Shelia, Home Buyer in

how is the commute from chester, nj to mahwah, nj?

Asked by Shelia, Mon Feb 4, 2008

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the commute would be horrible. Anyone who is saying it wont be obviously hasn't taken the trip or they are traveling at off hours. if you have a job 8 or 9am to 5 to 7pm your in for it. how do i know? I DO IT NOW and I am moving out of Chester ASAP.

good luck. take it from me, not a realtor selling houses in Chester.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 21, 2009
Not to be too negative but the commute would be horrendous. An alternative to Chester is Boonton Township.
And now the towns on the Rte 287 are more reasonable than past years.

Here is an excellent tool to help in your market research of the towns along 287, north of Morristown


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 7, 2009
Sorry Jason,

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...
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 11, 2008
I used to travel from Denville to Wayne taking 287 North. I found it to be quite relaxing. Easy commute with beautiful vistas. You will probably complete your trip in less than 50 minutes. Happy motoring.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 11, 2008
287 from Chester toward Edison, the shore, Staten Island is a nightmare.

287 from Chester North is quite manageable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 7, 2008
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
287 is a nightmare in the summer and at rush hour!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 6, 2008
Hi Ashley, I live in eastern morris county...look for a home in montville or pompton plains...two very beautiful towns. I travel throughout NJ, NY and CT on a daily basis and the commute north on 287 from here is very easy!!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 4, 2008
Hi Ashley, I am an attorney who lives in Chester and I used to commute to Mahwah before going into private practice. There is no way you will ever make that commute in 35-40 minutes. Everyone knows the back roads. It will take at least an hour, and it's a miserable drive. 287 is never, ever "a breeze." Either move to Bergen county, or find a job in Morris!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2008
Hi Ashley,

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!

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