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Brian P., Home Buyer in Larchmont, NY

We're considering a move from the midwest to NJ for a job on Wall Street. Towns like Short Hills, Montclair, Summit, Milburn, & Chatham have

Asked by Brian P., Larchmont, NY Tue Jul 13, 2010

all been suggested. How do we figure out the pros & cons for such a large area. Home, schools, and commute are priorities.

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I have home for sale by owner that's perfect for you check it out on Zillow: 23 Canterbury Lane, Short Hills, NJ 07078
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2015
There's really only 1 choice: Short Hills. In addition to the shortest commute, Short Hills RE market is very different from the others. RE is all about demand. Doesn't matter how nice the place is, you can't manufacture a buyer. The closest thing to it (outside of Manhattan) is Short Hills.

The guy that going to buy your bunch of sticks & piece of dirt when you're done with it wants everything you do, and will consider paying a premium for it. People line up to get into Short Hills, and settle to live anywhere else. It's that simple. If you want to have ready buyers, don't bother with the rest.

Glencoe, Skokie, Winnetka ring a bell? Edina? Shorewood? Beverly Hills? Pacific Palisaides? That's the idea...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 10, 2013
Price range will impact your choice. The towns you mentioned are all excellent towns with train access to NYC.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 18, 2010
Hi Brian, with the guidance of an agent you can get your arms around this area. You can accomplish a good bit online, investigating the towns (visit the township websites), the schools, and commute. You will enjoy a desirable commute from any of these communities.

NJ Monthly recently released its ranking of top high schools - you'll see that Millburn has taken the top award again. I'd be happy to send along the full listing if you have an interest. Another great resource is the Star Ledger School Report Card - allows you to compare and contrast schools districts.

All of these communities have a more urgan/suburban feel - and with good access to trains and buses to the city, they remain in demand and values tend to hold up better than communities that do have access to public transportation.

There's lots of interesting inventory across broad price points available in these communities. Do your homework, have your agend send you listings so you can see what is available and once you've identified some contenders, you can hit the pavement. As your agent to spend time familiarizing you with for each communitiy of interest.

With your research done, properties identified and under review - trust your instincts. You'll know when you find it - the community and house will feel like, well "home".

Good luck,
Jeanne Feenick
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 14, 2010
Visit each town. Its all about lifestyle. They each have thier own flavor. Once you get a feel for each, you will have a better idea of which one(s) is the kind of place that is right for you and your family.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 14, 2010
It is most important to get a home in a good school district wit heasy access to Manhattan. Short Hills offers both. A ride of approximately 25 minutes via train and the best school districts are in Millburn/Short Hills. Summit neighborhoods are hit or miss. However, in Short Hill's all the school districts are excellent. I have a friend that is selling a home in Short Hills, due to a re-location. The price is good. let me know if you are interested in learning more about this.

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