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Old 09-16-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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We currently live in Southern Bergen County (Hasbrouck Heights) and considering a move to the Northern part of the county (possibly something like Glen Rock).

Has anyone else here made that type of move and how did it go for you? Commute to NYC is important and I know will be worse from the north but I keep hearing about how good the school systems are in the north, which has me considering the move.

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:41 AM
 
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Commute from most of northern Bergen won't be that much worse than southern Bergen. The bridge might even be closer to sone parts of northern Bergen.

In general, northern Bergen is far more affluent and has superior schools to the south.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Glen Rock has a train station, so if you end up moving there, worst case it will be a little longer train ride into the city.
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Commute is not bad. Remember that there are trains that express to Hoboken after Fair Lawn without stopping anywhere else but Secaucus, so they get you there pretty fast. Buses too.
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:20 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Glen Rock has a train station and great schools. Good luck.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Rutherford, NJ
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If you want better schools and closer to city, why not Rutherford? Great schools, beautiful main street with shops and its own movie theater, 30-40 minute commute by bus or train to Manhattan.. we moved here from Secaucus, before that West New York, before that Manhattan.. love it here
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:56 AM
 
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Does Rutherford have good schools? If you look at the data and rankings, I know at times they don't mean much, it's really Leonia and Tenafly that shine in southeastern bergen county. If that's what is meant by "southern bergen county"
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:25 AM
 
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It depends on your personality. Personally, I prefer LBC but I can see why people would prefer either one..

If you prefer the whole super-quiet boring suburban lifestyle in the sticks and that sense of affluence then UBC is definitely for you.

If you prefer walkability, more of a community-feel where your kids are close to all the neighbor kids, the privilege of not needing a car to go everywhere and not to mention some killer panoramic NYC views then LBC is a better fit.

Contrary to popular belief, there are actually some nice towns and some good school systems in the lower portion of the county. However, it is true that UBC has more options for highly-rated schools.

UBC = Upper Bergen County
LBC = Lower Bergen County

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Old 09-23-2019, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Rutherford, NJ
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Leonia and Tenafly weren't options for us, most of the time we are in MidTown and by the time you add in the the time getting from GWB to midtown, it was too long a commute. Right now it is only 30-40 minutes which is the shortest commute we could find with a nice small town feel, no crime, and a suburban feel. Schools seem to be pretty good, if you use the quantitative analysis of US News and World Report (vs. Niche or GreatSchools) looking at High Schools, Rutherford does quite well. Glen Ridge has better rankings but the commute was longer and frankly it is impossible to find housing either to buy or rent. Wood Ridge also seemed pretty good, but longer commute.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:27 PM
 
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Tenafly, Closter, Cresskill, Bergenfield, Dumont, Demarest all have buses to the GWB. Then take A train to midtown.

My parents did a similar commute for decades.
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