to the Cranbury exit 8A (about 45 minutes) plus another 15 minutes to get to my office snaking through the local roads in Plainsboro. The drive can get to me sometimes, but I never hit traffic because it is a reverse commute, so I am always moving. Same holds true for coming home in the evening, but I would recommend the maplewood exit instead of 78 from the GSP.

South Orange is great! It is the reason why I never lived closer to work in the first place. It is has a great downtown area, with Starbucks, bakery, gourmet supermarket and cafe, great italian trattoria, dunkin donuts, drycleaner, good daycare centers and the SOPAC all right there, walking distance. Not to mention, that you can be in NYC Penn Station in 35 minutes. If you have kids or are planning on it there are a lot of wonderful activities in town throughout the year for them.

As far a renting there are some condos and also apartments by the train station that may have availability. I saw a sign for the Gaslight Apartments advertising availability recently.

If you have any other questions just shoot me a note
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-19-2009, 09:40 PM
 
562 posts, read 2,372,142 times
Reputation: 142
Elizabeth is 30 mins away.. easy commute.. and can find a very nice place for 1500.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-20-2009, 08:51 AM
 
516 posts, read 1,704,680 times
Reputation: 576
I know someone who just moved into a new-ish development in South Amboy on the waterfront - and is very happy!

The rent is exactly what you're looking for (after you negotiate a little!). You can walk to the train station and the drive to Cranbury is probably not more than 30 minutes.

South Amboy, NJ, Real Estate Listings and South Amboy, NJ, Rentals for Rent - REALTOR.com® (http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/South-Amboy_NJ/price-1500-2500/type-rentals?bor=2 - broken link)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-20-2009, 08:52 AM
 
516 posts, read 1,704,680 times
Reputation: 576
P.S. It's called Harbor Village
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-27-2009, 07:59 PM
 
19 posts, read 55,774 times
Reputation: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shwa View Post
I know someone who just moved into a new-ish development in South Amboy on the waterfront - and is very happy!

The rent is exactly what you're looking for (after you negotiate a little!). You can walk to the train station and the drive to Cranbury is probably not more than 30 minutes.

South Amboy, NJ, Real Estate Listings and South Amboy, NJ, Rentals for Rent - REALTOR.com® (http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/South-Amboy_NJ/price-1500-2500/type-rentals?bor=2 - broken link)
Have to agree - South Amboy may work for you - location is good for both commutes, and the rent may be on target for a newer place.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:



Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > New Jersey
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top