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Old 04-21-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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i know you guys come across these posts a lot, sorry, but we are yet another family strongly considering moving to bergen county from nyc. did anyone here have a hard time making that choice like me? i love the city so much that we're still considering buying a 2 br apt with our 2 boys. but there are many reasons that moving to the suburbs may be better for us. plus, we're still young and there's no reason we can't make the suburbs home, too.
i'm just really nervous bc we've been in the city for a while now, and so we have a very established community and good friends. SO scared of starting from scratch since i'm initially a very shy person.
we don't have a lot of money, but i'm willing to stretch ourselves a little bit to move to a town we can settle in, so starter home price range. i'd really like to move to a town where the people are really friendly, close community, everyone knows each other kind of thing. and of course a strong school system. i've been considering glen rock and river edge after talking to some people - would you say those towns are pretty in line with what i'm looking for? i'm not really interested in tenafly.
sorry for the long post when you've probably heard it all already. thanks,
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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it's been my experience that the more affluent a town is, the more insular it is.

thus, I wouldn't consider Glen Rock or River Edge. plus, you'd experience more of a change from the urban living you're accustomed to.

I'd recommend Cliffside Park, Secaucus, or Wood Ridge, as I sense that your price range would exclude places like Weehawken, Hoboken, or Hasbrouck Heights...
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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thanks! you know what, i don't think i'd mind insular. i'm not necessarily looking for a smaller copy of the city. if i'm going to do suburbs, i don't mind doing suburbs all the way. i'm mostly nervous about leaving good friends and good community so want to move somewhere that's really friendly and has a nice invested community. we'd like to buy a house for around 450k ideally. with some searching that should be doable in the more affluent towns, no? i'd like to buy in a neighborhood we can stay in, and the kids can start and finish in the same school system. also, it would be nice to be in a town where i can meet other moms who stay at home since almost everyone is dual income these days.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:04 PM
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Location: Bergen County
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thanks! you know what, i don't think i'd mind insular. i'm not necessarily looking for a smaller copy of the city. if i'm going to do suburbs, i don't mind doing suburbs all the way. i'm mostly nervous about leaving good friends and good community so want to move somewhere that's really friendly and has a nice invested community. we'd like to buy a house for around 450k ideally. with some searching that should be doable in the more affluent towns, no? i'd like to buy in a neighborhood we can stay in, and the kids can start and finish in the same school system. also, it would be nice to be in a town where i can meet other moms who stay at home since almost everyone is dual income these days.
Why Bergen County? From reading your posts, I'd say reconsider Bergen County. First off, $450K will not buy you a lot in any town in upper Bergen County. Can you find something in Glen Rock for $450K? Sure. Would you want to live there with 2 kids? Probably not. It will be very small, very old and in pretty bad shape. Another reason why you might look someplace else is the fact that you don't mind "doing suburbs all the way". Meaning, you don't mind more rural areas, correct?

Also, suburbs are really not for everyone. I know people who moved here from the city and are extremely unhappy. If you're happy where you are, stay there. Especially, if you/your kids have good friends, you feel that you're part of the community - it's very important. You didn't mention how old your kids were but if they are older (middle school/high school age), the move might be very difficult for them.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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we're considering bergen county because both my husband and i grew up and have family here. so, we're familiar with the area and do have some old friends here. also, his job is now in westchester county instead of the city, and his pay is less. so, we'd need to live somewhere that's a commutable distance for him. my oldest doesn't start kindergarten for another year. i don't think i'd mind living in the space of a 2 br apt if my husband worked in the city, but i don't know if it's just trying too hard to squeeze in there when he doesn't even work in manhattan. i suppose we could go up to 550k if we have to. just would like to find a nice town where dcs can grow up with good schools and a warm, friendly community. so i guess i'm trying to find out which are the friendliest of the towns? (i know there are friendly and snobby people everywhere, but would like to know what the general atmosphere is in each town, from an adult perspective.) wdyt?

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Old 04-21-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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Hi, with $450 you can look in Bergen...but typically the rule of thumb is anything above Rt 4 will be higher priced than that below Rt. 4.

I think you should look into Hasbrouck Heights and Rutherford. They have strong schools. Prob better taxes in HH (Rutherford is through the roof)
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:51 PM
ira
 
Location: Bergen County
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we're considering bergen county because both my husband and i grew up and have family here. so, we're familiar with the area and do have some old friends here. also, his job is now in westchester county instead of the city, and his pay is less. so, we'd need to live somewhere that's a commutable distance for him. my oldest doesn't start kindergarten for another year. i don't think i'd mind living in the space of a 2 br apt if my husband worked in the city, but i don't know if it's just trying too hard to squeeze in there when he doesn't even work in manhattan. i suppose we could go up to 550k if we have to. just would like to find a nice town where dcs can grow up with good schools and a warm, friendly community. so i guess i'm trying to find out which are the friendliest of the towns? (i know there are friendly and snobby people everywhere, but would like to know what the general atmosphere is in each town, from an adult perspective.) wdyt?
Maybe try across the border in Rockland County? Definitely less expensive and still commutable to Westchester and Bergen County.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Hudson County, NJ
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Is Clifton (Passaic Couty) to far for you?

There is a nice piece of property for sale there, in a more upscale section of town. Elementary school across the street, and middle school not too far from there. Bus to NYC across the street. Bus only takes 15-30 min to get to Port Authority, depending which one you take. In your price range.

PM me or email me for more info, I know the sellers personally.

parking for 4 cars, 1 car garage, big backyard, 3 bedrooms, 1 big den, basement, kitchen, living room/dining room, 1 full bath, 2 half baths.
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