$230,000 is not sufficient for a decent detached home in Clifton. At that price level, you are going to be looking at disappointing handyman specials and foreclosures. Around $250,000 to $275,000 you might see a few houses that would be marginally suitable, but most of them will need work or be located in busy areas. I would say $325,000 is the starting point for some really nice little homes that are in move-in condition and in quiet neighborhoods in Clifton. A good way to find out if you can live in an area based on your budget is to go on realtor.com and see what's available in your price range. The check the aerial photos with Google maps to see what's around the area. Good luck!
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
There are approximately 73 listings currently available in Clifton at or below your price point. Of the 73 approximately 20 are already in Attorney Review. The market is moving quickly. I am experienced in Short Sales and properties requiring renovation. New listings come on the market daily and I am confident that I would be able to help you find something that would be within your budget and meet your requirements. I would be happy to help you, give me a call.
I tried to keep an open mind and re-ran everything under $250,000 in a single family detached home search. They were all one or more of the following:
1) Poor condition
2) Short sales being sold "as-is" aka needing lots of work
3) Foreclosures in poor condition
4) Busy roads/commercial uses
I can only re-conclude that $230,000 is not enough money for this market, and it's not close. Just being honest.