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Old 08-21-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Sharon, MA
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We're looking to relocate to NJ and are looking for towns around Somerville that have downtowns with some resturants, businesses, and are nice to walk around. I heard that Somerville may have a bit of a downtown, does Bridgewater have anything? Princeton would be wonderful but it's too far to commute up 206 in that traffic.
Raritan?
Bernardsville?
Basking Ridge?
Watchung?
Scotch Plains?
Westfield?
Metuchen?

Anything north of Basking Ridge worth looking at?

What would the commute on 22 be like if it was westbound in the a.m.?

Thanks so much!
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Somerset County
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Somerville does have a main street where there are lots of shops and restaurants. Friday nights (not sure if this still happens, its been a while since we've been) they have antique cars park up along the main drag and its a great way to pass a Friday night, have dinner, look at the cars, go get ice cream etc.
Bernardsville has a 'center' with small town movie theater, restaurants, ice cream, library, post office, nail salons etc., but only half of downtown is 'walkable' in my opinion, the other half has Kings/Shop rite plazas, car dealerships etc, so not such a nice walk. Plus its on Rt 202.
Basking Ridge has a very quaint town center with a couple of restaurants, flower stores, post office, library and ice cream store and one or two boutique stores, but its quite small.

Not sure on the other towns or the Rt 22 question.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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We're looking to relocate to NJ and are looking for towns around Somerville that have downtowns with some resturants, businesses, and are nice to walk around. I heard that Somerville may have a bit of a downtown, does Bridgewater have anything? Princeton would be wonderful but it's too far to commute up 206 in that traffic.
Raritan?
Bernardsville?
Basking Ridge?
Watchung?
Scotch Plains?
Westfield?
Metuchen?

Anything north of Basking Ridge worth looking at?

What would the commute on 22 be like if it was westbound in the a.m.?

Thanks so much!
Bernardsville and Basking Ridge both have small walkable downtown areas. They also have easy access to 287 which is nice for commutes. Both towns have excellent schools, some of the best in the nation. Westfield and Metuchen also have walkable downtown areas, but you will find the property taxes are on the high side. IIRC to commute via train to NYC from Westfield and Metuchen entails switching trains, where as Bernardsville and BR are on the midtown direct line, so no transfer needed.

The commute on 22 is horrible no matter which way you travel. It is to be avoided at all costs, unless you want the headaches, stress and raised blood pressure.

I am not sure where your work is located, but there are a number of other towns that may better suit your wants/needs. Please see the sticky located at the top of this forum, https://www.city-data.com/forum/new-j...residents.html and provide us with further information. You'll find there are many knowledgeable folk on this forum who will be happy to assist you with suggestions of towns to look at.

KoalaNJ
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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Those are all North Jersey towns on the Raritan Valley Line or Northeast Corridor line.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Those are all North Jersey towns on the Raritan Valley Line or Northeast Corridor line.

This statement is inaccurate...while some of the towns mentioned are on the RVL or the NEC, several are not. Watchung does not even have a train station, and Basking Ridge, and Bernardsville are on the Peapack/Gladstone branch. Scotch Plains does not have a train station, but many residents use the neighboring Fanwood station. (which is on the RVL)

KoalaNJ
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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Your right. Most of those towns are on the two train lines. Scotch Plains uses Fanwood station and downtown.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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Your right. Most of those towns are on the two train lines. Scotch Plains uses Fanwood station and downtown.
Actually it is three different lines. The RVL, the NEC, and the Gladstone branch of the Morris & Essex Line.

KoalaNJ
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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Gladstone Branch get poor service. Raritan Line has to change in Newark. If you can afford towns on the Gladstone Branch.. your options are pretty wide open for town.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Sharon, MA
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Thanks everyone for your input.

Koalanj, my spouse is going to be working in raritan at 202 &206 intersection. Wants a shorter commute than current 45min so we're looking at Bridgewater, BR, & Bernardsville.

We're leaning toward BR b/c of schools but are feeling a bit priced out. Same for Bernardsville.

I think I just need to drive down from Boston and cruise around and check it all out a bit. And to stuckinsj, you're right. These are all more north jersey than central. We used to live in West windsor and I didn't think these towns were that far away.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:54 AM
 
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What is your budget and what type of home are you looking for? Generally speaking for the same house, BR will be the most expensive of the 3 towns, with Bernardsville maybe 5-10% cheaper, and Bridgewater another 5-10% below that.
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