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Old 10-02-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My British husband and I may be moving to the US from the UK in the next year or so due to his company transferring him. We were married in 2010 and I have been living here for over a year. We had planned to be here just a few years and are happy that he may have the chance to go to NY, so at least one of us would have a job, even though NY would not have been our location of choice.

I'm from the Chicago area, and was living in VA for 9 years before moving to the UK. Neither of us have strong ties to the NY area, and we don't want to live in the city. We'll both be over 40 when we move, and we like to be outdoors on weekends. My health isn't great, and I need a quiet atmosphere, so NYC is out of the question. (Not to mention the price.)

It sounds like New Jersey may be the best bet for us, but we've just started our research. We both really love a good woodsy walking/running trail, and going to parks. We'll be on a fairly limited budget (only about 60k/year probably to start). We don't have kids so don't have to find housing near schools. My husband is OK with a commute of an hour or so, but less would be great.

One major concern is that the Jersey 'burbs will be hyper-alienating since we don't have kids. Also, are towns like Montclair (a few have suggested that we'd like it there) closed to newcomers in the sense that everyone has always lived there and newcomers over 40 without kids will be especially rare?

Does anyone know of any quirky, commutable towns in New Jersey or New York that we might research?

Cheers and thanks to all for your tips!

US Bound
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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I don't think Montclair would be alienating. From what I've read on these forums, it is more single-oriented than a lot of other NJ suburbs, so you wouldn't be alienated for not having children.

It has a lot of apartments (though there are areas with houses as well), but I don't think it should be too noisy or anything.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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You don't get "quirky-commutable" for 60K.

It sounds like you don't want the whole family experience. Then you're in the right place.
But then "woodsy-walky-runny parks say you want a "kids oriented" area.

Best define more tightly what you want. (Sounding like Sandra Reinomato here)

To repeat though, $60K doesn't go far here...but no expensive kids is good.


I'm thinking some sort of
Garden Apartment abutting state land for frolicking????
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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Default Thanks for responses

Thanks everyone for your input. Yeah, I realize my figure sounds extremely low. Unfortunately the transfer is up in the air right now so we don't know what our annual income would be. The move could happen anytime in the next six months to two years. I stated a pretty conservative figure. I'll be working too but probably won't have a job right away, so eventually we'll have more housing options.

Thanks again and will look into your suggestions!
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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I stopped reading at "Quirky"
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Maybe Beacon? The DIA Beacon is there. I don't remember if the town is quirky, but I think it is affordable.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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The commute from Beacon is a KILLER, and pretty pricey (3 hour round trip not counting time to and from the stations...$37.50/day and then add the Metrocard.) This presumes a job in the City!

Once a year for the museum is all that I can manage.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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The commute from Beacon is a KILLER, and pretty pricey (3 hour round trip not counting time to and from the stations...$37.50/day and then add the Metrocard.) This presumes a job in the City!

Once a year for the museum is all that I can manage.
Ok, then scratch that, then!
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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Re. I stopped reading at "Quirky"

Give me a break. I've been holed up in a really gloomy English town, unemployed, in a terraced house for the last 15 months. I'm surprised I even managed to find this forum.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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What sort of English towns/places would you say that you like? I lived in the UK for several years and traveled quite a bit, so maybe if you can give an example of a town or city in the US or UK that you really like, maybe we can come up with a comparable area in the NYC area.
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