Contrary to disbelief, most of my neighbors work on Wall Street and enjoy coming home to the peace and tranquility. My husband commutes to Jersey City & consistently takes 45 minutes with no tolls (an added bonus). The best move we've made! Hope this helps & best of luck! :-)
You get more space, more privacy, and most of the good things that smaller towns have to offer by living in Sparta. Taxes are higher than surrounding area's - you could look in Jefferson/Parsippany/Morris Plains and get some of the same results.
My husband eventually took a job in NJ to avoid the commute to the city. Which is ultimately what most people do.
I'm sure you are aware of the lifestyle and the beauty of the area. It's is a trade-off..
Hope this helps
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