General Area in Branchburg>Question Details

Kevin, Home Buyer in New Jersey

Where to go in Hunterdon & Somerset counties in NJ?

Asked by Kevin, New Jersey Tue Nov 11, 2008

My wife and I both work in Jersey city and are looking to move to Hunterdon or Somerset counties along 78. We're looking for the low-down on some towns that would cater to 35-40 yr old parents with 2 young children. We want a newer home, quiet, scenic, and yet not feel like we're in the sticks and hopefully keep that commute under an hour. Yes, we've heard of Hillsborough, Branchburg, Pittstown, Readington, Clinton but what can someone really tell us about them in terms of commute, general nature of people (my wife hears of “hicks” in certain areas from co-workers), shopping, to-do, daycare, etc.

Help the community by answering this question:


Hi Kevin:

I have lived in this particular area since 1985 and am very familiar with it. I'm not quite sure what your wife's co-workers are referring to when they mention people in this area being "hicks". If you have been looking in this area, I am sure that you can see it is generally a high-priced market where the "hicks" comment comes from is beyond me.

Clinton, Readington, Bridgewater, Basking Ridge.....these towns are all convenient to Route 78. They are largely comprised of younger families, such as yourself. Shopping is plentiful in all of these areas and the Liberty Village Outlets are in nearby Flemington. There is a multitude of day care options available from standard "in-home" daycare to much pricier "Montessori School". Feel free to call me at: 908-268-2124 or e-mail me at:
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 11, 2008
Realistically, from Readington, Clinton, Pittstown areas, you are looking at a 45 minute to 1 hour commute on a good day. As you get closer east, of course the amount of time will decrease. I have lived in both Somerset and Hunterdon Counties since 1986 and would never live anywhere else. This part of NJ is the BEST kept secret out there!

We have shopping outlets, malls, public transportation etc. I don't quite know what your wife's co-workers definition of "hicks" is but it does not refer to people living in these areas. The school systems in these areas are among the tops in the state.

Please feel free to contact me by phone or text (908-334-8010) so we can discuss the subject further. I would hate for you to miss out on a wonderful opportunity for your family because of the comments of a select few.

Carol Taylor
Clinton, NJ 08809
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
Hi Kevin, my husband and I made a similar transition to the one you are considering about 15 years ago (ouch! - hard to believe its been so long!). We ended up in Warren (Somerset County) which lies between exits 36 and 33 on 78 and decided on a neighborhood close to the highway which made access to the highway terrific. My husband continues to commute into the city everyday - and generally chooses to use 78 to be "in control" of his commute. Neighboring communities include Watchung - just to our east, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville,Green Brook, Long Hill (Morris County). You'd be in good shape from any of these commuting wise. You've got great access to highways and trains, and buses. You'll find most price points in all of these communities - primarily single family homes but also townhomes in several of them as well.

A little further out and you come to Bridgewater - commute will be longer, prices will be lower. There is one section of Bridgewater that lies right on the Warren border - Martinsville - you'll find some new-er townhomes, but the homes will be older. Near the Bridgewater mall are new-er homes, but the living is pretty dense - quarter acre lots or less are quite common.

Your money will buy you more for sure as you head west, but you'll be adding to your commute. I just sold a couple that started their search in Bridgewater a home in Clinton - their search evolved and they ultimately liked the larger home and larger lot they were able to buy in Clinton. But for them, the commute worked, because they only had to get as far as Warren to work. Just did some looking with a couple in Pittstown - yes, a more rural feel. Not so with Hillsborough, it is more dense. Branchburg is just past Bridgewater - feeds into Somerville High School.

Although your children are young, schools will likely figure into your decision-making - you can find school info at my website - just click on the School Info link. I find that many buyers I work with like to create a spread sheet to organize their thoughts/priorities - may help as you frame your search - obvious categories - Commute, Schools, Price, Home Features....

I'm familiar with all of these area - it is not uncommon for buyers to move through the communities along the 78 corridor as they pull their search into focus. It's a journey I've taken often and one I'd be honored to accompany you on. You can find me - and search freely all listings on the Garden State MLS - at my website You can also reach me easily via Trulia.

Jeannie Feenick
Search and connect at
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 16, 2009
Real Estate Home Listings along Route 78 in Warren & Hunterdon Counties, NJ
Written by Jean Villa, Agent in Stewartsville
April 29, 2009 10:15 AM Home Buying
No comments1 viewWould you like to find a home along Route 78 in Warren or Hunterdon County, NJ? See the listings at and call Jean Villa, Weichert Realtors 908-319-9556 with any questions.

Also see for homes in Stewartsville, NJ 08886.

Also see for homes in Bloomsbury, Asbury / Bethlehem Twp, Franklin Twp, Lopatcong Twp, Milford / Holland Twp, Clinton&more!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 29, 2009
Hey Kevin-
I think i know what you are looking for. I specialize in people coming from a more urban area. The area I work is home to many that were in your situation. It is a very chic area, which will provide great upscale restaurants, cafes, and shopping. I work very close to the Short Hills mall, which is the #1 mall in America. Because of fair housing laws, I cannot really comment about "hicks", but I would love for you to take a trip and experience Maplewood and South Orange for yourself. Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Peter DeCicco
Direct: 973-913-1013
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 12, 2008
Hi Kevin, I just spent the afternoon with a couple that is looking at homes in Clinton Township in Hunterdon County - around exit 20 on 78. You can get a good bit more for your money there - as compared to communities further east. There are some great choices all along 78 - I live in Warren (Somerset County) and commuted into the city for 14 years - my husband still does. We live very close to the highway entrance which made it very workable for us. As you travel west, Watchung is the first community where things start to open up and you'll see larger lots. Warren is the next community along the way, and Basking Ridge is just on the other side of the highway. Long Hill Township is right there is well - although in Morris County - but feeds into Watchung Hills High School along with Warren, Watchung and Green Brook. Basking Ridge is a bit pricier. All of these are very nice communities, loaded with commuters to the city like yourself. Basking Ridge and Long Hill have train stations. Bridgewater is the next stop along the way - it is a vast community. Then comes Branchburg and on you go. I know the area well. What makes sense to you will depend on the feel of the different your communities, your budget and how long of a commute you can stomach.

As far as the feel of the area - we moved here from Brooklyn about 15 years ago. We've lived in Warren the whole time but many of my kids activities found us spending loads of time in Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, and beyond. I'd be happy to share my perspective and knowledge and to assist you as you get your arms around our area.

You can find me online at Let me hear from you - via my website, send me an email or call me direct at 908-337-0943.

Jeannie Feenick
Weichert Realtors
Search and connect at
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 11, 2008
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2016 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer