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Old 10-05-2008, 09:09 PM
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My wife and I are living in Nyack right now, but to be closer to both of our jobs, we're thinking of moving to New Jersey. I work in Manhattan and she works in Rockland.

We like "New England"-style towns and need some land (about a half acre or more if possible). I.e., something wooded, houses not too close together... Preferably something with a decent Main Street within driving distance.

We've looked at Ridgewood (nice town, but very suburban) and Montclair (has a nice combination of a city/suburbs feel, but tough to get any amount land).

I mention Westchester and north Rockland because we're looking for something that is a suburb that is just on the tip of being rural and wooded, and we like the fact that both have a historic and wooded feel.

Sound familiar? Anything like that in northern NJ? I'd like to keep my commute to the city (door-to-door) under an hour and we're trying to get something under $600k. I know this is a tough find.

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Old 10-05-2008, 09:15 PM
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A bucolic town with a New England type downtown with homes on at least half an acre, houses spaced apart, for under 600,000..
I racked my brain and nothing in Bergen county will meet your criteria.
I'm not sure about Passaic County. Pompton Plains?

The closes town I could think of is Warwick, NY but you won't be within 1 hour of New York.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:22 PM
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Thanks. I was hoping by going west in NJ, there might be something, but I'm not familiar enough with the area.

Nyack is nice, but the commute is rough (right now, 1.5 hours for me by train through Secaucus). Piermont, Palisades have a historic feel, as does Tappan, but all are serviced by local train lines or don't afford much land.

We're open to Ridgewood and Montclair, but most parcels in our price range are really .25 acre or less. We're not really concerned with having a big house...just some elbow room and space. North Rockland is good, but the East Ramapo schools don't have a good reputation, and obviously, the area doesn't meet the commuting requirement.

Again - if anyone can think of anything, it's highly appreciated!

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Old 10-06-2008, 09:07 AM
Location: Rahway
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Check out Ringwood. It probably will give you the bigger land, and it's not quite as expensive as Bergen County. My grandparents' house there recently sold for $350,000 - huge property, 4 BR, 2.5 bath - needed some cosmetic work, though. The express bus takes under an hour (although of course it is a bus, so you never know with traffic, and it only run express during typical rush hour times - local at other times & therefore takes longer). A con, though: there is no walkable downtown.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:47 PM
Location: Chester, NJ (Morris County)
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You can find nice houses in a beautiful wooded settings around $600K on a 1+ acre lot in Mendham Twp.; your commute, however, will be around 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:13 AM
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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Old Tappan, Rockleigh, Chatham, Morristown, Madison, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville. Drive around each of these towns to get a feel...you can do them all in one day.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:35 AM
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Boonton is worth adding to your list. Probably get a little more for your money than most of the other towns listed.
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