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Old 04-18-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Ansky- Thank you. We're going to check out some open houses on Sunday in WO without the kids. I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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Default My two cents.

350k will not get you into a good neighborhood in South Orange or Maplewood. I don't think it would get you anything worth looking in Livingston. I was in the same boat when I was looking for a home, and ended up in West Orange. Taxes are not much higher than the other 3 towns, but you will definitely get more home for your money, and in a better neighborhood. Schools are not the best in terms of scores, not the worst either, but that’s due to the socioeconomic diversity of the town, not because of lack of programs, or opportunities offered.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Kobain- Thank you. That is my general consensus as well. I'm of the opinion that as long as there are programs available that my kids will benefit from, I'm not bothered by the scores. We have our kids in public school here in Brooklyn which obviously runs the gamut in terms of good, bad, and awful.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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We just moved to the Livingston area. We live very close to the Livingston Mall. Can anyone tell us what train station is the closest, to commute to Penn Station? Are there train stations with available parking space? if not, what options do I have? We are a little bit lost, and your help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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We just moved to the Livingston area. We live very close to the Livingston Mall. Can anyone tell us what train station is the closest, to commute to Penn Station? Are there train stations with available parking space? if not, what options do I have? We are a little bit lost, and your help is greatly appreciated.
The Jitney from the Mall parking lot. It goes to South Orange train station. IV never used it, so I can't tell you much more about it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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The Jitney from the Mall parking lot. It goes to South Orange train station. IV never used it, so I can't tell you much more about it.
LOL - the Doc is coming out, Doc.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Doesn't have the name recognition of Maplewood/SO but checkout Springfield, NJ. Doesn't have all the amenities as Maplewood/SO but your close to those towns.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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LOL - the Doc is coming out, Doc.
My iPhone always does that to me. I text "IV" so often that I guess that is what autocorrect has set to the default. LOL.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:14 PM
 
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I am familiar with the area. I don't think one can get anything reasonable in Livingston for under 350,000 but if you can afford to live in Livingston do it. Public Schools are better and it's a really nice area. Although it's not very diversified (mostly whites) but it wont be odd living there for some-one who is not white. There are express buses to NYC and fast access to multiple highways. Livingston does not have a bad part of town.

West Orange would be my second choice, again if property under 350k can be found there. Taxes in West Orange are high. Really investigate taxes there, you may find that with property taxes you can afford Livingston easier. West Orange is diversified, public Schools are also pretty good.

I would mention that you consider Millburn and East Hanover, those are also good places to raise kids.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:33 PM
 
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We just moved to the Livingston area. We live very close to the Livingston Mall. Can anyone tell us what train station is the closest, to commute to Penn Station? Are there train stations with available parking space? if not, what options do I have? We are a little bit lost, and your help is greatly appreciated.
When I lived in Livingston I used Comunity Coach busses to get to NYC, Port Authority is only a few blocks from the Pen Station. and there is a buss stop at the Livingston mall.

The closes Train stations I would use is Millburn and South Orange I believe there is public parking for commuters, but it's not free parking. I think one has to get a monthly parking permit.
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