Just as with any town it may have more or less what you are looking for. Raritan is a great commuter town I lived in Neighboring Bridgewateer for sometime, and as mentioned schools are outstanding. It has a great mainstreet and access to just about everything you need large malls in area great parks all the advantages of a small town but with everything within a 10 minute drive.
Best thing about raritan is you don't need to drive, Mainstreet has it all. + walk to the train They are strong in tradition with Parades saluting a local hero. Everyone is different in their needs and if taxes is what has you worried maybe the cost can be offset by the easier access " walk " to the train as compared to buying a parking pass which can be expensive anywhere.
If you like to talk about the area feel free to contact me my office is right down the road from there
Raritan Township is further from NYC, encompassing the town of Flemington. Also very charming, with a great school system, but rather high taxes. I won't go into it further until you let me know which one you were originally asking about.
Raritan Boro - my partner and I have an ADORABLE and affordable brick townhouse on our website, very convenient location for a commuter, that you might be interested in seeing. You can see it on our website.
Good luck to you and please contact me if I can be of any assistance.
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Raritan and Bridgewater are just a bit too far for any of our buyer agents to cover. We do service Matawan, Hazlet, Aberdeen, Cliffwood, Keyport which are too far from the towns you mentioned. Many NYC commuters live in the towns I mentioned. If you have any consideration of looking south in lieu of west, we would be glad to provide information.
Perhaps an agent from Raritan or Bridgewater will chime in and be able to respond about those areas.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group