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jpfrancksimon, Home Buyer in Wharton, NJ

Best commuter town (wife works in Tribeca, husband works in Rockaway NJ)

Asked by jpfrancksimon, Wharton, NJ Mon Apr 29, 2013

My wife and I are looking for a house. We have a couple of parameters.
- No more then 1hr commute door to door (she works in Tribeca).
- She would prefer to walk to a nearby train station (preferably one that caters express trains)
- Easy commute for myself ( I work in Rockaway)

Note that it is necessary that the surrounding areas are good as well.
We are big fans of: open-concept layout, landscaped yard (if possible), deck/patio, modern and/or contemporary style, , late 1900 and up built house. We would not turn our backs on an older but renovated house. We would like to live in a young community with starting families just like us. A great school system is a must.

Our max budget is $500K.

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Any town beyond Madison (~ 60 min to NYC on njtransit Dover line) will take more than 1 hour commute to NYC! If you think that 25 - 30 min drive to Rockaway is OK for you, than I could suggest Livingston/ Florham Park. Your wife could park at the Livingston mall (free parking) and take a jitney (2$) - 10 min ride to South Orange train station (25 min to NYC). Or may be Summit/Chatham/ New Providence (direct train 40-50 min to NYC).

I would be happy to help you with your house hunt.

Best of luck,
Armin Lusinyants
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 29, 2013

If commuting is your top concern i recommend towns near I 80 with train service,
Rutherford,Elmwood Park, Fairlawn , Woodland Park, Little Falls, Cedar Grove
It is about a 30 minute commute for each of you.
You will be close to all highways.

Let me know if I can help
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 30, 2013
Where would you like to cap your property taxes?

Taxes can very greatly from town to town - as do prices.

Most of the "train towns" that are closer to the city (Millburn, Summit, Chatham, for example ) are pricey, so $500,000 won't buy you as much house as some towns that do not have the Mid Town Direct train into Penn Station.

Livingston might be a good fit for you as the taxes are not as high as some other Essex County towns, and you can get a 3/4 br, 2 - 2.5 bath home in your price range - taxes will be around $11,000 ish! With the new jitney service from the Livingston Mall to the train, commuters now have an additional way to get to the city (besides the Coach USA #77 bus route).
Rockaway would be, approximately, a 20-25 min ride .

Please visit my website where I have links you might find useful for additional town information.

I'd be happy to help you sort through your options!

Best wishes...

Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties

email: Debbie.Rose@PrudentialNewJersey.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 29, 2013
How about Denville. It is a great place to live and it has a wonderful downtown area. Call me and I will send you current listings.

Have a Great Day.....

Jane DeVincentis- Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 29, 2013
you might want to consider Denville- train to mid town direct ( and buses)
Very easy cocommute for you.

Denville has a great downtown area with nice restaurants and shopping and good schools.

I will be happy to send you current listings if you provde your email address.

By the way- I have lived in Denville for 17 years and love it.

Regards,Carolle Donofrio
973-960-8002 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 29, 2013
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