I am looking into Princeton Landing too, which is very nice, and unique, but the association fee is very steep ($400 easily per month). Most of the units have 2 master suits, the 3 bedrooms ones feels a bit smaller, and the tax is easliy $7K a year. Actually, townhouses (with garage and basement) price in surrounding communities are very closed to this $350K-$400K range. Montgomery has spacious townhouses (but not as unique as Princeton Landing) too, but I don't think the commute will be fun. So you can only save $ by picking one with lower property tax and/or association fee.
Check the Asbury Park Press APP Data Universe for property tax and transaction record - I find it to be a very useful tool. http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=data
You can also go to the West-Windsor/Plainsboro bulletin board http://www.wwptoday.com - and type "commute to NYC" on its search box for local advice/experience in related topics (e.g. train parking etc.). Unfortunately this WWP seems to be the only forum for this area (I cannot find a similar forum for South Brunswick.)
Honestly if I were you (I mean, if you haven't lived in this area before), I would not buy now but to rent for a year first. Good luck!!
There are plenty of choices, ranging from condo apartments to large single family homes, in the price range from $200K to $700K. Princeton Landing boasts with so many different models and floor plans, sometimes it is difficult for a buyer to distinguish between the differences without Professional expertise. There is so much to learn, since every model has different floor plans, square footage and price.
My years of experience as a neighborhood specialist have helped many buyers find their perfect home. Many of my clients who sell in Princeton Landing do it so they can move to a different model in Princeton Landing, and those that move away often come back.
If you have any questions, please give me a call and I would be more than happy to provide you with floor models and give you an excursion through our Princeton Landing!
The Princeton Landing community is abundant with amenities of a 5-star resort; two swimming pools, four tennis courts, a basketball court, a clubhouse and numerous walking paths. Those looking for an active lifestyle will find what they need here and those searching to escape from the hustle and bustle can enjoy the fact that the people you see by your home on a day to day basis are mostly your neighbors. And just when it seems as if you would never want to leave this enclosed haven if you lived here, you realize that it comes with a priceless perk, its proximity to Princeton.
Every parcel has a different monthly fee. Our maintenance fee covers all exteriors including: decks, roofs, walls, common areas and a huge portion of our maintenance fee goes to our Award Winning landscaping.
If it is big city experience that you seek without wanting to live in one, two of Americaâ€™s greatest cities are at your service. Both New York and Philadelphia are less than an hour away by car from Princeton Landing, with the trips being as straightforward as can be. Moreover, the Princeton Junction train station, servicing local NJ Transit and Interstate Amtrak trains, is 5 minutes away. Countless professionals commute to New York from the Princeton area every day having made the decision that it simply a nicer place to live. Whether it is for work or for play, you can be in either New York or Philadelphia in less than an hour and then back in Princeton Landing with a snap of a finger, able to enjoy among the serene natural setting that this community has to offer. Further, a Princeton Landing home will bring you the ability to place your kids in the West Windsor â€“ Plainsboro school district, one that has been recognized with numerous awards as a leading public school district in the state and the country. Including a Princeton Mailing Address.
I have been helping a client find the perfect unit for himself over there and we have seen units snapped up in a matter of days. Even in the dead of winter, when we had such bad news the Princeton Landing units were selling. You certainly go wrong from an investment standpoint that is if you know your prices.
Best of luck to you!
I've moved at least 3 clients , who have a similar connection & commute as you, to the Monroe area & what you get very comfortably is a nice new home ( under 10 yrs) , no traffic congestion, well connected to 2 park & rides , lots of upgrades in the home, the features you mentioned & a vibrant, diverse community & well connected to ameneties....with lower taxes & assoc fee.
While Plainsboro, South Brunswick & East Windsor also offer you good options, I believe Monroe would work well for your needs.
If you needed a perspective from some of my buyers who have been living here, regarding the area or communting to the city, please email or call.
The $3000.00 pm you mention may not be too far off for other developements but will depend upon your credit scores also. There are units at the estates in west windsor that have the features but likely to be above your price, Off blue spring in Montgomery are a few developements. (low 300K to mid 400K) Hopewell in Brandon farms. There was a unit in Montgomery woods that had a lower level (not called a basement but for all purposes it is) In general NJ taxes are high everywhere. as schools are supported this way. This one was priced around $330K as I recall