good luck. take it from me, not a realtor selling houses in Chester.
And now the towns on the Rte 287 are more reasonable than past years.
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Hate to disagree with you, but I go north on 287 during the rush hour at least twice a week. And it's definitely breezin'. No traffic at all north of 80, a tiny bit once in a while as you reach Mahwah, but nothing to get excited about. And as far as backroads, NOBODY knows the backroads I use. Beautiful country roads that totally eliminate the Rockaway to Boonton bottleneck and deposit you gently on 287 North where you can either 1) continue North to Mahwah at 65+/- MPH, or my favorite (2) stop for coffee at the Dunkin Donuts in the A&P Plaza, THEN continue North to Mahwah at 75+/- MPH.
For a hefty fee, I'll divulge my shortcut, but if I catch you driving in front of me...
That would not be a terrible commute. The general direction of traffic during the morning rush is North to South. There are several excellent backroads that you could take to get to Route 287, then it would be pretty much a breeze from there.
Normal drive time to Mahwah from Chester is about 35-40 minutes.
I live in the area and know some excellent backroad shortcuts to take, especially if there is a traffic problem. Contact me through my website if you want to know about that.
Also, I am a member of both the Garden State MLS that services Chester and the New Jersey MLS that services Mahwah. So if you have any questions about real estate in either area, again, check out my profile and if you like, contact me through my website.
Good luck with your home search Ashley!