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Some NJ towns to consider are: S. Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Morristown, Chatham...........all are along the mid town direct train route - direct to Penn Station.............all offer various suburban landscapes, charm and close proximity to boutique shops, restaurants, S Orange Performing Arts Center, Papermill Playhouse theater......... and the well known Mall at Short HIlls, whch includes every 5th Avenue store, along with Neimans, Nordstroms, Bloomies, Saks and Macy's plus numerous other well known stores others............and can be similar to many Long island towns.......the train ride is anywhere from 37 min to 50 min.
West Orange has bus service (45 min) as well as town jitneys to the mid town direct train......
Hoboken and Jersey City have a more urbane/city feel...........but offer the shortest commute.
Let me know if you want more specific information!
Depends on where you work, how you will get there, how much you want to spend and how large a place you want.
I currently have two apartments available in a lovely 2 family home in Rahway on the Avenel border. It's close to shopping, highways, transit etc.
Both 2 bedrooms, LR, kitchen,1 full bath. Nice yard, central AC, basement for laundry and lots of storage.
Give me a call at 908-675-0167 or email me at PruMaryNJ@aol.com and I can send you the full listings.
As you can see, you have several options to consider, however I still think before you start your search for a rental, you consider a monthly budget which will include not only your rent, but your transportation costs. With gas prices continuing to increase these days, many commuters are feeling the pinch.
All the best,
I think you two may be interested in Secaucus, NJ.
Location: Very close to New York City (15 minute drive into midtown Manhattan, about 20 minutes by bus).
Train ride from Secaucus Junction: 15 minutes to Penn Station.
Rents are reasonable.
Its probably the closest "feels like Long Island" town you'll find in NJ.
To answer your last question:
Low interest rates and fairly low home prices = less money right now per month to own than to rent.
Making a purchase is a big committment, but absolutely worth it.
Towns in NJ all have different tax rates (many are high, however, some can be fairly low based on the averages). Taxes play a big role into the monthly payment calculus.
Your monthly payments (mortgage, taxes, and insurance) will vary based on where in NJ and what type of property you would be interested in purchasing.
Please feel free to call, text, or email me anytime.. If you'd like, i can put together some spreadsheets to give you an idea of what your total costs would be based on specific properties. And in case you were wondering: Sellers pay all realtor commissions (buyers do not pay to use an agent).
North Hudson Realty
646 60th Street
West New York, NJ 07093
Cell : 201-682-2844
My advice would be to rent first and make sure you like the area before buying, especially considering you would be new to the area.
As far as possible towns to consider, I'd need to know your price range, and personal style preferences...single family home? townhome? apartment in a highrise building?
Also, how long of a commute are you comfortable with?
I'd be happy to offer more specific suggestions once I know more about your needs....so feel free to reach out to me!
If I can be of further assistance, let me know.
Best of luck to you!