Hi Alun, Jeannie Feenick back as promised with a bit more detail on the choices you may have in your price range in these two terrific communities. An important consideration as you begin your search is that you will face compromises - you are right to focus on factors that affect value and resale, but as you'll see the ideal is difficult to achieve. As you move through the process, your priorities will become clear and you will recognize that the home that best meets them is the one for you. Because in the end, this is your home!
Both Chatham and Millburn are older communities, developed along the train lines. Bedroom, bath and garage count will vary.
Let's start with Chatham - I've included both Borough and Township in the count:
4 Bedroom minimum, 2 full bath minimum, max list price: $750,000 (assuming some room for negoation): 8 homes availabe, 5 with a 2 car garage, 3 with 1; Same search, but removing the bath count: opens up a bit to 14 homes on the market; Moving down to 3 bedroom minimum, removing bath & garage limitation: 47 homes available.
Now on to Millburn: 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, max list price $750,000: 8 homes, 2 with 2 car garages, the others with 1; Same search, remove bathroom limitation: 9 homes; 3 bedroom minimum, no restriction on baths or garage: 22 homes available.
I'd be honored to assist you Alun. You can reach me via my website http://www.feenick.com,
via email firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 908-337-0943.