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Old 06-29-2007, 11:45 AM
 
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I am looking to buy my first home...I am looking at it from a home/ investment standpoint. I have looked at something in Harrison but its a little expensive for me. Also found something in Carteret that I may be going to look at tomorrow. What do you guys think of Carteret? If I picked Carteret instead of Harrison, I would get 2000 sqft instead of 1350 sqft for almost $50k cheaper
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:03 PM
 
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It really depends on the neighborhood, as well as whether or not you have kids or plan to anytime soon. The schools in Carteret aren't good. I have a good friend who lives in a nice home in a modest neighborhood that is pleasant and safe. She and her husband don't plan on ever having kids though.

There has been some talk on and off about a ferry going in in Carteret. If it does, property values there would increase. You might want to research that a bit.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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Yes, Carteret is going to be cheaper than Harrison, but it also doesn't offer the convenience of a PATH stop into NYC- that's part of what increases Harrison's value (it certainly isn't the great schools, lovely lawns, and great neighborhoods).

That being said, Carteret is a so-so blue-collar town with some very crummy areas. There's lots of talk about redevelopment (just like in every other fallen-down town), but so far the majority of it has been in the industrial areas. Most of Roosevelt Ave is boarded up and vacant, like it's sitting there waiting for something to happen, but so far there's nothing. IMO, it's a real gamble.

Bob
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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I am looking to buy my first home...I am looking at it from a home/ investment standpoint. I have looked at something in Harrison but its a little expensive for me. Also found something in Carteret that I may be going to look at tomorrow. What do you guys think of Carteret? If I picked Carteret instead of Harrison, I would get 2000 sqft instead of 1350 sqft for almost $50k cheaper
Is there a reason you're thinking of Carteret or Harrison? There are other reasonable towns that are similar and near transportation/ highways. Have you tried Middlesex county?
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:46 AM
 
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I really want to be as close to NYC as I can afford to be..Basically looking for something between Exit 10 and Exit 14 on the turnpike...do you guys have any other suggestions?
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:21 PM
 
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I really want to be as close to NYC as I can afford to be..Basically looking for something between Exit 10 and Exit 14 on the turnpike...do you guys have any other suggestions?
if those are your only 2 choices I'd go with harrison, most of carteret is a wasteland, there is a reason harrison costs more
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Hillsborough, NJ
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I would have to say Carteret over the 2 choices. I lived in Carteret for 24 years and it has changed alot over the years, but is still a better place to live then Harrison. Woodbridge is the next town over and a little nicer in my opinion and has train service to the city whilr Carteret only has bus service to NY. Also I believe Perth Amboy or South Amboy has ferry service.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:08 AM
 
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Yes, South Amboy might be a good option. It is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts--lots of new homes, restaurants, etc... and is definitely safer than Carteret.

The ferry isn't currently in service, and it isn't clear when it'll reopen. An express train to Penn takes 40 minutes.
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:56 AM
 
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I'm moving to South Amboy, I bought in Beacon Point because of the proximity of the train to NYC.

To the previous poster - whats the deal with the ferry? When are they re-opening?
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Middlesex Nj
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Carteret is ok, but as far as transportation standpoint, you might consider woodbridge its an awesome town and has train direct to nyc, but then again so does perth amboy and so does south amboy,

carteret schools are a little rough but I think its ok
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