I have lived in this particular area since 1985 and am very familiar with it. I'm not quite sure what your wife's co-workers are referring to when they mention people in this area being "hicks". If you have been looking in this area, I am sure that you can see it is generally a high-priced market area........so where the "hicks" comment comes from is beyond me.
Clinton, Readington, Bridgewater, Basking Ridge.....these towns are all convenient to Route 78. They are largely comprised of younger families, such as yourself. Shopping is plentiful in all of these areas and the Liberty Village Outlets are in nearby Flemington. There is a multitude of day care options available from standard "in-home" daycare to much pricier "Montessori School". Feel free to call me at: 908-268-2124 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have shopping outlets, malls, public transportation etc. I don't quite know what your wife's co-workers definition of "hicks" is but it does not refer to people living in these areas. The school systems in these areas are among the tops in the state.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or text (908-334-8010) so we can discuss the subject further. I would hate for you to miss out on a wonderful opportunity for your family because of the comments of a select few.
Clinton, NJ 08809
A little further out and you come to Bridgewater - commute will be longer, prices will be lower. There is one section of Bridgewater that lies right on the Warren border - Martinsville - you'll find some new-er townhomes, but the homes will be older. Near the Bridgewater mall are new-er homes, but the living is pretty dense - quarter acre lots or less are quite common.
Your money will buy you more for sure as you head west, but you'll be adding to your commute. I just sold a couple that started their search in Bridgewater a home in Clinton - their search evolved and they ultimately liked the larger home and larger lot they were able to buy in Clinton. But for them, the commute worked, because they only had to get as far as Warren to work. Just did some looking with a couple in Pittstown - yes, a more rural feel. Not so with Hillsborough, it is more dense. Branchburg is just past Bridgewater - feeds into Somerville High School.
Although your children are young, schools will likely figure into your decision-making - you can find school info at my website http://www.feenick.com - just click on the School Info link. I find that many buyers I work with like to create a spread sheet to organize their thoughts/priorities - may help as you frame your search - obvious categories - Commute, Schools, Price, Home Features....
I'm familiar with all of these area - it is not uncommon for buyers to move through the communities along the 78 corridor as they pull their search into focus. It's a journey I've taken often and one I'd be honored to accompany you on. You can find me - and search freely all listings on the Garden State MLS - at my website http://www.feenick.com You can also reach me easily via Trulia.
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Written by Jean Villa, Agent in Stewartsville
April 29, 2009 10:15 AM Home Buying
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I think i know what you are looking for. I specialize in people coming from a more urban area. The area I work is home to many that were in your situation. It is a very chic area, which will provide great upscale restaurants, cafes, and shopping. I work very close to the Short Hills mall, which is the #1 mall in America. Because of fair housing laws, I cannot really comment about "hicks", but I would love for you to take a trip and experience Maplewood and South Orange for yourself. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
As far as the feel of the area - we moved here from Brooklyn about 15 years ago. We've lived in Warren the whole time but many of my kids activities found us spending loads of time in Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, and beyond. I'd be happy to share my perspective and knowledge and to assist you as you get your arms around our area.
You can find me online at http://www.feenick.com Let me hear from you - via my website, send me an email or call me direct at 908-337-0943.
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