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Ok. A lot of towns have already been mentioned...Westfield, Montclair, Morristown, etc. I have a home in Hoboken and in Morris County. I agree with several of the previous agents with regard to Morristown being very similar to Hoboken e.g., Cluck U is in town (and it was there first!). It is surrounded by a number of very nice areas that may be more affordable then towns further north e.g., Westfield, Montclair, etc. And, since I do know both markets I believe Morris County is a great investment. You can get a nice home with a yard and a garage for similar prices in Hoboken as well as good schools. (You don't mention kids but always good to plan for the future...and good schools increase the value of your investment immediately!) All this being said, I'm not sure I read anywhere in your write up or replies about where you work, how far you want to commute (do you mind a longer commute to get "quality of life"?), etc.
I work with my clients very closely and make sure that there's constant communication and understanding of what the client wants. It is my job to assure that the client finds what he/she is looking for and that is my expertise. I am the advisor, r/e expert, etc., and I will help you! I hope this information is helpful to you. If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Good luck!!!
Morristown is at the end of their 10 year plan and looks good for improvement of services....yesterday free concert and food at Community Theatre ! Walking town with lots to do
Madison is developing some nice housing for singles and downtown life, Farmers Market in town, restaurants & Jazz , walking friendly.
Come & I will give you a tour of both areas....
I'd suggest that you consider both Westfield and Cranford. At most Open Houses
that I host, we usually get someone from Hoboken that comes through.
Visit both of these towns some weekend -- there is always something going on
-- plus they have vibrant downtowns, shopping, restaurants, movie theaters,
parks, etc. They are both on the Raritan Valley Train line and they both have
top-rated public school systems.
Please contact me if I can be of further help to you in exploring these two options.
I can send you additional info on these towns or others in Union County.
Prudential New Jersey Properties -- Westfield
You already have a lot of good input here, so I don't want to duplicate what had already been said.
I would add Morristown to the growing list of possibilities. I have a son around your age, and when he was still living in the area, he used to find a lot of places to "hang" in Morristown. It also has the train to the city, as well as proximity to major highways - great shops and restaurants, too..
To sum it up - keep these towns in mind: Montclair, Morristown, S. Orange - notice they are all "train" towns, which seem to add a certain vribrant atmosphere to what they offer.
I would be happy to send you some listings, as I cover all those towns - and speak more specifically if you'd like.
As I am sure you know, as a 1st time buyer (as long as you meet the income requirements) you may receive up to an $8000 tax credit if you close on a home by Dec. 1, 2009.
Good luck in whatever you decide!
Prudential NJ Properties
And my suggestion - stick to your guns. When my husband and I moved out from the city we were so disciplined about communities of interest and then in one crazy weekend an agent swooped us away from our plan, took us further west than we had ever intended to go. It has worked out ok for us, but I promise my buyers never to take them off course. Your search will evolve but on factors that mean the most, like lifestyle considerations - don't let an agent eager for a sale pull you off course.
These are all great and "hot" towns - enjoy your search - I'd be happy to help - you can reach me via Trulia and also find me online at http://www.feenick.com
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I am by way of Long Island as well and I agree with the answers so far. Montclair, where I live and work, has a young vibe to it as well as being a great town to raise a family. It's got quality restaurants of all ethnicities, bars, clubs, theaters and movie theaters, music venues, galleries, museums, gyms, five different shopping areas, and a lot more parking than Hoboken! It's 12 miles west of NYC and has the MIdtown-Direct Train and frequent bus service into the city.
I'd also add Glen Ridge (which doesn't have all of the above but is next to Montclair and shares our entertainment, culture and shopping), South Orange and Maplewood to the list.
Call or email me if you have any other questions or if I can be of further assistance.
Schweppe Burgdorff ERA Realtors
We have an upcoming Moving to the 'burbs event that you might want to check out. If you're thinking about moving out of Hoboken and into the 'burbs then you don't want to miss this event! There will be over 15 different towns represented by RE/MAX sales associates from all over NJ, included all of the towns mentioned so far.
You'll be able to speak with a service professional on fixing you credit score, attorney representation and other important topics. Plus you can also listen to an educational short session on different topics such as first time buyers - what you should know, distressed properties - short sales and foreclosures, moving up and mortgages - dealing with home sale contingency contracts and how to handle selling your place while buying another... This great event is catered and hosted by RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty and Pinnacle Mortgage, Inc. The event is FREE! Sign up at:
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sales Associate, CDPE
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty
56 Newark Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Direct: 201 795-5200 x340
Most of the people who move out of Hoboken look in the following towns: Montclair (as previously mentioned), Ridgewood, Westfield, Summit, Chatham, Madison, Red Bank, & Princeton. All of these towns have a town center with shopping and restaurants/bars. They are all on the train line to NYC.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I'll be happy to assist.
All the best in your home search,
Walter J. Burns
1 Newark St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
201-653-8488 Ext: 230
Any other questions feel from to reach out and I will be happy to answer them.