I live right by the mall. Most homes are newer and I like it. The commute to NYC is a little bit longer, as its closer to New Jersey than Brooklyn. The x17 (the x17A and x17C) has a route that goes through Brooklyn to NYC and it also has a line, the limited x17J, that goes through New Jersey and then onto the Lincoln Tunnel to midtown. Its nice to have that option. As a daily commuter, there frequently seems to be backups on the highways. If you'd like to be closer to the railroad, its quite a bit farther, so not really conducive to taking the SI Ferry, as its on the other side of the island, but can still be gotten to taking a local bus if need be.
If you like to shop, its great. We have a newer Trader Joe's down the block from me, as is Barnes and Noble. Stop n Shop is quite close, as is Best Buy and many other stores and good places to eat.