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Old 01-07-2010, 06:00 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?

Thanks so much for your help.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:11 AM
 
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Montclair
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Landing
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How close to NYC would you like to be?
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Wow, rarely is it SOOO easy to say to one town is EXACTLY what a poster on this forum is looking for! Montclair hands down

if you buy there your post will look like this:

We're a creative couple in our 50s w/ a preteen son. We are close to NYC. We bought a house in the <500K range in a community that's liberal and close knit. We'd have a yard. Safe. Schools aren't an issue. We live in Montclair.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:15 AM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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Yes, Montclair is a good choice, but far from perfect (taxes will eat you alive, for one). I always tell people to consider Little Falls. I find it to be a quieter and less expensive alternative to Montclair with all the benefits of Montclair. If you are diligent, you may even find a home with a walkable distance to the train station. If you MUST have weekend train service to Manhattan, I'd say forget Montclair and consider S. Orange, Maplewood or Metuchen. When I lived in NJ Montclair trains didn't run on the weekends. Good Luck. -Eric
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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While Montclair is not perfect, it's as close as the OP is going to get based on what he/she is looking for.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Yes, Montclair is a good choice, but far from perfect (taxes will eat you alive, for one). I always tell people to consider Little Falls. I find it to be a quieter and less expensive alternative to Montclair with all the benefits of Montclair. If you are diligent, you may even find a home with a walkable distance to the train station. If you MUST have weekend train service to Manhattan, I'd say forget Montclair and consider S. Orange, Maplewood or Metuchen. When I lived in NJ Montclair trains didn't run on the weekends. Good Luck. -Eric

Doesn't Little Falls have some serious flooding issues?
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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Default Great!

I'm going to check these out.

How close do we want? Well, we want to BE in NY but aren't going to be so as close as we can. We might have to go in and out a lot so as close as possible and still have all those other things.

We're in CA now so we've got to plan a visit and would like to narrow it down as much as possible.

Thanks so much and any other thoughts are welcome!
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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I would also look into Maplewood/SO
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:51 PM
 
Location: NJ
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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.
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