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Old 01-07-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Sonno,

Montclair is it hands down. Just go and hangout there for a Saturday and drive around, eat a meal, visit some shops, talk to some people. You can't beat it. Yes the taxes are high and yes the prices are high, but it's worth all that.

I'd live there in a heartbeat if I wasn't already established where I am. It just has that atmosphere and coolness that other towns do not.

There are LOTS of creative people there and a nice vibe. And the train. And houses with a yard.

Yes you can also live in a boring suburban town also like West Orange or Little Falls, and drive to to Montclair for fun, but it's not the same as living there.

Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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Default Hi Sonno23,

I would have to disagree with most members since Montclair is not close to NYC as you might think specially if you are looking to travel to the NYC area, the traffic will drive you crazy. Considering your needs I would say move closer, I live by Weehawken NJ, and you have fantastic views of the NYC area. I would suggest Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Little Ferry, Nutley, Clifton, Roselle Park. There are so many towns that you can look into around this area that offer yard and specially fun for creative people. The closer you get the more taste of NYC you'll get!
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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What about any towns that are closer and you can take the PATH train to NY. I'm thinking that w/ having to get in and out of the city for appts, it might end up being too much. What about Hoboken or something that close. What's that like? Too expensive? Not nice neighborhoods?
Thanks so much again.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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I hate to be overly negative about NJ, but there aren't any even moderately reasonably acceptable towns along the PATH. Go for the Upper West Side of Manhattan and send your kid to Collegiate - if you can swing it. Otherwise, you are in for a world of compromise in N. Jersey.

Forgive me, but with your criteria/desires that is all I can come up with at this point.

OR rent and wait out the CoOp market in NYC. Prices are bound to drop... some day.

If you have some $$ and some time, renting is a low risk option.

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Old 01-08-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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You could also consider West Orange which has much lower taxes and lower housing costs than Montclair, Maplewood, and SO. You'll still be within a couple minutes drive of all the aforementioned towns. I live in WO and downtown Montclair is about a 5 minute drive from my house.
On a per value basis, West Orange taxes are almost on par with Montclair. The Essex County list last year had Glen Ridge as the highest, then Montclair, then South Orange, then West orange...and then everyone else.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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What about any towns that are closer and you can take the PATH train to NY. I'm thinking that w/ having to get in and out of the city for appts, it might end up being too much. What about Hoboken or something that close. What's that like? Too expensive? Not nice neighborhoods?
Thanks so much again.
Ideally, Manhattan would be best. Hoboken is as close as you are going to find in NJ, but it is still not NYC. My wife and I are both from NJ, but have lived in Manhattan. When we moved back to NJ, we started in Hoboken for a few years. If you live near the path, you could be in the West Village door to door in 20 minutes. These days, there is so much to do in hoboken that you may find you dont even want to bother with the path most of the time, but you still know it is there if you need it. Also, you will most likely not find a backyard in Hoboken. If you do, consider yourself very lucky. I liked the neighborhood feel of Hoboken, and wouldn't mind moving back there after the kids are grown. But if school systems are no an issue, it is definitely worth a look.

My only negative about Hoboken was commuting in from the Jersey side on my way home from work. There are only two ways into Hoboken, and one involves Lincoln Tunnel traffic and the other involves Holland Tunnel traffic. Then there is a road in the middle called Paterson Plank, but that is no prize either. It goes through city streets with lots of lights and could have heavy traffic as well. If you work in the city, none of this is an issue.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:35 AM
 
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For interior NJ, I would recommend for you South Orange, with Montclair being a close second. You might also try Summit or Westfield.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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I would say West Orange, South Orange or Maplewood

JE
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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We're a creative couple in our 50s w/ a preteen son. We need to be close to NYC. We want to buy a house in the 500K range or less of course in a community that's liberal and close knit. We'd like to have a yard. Safe. Schools aren't an issue. Is there such a place?

I agree with the person above: rent for a while. Prices in NJ and NY area are still very high and taxes are a second mortgage that can only increase. The market is due for a significant correction. Banks do not lend without a significant down payment because they know you will be soon underwater.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair
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