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Old 10-05-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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I am relocating to North Jersey. I have a sales position so my "commute" changes daily. Most of my customers are in the suburbs. I am a 24 year-old female and would like to live on my own, so the area needs to be safe. I am fine with a small, not fancy apartment as long as I am safe. My list of wants, in order of importance, are listed below:

1. Walkability (coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, gyms, etc.). When I am not working, I don't want to have to drive anywhere.
2. Younger people (20's-30's)
3. Quick and easy access to NYC, preferably less than 30 minutes.
4. Parking- Finding a place WITH parking would be ideal but I won't be able to shell out $200+/mo for a garage so as long as there is enough street parking, that's okay.
5. Washer/Dryer in building. In the apartment would be even better.
5. Amenities in the apartment would be nice but not required (parking, gym, doorman, etc.)

I would like to spend around $1600/month. I would be willing to go up to $1800/month depending on the amenities of the apartment.

I am well aware that Hoboken and parts of Jersey City meet my walkability and young people requirement. Those would be my first choice. I may be able to find a place there in my budget, but I am interested to see what other places you all think would be a good place for me to live. (West New York, Weehawken, etc.).

Thanks!
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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I understand there are some good parts of Jersey City that have been revived. But, you also have to research particular neighborhoods.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:53 AM
 
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Morristown or Hoboken only choices.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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Morristown or Hoboken only choices.
Yes, Morristown is a good choice if you have a helicopter. OP said 30 minutes to NYC and in particular said "quick and easy access". In other words, she is specifying basically that she will live only in a city along the NJ side of the Hudson River, with few exceptions.

One such exception would be Harrison. It is a rundown, ugly city that is being revitalized, but it has a PATH station. Not sure about whether it has everything you need--yet.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: New York metropolitan area
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Hackensack to NYC takes around 30 min with express bus. Great and diverse town.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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I am relocating to North Jersey. I have a sales position so my "commute" changes daily. Most of my customers are in the suburbs. I am a 24 year-old female and would like to live on my own, so the area needs to be safe. I am fine with a small, not fancy apartment as long as I am safe. My list of wants, in order of importance, are listed below:

1. Walkability (coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, gyms, etc.). When I am not working, I don't want to have to drive anywhere.
2. Younger people (20's-30's)
3. Quick and easy access to NYC, preferably less than 30 minutes.
4. Parking- Finding a place WITH parking would be ideal but I won't be able to shell out $200+/mo for a garage so as long as there is enough street parking, that's okay.
5. Washer/Dryer in building. In the apartment would be even better.
5. Amenities in the apartment would be nice but not required (parking, gym, doorman, etc.)

I would like to spend around $1600/month. I would be willing to go up to $1800/month depending on the amenities of the apartment.

I am well aware that Hoboken and parts of Jersey City meet my walkability and young people requirement. Those would be my first choice. I may be able to find a place there in my budget, but I am interested to see what other places you all think would be a good place for me to live. (West New York, Weehawken, etc.).

Thanks!
Walkability can be tough -- Ridgewood, although it's not just a "younger" people kind of town. It has nightlife and young people, but it also has familes, older, etc. It's also on the cusp of the 30 min to NYC depending on when you leave, return, traffic, etc. I think Fort Lee might fit well. Certainly close to NYC, and they do have a nice little downtown area, but not like Ridgewood, and depending on where you live in Fort Lee, you may not want to walk to get to downtown. Same may apply to Edgewater, and I don't know if that would fit into your price range. Look at Englewood. It has a great downtown area, younger people do go there and hang out there, and live there, although there are also families, older people, etc. But it's close to NYC and has a lot to offer.

Morristown is a nice town, but no way "close" to NYC. People say it's 30 min, or an hour, and it can be -- if you drive like Mario Andretti and at 330am when there's no cars on the road. LOL. Rush hour traffic limits people's selections. I have friends who live in Edison NJ and they say it's only an hour to get to NYC. It's selective reality, LOL. Door to door? No way. Off-hours? And so on.

Hoboken is an obvious choice. Parts of JC might be too. If you are looking at WNY, Weehawken, etc. -- it really depends on specifically where.

I would look to Fort Lee, Edgewater and Englewood.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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Cliffside Park is another good option. Walking distance to Fort Lee. Nice walking downtown area (Anderson Avenue), easy access to NYC (buses/ferries) and lots of apartment options. You could find a very nice 1BR for $1600.

Fortlee, Cliffside Park, Edgewater would be my recommendations. Above poster is spot on.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:38 PM
 
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Montclair is another possibility. Lots of young people, trendy, upscale, fun. More suburban and pretty then Hoboken or Downtown Jersey City.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:07 AM
 
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I have kids your age that for jobs moved out of state. If they moved back, Hoboken or Morristown would be their first choice.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Cliffside Park is another good option. Walking distance to Fort Lee. Nice walking downtown area (Anderson Avenue), easy access to NYC (buses/ferries) and lots of apartment options. You could find a very nice 1BR for $1600.

Fortlee, Cliffside Park, Edgewater would be my recommendations. Above poster is spot on.
Thank you. Cliffside Park is a very good idea. I lived in Cliffside Park for many years. The "downtown" area of "the avenue" (Anderson Avenue) is on the improve. A lot of money is being spent to upgrade and improve the storefront, downtown area. There are new mid-rises that have gone up as well as other types of living -- from homes, multi-family, garden apartment types, high-rises, condo buildings, and so on.

The commute to NYC is excellent and there are many options. Getting into NYC other than for business is a breeze as well. I enjoyed living there.
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