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Old 01-27-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Hi everyone! I've been lingering and searching through this forum for a bit but can't find an exact answer. My boyfriend and I live in St. Louis and are moving to New Jersey soon. I'm from Miami and I'm quite looking forward to some more passionate personalities than the Midwest offered. LOL! Well, he'll be taking quite a pay cut and will be working in Englewood Cliffs. I'll probably be doing contract work as an attorney in NYC or NJ. We're looking for a hip, cosmopolitan, artsy area to live. We've been told Hoboken is it but with his pay cut and my lack of employment when I first arrive, it might be too expensive for that first year. Is there another town(s) that offer similar proximity to NYC and a similar city vibe at a slightly lower cost? We're 30 and 32 and our budget is about $1400 for rent. A one bedroom is fine and I know it will be small but as long as it's in a cool area it'll be fine. I had to dish out quite a bit for a one bedroom on south beach so I'm aware of the whole larger place vs. hipper area conundrum. Thanks for taking the time to read and, hopefully, respond. I can't wait to get there!
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Check out Jersey City (close to the Journal Square or Grove St. train stations on the PATH line).

Others more familiar with JC will probably be able to make more specific recommendations.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Is Jersey City similar in style to Hoboken? I see that it's further west. Silly question, but is englewood very far from these cities?
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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I may have been unclear. I see englewood on the map but what I meant was driving time. Anything other than jersey city or Hoboken? We may have to take one trip only and just rent a place in a few days. Anything will help. Thanks!
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:10 PM
 
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The Grove Street and Newport areas of Jersey City are south of Hoboken. JC is a big place, and it borders Hoboken on it's south and west.

Although if you are working in Englewood Cliffs... you might want to check out Fort Lee or Edgewater. Or if you like NYC, you may even pull off living in Washington Heights/Hudon Heights.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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What kind of area/towns are fort lee and edgewater? Suburb types? Family homes? Is there a younger vibe? I looked into Washington heights in NYC but I'm a little worried about the crime rates listed. I might be wrong about the area.
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:34 AM
 
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MONTCLAIR - MONTCLAIR - MONTCLAIR - super-artsy - big time cultured - TONS of restaurants - IT'S BROOKLYN-WEST
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:01 AM
 
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I live in JC and would not recommend it. Can't wait to leave. As far as Edgewater/Fort Lee go, they do not have a hip vibe. They have a highly Asian influence and also are out of your price range for a decent apt. You may find something in or near Hoboken at that price (maybe a studio) but if you need to park, you may not have luck.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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Well I live in JC also and I would recommend it. For 30 somethings there is a lot of things to do, places to eat, drink, etc. You can find an apt for $1400 here as well. Hoboken is also a great place for 30 somethings if you are into that whole vibe and getting there from JC is simple and fast.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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OK, let me clear a few things up...

Jersey City is primarily South of Hoboken...both towns share the Hudson River waterfront.

The desirable/hip/artsy/cosmopolitan areas of Jersey City (primarily the Downtown neighborhoods) are equal in rental prices to Hoboken.

The good news - in this market, you should be able to find a small 1-bedroom in EITHER Hoboken or Downtown Jersey City for $1,400.

Recommendation - if it's hip and artsy you're looking for, and you guys are in your 30's - avoid Hoboken. It's very young (the "scene" there is very 22-25, postgrad), and any artsiness that was in Hoboken left town about 5 years ago. Downtown Jersey City (look into Grove Street area, Paulus Hook, Van Vorst Park, Hamilton Park) is very hip and artsy, and just as easy (or easier, IMO) to get into NYC as Hoboken is. Also, the "scene" in Downtown Jersey City is more your age group.

Edgewater and Fort Lee are suburban. I don't believe either town is what you're looking for.

Regarding the post that said Montclair is Brooklyn West - ummm, no. Montclair is a great town in it's own right, and it is not urban (Brooklyn is). Montclair is a suburban town that tends to be quite diverse (for a suburban town, that is), and it has a lively downtown. So, for Montclair, regarding the original posters requirements... Hip? A little. Cosmopolitan? No. Artsy...kinda.

To the OP...look to Downtown Jersey City or Hoboken. Basically, Downtown JC = Hoboken, but without the younger riff-raff. Check both out for yourselves though, and let me know if you have any further questions on either towns (I'm very familiar with both). FYI, both towns are about a 25 minute drive from Englewood Cliffs.
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