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Old 03-17-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Hi everybody,

I work in downtown manhattan and wanted to live in a safe, peaceful and quite area and was looking into moving to New Jersey. I don't have a car and will rely on public transportion to get to me to work and back home. I can afford up to $1500/month for a studio or 1br apartment, and would like my commute to work to be no longer than 90 minutes, but 2 hours might be ok as well. Are there any good suburban areas/small towns/villages I could look into?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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You could try Bordentown City, which is a nice walkable town, very affordable, and you can take the Riverline to Trenton and then from there NJ Transit to Penn Station. You can also check towns along NJ Transit lines and see which ones offer a walkable downtown area, and where you can walk to the train. www.njtransit.com
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Hi everybody,

I work in downtown manhattan and wanted to live in a safe, peaceful and quite area and was looking into moving to New Jersey. I don't have a car and will rely on public transportion to get to me to work and back home. I can afford up to $1500/month for a studio or 1br apartment, and would like my commute to work to be no longer than 90 minutes, but 2 hours might be ok as well. Are there any good suburban areas/small towns/villages I could look into?

Thanks a lot!
Are you sure you are OK with a 2 hour commute?!? You might be better off spending the extra $200 on rent than on commute. Also, consider the fact that not having a car might work with the commute part but what about weekly grocery shopping, etc? You don't want to live in a suburb where you need a car for your routine shopping.

I would suggest Jersey City (Newport, Grove Street and Exchange Place) and you can find a decent studio for around $1700-$1800. Commute will be under 30 minutes and around $50 for the Path train to downtown NYC.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Are you sure you are OK with a 2 hour commute?!? You might be better off spending the extra $200 on rent than on commute. Also, consider the fact that not having a car might work with the commute part but what about weekly grocery shopping, etc? You don't want to live in a suburb where you need a car for your routine shopping.

I would suggest Jersey City (Newport, Grove Street and Exchange Place) and you can find a decent studio for around $1700-$1800. Commute will be under 30 minutes and around $50 for the Path train to downtown NYC.
Good points. The problem is that "nice & quiet" doesn't often match up with "no car".
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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Try Red Bank, NJ. Nice town, walkable downtown area, train station, buses. There are apartment complexes that should be in your price range. Commute will be about 90 minutes to the WTC, maybe a few minutes more.

Red Bank's on the Navesink River, which is very scenic, plus you can take the train from there in the other direction 10 - 15 minutes to Long Branch and walk to the beach, or go further on down to other beach towns.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Try these towns
Morristown
Summit
South Orange
Newark's Forest Hills or the Ironbound Section
Montclair
Rahway
South Amboy
Red Bank
Metchun
Ridgewood
Rutherford
Bayonne
Weehawken
New Brunswick
Westwood
Hackensack
Harrison
Kearny
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I just leased a place in warren for a little over 1G a month with utilities included. A great area, but you need a car to get around
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:27 PM
 
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You can live in Montclair, Maplewood, and South Orange without a car for sure. Commute to downtown Manhattan will be under an hour in most cases.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:52 AM
 
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Hey, Question: So I'll be working in Edison in June, Newark in July and Brooklyn in August. Any suggestions on the safest place to live in, near public transportation and best place to get to all three areas?
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:31 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Hey, Question: So I'll be working in Edison in June, Newark in July and Brooklyn in August. Any suggestions on the safest place to live in, near public transportation and best place to get to all three areas?
Whats your limit in terms of rent?
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