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V, Home Buyer in New Jersey

Hi, We've just moved from SoCal and I work near Nutley, NJ. Would love advice on areas for housing.?

Asked by V, New Jersey Thu Feb 21, 2008

We have 2 elementary school age kids and my wife works in the software industry. We would both like to commute no more than 30 minutes and need a town with an excellent school system. We would also like a town with the diversity and urban-ish feel that we are accustomed to. Multi-ethnic cuisine, nearby extra-curricular activities for the kids and convenient shopping would be a plus. We've heard about Bergen county as an option for the schools, from friends who live there, but are open to other areas as well.

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Let's check our dates, boys and girls. This one was from February 2008.

-Marc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
Welcome to New Jersey. I work out of Madison/Chatham. Our community is definitely a commuting one with train stations centrally located in each town. I also cover New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Summit which are also commuting towns. All of these schools are highly rated - in fact in Morris County Chatham and Madison had the highest SAT scores in the county. All of these towns have wonderful downtown areas and you basically can walk to anything you need to reach. I would be more than happy to help you or answer any quesitons you may have.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
You outline a realistic set of issues that should definitely define where you choose to utimately settle and I know I can help you if you wish. I am a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Teaneck, and also live here. I have raised my 4 kids in the Teaneck Public Schools, which were the 1st to voluntarily integrate in the mid-1960's. Teaneck is a very multi-ethnic vibrant community quite close to NYC, and also right next to both the NJ Turnpike and Rt. 80. We have an excellent recreation department, a large public library and lots of activities for kids esp. in sports. Teaneck is filled with many from the arts communities as well, and there are always opportunities for community involvement. There are other communities as well I would recommend -- Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Maywood, etc. -- and I hope you will check out my webpage and give me a call!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 2, 2008
Mitsu,

The shore to Nutley would be an impossibility.

-Marc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2008
Welcome to NJ! I'm a forth generation Californian who now lives on the Jersey Shore. I choose to live here because I love the beach in the summer, the schools are excellent, the town is quiet and almost like “Mayberry”, it is surrounded by two rivers and you can ride your bike to the beach in the summer. Many people commute to NYC on the fast ferry (takes 45 minutes). Not sure about the commute to Nutley, that is something only you can decide. You might want to try to come down during the week to see if these towns are right for you. I would try Red Bank (voted hippest town in New Jersey), Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Oceanport, Middletown, or Monmouth Beach. Please contact me I would love to help you find your dream home. mbutler@gnrgmac.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2008
Marc, I leave for work around 8:00 - 8:15 AM. Thanks for any information you can give me about a commute from the Madison area to Nutley. Our priorities are demographics, school districts, housing quality and commute so we will definitely be researcing the areas mentioned below to narrow down our search. Thanks a lot everyone!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2008
Actually you could do it in 30, maybe 40 at the outside. It depends on what time you leave and which way you go. There are a lot of backroads to avoid traffic jams. Oddly Route 80 is not that bad even during rush hours once you get East of Parsippany. It does back up again as you get towards the GSP but you could hop on 19 South to 3 to avoid that.

What time do you leave in the morning?

While Madison and Chatham would be at the far end of your range, they are beautiful downtowns and the schools can't be beat. Let me know what time you leave and I'll do a test run on my next trip. I've got an appraisal to do in Bloomfield so I could integrate that. Let me know: marc2000@verizon.net

Beyond that, I think eastern Morris County should be considered. Central and western Morris County will be too hard a commute. Marketability, quality of schools, and overall desirability are very high for the towns in eastern Morris County, hence their healthy prices.

If you want a sample pack, just let me know at the e-mail address I gave you above. I'll send out sample packs of closed sales that will show you what you will really pay for various types of homes. Listing prices are all over the map and are not necessarily indicative of the final bottom line.

-Marc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2008
Given time to commute during rush hour I would approximately say @ 45 minute travel time rom Madison to Nutley. Unfortunately many of the internet maps never calculate rush hour traffic time. The Morris County towns would probably average around 30-45 minutes as well in rush hour traffic. Among Morris County you have Montville, Parsippany, East Hanover - (including Whippany and Cedar Knolls which would definitely add on a bit more travel time.) Feel free to contact me directly or post again on Trulia should you have any more questions or if you want me to send you some specific information for any of the towns that interest you. I cover all of Essex Morris and Passaic Counties! Thanks! Good Luck!

Gina Chirico
Sales Associate
PNJP- Caldwell
GinaChirico@PruNewJersey.com
(973) 228-1000 ext 132
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2008
Thanks a lot for all suggestions! The areas below definitely look like they should be part of our search. Marc, Is Madison 30 minutes from Nutley? Folks at work gave me estimates of 60 minutes though google maps says 30 minutes. In addition to Passaic county, would Morris county be a realistic part of our search? In terms of "Location, location, location" which would be your top picks?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2008
Hi V,

Welcome to New Jersey! Several options come to mind, including Ridgewood, Montclair, South Orange, Madison, Summit, Westfield. If you would like a sample pack of homes from each of these locations, just contract me via my website and I can e-mail it to you. You can add additional towns to those suggested here and I'll include them also. Over 20 years of having appraised in every town you might be considering makes me very familiar with a wide variety of areas, so if you have any questions, ask away!

Good luck in your home search!

-Marc
Web Reference: http://www.marcpaolella.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2008
In Bergen County 2 towns that seem to fit your bil are Ridgewood and Glen Rock. THey have nice downtowns and nice schools. Right near Nutley is Montclair with a very urban-ish and hip feel, tons of restaurants, a great downtown, very pedestrian friendly. You can contact the Board of Ed in any town to get all the town info, or you can go to my wehbsite, and get the link from there.

Please contact me with any questions, i specialize in Bergen County and would be very happy to help you find your new home.

Sharon Kozinn
Web Reference: http://www.sharonkozinn.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2008
Welcome to NJ! What is your price range? Have you considered buying in Nutley since you work relatively close to Nutley. Bergen County has many great towns but have you considered Essex County, including but not limited to, Cedar Grove, Verona, the Caldwells, Roseland? There is also Passaic County, including but not limited to Little Falls, Wayne? I'd be happy to send you some property information along with town and school information for any towns which you are interested in. My contact information is below. I'm assuming as of now you are renting? What schools are your children attending at this point?
Good Luck!

Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
PNJP-Caldwell
(973) 228-1000 ext 132
GinaChirico@PruNewJersey.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 21, 2008
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