Check out this MTA website which lists all of the stops along the lines. In order to be within a 45 min train ride this means that on the New Haven Line you would want to be no further than Portchester; on the Harlem line around Pleasantville; and on the Hudson Line no further north than Ossining.
Do you want a more urban area/lifestyle - with highrise living? If so, then Hoboken might be for you.
Or, are you looking for suburban life, with a single family home , backyard and lots of trees, where you can barbeque in the summer ?
Answering these 2 questions might help point youin the right direction.
The good news is, you have numeorus choices - that can also be the bad news, as it may be overwhelming to choose!
I am in a NYC suburb in NJ - (forget what you see on reality tv shows - it's lovely here!!) - many commute daily to the city from my area
Based on your price range, you might want to consider Millburn/Short Hills as one option. Outstanding, top rated schools, shops, restaurants, a charming downtown area and ...best of sll... the Midtown Direct train to Penn Station are reasons many choose this area.
Check out the links on my web page for more information.
The commute is about 40 min on the train, direct to Penn Station.
In regard to temples, Temple B'Nai Jeshrun is one of , if not the, largest Reform Synagogues in the state, and the Rabbi is young and very "hip"!!
He came here a few years ago from a temple on the upper Westside, and has become very popular, well liked and respected here, as well. There are other options in the area, too.
I can go into more details as far as your needs if we speak.
I have lived and worked in this area my entire life, so I can certainly answer all your questions, and help you decide if this might work for you.
I would be happy to give you an overview of my area........many New Yorkers have happily settled here!
My own son and daughter-in-law currently live on the upper eastside, and will be making a move here to the "burbs" hopefully in the near future - my son's concern is the commute, as well....so, I can relate to your concernss!
Please feel free to reach out to me!
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I strongly recommend Hoboken, NJ. I lived in hoboken for 3.5 yrs & managed two properties there with over 128 apts each, so I have learned the demographic of the area. It's proximity to the city, life style & night life offers sonething for everyone. The water front is stunning & the ppl are great. There is so much positive energy in Hoboken you forget you live in a metro area. As for the temple/communities there is a large jewish community in Hoboken. You can buy a 3 BR condo with deeded garage for under 800k! Although taxes are higher in Hoboken you pay 450-500/foot compared to 1200/foot in Manhattan. Your commute is fast and easy on the Path train to WTC. I am licensed in NJ & can give you a nice tour of the city. I can also shoot you an email with current listings. You can also search on Trulia but you will not see tax info. Trust me you will fall in love with Hoboken.
Brooklyn also isn't too far off for your downtown commute. What you will want to do is figure out what sort of lifestyle you are looking for. New York and New Jersey have a very different feel from each other. So I would start by weeding out which state you prefer to live in; then focus on areas that are a 45 minute commute into town for that chosen state.
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