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Old 04-18-2020, 12:11 PM
 
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Hi, we would love some advice on any towns in Bergen County that might work for us. We're looking to buy a home.

We're a young physician couple soon to have kids. We're of South Asian descent (culturally American) and our friends are mostly physicians (a side effect of always being in the hospital). We currently rent in Fairfield County, CT.

One of us will need to commute to a practice near Yonkers, NY via the GWB or TZB. The other will switch to a local practice wherever we move.

We're aiming for a home that be in the $850k range, ideally with a 2-car garage and 4 bedrooms. We are happy to give up the "prestige" of a town for new construction or for a home that can be updated renovated within that budget.

Our hypothetical town would also have an occasionally visible South Asian presence. We're friends with people of all sorts of racial backgrounds but knowing that you're "not the only ones" brings a degree of comfort. It is what it is.

For those of you familiar with West Windsor, when I was growing up it was a town of upper middle class professionals, with a substantial minority presence, fantastic schools, and neat roads and spaces. That's what we would love in Bergen County if at all possible.

We've looked in lower Westchester County and in the towns of Fairfield County. They're prohibitively expensive. But any suggestions in those areas would also be appreciated.

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Old 04-18-2020, 01:57 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Fort Lee
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Old 04-18-2020, 02:31 PM
 
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Closter or Norwood would work. Getting to the Tap can be an issue so don’t go too far south. Hopefully hours are a bit off the usual 8-5
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Old 04-19-2020, 07:21 PM
 
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I would say if you really want a town with a notable South Asian presence in Bergen County that might be in your price range, try Teaneck and Fair Lawn. Not too far from the bridge either.
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Old 04-19-2020, 11:29 PM
 
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Old tappan has the housing stock and feel you describe. 20% Asian although not sure of south Asian presence. Agree with closter and Norwood.
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Old 04-20-2020, 05:29 AM
 
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Thanks guys.
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Old 04-20-2020, 08:58 AM
 
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I would also say Fair Lawn. You're not going to find too much exactly like West Windsor, though, for the simple fact that WW is "newer" as far as a suburb springing up out of what was farmland not that long ago. Bergen County is more dense because it was farmland much longer ago, but began to be built up after WWII and then had a new wave of people fleeing the cities beginning in the Sixties and still going on.

But Fair Lawn does have a lot of parks and a lot of activities for kids. My niece is 40 and grew up there and she still has two close friends from high school, one Paki, one Indian (but were American "kids"), so there has been a South Asian community there for some time.

Valley Hospital in Ridgewood is moving to Paramus, NJ, which is right next door to Fair Lawn. Paramus itself may be an option for you, too.
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