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Old 09-17-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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Hi all - my husband and I are looking to buy our first home in NJ. We are looking for a town that has up to a one hour commute to NYC (he works in NYC - midtown). The school system of course is important- we would like to start a family soon so a safe, family friendly town is key . Our budget is $400k and we are open to an older home that needs some work (not a complete piece of garbage but doesnt have to be brand new, although of course we would take it, if available!). We have been researching some towns in Union, Essex and Bergen County but would love to hear some opinions of residents.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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Plenty of reasonable places in that price range in West Orange, including sections with elementary schools which are well-spoken of. Depending on where you are in town there are two buses which take you into midtown (45 minutes on the bus on a good day), you can drive to Harrison PATH (very traffic dependent), or you can take a NJ Transit bus or the West Orange Jitney to the train.

Biggest problem is the property taxes are terrible; second-biggest for you might be that the middle and high schools aren't so well-thought of, but you've got at least 10 years before that becomes an issue, and a lot can change in 10 years anyway.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:15 AM
 
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Here's the list from low to high in terms of property taxes:

Union
Bergen
Essex

It also means that houses would cost more in the pricier counties. Scott Plains, Clark, and Cranford are very nice towns in Union. Scott Plains has really good schools.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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Thank you both! This is great information and will be helpful as we start our search.
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