Greetings! As it was mentioned before your price range will play a big part in the type of home you will be able to afford.
We recommand our tenants to start looking or a home about 1-1.5 months before they move since the rental market is usually very dynamic and rentals go on and off the market fairly quickly.
When you are ready to make a decision it would be our pleasure to hear more about your family needs and find you the best place to call home.
You can log into our website to search for rentals and see what are the going rates for the ones you like (bare in mind they will probably not be there when you are ready to move).
Happy New Year!
The Sharon and Karen Home Team
In regard to commuting into the city - your option would be the bus to Port Authority in Manhattan (ample parking on Northfield Rd at the skating arena - 45 "ish" min ride)......or, making use of the W. Orange shuttle service to the MidTown Direct train . That train (35 min ride) will take you to Penn Station.
Knowing your price range would help.
Just to give you an overview - the average range of single family homes with 3, maybe 4, bedrooms starts at $2150 (3 BR/1bth) and goes up to the 3000+ price point.
There are several townhomes listed starting there, as well, and going up a bit higher.
Just so you know, and are prepared - the tenant is usually responsible for the commission which is equal to 1 month's rent.......... the first month rent upfront, and security deposit of 1.5 month's rent.
Those checks have to be bank or cashier's checks.
Many rentals do not allow pets.
Also, the tenant, in most leases, is responsible for repairs up to $100 for each occurance, and all utilities.
A credit check and employment verification will also be required.
Hope this helps.
I see you posted your inquiry in the West Orange area of NJ where there are many fine homes to choose from depending on your budget.
Feel free to contact me directly so I can assist you further.
Licensed Realtor in NJ and GA