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G, Home Buyer in Lawrenceville, GA

A single family in Central Jersey

Asked by G, Lawrenceville, GA Thu Jan 15, 2009

My husband works in Warminster, PA and I work in in NY city downtown. Our budget is $450,000 and we are looking for a single family home which is almost equidistant. Any good places in North, South or East Brunswick ?

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Jillian Mason’s answer
There are plenty of great places! I am an East Brunswick resident and absolutely love it here. Send me your e-mail and I'll send you some good buys in the area.

Jillian Mason
Direct: 732-586-5488
E-Mail: jillian@jillianmason.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 15, 2009
I am sorry, but I disagree with all of the suggestions that other Realtors have presented. I doubt if they have ever personally commuted to these destinations half as much as I have. First, let me say that I grew up in East Brunswick and commuted from there, North Brunswick and New Brunswick for about 8 years. Overall, I commuted to NYC for 33 years, most of which was from East Windsor. The problem with East Brunswick is that the most convenient commute to NYC is by Bus where you have to schlep to the Port Authority terminal then take the subway unless you are a short walk from it. I hated the bus, because it is slow, dangerous, and I am 6'-1" tall and my knees were always up against the back of the seat in front of me. Moreover, a husband and wife that are commuting to NYC & PA would have to split up to take mass transportation because the PA commuter would also want the train, the most comfortable mode of commuting, hands down!. The other problem with East Brunswick is the congestion. Take a ride down Route 18 to see what I mean. The absolute best option for you and your husband is to commute TOGETHER (at least to the train station) from Mercer County making sure your new home is no more than a 10 minute drive to either the Princeton Junction or Hamilton train station. The other huge benefit is that this area of Mercer County has less congestion and, believe it or not, will have faster commute times to both NYC & PA by train. Here is what I write on my website for my East and West Windsor, Robbinsville and Lawrenceville listings: For those not familiar with the area, they may be surprised at exactly how much the East Windsor – Princeton area has in store for them. Friendly neighborhoods, great schools, beautiful parks, awesome sport fields and a myriad of cultural activities are just a few of the highlights found here. This home is also ideal for commuters because of its location between Philly & NYC and its access to major highways and bus and rail public transportation facilities. NYC commuters find living in the Princeton area ideal because of the fantastic rail service with Princeton Junction serviced by both Amtrak and NJ Transit rail service. Moreover, during rush hour periods, express trains take a mere 30 minutes to Newark Penn Station, which is less travel time than trains departing from the Brunswick to Edison areas which are 15 miles closer to NYC but are subject to local train service! East Windsor's strategic central New Jersey location provides less than an hour’s car commute to New York City, Philadelphia, the New Jersey shore and Pocono mountain recreational areas. Well known for its historical and architectural significance, the East Windsor – Princeton area is truly a great place to live.
Don’t make a mistake of checking out this area!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 16, 2009
Hi G: Why restrict yourself to these communities? There are plenty of locations all the way into Bucks County, PA (Where I am licensed as well and where I have lived, off and on) that are convenient to NJDOT trains initiating in Trenton and proceeding up the primary eastern corridor to NYC.

Warminster is a tough spot to get to from this area, time wise (I used to commute to Fort Washington but it was right off the turnpike.) It's all back roads and two lane highways wending through quaint towns like Richboro and Jamison. Nice but not fun at rush hour.

I would NOT go too far into PA although you can do as you please, because there is no good way to get to NYC further southwest than Trenton. Septa can be picked up, of course and a transfer made in Trenton but that seems to be more trouble than you need.

As you might note, our local Keller Williams office has several experienced and energetic agents that you might consult. I'd pick an agent and stick with him or her.

Best wishes with your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 16, 2009
Hi G,
Agree with Ed for the most part regarding the best commuting options being around Princeton Junction / Hamilton train stations.

BTW, East Brunswick offers older homes , highly congested roadways & communities & an approx 7% property taxe rate ....7 %. !!
And the schools are not on the top 10 list either !!

Please research schools at :-
http://www.Greatschools.net

Just want to add my 2 cents because I lived in the South Brunswick area for some years & there are some bottlenecks on Rt 27 & Rt 1 to the New Brunswick train station, that makes for a long & frustrating drive each morning/evening.....especially if you would be getting to work around the time most others do.

East Windsor offers good option in your price range ( newer single family with or without basement ).
However, the financial 'obstacle' for 1st time buyers are the high taxes..........avg being in th $8000 range.........so please talk to a lender first & provide them with your max purchase price + the $8000 number as an average for taxes + approx $200 per month for association fees.

Then compare this monthly payment to other areas........Robbinsville, Lawrenceville would both be probable options for your commuting & price range purposes.

BTW, generally speaking, the more north you go, the less you get for your money.

Hope this helps.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 16, 2009
Hi G - apoligies, the home I sent you is over your price range - but it is a great home. Send me a quick email and I'll pull together options for you in your range.

Best,
Jeannie Feenick
Search and connect at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 16, 2009
Hi G, the communities you mention are in Middlesex County and the others suggested - ie, Bridgewater and Hillsborough are in Somerset Counties. I can help you explore your options in both of these counties. There's a great house as in Piscataway very close to 287 which I'd like you to consider as well:

http://www.trulia.com/property/1071993637-14-Lillian-Ter-Pis…

You can also find this home and more at http://www.feenick.com. While you are there, click on the Testimonial section to get a better handle on how I work. The agent you choose to work with really does make a difference to the success of your effort.

Hope to hear from you!

Best,
Jeannie Feenick
Weichert Realtors
Servicing Middlesex and Somerset Counties
Search and connect at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 16, 2009
All of those areas have very nice neighborhoods. Other areas which may work for you as well would be Hillsborough and Bridgewater. I would be happy to help you find a home in Central New Jersey. Feel free to contact me at: denisecanellolson@remax.net and let me know what you are looking for and I will find it.

Have a great day!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 15, 2009
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