What are the best NJ towns to live in that have a great atmosphere and things to do?

Asked by Andrew, Hoboken, NJ Thu May 14, 2009

I am a 30 year old first time home buyer - I currently live in Hoboken, NJ by way of Long Island and enjoythe lifestyle (bars, restaurants, shops, closeness to 'things') - what are some suburban towns in NJ that resemble Hoboken in the sense of having some of those above qualities? Any input as to best towns in NJ?

Thanks in advance!

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Aj Zaki, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Sat May 16, 2009
Hi Andrew
Consider Montclair,it is a great town,I lived there for a few years this town offers so much ,I agree with the previous answers about Montclair.

Good Luck
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Jan 19, 2014
Since Andrew posted this in May, 2009, I would hope he is happily living in his chosen town by now.....for several years already.
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Niverville, Home Buyer, 12130
Sun Jan 19, 2014
We adore our life in North Bergen, which we were completely unaware of until a friend of ours, a PBS producer, got priced out of his NYC apartment and moved here. We loved his new place so much we started a home hunt here ourselves. We bought a small condo on Braddock Park, and our morning view is the park with its marble arches...and just behind, a full sized city lake with spectacular views of the NYC skyline. When we go to NYC, we walk 3 minutes to the bus stop (also with breathtaking NYC views), hop on a bus, and if it's not rush hour, we're at Port Authority on 42nd Street in 20 minutes. (If it is rush hour, it can take 45 minutes or more.) Our daughter, who lives in the East Village, takes about 18 minutes to reach the same destination. To our right, we can reach the Edgewater stores, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, in 3-5 minutes; on the left, we have the Bergenline with its funkier, more authentic and usually independent ethnic businesses and restaurants. We're NJ all right, but it feels like a burrough of NYC but for a fraction of the cost. Good, quiet neighbors in our building, too.
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Raquel Shar…, Agent, Hoboken, NJ
Mon Mar 8, 2010
Edgewater, Bayonne and Englewood. All of these towns are close to NYC and are great areas to live in. Life is a little slower there but if you need to be bothered with the hustle and bustle it's not to far away.


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Hello, my husband and I are planning to move to Northern New Jersey. We are looking for an apt or house that has at least 2 bedrooms. We are also hoping to stay on the outskirts of Paterson. What surrounding cities would you best recommend that may be a little safer than Paterson?
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Mike Linkena…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Thu Nov 12, 2009
Is money an object? Choosing a price range certainly will make some difference.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Nov 1, 2009
Well, Andrew, since your question was 'activated" by a recent repsonse, please tell us - what you decided? You posted this question back in May, almost 6 months ago..........are you settled in anywhere yet...and if so, where did you wind up?

Best wishes
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Mina Lum, , Hudson County, NJ
Sun Nov 1, 2009

Ok. A lot of towns have already been mentioned...Westfield, Montclair, Morristown, etc. I have a home in Hoboken and in Morris County. I agree with several of the previous agents with regard to Morristown being very similar to Hoboken e.g., Cluck U is in town (and it was there first!). It is surrounded by a number of very nice areas that may be more affordable then towns further north e.g., Westfield, Montclair, etc. And, since I do know both markets I believe Morris County is a great investment. You can get a nice home with a yard and a garage for similar prices in Hoboken as well as good schools. (You don't mention kids but always good to plan for the future...and good schools increase the value of your investment immediately!) All this being said, I'm not sure I read anywhere in your write up or replies about where you work, how far you want to commute (do you mind a longer commute to get "quality of life"?), etc.

I work with my clients very closely and make sure that there's constant communication and understanding of what the client wants. It is my job to assure that the client finds what he/she is looking for and that is my expertise. I am the advisor, r/e expert, etc., and I will help you! I hope this information is helpful to you. If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Good luck!!!
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Anne Shearman, , Morris County, NJ
Wed Jul 15, 2009
Hi Andrew,

Morristown is at the end of their 10 year plan and looks good for improvement of services....yesterday free concert and food at Community Theatre ! Walking town with lots to do

Madison is developing some nice housing for singles and downtown life, Farmers Market in town, restaurants & Jazz , walking friendly.

Come & I will give you a tour of both areas....
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Ruth Bonapace, , 07030
Sun Jul 12, 2009
South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair are a great start if you want a Hoboken-like suburb, especially if you commute by train (South Orange is very quick) Taxes are high, though. There are also areas of NYC you might want to consider, like Ridgewood, Queens and Astoria.
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Marilyn Hold…, Agent, Westfield, NJ
Mon Jun 29, 2009

I'd suggest that you consider both Westfield and Cranford. At most Open Houses
that I host, we usually get someone from Hoboken that comes through.

Visit both of these towns some weekend -- there is always something going on
-- plus they have vibrant downtowns, shopping, restaurants, movie theaters,
parks, etc. They are both on the Raritan Valley Train line and they both have
top-rated public school systems.

Please contact me if I can be of further help to you in exploring these two options.
I can send you additional info on these towns or others in Union County.

Marilyn Holda-Fleck
Prudential New Jersey Properties -- Westfield
Cell: 908-456-0779
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Scott Allan, Agent, Ft. Myers, FL
Sun Jun 28, 2009
Montclair, Rutherford, Morristown in that order. Great towns, great schools, and extremely close to anything. Check out http://www.NewJerseyRealEstateGuys.com and check out some web pages for relocation.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Wed Jun 24, 2009
Hi Andrew

You already have a lot of good input here, so I don't want to duplicate what had already been said.

I would add Morristown to the growing list of possibilities. I have a son around your age, and when he was still living in the area, he used to find a lot of places to "hang" in Morristown. It also has the train to the city, as well as proximity to major highways - great shops and restaurants, too..

To sum it up - keep these towns in mind: Montclair, Morristown, S. Orange - notice they are all "train" towns, which seem to add a certain vribrant atmosphere to what they offer.

I would be happy to send you some listings, as I cover all those towns - and speak more specifically if you'd like.

As I am sure you know, as a 1st time buyer (as long as you meet the income requirements) you may receive up to an $8000 tax credit if you close on a home by Dec. 1, 2009.

Good luck in whatever you decide!
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Jacqueline W…, , 07030
Wed Jun 24, 2009
Check out Red Bank- it has the best of both worlds. I see tons of young couples and young singles that are starting to get over Hoboken, but they still want a short commute to the city (Red Bank is around 40min) and a walkable town. Red Bank provides both of those- with the beach also in close proximity!
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sat May 16, 2009
Hi Andrew, I'll take a stab at this one - gravitate to the communities that are more metro/suburban so you find the energy and activy level you like - I'd include Morristown (which circles out from town center into various communities and many price points), Westfield (Scotch Plains its neighbor is more affordable), Summit, and Chatham and Madison.

And my suggestion - stick to your guns. When my husband and I moved out from the city we were so disciplined about communities of interest and then in one crazy weekend an agent swooped us away from our plan, took us further west than we had ever intended to go. It has worked out ok for us, but I promise my buyers never to take them off course. Your search will evolve but on factors that mean the most, like lifestyle considerations - don't let an agent eager for a sale pull you off course.

These are all great and "hot" towns - enjoy your search - I'd be happy to help - you can reach me via Trulia and also find me online at http://www.feenick.com

Jeannie Feenick
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Tara Sheng, , 07046
Fri May 15, 2009
Hi Andrew, your question is excellent...it's always good to know what you like in order to best find an area where you'll be happiest in your new home! What I always recommend is to go out and drive around the different towns. Get a coffee, peruse the shops, grab a bite to eat, etc in a town you are considering. That is the best way to "get a feel" for the area. I have lived in Bergen, Essex, and Morris Counties and very much enjoyed the lifestyles in Fort Lee, Edgewater, Montclair, Denville, Boonton, Pompton Plains... I find Morris County to be most affordable as well...something to think about. Please feel free to take a look at my website TaraDreamHomes.com to see more information & photos of different towns. If I can be of any more assistance, please feel free to contact me by phone 862-242-0688 or e-mail tsheng@weichert.com Good luck & talk to you soon!
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Diane Glander, Agent, Spring Lake, NJ
Fri May 15, 2009
Don't leave Red Bank out of the mix. It's close to the beach, too!
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Sloan Berman, Agent, Montclair, NJ
Thu May 14, 2009
Hi Andrew-

I am by way of Long Island as well and I agree with the answers so far. Montclair, where I live and work, has a young vibe to it as well as being a great town to raise a family. It's got quality restaurants of all ethnicities, bars, clubs, theaters and movie theaters, music venues, galleries, museums, gyms, five different shopping areas, and a lot more parking than Hoboken! It's 12 miles west of NYC and has the MIdtown-Direct Train and frequent bus service into the city.

I'd also add Glen Ridge (which doesn't have all of the above but is next to Montclair and shares our entertainment, culture and shopping), South Orange and Maplewood to the list.

Call or email me if you have any other questions or if I can be of further assistance.


Sloan Berman
Schweppe Burgdorff ERA Realtors
973-509-3970 office
862-368-4963 cell
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Andres Garcia, Agent, Hoboken, NJ
Thu May 14, 2009

We have an upcoming Moving to the 'burbs event that you might want to check out. If you're thinking about moving out of Hoboken and into the 'burbs then you don't want to miss this event! There will be over 15 different towns represented by RE/MAX sales associates from all over NJ, included all of the towns mentioned so far.

You'll be able to speak with a service professional on fixing you credit score, attorney representation and other important topics. Plus you can also listen to an educational short session on different topics such as first time buyers - what you should know, distressed properties - short sales and foreclosures, moving up and mortgages - dealing with home sale contingency contracts and how to handle selling your place while buying another... This great event is catered and hosted by RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty and Pinnacle Mortgage, Inc. The event is FREE! Sign up at:


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andres Garcia
Sales Associate, CDPE
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty
56 Newark Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Direct: 201 795-5200 x340
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Walter Burns, Agent, Hoboken, NJ
Thu May 14, 2009

Most of the people who move out of Hoboken look in the following towns: Montclair (as previously mentioned), Ridgewood, Westfield, Summit, Chatham, Madison, Red Bank, & Princeton. All of these towns have a town center with shopping and restaurants/bars. They are all on the train line to NYC.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I'll be happy to assist.

All the best in your home search,

Walter J. Burns
Weichert Realtors
1 Newark St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
201-653-8488 Ext: 230
201-694-8946 Mobile
201-653-4154 Fax
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Jeffrey Boge…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Thu May 14, 2009
You might want to consider Montclair as it is a very walkable town, has bus as well as midtown direct train access. This is a diverse community with many shops, parks, restaurants and cultural events in an around the area. The signs along the Bloomfield Ave restaurant/shopping corridor "Where the city meets the suburbs" I like to call the area the UrbanBurbs myself. You might want to visit http://www.Baristanet.com or http://www.shoplocalmontclair.com

Any other questions feel from to reach out and I will be happy to answer them.
Web Reference:  http://www.burbtimes.com
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