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Old 02-26-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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My wife and I live in Manhattan and we're starting to look at neighborhoods in northern new jersey to buy a house. Both of our family's live in New York and I work in midtown so we would like to be reasonably close to the city.

We're looking for neighborhoods with nice communities and good school districts but that also have a vibrant town center or downtown area (good restaurants, shopping).

Any recommendations?
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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Madison
Chatham
Summit
Glen Ridge [not much of a town center, but Montclair is nearby]
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Old 02-26-2007, 04:17 PM
ira
 
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My wife and I live in Manhattan and we're starting to look at neighborhoods in northern new jersey to buy a house. Both of our family's live in New York and I work in midtown so we would like to be reasonably close to the city.

We're looking for neighborhoods with nice communities and good school districts but that also have a vibrant town center or downtown area (good restaurants, shopping).

Any recommendations?
What's your price range and how far do you want to be from the city (in terms of commute)?
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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Ideally we would like to be about 20 minute drive into the city.
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:46 PM
ira
 
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Ideally we would like to be about 20 minute drive into the city.
Wow! That's tough. Good schools and 20 min drive into the city are pretty much mutually exclusive factors. I don't think there are any good school districts in NJ w/in 20 min drive into the city. You would have to be in Hudson County, which sucks if you want good schools.

You could also look at Bergen County. Specifically towns that are close to the GW Bridge, like Fort Lee. Although, I wouldn't recommend it if you want good schools.

Are you planning on driving to work? If so, then you pretty much have to live inside the tunnel to get to the city in 20 min

If you're talking about weekend driving to see your family, you could look at places like Rutherford, which has decent schools but not the best.

If you are willing to go a little further (about 45 min drive into the city on Sat morning), I would suggest looking at Ridgewood, Westfield or Summit. Top schools, great downtown with shopping/restaurants, etc.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:03 PM
 
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Weehawken is 5 minutes from Midtown.. well maybe 10-15.. ;-)
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:26 AM
 
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Lifelong NJ resident here, and agree with BahamaBlu - Upper Montclair also is gorgeous, but property taxes are sky high. What's your price range? A 20 minute drive with your requirements is near impossible IMHO. I grew up about 4 miles from Manhattan and it still took about 1/2 hr.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:33 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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Millburn and Livingston have great schools, and they are a little closer than some of the other places mentioned. They are about 1/2 hour by train, or 35 min. by car if there is no traffic. With traffic it can take a lot longer.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:54 PM
 
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"You could also look at Bergen County. Specifically towns that are close to the GW Bridge, like Fort Lee. Although, I wouldn't recommend it if you want good schools."

Fort Lee has one of the best school systems in Bergen County.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:58 PM
ira
 
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[Fort Lee has one of the best school systems in Bergen County.[/quote]

I certainly wouldn't call it "one of the best in Bergen County". By all means, it's not a bad school system but "one of the best in Bergen County" would be Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Allendale, Tenafly (not in that particular order).
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