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Old 04-14-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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I'm 32, single and looking for a place to buy near the city, but with an easy commute to my work near Rutgers (eventually I hope to work in the city). I'm looking for an active downtown with bars, restaurants, etc. My price range is about $325k, but less is always better (not sure if anyone needs this info).

I saw a townhome I liked at River Renaissance in East Rutherford, but driving through the town it looks "older" and more run down compared to Rutherford and Wood-Ridge.

Does East Rutherford offer the things I'm looking for? Am I off base with my impression of the town? Any advice/info regarding buying in East Rutherford would be helpful. I'm also open to suggestions for other towns to look into (Hobo won't work since I need parking).

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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I think your impression of East Rutherford is pretty much right. It's not a horrible town but it's not exactly the happening place to be especially for young singles. BUT it's very close to the action, you can probably be in Hoboken in 10 or 15 minutes from there. And quite frankly I don't think your price range is really going to get you much closer to the action. Unless there are young hip towns closer to Rutgers, but then if you get a job in the city your commute will be much longer.

Hmmm...

How about Union City? There is a high rise condo building there, very nice trendy looking. I believe they have a pool and rooftop garden. It's right on the outskirts of Union City you can get to Hoboken & Weehawken very quickly from there and since you don't have kids school is not an issue. The condos come with parking and I believe one side of the building has city views. The buidling is called The Thread and it's right in your price range.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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I'm 32, single and looking for a place to buy near the city, but with an easy commute to my work near Rutgers (eventually I hope to work in the city). I'm looking for an active downtown with bars, restaurants, etc. My price range is about $325k, but less is always better (not sure if anyone needs this info).

I saw a townhome I liked at River Renaissance in East Rutherford, but driving through the town it looks "older" and more run down compared to Rutherford and Wood-Ridge.

Does East Rutherford offer the things I'm looking for? Am I off base with my impression of the town? Any advice/info regarding buying in East Rutherford would be helpful. I'm also open to suggestions for other towns to look into (Hobo won't work since I need parking).

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
I know exactly where River Renaissance is located... and am very familiar with the overall area you are referring to.

RR is pretty isolated from the other parts of ERutherford and located near more of the "residential" in town which is considered a benefit in my opinion. As others have said you will be VERY close to the action. You can hop on the train in Rutherford and be in Hoboken in 18 minutes or go to Penn station NYC in 26 minutes total trip time. Also the 190 bus runs ALL NIGHT so you will never be shut out of a ride home from the city....

Being in ERutherford you pay half the taxes of Rutherford and only seperated by train tracks so you aren't missing much. Rutherford has A TON of restaurants and there are a few good spots on the ERutherford side of Park Ave as well (including some bars which you can't find in Rutherford - Dry Town)

Overall I think it's a good area for the price range you indicated considering your desire to be close to the city.
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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Yes I think East Rutherford is good for your criteria as well. I lived in an apartment over in Lyndhurst by Medieval Times a lil south of East Rutherford and frequented the UPS Store on Park Ave a lot. The 190 bus is excellent for NYC trips constantly running at least every 15 min and like the other poster said all night so you won't be caught without a ride back from a late night in the city.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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Sounds like ER isn't a bad place to live despite their town part. I guess it will be more driving around than walking.

As far as resell value, is ER or good place to buy or should I look towards one of the surrounding towns? Is ER a young town or do most people buy/rent in Rutherford?
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Taxes are really low there right? Because of the Stadium? And commute is very short to NYC. What's up with the schools? Do they share with Rutherford? If they do then that's pretty solid. Short of the condo itself having some fatal flaw (you can't hear the train from your building can you?) I would say you should be pretty good on resale.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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Just bought a nice one family home in East Rutherford for just a little over your budget price. My fiancee and I couldn't be more excited. We are in our late 20's and getting married soon. We loved that East Rutherford has some great restaurants and bars but also seems like a great place to raise a family. Taxes are crazy low and we are within walking distance to all Rutherford has to offer, just not paying their taxes. Transportation seems awesome as well with the train station and several buses to NYC. Its also close to major highways. Route 17, 120, 3, & the Turnpike. Parkway isn't far either. Can't wait to move in!
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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Just bought a nice one family home in East Rutherford for just a little over your budget price. My fiancee and I couldn't be more excited. We are in our late 20's and getting married soon. We loved that East Rutherford has some great restaurants and bars but also seems like a great place to raise a family. Taxes are crazy low and we are within walking distance to all Rutherford has to offer, just not paying their taxes. Transportation seems awesome as well with the train station and several buses to NYC. Its also close to major highways. Route 17, 120, 3, & the Turnpike. Parkway isn't far either. Can't wait to move in!
I agree, I lived at Liberty Terrace in ER for over a year and thought the town was fine. It's not as nice as Rutherford and the schools are really not that great but it has great restaurants and the commute options to NYC alone make it a very safe investment and fine place to call home.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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Taxes are really low there right? Because of the Stadium? And commute is very short to NYC. What's up with the schools? Do they share with Rutherford? If they do then that's pretty solid. Short of the condo itself having some fatal flaw (you can't hear the train from your building can you?) I would say you should be pretty good on resale.

East Rutherford does not share schools with Rutherford.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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East Rutherford does not share schools with Rutherford.
Ding ding ding, lets not make the mistake of saying East Rutherford and Rutherford have similar schools, not even close.

Having said that, solid town and great investment just not good schools.
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