Can you recommend nice NJ areas to raise a family but not too costly?

Asked by Shani, Brooklyn, NY Thu May 14, 2009

I am looking for a single family brick home in a residential nj area to raise young kids (1yr & 3yr) and have to commute to Downtown NY for work. What areas can you recommend? price range 200-400K.

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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Fri Dec 10, 2010
Sally - if you check the date under the bold part of the question, you will see that Shani asked this question in May, 2009 - over 1.5 years ago.

I would think she has already moved.
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Sally TAN ZA…, , Ocean County, NJ
Fri Dec 10, 2010
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Vishal Maher…, , New Jersey
Sun Mar 14, 2010

Will be more than happpy to assist you If you are still looking.
My cell# 732-277-9321.

Vishal Maher
Richa Realty
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Dec 13, 2009
Shani - you asked this question back in May - so tell us, did you buy a home, and if so, where??

Best wishes.....
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Eileen Campos, Agent, Iselin, NJ
Sun Dec 13, 2009
The Woodbridge area would be a great location to raise children, since the school system has a great rating. Also in your price range you will find many lovely homes and the commute is a reasonable time to travel after a hard day at work. Just, let me know when you're ready to look!
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John Zennario, Agent, Woodbridge, NJ
Sat Aug 15, 2009
I have 2 Ideas, South Amboy NJ and Woodbridge Township since the are located along the New Jersey Transit line and offer an easy commute to NYC. Each of these towns has home in your range
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Warren, NJ
Mon May 18, 2009
Hi Shani, I just assisted a couple who explored both Somerset and Morris Counties - they too were from Brooklyn - and have settled in very happily in Morris Township. This area offers the advantage of being close to Morristown which is a large urban/suburban community and a transporation hub.

They also liked Somerset County very much -- for the additional open space that you generally find here. As you travel out 78, Watchung is the point that you get more land for your money. I would suggest Bridgewater here in Somerset County as a community that you should consider - many housing choices in different price ranges - from condos/townhomes to single family homes. Basking Ridge is a great community as well - terrific schools, close to highways, two train stations and bus service, but the prices are higher. Warren Township is just across 78, it too attracts many folks moving from the city, as does neighboring Watchung and Long Hill Township.

Another option is Scotch Plains/Fanwood, neighbor to Westfield, which is a another "hot" urban/surbanban community. While Westfield is pricey, Scotch Plains and Fanwood are more reasonable. Proximity to Westfield is a plus, train station right in Fanwood is great, schools are good, communities are popular and homes are moving well there. There's options to explore here in all price points. This too is an area that is attracting a lot of interest now - I've got a number of buyers - several of which have originated right here on Trulia, that are looking in this area with me now.

I'd be honored to help you explore your options. You can reach me via Trulia or find me online at

Jeannie Feenick
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Tara Sheng, , 07046
Thu May 14, 2009
Hi Shani, that is an excellent question since so many of the most "family friendly" areas are very expensive. I agree that Morris County is a wonderful place...I have lived in Essex & Bergen Counties, Brooklyn, and Manhattan myself so know all the areas quite well. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail, or phone, 862-242-0688 to discuss things further and ask any other questions you have. Also, you will find ample information about every town from my website, Enjoy your search & let me know when you're ready to look!
Best wishes,
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Jeffrey Halp…, Agent, Hopatcong, NJ
Thu May 14, 2009
Dear Shani:
Welcome to Trulia.
Have you considered Morris County. Great quality of life, good schools, lots for kidstuff (I have 2 myself), and affordable. There is also easy train access NY direct to Penn Station.
Please call me or visit my website for a snapshot of the area I love and all your property searches.
Good luck!
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