House search in NY or NJ

Asked by Elina, Wed Feb 13, 2013

Hi. My husband and I are looking to buy a house in either NY or NJ with the following criteria:
1. Good schools
2. Good commute to NYC (an hour or maybe 1:15 door to door to wall street)
3. Good environment (air and water quality) For instance, we would not want to live near factories, highways, etc.
4. Taxes under 18K
5. NOT in flood zone A

Any suggestions for towns that meet this criteria?

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Michael Pers…, Agent, Edgewater, NJ
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Move to Bergen county. great towns/ schools. Extreamly accessable to ny and other states. Most buyers move out of ny to Bergen county because of the blue ribbon school districts.

If you need help to make a fully comfortable and confident decision please call me at 201 848 2068 or send me an email at

Continued success,

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Andrew Tisel…, Agent, Clifton, NJ
Thu Feb 14, 2013
plenty of options in NJ. most Northern NJ towns have an easier commute to city than most NY locations
Nutley, Ceder Grove, Verona, Glen Rock, Fairlawn, Paramus and surrounding towns all are know for better school systems. None are flood zones.
no poluting factories in these areas
unless you are looking for a 1 $Million dollar home taxes should be under $18k
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Diane Glander, Agent, Spring Lake, NJ
Wed Feb 13, 2013
You didn't state your budget. South Monmouth County has a few options for you. There are areas of Spring Lake that are not in a flood zone at all and if you go west into Wall Twp, you might find what you want there. Prices will range from $300K in Wall to over 6MM in Spring Lake.
Both towns have excellent schools, public transportation that will get you down town or you can drive.
Check out my website for information on some of our local towns, or run a search from my website or mobile app--text dianeg to 87778 and search away!
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Armin Lusiny…, Agent, Short Hills, NJ
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Elina,
NJtransit (Midtown Direct line) Short Hills/ Millburn - just 35 min to Penn Station/Hoboken
Top notch schools, great downtown. Millburn High School was honored as a Blue Ribbon School in the 2007-08 school year and was named the best high school in the state in the September 2008 and 2010 issues of New Jersey Monthly. Great environment, you can actual enter the South Mountain Reservation as soon as you come of the train in Millburn ;) !

You can find more info about the town of Short Hills/ Millburn and the schools on this page:…

If you are willing to add just 5-15 min to your commute to NYC, look into Summit, Chatham, New Providence all have great schools/downtown/environment. And the further you go the more you get for your money (in terms of property).

Let me know if I could be of any further assistance. Good luck!

Cell: 917-626-9420

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Elsa Felipe…, Agent, Ridgewood, NJ
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Elina,
I live in Ridgewood NJ and I specialize in Bergen County Real estate. This county has several towns with excellent school systems and nice commute to NYC. I invite you to come over to my office or to call me , with just 15 min of your time I will be able to help you find the best town for you and your needs. You can also visit my website where you can find great information about each town, school systems, ratings and up to date information on listings available in the area. Please see what other people say about me in my profile. I will love to help you!
Kind regards, Elsa
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Barbara Ostr…, Agent, Closter, NJ
Wed Feb 13, 2013
You give alot of information in your question, and that is a plus when starting to work with an experienced realtor on your search for a home. However, you left out some key information which I would not put out there publicly, but pick one of the folks who are taking the time to answer this question so you can develop a more in depth relationship with them.

a. How large a home (how many bedrooms and baths)?
b. What is your price range? Have you been preapproved for a mortgage? (An agent can give you some good resources to get started with this.)
c. Do you need proximity to NYC transportation?
d. Are you renting now?

If you wish to look in Bergen County, I would be happy to work with you along with my team! Check out my profile, and feel free to email me directly or give me a call!
My best,
Barbara Ostroth
Coldwell Banker Residential RE/Oradell
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Peter J Roge…, Agent, Mahwah, NJ
Wed Feb 13, 2013
In total your questions are difficult to answer, in part because most of us are only licensed to practice in one state so our knowledge will be concentrated on that state.
Any way lets try slightly out of order
Commuting - I worked on Wall Street and commuted from New Jersey for 20 yrs so I am an old hand. Before that i lived on Long Island and comparing the 2 I would pick New Jersey. Most of Bergen County is close enough to qualify as would Essex county. I lived in Montclair for 10 years and from my house to the World Trade Center was a little over an hour.
Both counties have a web of train lines and express buses although if I am working on Wall Street i am going to prefer the train into Hoboken as the bus wi8ll bring you to the Port Authority in Midtown.
Environment - The tri sate area is very crowded so its almost impossible to be perfect. However with carefull planning you will be far enough away from highways and there is not much industry remaining in the area.
Taxes are going to be high everywhere but did you know your target of $18,000 would cover a house of up to $2,000,000 in a couple of towns but in general would certainly have a ceiling of $1,000,000
Schools In Bergen county a house of $1,000,000 would guarantee you some of the top schools in the state if not the country. the magazine New Jersey Monthly (google it) publishes an annual report of all the high schools in the state with SAT's AP courses and so on.. trust me schools are the least of your worries.
As far as flood zone is concerned through the Mls I have access to the flood maps and before I show a house to anyone I make sure that I check .
To sum up any one of more than a dozen towns in Bergen County would work for you. If you go to my web site there is a search engine there for you to search out towns.Pick a few and we can provide you with detailed information on the items that concern you
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Thank you, Peter. What is the reason you'd choose the commute from Jersey vs Long Island?
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Feb 13, 2013
If interested in the Queens, Nassau and Suffolk area check For school information see links For neighborhood information also check For flood maps see links
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Michele Mess…, Agent, Edgewater, NJ
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hello Elina,

Your questions are valid and there are websites that will easily answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

I can send you a list of websites for your review today.

I would like to send you a list of homes for your review but will need to ask you more about what your looking for comfort wise how many bedrooms, how many baths?

What style of homes do you like?

Also what do you need as a home buyer as a Full Time Realtor I specialize in working with Buyers like yourself.

I cover Bergen and Hudson County but I've also worked in some other areas when I have a repeat clients that prefer if they are relocating to continue working with me.

Feel free to call me today for a discussion about your needs and the services that your looking for from your Realtor...

All the best,
Michele Messina
Re/Max Villa Realtors
932 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
office 201-886-2008 ext 342
mobile 201-970-6064
Serving Bergen and Hudson Counties!
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