Just curious, have you contacted anyhone in the NJ area yet or chosen a few towns to look at based on my answer?
Did you check out the website I recommended which gives you a lot of options for personal preferences in finding towns that suit your needs? Here it is again just in case:
I am a member in good standing with both the Middlesex and Garden State MLS' so I have access to listed properties in a very broad area. If you are still considering a move to NJ, I'd be honored to assist you.
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The Best school district in NJ is West Windsor- Plainsboro. However, this is not going to fit your second criteria of being close to NYC (Less than 1 hr to NYC).
In order for you to be close to NYC and good schools, you can choose North Edison, South Brunswick and North Brunswick,. These are all Blue-ribbon schools and I work in all these Towns.
For further questions, Please contact me at my cell# 732-277-9321.
You can even search properties on your own at my website http://www.vishalmaher.shutterfly.com
I grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Edison NJ in 1983. I commuted from Edison to my job in Coney Island for almost a year, and I would always give myself at least 90 minute to drive, because you never know what the traffic is going to be like.
When I timed my drive from Edison, it took just about 15 minutes to get to the Outerbridge Crossing into Staten Island. It's the Staten Island Highway to the Verrazzano that is always unpredictable with the traffic.
Knowing where in Brooklyn you need to go, (obviously Coney Island is right off the Verrazano) would be a great help. Also, knowing your preferences in homes, the price range you are looking in etc, would be a great help as well.
TO check out schools, you can go to:
http://www.nj.com/news/reportcard/ and click on the 2008 report card (the most recent one available)
I also found this terrific site (below) which is designed specifically for people who want to live within 3 hours of NYC. You can customize your search for state, county, price range, commute time, lifestyle etc and it picks the suitable place(s) FOR YOU. You don't need to know a town name, zip code or anything else. I tried it out myself (you have to sign up to get the results but I have had no "spam" from the site since then) and it was very accurate as to places I would be comfortable living in.
go to http://www.bestplace2move.com
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Congrats on your decision to move to New Jersey. In regards to your request to be located within an hour to work, it will depend on the location of your employment in Brooklyn. Before I moved to NJ, I used to live in Brooklyn and Queens, I would travel frequently to New Jersey. When I lived in Middlesex county, NJ I would travel to Brooklyn within an hour via the Verrazano and Outerbridge crossings.
I can best assist you if I know the location of where you are traveling to and from in Brooklyn. If I can be of anymore assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Marsha B. Washington
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
973-436-5152 - office
I have lots of suggestions, but your price range and personal style preferences will certainly factor in.
I specialize in towns in Essex County (Livingston, W Orange, Roseland, the Caldwells, Millburn/Short Hills).....but also cover parts of Union County which may also work for you in getting to Brooklyn within your hour timelimit..
I will email you a bunch of links to get you started!
Prudential NJ Properties
I know the feeling I came out here to Middlesex County NJ from BKYLN 19 years ago . To raise my family and find good schools for the kids. Middlesex County is where you want to be call me 732-247-7800 ext 182 or visit my website http://www.freddiemoorer.com lets talk....
Essex, Morris and Union Counties have very good schools and within the driving time. I would suggest taking a look at http://www.schooldiggers.com and http://www.njmonthly.com for school rankings. Essex, Union and Morris counties would be good for you, some excellent schools and within the driving time.There are many affordable houses that are in move in condition and easy commute by express bus and train or car to major highways. Not knowing your wish list for a house and price range it's hard to narrow down the towns. If you would like further information, please feel free to email me directly or call me .
Prudential New Jersey Properties
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"Phone Phil" Lebowitz
Weichert Realtors - Alpine / Closter Office
201 750 6885