I assume you are looking at areas closer to NYC probably for best commute to work.
Hudson county- Jersey city, Hoboken are closest to NYC but these are very urban and have more of condo culture rather and SF homes. However the commute is only 10 min with Path Train.
Essex county- Superb towns, commute is through mid town direct which is generally 30 min train ride or 30 min bus ride to midtown. For downtown you can switch from Hoboken. Town are Montclair( 5 train stations), Glenridge, South Orange, Maplewood, Cedar Grove, Verona, West Orange, Nutley, Bloomfield etc.
Also parts Passaic county eg Clifton & Little falls like Montclair heights section is on the same midtown direct line.
Towns like Summit and Chatham are on midtown direct line which goes vial South Orange and Maplewood towns. But as you go more west commute increases. Sounth Orange is 25-3- Min train ride but Summit is more like 40 mins.
Bergen county - It is mostly bus commute and certain parts you can use Ferry . I am going to be honest that I know a little but not a whole lot about that county.
If there are some specific towns you want to know let me know. Also if tere is anything else apart from commute and Sf homes than I will try and answer to the best of my knowledge.
Take care & good luck.
Are you moving to nJ? I moved from SoCal to the east coast, first CT, and have been on the Jersey shore for several years now. Are you going to be working in NY?
Depending on where in the city you need to commute, you have various options that make for easier transportation. The Jersey shore provides options to commute by ferry, train, and express bus. The ferry commute is about 35-50 minutes, depending upon the points. Ferry departures are out of Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Belford that support the shore areas that are closest to the city. Train and bus service run at or about 1 hour. The shortest commute by ferry is to the downtown area of NY. As a result, a number of commuters to wall street area live on the Jersey shore. Single family homes are avaialbe on lots that are 1/4 of an acre, or smaller. There is definitely a large selection of properties on 1/2 to 1 acre, and 1 acre zoning also. Recreation activities in the area include water activites along the boardwalk and an estensive network of rivers and bays. There are lots of parks for hiking and equine activities are widely found. Strip malls, and shopping malls are found along the major routes, but many of the towns maintain a main street presence. In particular, in this area, Red Bank provides a center for business, social, dining, and performing arts. Several outdoor events are held throughout the year....jazz concerts, car shows, street fairs, tree lighting, etc. Many nearby towns are within the transportation corridors to NYC via train, bus, or ferry. Of course, coming from LA, you can always drive, but.............you might find public transportation prererable to the city.
If you would like to learn more about NJ, please feel free to contact me. We have a snail mail relo kit that includes several maps and community profiles for towns throughout all of NJ. Please let us know if this would be helpful for you.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group
You've gotten some great suggestions from my associates. Obviously we all believe that NJ is a great area. As you've gathered, it's important for you to put together a "wish list" incorporating exactly what you're looking for in terms of access to NYC, budget, schools, taxes, property size, style of home and community, Once you do that, it will be much easier to pinpoint specific areas. NJ is a big place with many options... you have to guide us in terms of what your needs are.
If I can help in any way, you can email me at Caren.Maisel@CBMoves.com
If you'd like to see current sales statistics and school reports email me and I'd be happy to get them right out to you. Good Luck in your search
East Brunswick is off exit 9 of the NJ turnpike, and very easy bus commute and an very easy train commute also. Schools are Blue ribbon and I am 10 minutes form Rutgers and 20 from Princton.. so my kids do not have to go far to be in some of the best schools in the state.
If you would like some information, email me
Thanks for considering NJ as your future home. Marc seems to have hit the "marc" with his response.
I would ask: are u planning on commuting?
NJ has a decent transit system so if those areas are not within your price range or are too densely populated and you don't mind a slightly longer communute, there are areas of Northern Monmouth County (and a little further) Southern Monmouth County that should also be considered.
Good luck! . . . and feel free to post additional information so we can help narrow things down for you.
ff you can define best area,(only access to NYC), or schools, downtown shopping, access to highways, tree lined streets and price range?... I suggest Bergen County --your answers will help me provide the town. Let me know -- do you have a home to sell in LA & what is you timeframe?
I am going to define close to NYC as within a 30 minute drive. If you define it as within 1 hour, than we could expand this list. But if you want a detached house, and want to be within 1/2 hour of Manhattan, you would be talking about the northwestern suburbs, meaning Bergen County. Communities such as Fort Lee, Cliffside Park, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Teaneck, New Milford, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Dumont, Cresskill, Alpine, Haworth, Oradell, Paramus, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, etc. You can also find single family homes in the western suburbs (Hudson County), and southwestern suburbs (Union and Essex Counties), however, density is much higher in those areas and the setting is more urban, with mixed land uses (commercial, industrial, and residential) in closer proximity to each other.
If you would like a sample pack of closed sales in each of these areas to see how far your money will go and what you can expect, contact me through my website and I'll e-mail it to you.