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Old 07-09-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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Was there ever an answer to this one? Looking for a great town, BEST schools, family friendly community. I had also considered Mountain Lakes, Mendham, Basking Ridge, Chester. But looks like Madison and Chatham could be more affordable now. Plus the idea of a walkable town center is growing on me. After a delayed move, we are starting to look again. Need to be near East Hanover. Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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I'm by no means an expert on these towns, but from what I know about them I'm not sure there's much of a difference there. Both are very nice towns. Right next to one another. Both have great schools. Train stations in town. Cute downtowns.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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I agree with Jersey15. Both are nice towns and you won't go wrong with either; but they are hardly different at all. You say tuh-may-toe...
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:06 AM
 
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I would pick Madison if I could.
The balance of old family roots and new move ins is better. The people will welcome you even if you don't shop in Short Hills. If you want to be welcomed first day and not have to work at breaking in to the club click. Madison!!
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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find the house you like best and move to it!

as far as "affordability" - I'd say Chester is probably the most affordable of the bunch (more house for the $$$), and it has a walkable main street.
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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They are so similar I would be guided by the house I liked the best.....
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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chatham twp differs somewhat from madison and chatham boro in that generally lot sizes are bigger and you can get a bit more house for your money.
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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I'd go with Madison since it has a local college there.

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-Eric
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:01 PM
 
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I grew up in Madison for eighteen years. General consensus is that Madison is better, as its school system is smaller and more intimate, and it has a stronger community feel. Also, you can only compare Chatham Borough to Madison. Chatham township is large, and can be very far from the downtown area/shopping/train. Madison home prices may also be better than Chatham borough.
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