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Old 07-19-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm 28, recently married, and am looking to buy a house in Central NJ, somewhere along the water. I work in NYC, so can't go too far south.

Moving from a small beach community in NY, so definitely like the small-town vibe, but would still like some sort of night-life.

No children yet, but there will be in the near future, so the school systems will also be a factor.

Any advice on Keyport, Union Beach, Laurence Harbor, Hazlet, Matawan, or any other neighboring towns???

Any information would be a HUGE help.

Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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bueller...bueller....bueller??
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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IMHO:

1. Matawan
2. Laurence Harbor
3. Keyport
4. Hazlet
5. Union Beach

Good luck!
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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Hazlet seems to be family-oriented. I'm not as familiar with the others, since I just moved down this way a little more than a year ago myself (I also commute to NYC, but I'm three train stops south of Hazlet.) My RE agent has three little kids and he bought in Hazlet.

Keyport has a cute little waterfront area with shops and restaurants. But, some parts of Keyport flood, I know.

The Matawan-Aberdeen train station has something like a six-year waiting list for parking, so keep that in mind. One of my coworkers lives there and has a son, and she seems happy with the schools.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Thanks for the info!

Yeah, I heard that the parking situation in matawan/aberdeen is a nightmare.

I'm really interested in Keyport, but on the drive down, the towns around there look kinda run-down...seems like a lot of closed down businesses and a ton of go-go bars in the surrounding areas.

Is it safe around Keyport?
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Thanks for the info!

Yeah, I heard that the parking situation in matawan/aberdeen is a nightmare.

I'm really interested in Keyport, but on the drive down, the towns around there look kinda run-down...seems like a lot of closed down businesses and a ton of go-go bars in the surrounding areas.

Is it safe around Keyport?
Don't judge any of those towns based on Rt 36. The businesses on Rt 36 are geared to the driving through tourists more than the locals, hence the go go bars in "family" towns.

If it were my decision I would move to Matawan over the others as I like the schools there very much (worked in them for a year) and liked the diversity of the community. Also, much of it is not near Rt 36.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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I'm open to other areas besides the above-mentioned. I just like being close to the water, and don't want to go too far south, since I have to commute to NYC. Really not all too familiar with the surrounding areas. Any additional help would be great.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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Hazlet seems to be family-oriented. I'm not as familiar with the others, since I just moved down this way a little more than a year ago myself (I also commute to NYC, but I'm three train stops south of Hazlet.)
where did you decide, if you don't mind me asking? and how do you like it?
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Highlands, NJ. You have Sandy Hook beaches at your fingertips, a cool boating/fishing community, friendly people, and a bunch of pretty cool bars right there on the bay.

Keyport and Hazlet definitely seem a bit trashy to me - I would stay away.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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And from Highlands, you can take the high speed ferry to the city. It's about an hour.
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