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Old 04-25-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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Hi,

My husband was offered a job in the Financial District and we now need to move.

Quick background: We are from MI and have NEVER lived in a big city. Currently, we live in a big home, have a big back yard, our daughter rides her bike on the sidewalk, etc. (you get the idea).

We are considering New Jersey but have no idea as to where we would even begin our search.

Our daughter is 3 and is currently enrolled in school so we would like to do the same for her at our new place. Therefore, highly rated school systems are important but we can do private as well.

We would like the commute to the city to be as short as possible but will sacrafice short commute time for a better, safer place to live. But we aren't looking for more than say hour-hour and a half from door to door.

For sake of discussion, lets say we can spend 6K+/month (we want to rent first).

Any ideas as to where to begin our search?

Thanks for any information!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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How much are you willing to spend on rent? That's the key.

Do you want to rent a house or an apartment?
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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Short hills
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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Rent would be 6K but can go higher if need be.

We would prefer a house.

Thanks
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, Westfield and Rutherford
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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Hi,

My husband was offered a job in the Financial District and we now need to move.

Quick background: We are from MI and have NEVER lived in a big city. Currently, we live in a big home, have a big back yard, our daughter rides her bike on the sidewalk, etc. (you get the idea).

We are considering New Jersey but have no idea as to where we would even begin our search.

Our daughter is 3 and is currently enrolled in school so we would like to do the same for her at our new place. Therefore, highly rated school systems are important but we can do private as well.

We would like the commute to the city to be as short as possible but will sacrafice short commute time for a better, safer place to live. But we aren't looking for more than say hour-hour and a half from door to door.

For sake of discussion, lets say we can spend 6K+/month (we want to rent first).

Any ideas as to where to begin our search?

Thanks for any information!
Ridgewood. It has train station, one of the nicest communities in NJ. Lots of people who work in downtown choose Ridgewood. Has some of the best rated schools in NJ.

Glen Rock is the town next to Ridgewood. It's a little bit more affordable.

Montclair is another town relatively close to city and has good schools.

If you want to live in the city and try something different, Battery Park is a great neighborhood. Lots of strollers on the weekends. Views of the Statue of Liberty, great parks, etc. However, VERY expensive. Here's an example of a newer rental property in BPC (Battery Park City)Solaire - Home. Rents here for a 2bd or 3bd are probably $5k+ to $8k+ depending on view and size.

If you want to live in the burbs then count on a 45 minute commute door to door best case scenario. That would be a great NYC commute and what you should expect from Ridgewood. If you want a shorter commute, then move into the city for a year. I really like BPC. It is quiet, family friendly and easy access to SoHo and other parts of Manhattan. Just crazy expensive.

Be prepared for overwhelming sticker shock when you move out here. This is not the midwest.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Montclair, NJ
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One of our associates just moved to, I think, Bloomfield Hills which she found to be similar to her hometown of Montclair. I can put you in touch with her for a perspective of someone making the reverse move.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Montclair and Bloomfield Hills are not similar. If you are not used to big cities, I would not choose Montclair, as it is the most urban of the NJ suburbs. Plus the school system there is a headache with cross-bussing.

I'd look at Summit and the nearby towns (New Providence, Chatham, Madison are all 1-2 stops past Summit and nice suburbs with excellent schools); also Short Hills (very expensive, best commute).
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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Or, if you want to be near the beach, you could live in Rumson or Fair Haven and commute via Ferry to financial district (pleasant commute, but will cost more than train).

Given I see you want shortest commute, Summit would be good as more trains go thru there. Or Short Hills. Note with Short Hills, you will be getting into a *very* competitive (and excellent) school district. People do self select that town for competitive academics, so know what you are getting into.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Springfield, NJ
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Short Hills, Millburn, Summit, Westfield and Rutherford
Not sure about Rutherford, but I believe the other towns offer trains to Penn Station, but not downtown. How hard is it to transfer to the Path train? Can you do this in Newark?
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