There are many area's that you may want to consider. Being from Brooklyn, NY I relocated to NJ seven years ago.
When I was doing my research, May main concern was the public school sustem and commute to Manhattan. At the time I was working on Wall St and the commute was a big part of the location.
So, I researched North, West and Central New Jersey. All of my research pointed to Middlesex County..
East Brunswick.. 35 miles out of Brooklyn, 35 miles out of Manhattan.. 45 - 50 minute commute to NYC by bus.. ( after many years on the NYC subway I needed a break) and the whole bus commute thing is great.
Although it is only 45 minutes by train.
The schools are great, blue ribbon schools. You will read a lot about that here..
I have kids in the school system so I can relate to your needs regarding schools and activites in the area.
I know Middlesex County and surrounding area's inside out. (East Brunswick, North Brunswick, South Brunswick, Marlboro, Manalapan)
Call or email me at anytime, I am sure that I can find your family the right home.
Broker / Manager
Orange Key Realty
I did thorough research and have many relatives in Spotswood who commute into the city. It is typically a 90 minute commute on a day-to-day basis.
When I am quoting commute times to clients, it's door-to-door. It takes 10-15 minutes to get to a bus. You may or may not be able to walk to the bus. Probably not. Someone will have to drive you to a bus stop. Or you may have to actually drive to a park-n-ride. Easy 10-15 minutes on average.
The bus ride is 45 minutes. Now you are in the city and have to get to your building. Another 20 minutes easy depending upon the subway or bus line. Then 10 minutes to walk to your building and arrive at your desk.
15+45+20+10=90. 90 minutes is the time you will spend commuting. Maybe 80 minutes on a lucky day. Maybe 2 hours on a bad day.
So to be accurate, you have to include the entire commute, not just the bus ride. Do you see why?
Let's go over that formula again:
Commuting time = (Time to move from the residence to the mass transit node) + (Transit time within the commuter carrier) + (Time to move from the commuter carrier to the secondary transport mode within the city) + (Walking time from the secondary transport mode to the desk).
Commuting time is NOT EQUAL to (The bus ride alone).
Once you apply the correct formula, you are now able to provide the potential buyer with the TCT (True Commuting Time).
TCT is what buyers from out of the area want to know. Do you see why?
What you did that was incorrect was to state a 45 minute commute to NY City from East Brunswick. That is a grossly misleading number. When someone leaves their door in East Brunswick at 7:30AM, they simply will not arrive at their office in Manhattan before 9AM. No way. No how.
A buyer needs to know that. You don't want to be pushing your hometown to the extent that the truth gets lost. That does not help anyone.
We are all proud of our areas, but we should not be pushing any one area over another simply because we live there.
Relo clients do not care how we feel about out hometown. They care about finding the right place to live for their family. And they need factual data, not hype or misleading estimates.
East Brunswick and Morris County are VERY TOUGH COMMUTES to Manhattan. 90 minutes or even more on some mornings.
If a client tells me they want an hour commute to New York, they had better be darn close to the good old Hudson River as their starting point.
If you'd like information on the different areas of New Jersey, please contact me at Laura@JerseyShoreViews.com or 609-384-6121
Good luck, New Jersey is a great place to live and each area is very different, so you have a tough decision in front of you!
Keller Williams Atlantic Shore
Careful. True commuting time to NYC from East Brunswick is about 90 minutes. It is important to provide accurate data. A bus cannot make it to Manhattan in 45 minutes, even if it's suspended by a helicopter. True commuting time includes the time it takes to get to the bus station, the bus ride, including average delays, which happen ALL the time, and the trip from off the bus to the office.
The only truly "short commute" from New Jersey to Manhattan is from Hoboken, and even there it can easily approach 1 hour portal to portal.
It's a very possible dream. If northern New Jersey is a possible destination I'd love to help. A good place to begin searching is on the MLS search engine on my website. Any home you save as a favorite will automatically generate a full listing sheet that will be e-mailed to you. You do not have to register and you will not be called. A great non-threatening way to start researching areas and values. Just click on the "MLS Search" button on my website.
Happy New Year and good luck!
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Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
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The next area not mentioned by everyone else is the Middlesex County Area also known as Exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike.
This part of Central Jersey will offer you home values priced better than the Northern or Shore Counties of NJ.
Our school systems in the Brunswicks ( East, North & South) are all outstanding and if you or your family will commute to NYC for work, we offer 45 minute express trains in peak hours to give you an easy ride.
From here you get get to the Jersey Shore in 35 minutes and enjoy our beaches or go 10 minutes south to vast areas of farmland and parks.
Reach out to me if you would like an introduction to Central Jersey..
Happy New Year and Happy house Hunting....
Prudential Fox & Roach, REALTORS
732 297 5000 x 190
The towns of Glen Ridge, Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove - all about 30 - 40 min outside of NYC. Excellent schools, close to everything, etc. Easy access to NYC via train or bus. If you want to contact me, I'd be happy to talk to you further about your needs, and send you some listings so you can see what types of houses and price ranges are available....this is a great place to live!
I service the towns along the Route 78 corridor and the Morris/Essex NJ train lines. Some of the top schools in the state, low crime rates, and a wide range of homes prics make this a desireable area. You are looking at an hour commute (give or take 15 minutes) by train and as little as 40 minutes by car(depending on traffic) to the city. Please contact me so I can send you more detailed information on what the area could offer you.
Congrats! on your relo. NJ is a very large state! Can you be more specific as to how far outside the city you are willing to live/commute. Your price range and the size of the home you need would also help, along with your desire for new construction or a resale.
I live and work at the Jersey Shore, about an hour from NYC. The lifestyle cannot be beat and the schools in most towns are excellent. I'd love to discuss it with you. Just answer your own question with additional info so other agents can chime in, too!
By the way, you can go to my website to search all the Monmouth/Ocean county listings and get an idea of what market values are in the Shore areas. Good luck!