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Old 01-11-2007, 06:54 AM
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Anyone have insight on living in Basking Ridge/Bernardsville? We are possibly relocating to the area with hubbie working mostly in Manhattan and are considering areas in Westchester and Connecticut as well as New Jersey. In New Jersey, Basking Ridge is at the top of my list along with Princeton. We have three boys, 9, 12, 13 and good schools along with recreational/sports opportunities are high on my list. Thanks in advance for any info!!!!
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:38 AM
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Basking Ridge and Bernardsville are really top notch towns. You will be hard pressed to find towns that are nicer in terms of community and excellent schools. The only problem with these towns is going to be the commute for you. I believe it is about 1hr 10 mins using the train into Penn Station from either Bernardsville or Basking Ridge.

Now if you are looking for other really ritzy areas that have excellent schools and houses and whatnot, you might want to consider some areas of Westchester. Towns in Westchester like Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Rye, and Larchmont all have excellent school systems and are very nice towns. You can take Metro North into Grand Central from any of these towns and it will generally only take you about 30-40 minutes.

I believe Scarsdale High school is particularly known for being an excellent school and some people move into the neighborhood just so that their kids can attend it.

If you want to stay in NJ but find a place with a shorter commute on the train look into towns such as Madison, Chatham, Summit, Short Hills, and Milburn which all have commutes around 40-55 minutes dependindg on which town. Also look into places like Ridgewood up in Bergen county, although that would still be about an hour on the train.
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for the info!!! Yeah, I figured that was what the commute was going to be in most of the areas we're looking into....problem is the areas closer in the houses are expensive AND on postage stamps. We'd really like to have at least an acre, which obviously limits us as far as location.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:43 PM
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If you want better deals, try Middlesex county.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:59 PM
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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If you are considering Basking Ridge or Bernardsville you will not find anything like that in Middlesex County.

You would never go shopping at a Chevrolet dealership if you were looking for a Mercedes.
Look in Somerset or Morris Counties.

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