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Old 08-31-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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Hi there - Family is in process of moving to NJ. We have narrowed our search down to 2 towns - West Caldwell and Whippany (in Hanover Twp). Would like feedback on 2 different things:
* Commute to Elizabeth area - seems like from West Caldwell commute would be 280 E to GSP; from Whippany would probably stick w 24 E - are either of these routes better/worse (current flooding related issues aside) for typical rush hour commute (leave 730am, home at 500 pm)
* General area - what are the key differences between these 2 towns (we do have 2 young kids if that matters)

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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Hi there - Family is in process of moving to NJ. We have narrowed our search down to 2 towns - West Caldwell and Whippany (in Hanover Twp). Would like feedback on 2 different things:
* Commute to Elizabeth area - seems like from West Caldwell commute would be 280 E to GSP; from Whippany would probably stick w 24 E - are either of these routes better/worse (current flooding related issues aside) for typical rush hour commute (leave 730am, home at 500 pm)
* General area - what are the key differences between these 2 towns (we do have 2 young kids if that matters)

Thanks in advance.
Both are nice towns with good schools. The high schools have very similar rankings in New Jersey Monthly. The demographics are pretty similiar: income level, etc.

Whippany is in Morris County, therefore it is heavily Republican. West Caldwell is in Essex County, which seems to be more liberal. I find Morris County much prettier (not every inch is covered by strip malls), but Essex County more diverse and tolerant.

I can't tell you anything about the commute to Elizabeth, since I've only been to Elizabeth once on my life!
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Best route (less traffic) to Elizabeth is 24E > 78E, even from West Caldwell.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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I lived near West Caldwell for many years, and lived in Whippany for 8 years. I prefer Whippany myself. Easy access to Morristown, 287, 80, 10, and 24 from there. And you're not 'feeding' Newark with your taxes. If you live in West Caldwell, you will be doing that.

Personally, I found a greater sense of community in Hanover than in West Caldwell. And yes, I agree. Morris County is much prettier.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Morris County, NJ
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My vote's for Whippany. I live here and the schools are great. Can't help with the commute though.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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How bad is the commute from these towns to NYC, Midtown? Do a lot of people commute from West Caldwell to NYC?
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: West Caldwell, NJ
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I commute from West Caldwel to NYC every day. It's not the worst, but could definitely be better. I hop on a bus which takes about 50 minutes to get to the Port Authority. The return trip can take a bit longer due to traffic. There is also a bus to Wall St.
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