Glad you will be joining us in the NYC area, I hope you are looking forward to your move to the east coast. I'm sorry to say but "door to door" in 30 minutes without living in the city is almost impossible and finding an apartment in Manhattan for $500 per sq foot is next to impossible, however there are some outlying boroughs and areas where the the commute is less than others. Westchester is an option, via express train it takes about a half hour more or less but when you factor in the time that it takes to get to the train and then the subway ride after you have arrived in the city you end up with roughly an hour commute. There are parts of New Jersey where you can come in by either Ferry or Path train into the World Trade center...again the minimum time all in is going to be roughly an hour. So no matter how you slice it, if you want to live in the suburbs then you are looking at about an hour commute via public transportation minimum. That being said I work with one of the largest most experienced professional network of Realtors in the NYC area and can help to make your transition easy and drama free. If you would like to talk a little more about your impending move and how I can assist please feel free to contact me at any time.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson