I would suggest to you Millburn,and Livingston All with easy commute to NYC. You will find many residents of these town coming from Manhattan looking for the same. Myself and my husband included. Each of these towns have excellent shopping ,fine restaurants and cultural diversity. I have two listings in mind that I would like to share with you and your wife. If you email me your email address I will forward the house listings to you along with town information. I am certain that I can help you with your transistion to suburbia!Email me at email@example.com
Finally, Arts and entertainment are such that New York becomes, for most of the residents, a once a month or so thing. Great universities abound, from Rutgers, New Brunswick, through to Philly's main Line and southern areas, You can get as far as the University of Delaware in about an hour and half.
Like the shore? 50 miles away. Atlantic City? About as far as New York (sorry, no direct rail,) and for mountainous terrain, a ride up the Delaware Valley will get you into the very scenic Poconos and the Delaware Water Gap in short order.
I hate to push my area each time I respond to a similar question but Montclair sounds exactly like the town you are describing. As you probably already know, Montclair is only 12 miles west of Manhattan and has direct train and bus service into the city. The commute on Route 3 into the Lincoln Tunnel takes 20 minutes with no traffic.
The beautiful homes of various styles of architecture generally range in age from the late 1800s to the 1930s and in price from $500,000 to over $3 million. The restaurants of every ethnicity are numerous and highly regarded -- we have our own restaurant row! Montclair has more than 4 distinct shopping areas including the Upper Montclair Village, Watchung Plaza, Walnut Street and the trendy downtown Bloomfield Ave. area. We are within driving distance to many upscale malls as well. Montclair is known for its numerous parks two of which, Brookdale and Anderson, were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead who is best known for his design of NYC's Central Park. Large mature trees are abundant throughout the town.
Montclair is culturally, ethnically and racially diverse. We have a public magnet school system which is made up of 6 elementary schools which offer different themes and programs geared towards students' special interests i.e. Science and Technology, the Arts, the Montessori method, an International school, etc. Parents get to choose schools best suited to their children. We also have two excellent private schools and others within driving distance, as well as religious schools.
Finally, we have theaters and a world class art museum and we are home to a large community of artists, writers, actors and, oh yes, financial movers and shakers!
If you would like me to send you a packet of information on Montclair and neighboring towns, please call 973-509-3970 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to email you listings of homes which might interest you and give you a town tour at your convenience if you'd like.
Sounds like the towns of Montclair or the smaller neighboring town of Glen Ridge might be a perfect spot for you. There are multiple train stations with direct service to Penn Station in NYC and ride is about 40 minutes. Montclair is culturally diverse, GREAT restaurants, and great school system. There are tons of NYC transplants here. I'd be happy to email you some listings in your price range....you can email or call me any time. JeanneBongo@Prunewjersey.com
There are many areas that will accomodate your needs to the city within one hour. You can search for homes on my website at monmouthoceanmls.com/pamelae. Please call me on my cell phone at 732-236-8608 so I can assist you in a prompt and professional manner. I look forward to hearing from you and best of luck!
Of the three, Basking Ridge is the one with that falls along the train line and so for commuting purposes, I would rank it highest. There are also buses from Basking Ridge, stop very close to the Lyon's Train Station. In Warren or Watchung, you'd pick up the train in Basking Ridge or Millington/Gillette or in all three cases an option is always driving to Summit. My husband drives in every day to lower Manhattan - 78 is a straight shot in, but of course, the commuting time can vary.
Schools are great - you can find info on schools on my website http://www.feenick.com click on School Info, there is a very handy tool that allows you to compare districts, the Star Ledger Interactive School Report. Basking Ridge is rated higher than Wathchung Hills High School (services both Warren and Watchung) but both are top notch - many people move to these communities for the schools. Community is diversified culturally - and all three are affluent.
Now if you decide that a more urban setting is for you, then Westfield, Summit, or Morristown are the chocies. I can help you there as well.
I invite you to visit my website http://www.feenick.com and hope that you will reach out to me - I'd be honored to help you. You'll notice there under Featured Properties that I sold a home right in your range in Westfield earlier this year. This was a couple who's interests evolved - and as they did we shifted our focus - moving from Summit/Millburn - Livingston - Chatham - and then to Westfield. The point is, I'm light on my feet and determined to help my clients find the right home.
Hope to hear from you!
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