To assist you in your search, below are two links to articles with information on New Jersey schools.
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The great thing about NNJ is that there are so many choices!
You stressed "Great Commute"
Well, as you already know, the shortest commutes are from towns closer to the city, and have "Downtown Direct" train service or convenient bus service. Believe it or not, bus service is often quicker!. They are much more frequent as well, in case you have a varied schedule.
To achieve a more confortable lifestyle with slightly lower taxes, Morris county is worth pondering.
There are more newer homes to choose from as well.
Towns vary in charactor.
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Before you know it, you will be settled in a beautiful neighborhood.
Morris County is a GREAT area on N.J. to live and has excellant schools. Boonton Twp, Montville, Denville for instance are wonderful and Denville has a mid town direct train.
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Fortunately, you have a number of options..........without knowing your specific sytle preferences and taste, it's difficult to make definitive suggestions, but I will try.............
I work in the Essex, Morris County area......some towns I might suggest are Livingston (bus to Port Authority is 55 min).........S. Orange and Maplewood (mid Town direct train to Penn Station - 39 mn))...........Roseland (bus commute <1 hr)......and the list goes on (N. Caldwell, Florham Park, E. Hanover, W. Orange, etc)
In your price range, you can expect a 3-4 br, 2.5 bth home (resale) on a 1/4 - 1/3 acre lot...........1 or 2 car garage, depending on the town.
This area offers a lot of amenities - excellent, highly ranked schools..........fabulous shopping ranging from boutiques to the well-known Short Hills Mall with it's 5th Avenue stores........great local restaurants and recreational opportunities (golf, tennis, ice skating, hiking in the S. Mountain reservation.......miniature golf and even the Turtle Back Zoo ! etc).
Driving into the city from here can take as little as 25 min to the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels (not during rush hour, though!!). Once you get to the city, you're on your own!! haha
Please check out the links on my website which will offer you a glimpse into the towns I have mentioned...as well as other possibilities
Good luck in your search, and if I can be of help, please don't hesitate to call!
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There are several terrific communities out there to choose from. I believe one of the better areas are those on the train lines in Morris County. They include Madison, Chatham, Denville, Morris Plains and for a little more for your money, Mount Arlington (a little further out) easy NYC commute and highly ranked school systems. A great sight to check out when looking in different areas is http://www.city-data.com or http://www.walkscore.com.
If you need some assistance or would like to be placed on an auto-email listing alert for any area on a train line, please contact me. No obligation.
Best of luck and I hope to hear from you.