Areas are all about personal preferences, budgets, wants, needs, lifestyle; therefore consider researching areas of interest on your own, and take the time to visit more than once, then determine where your comfort level can best be reached; don't simply just entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you. If schools are a concern, again, research on your own; perhaps the links below may be of some help.
go to Owners.com and key in 8 East Sunset Hill Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825 - 10 rooms with property taxes @$4700/year. Bus to NYC from Hackettstown and trains are nearby. kids can walk to grade school.... more
Have you moved to New Jersey yet or are you still in North Carolina? If you're still looking, consider Little Silver in Monmouth County. The median home price is a little under $570,000 and the schools are excellent. What grades are your children in? The NJ Department of Education has an excellent web site called the "New Jersey School Performance Report": http://education.state.nj.us/pr/nav.php?c=25. If you have high-school age children, you also should be familiar with New Jersey's DFG (District Factor Group) classification system.
Immediately next door from Little Silver is Red Bank and Shrewsbury. Red Bank has a great downtown with lots of excellent restaurants and shopping, and Shrewsbury has a great little shopping mall called "The Grove".
You can take the train (NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line) into NYC from either Little Silver or Red Bank.
Hope this helps!
Leonard â€œLenâ€ Dunikoski, GRI
Diane Turton Realtors â€“ Rumson Office
8 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760