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Old 03-15-2010, 05:49 AM
 
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I have three main concerns in a township!

1 School system -- especially both honor classes (or Gifted and Talented) and special education

2 house -- I can afford no more than 350K and about 6000 per year in taxes -- we don't need a huge house, nor do we want one, but I do not want a handyman special either!

3 Proximity to Plainsboro -- my husband will be working right off Route 1 in Plainsboro NJ and would like to commute under 20-30 mins!

Thanks!
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Based on your criteria here is what I would say:

#1 - All three townships meet the grade school system wise. I would say that East Brunswick and South Brunswick have a little more of an edge but it is really splitting hairs between the three since all three are very good systems.

#2 - House wise you might have most luck finding a home in East Brunswick within your price range then followed by Monroe, and lastly South Brunswick.

#3 - The closest to Plainsboro is easily South Brunswick. East Brunswick with no traffic you can make it in about 25 minutes and Monroe add about 10 minutes. Once you add traffic in though, it can be rough depending on the situation.


BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR SEARCH!
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Thanks!

I think it is going between the Kendall Park section of south brunswick and east brunswick! I am really confused on what to do, I guess at this point it will depend on the house that we can find!

Anyone have any opinions on any of these areas?

Thank you!
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: new jersey, us
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Your not going to buy a house for 350k in those areas. Except for KP where old ranch houses from the '60s go for that. You are looking minimum 450k for a decent house. As for schools they are all pretty much similiar. SB has a nice high school. Monroe will finish building their new high school by 2011 and that can only mean more people coming in the town with property values increasing. You could buy a condo in Monroe?
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Kendall Park is a great town and meets all your criteria. you won't find a newer (<20 years) for under 400k but you should be able to find a ranch in great condition for around 350k. good luck!
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:30 PM
 
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subban, I've already seen several houses in the 350K mark in EB and SB so not sure where your getting your info from!
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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Based on your criteria here is what I would say:

#1 - All three townships meet the grade school system wise. I would say that East Brunswick and South Brunswick have a little more of an edge but it is really splitting hairs between the three since all three are very good systems.

#2 - House wise you might have most luck finding a home in East Brunswick within your price range then followed by Monroe, and lastly South Brunswick.

#3 - The closest to Plainsboro is easily South Brunswick. East Brunswick with no traffic you can make it in about 25 minutes and Monroe add about 10 minutes. Once you add traffic in though, it can be rough depending on the situation.


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definitely not attacking your advice or opinions but correcting it

- Monroe, south brunswick both are huge so it depends on which side of the town you are talking, this is particularly true for monroe which stretches from rt. 9 old bridge to east windsor on west

Best bargain Monroe, SB and EB substantial difference between each
Best schools EB, SB and Monroe marginal difference
Commute to Plainsboro SB, Monroe and EB East brunswick is definitely far from plainsboro than other 2 towns

Within each town, Monroe west side is beautiful (nearby 8a) and you can find new construction at Monroe Manor below 400k. You can access NJ turnpike exit 8a or 8 which is bonus

South bruswick is good overall, decent school

East brunswick is best for school and convinience (in general) but it is farthest from Plainsboro
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: new jersey, us
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subban, I've already seen several houses in the 350K mark in EB and SB so not sure where your getting your info from!

For 350K ? What houses are these? There are victorian style houses in EB that border S. River but they are like 60-70 years old from the 1940's. Not worth buying and spending time and resources to fix and update. As for SB I guarantee I have never seen a house for 350k except for the KP ranch houses and mini style one garage houses in dayton by the dunkin donuts.
Out of these I would say the ones in Dayton are probably the best for your money.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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There are quite a few houses in EB, mostly cape cods and ranches! I am going to look at a house on Victory Place this afternoon, it is a split level In SB, we are looking at the ranches in KP, as we love Cambridge School!
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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subban, you are trying to fit your parameters to conform with mom2cjj's price point. That isn't going to work. mom2cjj is obviously looking at all types of homes. As she says in her original post "we don't need a huge house, nor do we want one, but I do not want a handyman special either!" Frankly, the split levels and ranchers in KP are generally better than average in terms of the maintenance that has been done by most of the owners, though there are a few that need more work.

To mom2cjj, couple of comments about KP.

1) As a parishioner at St. Augustine's, be aware the bells are rung regularly on the hour (8am to 7 or 8 pm) and usually for about 10 mins. at Noon each day. If you hate church bells, just be forewarned. Personally, I love them, but that's me.

2) Henderson Road is speed restricted to 35 because of children. You inevitably get a few fools and kooks who don't think that applies to them until one of the SBPD pulls them over.

3) Route 27 is going to have most of your shopping (Stop N Shop for groceries; Dunkin' Donuts, Sonic, etc.) Stores like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, etc. will be up in North Brunswick along Route 1.

4) Travel time down to Plainsboro is going to depend upon the weather, the time when your husband leaves, and the amount of truck traffic. Route 1 South has multiple traffic lights between Henderson and Scudder's Mill Road which leads into the Plainsboro area, each of which can be a bottleneck.

5) As others have said, The schools in all three communities are about equal.

6) Finally, just be sure to check out the area you are looking at in terms of flood plains. Parts of KP are prone to flood, especially with soaking rains like this past weekend. You can get that information through the FEMA Map Service.

Hope this helps.
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