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Old 11-29-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: New York, USA
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Hello,

Currently, I live in Manhattan and curious to know what town in NJ is closest to New York City/Manhattan in terms of commute time, yet has good schools? I realize that most towns with truly great schools (Glen Rock, Millburn, etc.) are rather far way from NYC (event the 1st leg of the train or bus ride to Penn Station or Port Authority takes at least 50 min).

That's why I am emphasizing the commute time since I really want for me and my wife to be able to get to Midtown Manhattan within an hour, yet want to make sure my kid can go to a decent kindergarten/pre-school/school (i.e., good teachers, safe, etc.), and I want to live in a nice middle class community. Not sure if this is possible, but wanted to ask the forum regulars.

Thanks!
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:04 PM
 
Location: underworld
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Bergen county right across the bridge has good schools and affluent communities, but as one of the most expensive counties, the price for housing is high. A lot of the smaller towns, like my hometown of Englewood Cliffs, share public schools, but most in our town including myself attended private schools. Tenafly, Fort Lee, and other public high schools have high college acceptance rates and the local private schools are very competitive with many Ivy acceptances.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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fort lee is probably your best option
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: New York, USA
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Bergen county right across the bridge has good schools and affluent communities, but as one of the most expensive counties, the price for housing is high.
I don't mind buying a condo or a town home, as long as it's within 650K.

What is the closest town in Bergen county to NYC that you would recommend?

The other person suggested Fort Lee. But I heard it is rather hard getting to Midtown Manhattan by bus from Fort Lee and can easily take well over an hour in traffic.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: underworld
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I don't mind buying a condo or a town home, as long as it's within 650K.

What is the closest town in Bergen county to NYC that you would recommend?

The other person suggested Fort Lee. But I heard it is rather hard getting to Midtown Manhattan by bus from Fort Lee and can easily take well over an hour in traffic.
Mod cut: TOS violationFort Lee is the last stop in NJ so is closest to the city. There are stops for public buses and private vans everywhere.
$650K is fine for a one bedroom in some of the nicest high rises in Fort Lee, Jay-Z and Whitney Houston lived in my mother's, or a 2-3 bedroom in a midrise or townhouse.

Last edited by Viralmd; 11-29-2009 at 03:09 PM.. Reason: NO soliciting, however obtuse, for ANY real estate agent
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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You didn't specify which part of Manhattan. It really does make a difference. Are you looking for uptown around the GW Bridge? That would be Ft. Lee.

If you're looking for midtown, that would be the Lincoln Tunnel and a bunch of other towns; lower Manhattan around the Holland Tunnel would be Hudson County - Jersey City, Bayonne.

Just like Manhattan is big, so is NJ. Each Hudson River crossing has it's own towns on the Jersey side and its own set of problems/issues.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: New York, USA
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If you're looking for midtown, that would be the Lincoln Tunnel and a bunch of other towns; lower Manhattan around the Holland Tunnel would be Hudson County - Jersey City, Bayonne.
I am looking for NJ towns closest to Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Leonia, Fort Lee, Tenafly, Edgewater.. You'd definitely be able to find something for 650K.
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Old 11-29-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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I don't mind buying a condo or a town home, as long as it's within 650K.

What is the closest town in Bergen county to NYC that you would recommend?

The other person suggested Fort Lee. But I heard it is rather hard getting to Midtown Manhattan by bus from Fort Lee and can easily take well over an hour in traffic.
From Fort Lee the best route to midtown is a bus over the GWB and then the subway (A train) to midtown, which usually takes about 40 minutes.


You can also take the ferry, which is a very quick ride, however, getting to and from the ferry terminal can be tortuous.
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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You should check the NJ Transit timetable again for train times from S. Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, Summit, and maybe even out to Chatham--they are all under 50 minutes.

It's called the Midtown direct line.

Good luck.
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