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Old 04-16-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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My wife and I are interested in buying something in the coming year, and we're finding it difficult to determine what towns are actually practical for commuting. Can anyone suggest nice upper middle class towns with a train ride of 45 minutes or less to NY Penn? We really like the look of Westfield, but the commute seems to be too long. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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Take a look at this map:

The New York Times > New York Region > Image > Travel Times on Commuter Rail

Check out Summit, Millburn, Ridgewood, Glen Ridge, Montclair or Cranford.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:39 AM
 
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It would REALLY help us help you if you gave us the budget you're working with.
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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My wife and I are interested in buying something in the coming year, and we're finding it difficult to determine what towns are actually practical for commuting. Can anyone suggest nice upper middle class towns with a train ride of 45 minutes or less to NY Penn? We really like the look of Westfield, but the commute seems to be too long. Thanks for any suggestions.
Depends where you work in NYC, but if you work downtown then you should be prepared for a roughly 75 to 90 minute door-to-door commute, each way.

The commute from Westfield is about average for any of the typical "nice suburban" towns in NJ; you might find some a little closer in Bergen County (although with less frequent train service) but you're still looking at at least a 75 minute one-way commute to work downtown.

It's the trade-off people make to live in NJ and work in NYC.
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Your $600,000 budget should support a nice townhouse community with higher end maintenance costs if you can find one but is low for single family homes in upscale areas close to NYC. I am assuming you are looking for 3+ bedrooms with 2+ garages. Are you planning to put 20% or more down and finance the rest?
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:05 AM
 
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You won't be out of place in Montclair.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Take a look at this map:

The New York Times > New York Region > Image > Travel Times on Commuter Rail

Check out Summit, Millburn, Ridgewood, Glen Ridge, Montclair or Cranford.

Good luck with your search!
He already said Westfield is too long, so Cranford would be out too. It's on the same line, only a station eastwards.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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Check out Maplewood and South Orange, too, very similar to Montclair and a tad cheaper.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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we're the kind of people that drive luxury cars and wear ridiculously over priced designer clothing, so we would not want to live in an area where that would seem out of place. We don't want to have the only lexus on the block
Your budget is only $600k, so you're a bit too poor to be talking like that.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:25 AM
 
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Hmm, if you think someone with a housing budget of 600K is poor, you are very sheltered.
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