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Old 06-04-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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Not to state the obvious, but I would just look at what you can get for the money in terms of housing and use that as a starting point for your decision. I live in Central Jersey and $500K can get you a pretty nice place in Robbinsville, East Windsor, Hamilton, Plainsboro, maybe Pennington/Hopewell...but definitely not in Princeton or West Windsor, both of which have excellent schools. Odds are very good that you will not live in Princeton, so start to get to know the neighboring towns a bit. I live in Robbinsville and my wife and I like it a lot. It definitely has the rural feel you mentioned. I am not terribly familar with Northern New Jersey. While some have pointed out that parts of Bergen County are quite congested and not very pleasant, it is also true that there are some really really nice areas up near the border with NY state. But it's pricey, from what I understand.

I'd go with Central Jersey based on your budget and your description of what you are looking for.

- Very helpful. I checked and found out that West Windsor High school is very good. Kids in Plainsboro go to W Windsor. Hopewell High school is almost as good as W Windsor. Don't know which high school kids in Robbinsville go.

I agree Allendale IS a very desirable place to live if money isn't an issue. But with 500K budget, I think that's not for me. I can't downsize my living space from current 2400sqft to 1400sqft or maybe even smaller. Now Princeton makes sense...
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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I like the fact that Princeton area is centrally located between NYC and Philly.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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A lot of people work in Princeton and find beautiful homes right over the border in PA - less expensive, MUCH less taxes in PA, MUCH lower auto insurance - much better way to live.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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A lot of people work in Princeton and find beautiful homes right over the border in PA - less expensive, MUCH less taxes in PA, MUCH lower auto insurance - much better way to live.
-Excellent. Another plus for Princeton. How are High schools there. Any flood hazard? If schools are good, will consider.

About going to college, who pays lower in-state tuition? PA resident going to a PA college or NJ resident going to a NJ college? Does PA have better and more selections of public university or it is NJ?
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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- Very helpful. I checked and found out that West Windsor High school is very good. Kids in Plainsboro go to W Windsor. Hopewell High school is almost as good as W Windsor. Don't know which high school kids in Robbinsville go.

I agree Allendale IS a very desirable place to live if money isn't an issue. But with 500K budget, I think that's not for me. I can't downsize my living space from current 2400sqft to 1400sqft or maybe even smaller. Now Princeton makes sense...
I have LOVED this thread....very fun reading!
But seriously...Mercer Co. NJ is CENTRAL JERSEY! Princeton AND Trenton are in Mercer Co. The Crotch of NJ! File:Map of New Jersey highlighting Mercer County.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Can't get much more central than that! The preverbial "heart" of the State.

To the OP, if you have chosen the Princeton Position (Principal, looks, sounds and feels better than Senior Engineer, despite the 10K), you will not be disappointed.
Princeton might be a huge challenge with your 500K budget, WW/P might be a little better option given the current housing market. But you have a number of options with solid schools.
Montgomery (just north of Princeton) has outstanding schools.
Robbinsville, I really like Robbinsville, it has grown hugely over the past several years, have good elementary schools and just built their own High School (they used to send their highschoolers to Lawrence). Their first graduating class is this month so the jury is out on their performance.
Hopewell/Pennington (great schools) and absolutely beautiful but you will be travelling to "the crotch" for real shopping.
Then there is the PA option, Newtown, Yardley etc. a 30 minute comute to Princeton. Don't know much about their schools but have heard that Counsil Rock Schools are pretty good.

WOW! Congrats on a your great job offers! Wherever you end up, you will love New Jersey......buy a winter coat!
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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OP, do not listen to this line, because we know Princeton is NOT near Trenton . On this board, every post is an "us -vs- them" mentality. Listen to people who have real life experiences in both places.

Good luck to you.
I lived in Trenton and Newark so I know, Princeton is 10 miles from Trenton but North Jersey has so much more population that crime is uncomparable. Based on what I've seen suburban kids from North jersey carry the 'duh' expression compared to Central jersey.

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Old 06-05-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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I can't agree either. Are Princeton sourrounding areas commutable to a job in NYC? If yes, then I lean more toward the Princeton one?
I wouldn't say so but there are a few people from this area and further south who do the commute which can be an hour if not during rush hour. Driving the tunnel and manhattan traffic will slow you down. Train u either have to transfer or take another train in NYC so neither really.

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Old 06-05-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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- Very helpful. I checked and found out that West Windsor High school is very good. Kids in Plainsboro go to W Windsor. Hopewell High school is almost as good as W Windsor. Don't know which high school kids in Robbinsville go.

I agree Allendale IS a very desirable place to live if money isn't an issue. But with 500K budget, I think that's not for me. I can't downsize my living space from current 2400sqft to 1400sqft or maybe even smaller. Now Princeton makes sense...
Ha, no brainer huh, now u get to focus on one geographical region. Princeton is just one small city with a name everyone knows (Princeton University?). Take a trip and decide what kind of neighborhood u want first.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:20 AM
 
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Ha, no brainer huh, now u get to focus on one geographical region. Princeton is just one small city with a name everyone knows (Princeton University?). Take a trip and decide what kind of neighborhood u want first.
Don't have enough time to do that.... Finally figured out OP stands for Originally Posted, not Old Pal or something else haha
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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Don't have enough time to do that.... Finally figured out OP stands for Originally Posted, not Old Pal or something else haha
You are going to love Princeton
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