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Old 11-15-2008, 09:34 PM
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The title says it all we are a 25yr old couple who just finished up our mba's and are looking to move out of our small apartment into our first home. We both work in nyc so public transportation is a must. We would prefer an area that offers a younger crowd, but our most important factor is the town needs to have that cozy feeling. If you know anywhere outside of bergen county that offers this and has offers quality homes ranging in the 600k-700k range please let us know. We greatly appreciate all help and hope we can return the favor here on the boards eventually.
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:35 PM
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:39 AM
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cozy feeling I get a cozy feeling in Monville near and in Lake Vallhalla area, really nice. I get a cozy feeling in Denville. Cozy feelings in nice little Montclair!! Cozy feelings in Glen RIdge , especially the area with the gas lamps or old street lamps. Tons of cozy feelings in West Orange, South Orange. My favorite cozy feeling is SOmerset County Peapack, Gladstone but kinda out of the loop and a little far but worth checking out. but thats a cozy great little town!! You cant get more cozy than that! Here is the ultimate COZY TOWN CHESTER!!!!! So lots of cozy feelings. Mountain Lakes is also COZY and closer!! COZY but not DUMPY! Very cozy in Fayston Lakes Kinnelon too. NJ is very cozy check out some of my ideas.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by SweepTheLeg View Post
very funny, edgewater cozy? Never looked at it this way. This is a joke right?
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:29 AM
Location: Warren, NJ
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Chester is a great town, but the commute to NYC will be a drag. Somerset County hs a number of cozy communities - Basking Ridge for one which has several train stations and bus stops. Bernardsville is another in the same area - also has a train station, movie theater in town. Another is Watchung - which I think of as the point on 78 where property sizes open up - no train station right in town, but you are super close to 78 and 22 and train station options can be found in all directions.

But there are great options closer to the city - one that comes to mind is Chatham in Morris County, as you move west you come to New Providence and Berkeley Heights, ditto here but not the charm of downtown Chatham which is hard to beat. There are homes that fit in your price range - lot sizes will be smaller and homes older than you'd find further west, but for charm and a great commute, it's worth checking out. These communities are all quite close to Summit which has an urban feel to it.

Other ideas - Morristown area and Westfield - the other two top choices for the combination suburban/urban feel. Both are "hot" towns where you will find great shopping, great dining, entertainment, train stations - a real downtown. The residential areas are charming - prices are generally higher because of the conveniences and access to the city. But you can find a nice starter home in every one of the towns I mentioned in your price range....just depends on what you are looking for.

Good luck!
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:43 AM
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I second Westfield but the train is not direct. You have to transfer in Newark. Metuchen is also a great small town w/ a direct train into NYC.

Good luck and congrats on your mba's
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:41 AM
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Try Bedminster in Somerset Cty. Approx 25-30 mls to mid town with Train service. Rts 287 and 78 pass thru as well. Good luck
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:18 AM
Location: Landing
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Randolph is a great area with great schools. They also just completed a new train station that goes directly to the city in near by Mt. Arlington. It is also convient to all the major highways 80,287,46 etc.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:53 PM
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I recommend Westfield for what you are looking for or Summit. Westfield is really nice and definitely has some NYC-kinds of things while also being in the suburbs. I feel it is the best of both worlds and there are a lot of young couples in the area. My husband and I are also in our 20s but didnt have as large of a budget to work with so ended up in Scotch Plains next to Westfield. We really like this area a lot. We prefer the busses to go into the city as opposed to the trains. Hope this helps!
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