There are a lot of affordable single family homes in that price range right over the state line into NJ in either the Washington Boro or Washington Twp area (for the closest commute) or down 78 East over towards the Clinton area. I would suggest teaming up with a buyer's agent that is familiar with that stretch of towns along 78 to see all your options. As you get closer to Somerset County, you'll start to see higher taxes, but depending on what type of home you're looking for you may find just what you're looking for!
Let me know if you have any additional questions!
Christine Markow, e-PRO
ERA Statewide Realty
I grew up in Manalapan, and work at the Manalapan office of Coldwell Banker. As an Accredited Buyer's Representative, I have the tools to assist you in finding the perfect home for you in the area.
The first step would be talking a bit more specifically about your needs and wants. So, when you are ready, please feel free to contact me. I'm happy to help however I can!
335 Route 9 South
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Remember that in New Jersey that when considering which option you wish to use that in New Jersey Commission Rebates are legal..So shop around for what works best for you...
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Dunes the $20 TruliaPro
I am very familiar with the towns you mention and the surrounding markets. There are only 9 properties in Manalapan and Holmdel that fall within the price points you defined.
Here they are:
You can click on the pictures for additional photos, or the address for a map.
There are many other options within a reasonable distance of Manalapan and Holmdel that would be within an hour of Bridgewater. (Side note....spent Cinco de Mayo at the Green Knoll in Bridgewater. What a great place!! It is about 35 minutes from the GSP exit for these towns.)
The towns of Aberdeen, Matawan, Old Bridge, Middletown and Freehold are near Manalapan and Holmdel near the Garden State Parkway. If your geography is more flexible, there are other towns that would fall within Central Jersey and a one hour commute to Clifton - Bridgewater.
Here are properties within the other towns:
The following site provides you the opportunity to search on your own, with extensive data fields included. It also allows you to find info on under contract and sold data on properties. In order to release that depth of information, registration is required, per the National Association of Realtors.
If you don't want to register and you simply want to search - in real time - up to the minute accurate data as represented in the Realtor database, you can do that here:
Deborah "Deb" Madey
732 530 7755 Main Office
732 530 6350 Direct
732 784 8450 Mobile
It's sounds like you have put a lot of thought into your target location.
I think you will save yourself tremendous time if you connected wtih a local NJ Realtor who could research those areas to find you the best homes to tour.
Here is a link to Reatlors on Trulia who work in the Manalpan area:
Search the Charleston, SC MLS: