I am looking to buy a house for $500,000-$550,000 somewhere between Fair Lawn and Ramapo.

Asked by Nick, Fair Lawn, NJ Wed Jan 9, 2008

I am looking to buy a house for $500,000-$550,000 somewhere between Fair Lawn and Ramapo, NJ... Small, 3-4 bedrooms, in 5 to 7 months time frame. What town would be the best choice for me? The important factors: public schools rating, decent neighborhood, proximity to: schools, NJ Rail Road (to Hoboken), Ramapo College, parks and maybe Ridgewood “downtown”. And, definitely, the best value for the money, however prefer smaller but in better condition over larger but older building. Currently renting in Fair Lawn (lease until August), and love it (not as Ridgewood though), but would like to have shorter commute for my wife to Ramapo.

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Rebecca Boom…, Agent, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Sun Jan 13, 2008
Hi Nick,

I'm a Realtor in NW Bergen County. The towns of Mahwah, Ramsey, and Oakland would suit you well on all counts. The college is just a few miles away, and you have town parks, as well as, large county parks nearby, which are graced by the Ramapo River and Ramapo Mountain Forest with wonderful hiking trails and beauty. Ramsey has a very charming village, Oakland has a small village that the town is hoping to develop further and enhance, and Mahwah has no central village, but has many conveniences and shopping areas. Major shopping is within minutes and major thoroughfares make the area very accessible for a short commute. The schools rank very high. Mahwah and Ramsey have train stations, not far from the college. Oakland is 15 minutes away from a station and has express bus service directly to the city, daily. In each of these towns you could purchase a small colonial, split- level, or bi-level home of 3-4 bedrooms with a garage on a .25 acre with taxes between $5,000 - 8,000. per year. For detailed reports on each of these and other communities, listings of homes, and links to comparing the school rankings visit my website at http://www.BeckyBoomsma.com. If you'd like any additional or specific information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Best wishes!
Web Reference:  http://www.BeckyBoomsma.com
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Tue Jun 30, 2009
Dear Nick:

It will be my pleasure to help you in your home search. May I ask how old are your children and any special needs or wants do you need for them. There are quite a few towns within your price point that can lead you to a lovely home. If you would be so kind, call my cell at anytime and I we can discuss the steps and begin searching ands narrowing down the choices. I prefer to do town by town, so I can give you pertinant details to each town and giving you the opportunity to become aquainted with towns and what they can offer.

Thank you and I look forward to speaking to you soon! Buyers credit ends Dec1, 09, so dont wait to long.

My cell is 201926-0573 and my email is kzamani@weichert.com, thank you again
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Nena Colligan, Agent, Ridgewood, NJ
Fri Mar 6, 2009
Hi Nick,

I have 2 listings in Radburn right now, and live in Glen Rock. I love downtown Ridgewood being so close!

I think the best towns would be Glen Rock, & Ridgewood because it gives you the train and schools, but I don't see how it's much closer to Ramapo. You could go up as far as Ramsey - and take a decent route to Ramapo - that's a great school system, and has the train.

Allendale - A+ schools, again - I would do a mapquest to see how long of a drive it is. Is your wife a teacher or a student?

Best of luck!
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Karen Colyer, Agent, Lavallette, NJ
Thu Jan 17, 2008
Oakland could be the best fit for you. Oakland NJ was just ranked #43 in the country by Business Week in November 2007 as one of best communities to raise a family. Oakland schools are excellent, Oakland is right down the road from Ramapo College, and while Oakland doesn't have a train station in town, we do have NJ Transit for bus service. For train lines to Hoboken, there is a newer hub on Rt. 17 in Ramsey that offers plenty of parking. The home price of $500,000 - $550,000 for a 3/4 bedroom home is also very reasonable - you should be able to find the perfect home for you and your family. Oakland is slated for a downtown improvement - the goal is to give the downtown area a facelift and make it more pedestrian-friendly. I'm the broker/owner of the RE/MAX Traditions Real Estate office located in downtown Oakland, and have been the #1 Realtor in Oakland NJ since 2000. Please visit my web site at http://www.Oakland-NJ.com where you will find the link to the Busiess Week article, be able to perform Bergen County home searches from my NJMLS IDX database, and view detailed town, school, and commutation information about Oakland, Mahwah, Ramsey, and all other northwestern Bergen County communities.
Web Reference:  http://www.Oakland-NJ.com
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Vita Strakhm…, , 07446
Thu Jan 10, 2008
Hello Nick, take a look at this link; it will help you with your school search; http://education.state.nj.us/rc/
As far as the towns go, it depends on what your preferences are; do you prefer more country-like, or the kind that you could walk to stores; Ramsey, Ridgewood, Allendale all have train stations in town, walking distance to stores, etc. Upper Saddle River is more suburban (you have to drive about 10 minutes to everything); I used to live in Fair Lawn, and now live in USR; I love it here, but my teenage son is complaining because we have no sidewalks:) He usually goes to other towns to hang out with his friends. You and your wife need to decide, on what would you prefer. I would love to talk to you about my experience. Feel free to email me with any questions. Good luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.vitastrakhman.com
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Marc Paolella, Agent, Succasunna, NJ
Wed Jan 9, 2008
Hi Nick,

The first step is to isolate the towns to look in. I have come up with the following list: Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Oakland, Paramus, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Westwood. These towns all provide good schools, easy access to rail lines, and a generally high quality of life that you are looking for.

The next step is to figure out how far $500,000 to $550,000 is going to take you. With that in mind I have created a file for you. The link is shown below. If you open that file, you will get detailed listing sheets for all sales that meet the following criteria:

1) Closed sales within the past year.
2) Sold for $500,000 to $550,000.
3) Located in the towns I listed above.

The listing sheets contain detailed information on each home and a photograph. As you look them over, you will get a good feel for how much house you can get for your money in each of these markets.

If you have any questions on any of these homes, or if you would like to see interior photos, contact me through my website. Also, if you want to consider additional towns let me know.

If you're interested, I can create the same file as above, but containing active listings. If you'd like that let me know.

Good luck in your home search Nick!


Here are the listing sheets:

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Sharon Kozinn, Agent, Hillsdale, NJ
Wed Jan 9, 2008
There are so many unique and different towns in your area of interest. I would ne hesitant to name only 1 or 2 without first speaking to you and getting more details of your needs and wants. Plese contact me through email or phone at your convenience and we can talk about all your options, and there are many.

Sharon sharon@sharonsellsnj.com or 201-391-8446
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Brian Parkes, , Montvale, NJ
Wed Jan 9, 2008
HI Nick

I will be glad to help you that is my market! My wife and I lived in Fair Lawn for 8 years -commuted from the Radburn for a few years as well.
Ramsey is great! Waldwick , depends how much you want for the money. Allendale--but I would need to get to know what you are comfortable with and looking for in a home--let me know when you have some time to talk I will be glad to help. Waldwick is a nice option!
Brian 201-446-6360
Web Reference:  http://www.bparkes.com
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