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Rmm, Home Buyer in South Brunswick, NJ

Thinking about buying in Bergen County, NJ - need help on shortlisting good neighbourhoods

Asked by Rmm, South Brunswick, NJ Sat Dec 15, 2007

I work in NYC and am planning to relocate from South Brunswick. We are looking for somewhat a newer house (not older than 10-15 years) and the commute to NYC/Jersey City should not be more than 45min. I am also open to look into Montclair/Summit/MapleWood etc. where the neighbourhood is decent and the commute is not bad.

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HI, Rmm
I think, I have the best answer for you
I own A brand new house in Fair lawn, Bergen County.House built in 2006. 4BR, 3.5 Bath, 2 kitchen, 3 floors all hard wood floors and marble. Excllent location to meet your need.5 mintues walking distance to
train station ( NYC). 15 mint. driving to NYC.walking distance to schools.shopping , parks.
Fair Lawn is one of the best town in Bergen County, clean ,safe, best school system in Bergen County.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 27, 2008
Why buy now?
Prices in that area aren't just dropping, they are falling off a cliff....You should read this article about what happened the last time there was a recession and its effect on housing in that area:
http://www.nymag.com/news/features/43574/index.html

Here's an excerpt from the article:
"Across town at Tudor City, owner Time Equities couldn't cover the complex's underlying mortgage and taxes (not to mention utility bills and staff costs), and ended up giving it away, unit by occupied unit, in a jaw-dropping fire sale: In 1992, if the new owner were willing to assume the accrued debts, a Tudor City one-bedroom could be had for $3,500. In the East Village, Lower East Side, Upper West Side, and Harlem, people abandoned buildings outright"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
I live and work in Bergen County. It's a GREAT place to live. A note about the commute: for the majority of bergen county gets into the city via bus rather than train. I am in Teaneck. The communities around me are all bus areas. There are train stations in Hackensack and River Edge. These trains run down to the Jersity City/Hoboken area.

When property shopping online make sure you check out NJ Transit as well.

Along route 4, there is a $1 van service. It is faster and less expensive than NJ transit. You can ride a "van" into George Washington Bus Station. From there you would take the subway to your desired location.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2008
Hi Rmm,

You've mentioned some pretty good towns. Montclair and/or Little Falls are probably the best for commute by train. There's also Bloomfield - there's a light rail in Bloomfield (closer to the Bloomfield Avenue section). Nutley, Clifton, Cedar Grove or Verona offer bus service and/or are close enough to get to the neighboring town train station like Little Falls Great Notch train station. Glen Ridge and West Orange (and the south end of Montclair) have jitneys that go to the train stations. NJ Transit website is pretty thorough and helpful so perhaps you want to take a look and narrow it down from there. I can provide you some helpful information in comparing the towns of your interest and providing you information on the homes available in the areas. Contact me directly and I'll send it to you. Good Luck.

Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
PNJP-Caldwell
973-228-1000 ext 132
GinaChirico@PruNewJersey.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 9, 2008
Wyckoff is a wonderful family town with many NYC professional living here. It is about a half an hour commute to the city and is a wonderful place to live! The home prices range anywhere from $600,000 to Four miliion dollars. You will get a very modest house for the lower end of that spectrum. If you have children or are planning to it has an unbelievable school system and many local eateries and shopping. In the Knolls area is where you want to be to be close to everything! Hope I helped with your home search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 9, 2008
I live and work in Bergen County and was about to answer based on that however after reading further I see that you are also considering the Montclair area. The commute to NYC/JC is a direct shot from the Montclair /Clifton area and there are some amazing values there. There are some very expensive sections as well as less desirable areas however I have clients who live there and work in the city and the commute is what makes it ideal. I'd be happy to share more info on this area as well as Bergen County if interested. My email is divanov@tocr.com
Web Reference: http://www.tocr.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 28, 2008
Having lived in the brunswick area(I'm a Rutgers Alum) and in Bergen county, I can tell you that your desired price range will greatly dictate what you are after as well as number of beds and baths. There are some great townhome communities, but I'm not sure if that is what you are looking for. If you can give me some of the above information, I'm sure myself and others can help you better. The truth is, there are lots of great neighborhoods in the areas you describe, which is why they are pricier markets. It's all about location. When you can commute easily to the city and have nice communities, the market can be more stable then other parts of the state and country.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 16, 2007
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