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Jtarantino23, Home Buyer in Huntington, NY

What's the Best NJ town within 45 mins commute to NYC WITH a nice walk around town with restaurants/bars, safe and top schools?

Asked by Jtarantino23, Huntington, NY Mon Jun 13, 2011

Looking for a newer home within 5 years / Colonial / price range is up to 750k.

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Guttenberg, NJ. I used to live here before we moved North Carolina. I used to work in NYC. My commute was only 45 mins door to door just taking one bus.
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@Kristin...thanks for backing me up...

@Jtarantino...I work in Westfield and the surrounding areas. Did you check out the website for school rankings I included in my last post? Westfield and New Providence rank quite high on the charts though Westfield has a teriffic downtown with shopping and restaurants..

If you are interested in more information about the area or having me send you some listings, just give me a call or email me so i can get some more specifics.

Mary Petti
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
Westfield, NJ. It won an award for best main street community in NJ, I believe. It's everything you mentioned!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
P.S. Orangetown School system is highly rated as well. Close to exit 4 of the PIP(Palisades Interstate Parkway) and borders New Jersey. Need any additional info please LMK. Regards Allan

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
AM sure you will get many responses in NJ, but in Rockland County, NY the commute is about the same and the Piermont area is breathtaking! Hudson River, trendy and a stones throw from Nyack which I consider to be a "mini" Greenwich Village
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
Thanks for the replies there are some good suggestions. We are in the early stages of looking and this is helpful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 21, 2011
Hi-Morris county offers all you are looking for.Madison,Chatham,Denville would be excellant choices.

Please call or e-mail me and I would be happy to send you listings.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
Sorry for the typos....only finished half of my first cup of coffee when I typed that reply :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011

Jeanne makes a good point. Being close commute to the city and also having good schools causes prices to be higher than towns furter away from the convenience of an weasy commute.

There are several lovely towns that meet your needs, including Metuchen, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Fanwood and those mentioned by Suzanne too, as far as commute and schools (check out http://education.state.nj.us/rc/ ) most , not all of the "newer" homes or those being built are usually more than $750K.

However, there are also some terrific older homes. Just curious why you would want new only? Both new and old have their problems (I know...when I moved here from Brooklyn I bought brand a brand new house first, , my current home was built in 1972).

If you give me a call or email me, we can discuss things in detail and I can get a better idea of what you need and where to recommend you look for a home.
Look forward to hearing from you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
The challenge will be to find a home that is 5 years or younger in your price range in those communities. They are wonderful - that is for sure, but I've combed through the inventory and it is tough to find. There is one new home in Madison that is available that would be at the high end of your range that I'd be happy to send you.

If you are willing to move west you'll have more luck. My husband still commutes into the city everyday from Somerset County - and I did the same for many years. We are right on the I-78 corridor which makes it very doable, but adds to the commuting time.

There are a number of new(er) colonials in Basking Ridge and Warren that would be newer and fall in your range. Basking Ridge has two train stations and bus service to the city. Warren does not, but it is right across 78 so you can either hop on 78 or cross over to get the train in Basking Ridge or points east of it.

Take a look at the Gallery view below. If you'd like to discuss further, I'm here and ready to assist.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 14, 2011
The Morris County area would be a very good choice for you. Chatham, Madison, Morristown, all have homes in your price range, are very walkable with nice downtown/main street areas full of restaurants, shops, historic sites, museums and theatres. And you couldn't ask for better schools! I would be happy to send you some choices if you'd like. And you can check out the town's websites here:

Madison: http://gov.rosenet.org/:
Chatham: http://www.chathamborough.org/chatham/
Morristown: http://www.townofmorristown.org/

There are other communities that may suit you as well. Denville comes to mind as one with an awesome downtown area, commuter trains, and Denville is a lake community. It would be worth a 'day trip' to drive around and see which 'tickles your fancy'.

Good Luck!
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