You picked a great time to consider purchasing a home. If you are okay with a bus commute, there are more towns you can consider like Livingston. The bus ride is normally 35 to 40 minutes into Port Authority. Average price range of two to three bedrooms range from $225K & up.
Feel free to check out my link below for homes in any of the suggested towns including Livingston.
If you need further assistance, I'm only an email away.
As others have said, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Millburn and Summit are towns with train lines with a commute into the city of 45 minutes and less. Towns such as Verona, West Orange, Bloomfield and Caldwell also have a short commute on the Decamp bus line, so you aren't limited to the train.
If you would like some help deciding on a town in which to move, I'd be happy to help. I can give you a tour of the area and send you regular emails of homes which might fit the bill. Just call or email me with what you're looking for and you can be on your way...
Sloan Berman, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
242 Bellevue Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07043