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Old 10-02-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Hi - I am considering relocating to NJ for a job in Whippany. I am single and have 2 indoor/outdoor cats and am trying to decide if I want to buy or rent. I would like to live close to a direct line to NYC and do not want a commute to Whippany longer that 30 min. Looking for 3BR/2Ba walking distance to amenities like groceries, movies and library. Would also consider living on or renting a farm/rural type home. Any recos?
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Morris County, NJ
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What's your budget?
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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I'd like to stay under 350 for buying and 1500 for renting.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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I'd like to stay under 350 for buying and 1500 for renting.

The short answer is that there is no town within a 30 commute to Whippany with a walkable downtown area where you will find a 3bd/2 bath home for rent under 1500.

There are several wonderful towns that have great walkable downtown areas where you can walk to all the amenities, (Morristown, Madison, Chatham, Morris Plains) which are within a 30 commute, but you'll find it difficult to find a small 1bd apartment for <1500 a month let alone a 3 bd home. About the only places you find a 3bd for under 2+k a month will be in undesirable areas like Newark, Irvington, etc...which will also give you a commute much longer than 30 minutes, not to mention the paucity of amenities.

As far as purchasing a home, your best bet would be Morris Plains or Morristown. You can find a small 3 bd cape for right around 350K. It will not be a farm, and will be on a city lot, maybe a 1/4 acre. if you are lucky Just be careful in Morristown to avoid the area known as "the hollow" as well as a small area around Speedwell Ave.

On the plus side - Morristown, Madison, Morris Plains, Chatham all have train stations with midtown direct access and are within your commute parameters, but housing is much higher.

Something is going to have to give...

KoalaNJ
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Try looking along South Street in Morristown, you can probably find some 3BR near the 350k range, within walks of shopping/entertainment, and within walks of more rural-feeling parks.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: NJ
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If you can skip the train part you have plenty of options in northern hunterdon county - rural/small towns. Clinton, Califon, Lebanon area. I don't see rentals with your parameters but there are purchases there even sub $200k for 3 beds.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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If you can skip the train part you have plenty of options in northern hunterdon county - rural/small towns. Clinton, Califon, Lebanon area. I don't see rentals with your parameters but there are purchases there even sub $200k for 3 beds.
Those are nice areas, but much more than 30 min to Whippany...
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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Northern parts of Rockaway Township and Boonton Township are close and rural, check them yourself for the $$ part.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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Northern parts of Rockaway Township and Boonton Township are close and rural, check them yourself for the $$ part.

While the northern parts of Rockaway and Boonton Townships are nice scenic rural areas, they are not areas where you will find amenities such as grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, libraries, etc all within walking distance, and a <30 min commute to Whippany, both of which the OP established in their criteria.

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Old 10-03-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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While the northern parts of Rockaway and Boonton Townships are nice scenic rural areas, they are not areas where you will find amenities such as grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, libraries, etc all within walking distance, and a <30 min commute to Whippany, both of which the OP established in their criteria.

KoalaNJ
Well they are way less than 30 minutes to Whippany, unless you are walking.
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