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Hi there - I can help you with communities along the 78 corridor - that would include Summit which is a great town with a suburban/urban flair with access to transportation, dining and shopping - a great community - a great commute to the city. Nearby Millburn/Short Hills is gorgeous and offers terrific schools as well. Much will depend on your budget as these towns are pricey. As you head west, you get more for your money, but the tradeoff is increased commuting time. But the communites along 78 are filled with commuters so it surely is doable.
My husband and I moved out to NJ from NYC about 15 years ago - settled in Warren, NJ which is lovely and you certainly will get more for your money here but the commute is longer - to our east is Watchung (smaller than Warren, shares High Schools), and across 78 is Basking Ridge - great town with access to train and buses -- good schools all around. A bit east is Berkeley Heights and New Providence - popular commuting towns as well. And then there is Chatham - who doesn't love Chatham? I would describe it as quaint for sure - great town. If you send me a bit more info, I'll be happy to send you a gallery of homes in various communities that fit your parameters to give you a feel for what you'll find here.
There's some good links to school and commuting info on my website - you can also search for properties there and reach me directly.
Welcome to NJ! As for Long Island, I always thought of it as very congested, but it is lovely. But I've never lived there myself so I can't offer you much help there.
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