I'm looking to buy a single family home in Middlesex NJ - examples of nice family friendly towns not too $$$$

Asked by Tara, Middlesex, NJ Wed Mar 19, 2008

Some parts of Middlesex like New Bruswick, Laurence Harbor, and the Amboys aren't all that nice and we wouldn't like to live there. We need something close to transportation to the city, with good schools, and not to expensive taxes. I know that East Brunswick is nice, but it's too expensive for us. We need something family friendly, in a nice area so our home will re-sell quicker than if we just buy anywhere. (I've heard South River is OK, Spotswood) How is Seyrville or Woodbrige?

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Alan Sharf, , East Brunswick, NJ
Tue Jun 10, 2008
Hi you should look to live in MONROE. The tax are better & school system has improved greatly.
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Joe, Home Seller, 08846
Sun Mar 23, 2008
Middlesex Boro in Middlesex County is a small town community. Within2 miles to the NYC trains and bus stops throughout the 4 mile radius of the town. Very family oriented, excellent schools. Nice parks and close to New Brunswick, 287, Route 1 & 18. Lots of recreation in this town and very involved parents and community. A great place to raise your kids!
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Scott Lauri, , North Brunswick, NJ
Wed Mar 19, 2008
For most of Middlesex County the further south you go or the further from NYC you go the lesser in price you go. Every town has high value homes and lower value homes. You asked about Woodbridge and Sayreville.

The Woodbridge market is the one of the most northern towns in Middlesex County and is a 36-55 minute train ride to NYC on the northeast direct line from the MetroPark train station http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=Tra… Woodbridge has 3 high schools in the town so if you desire one over the other you should check with the board of education of Woodbridge http://www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us/ or call them at 732-750-3200.

Sayreville is located south of the Raritan River and close to Monmouth County. Normally from Sayreville most people take the bus because of traffic to get to either the MetroPark station or the North Jersey Coast line station in South amboy http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=Tra…

Good luck with your search for a home in the Middlesex county areas and if I could be of any assistance feel free to contact me.
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Jeffrey Halp…, Agent, Hopatcong, NJ
Wed Mar 19, 2008
The most knowledgable company that I know of in Middlesex County is Prudential New Jersey Properties, Metuchen. 732-494-7677. I would look in Metuchen and Edison where they have direct NYC train service.
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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Wed Mar 19, 2008
Good Answer Dwight!

I have a bunch of listings in Perth Amboy, although Condo's ... There are some great housing buys in Perth Amboy!

This area is also going to take off like a rocket the next few years with the new Marina going in and such easy access to NY.

John Sacktig
Broker / Sales Associate
Orange Key Realty
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Dwight Walker, , 07076
Wed Mar 19, 2008
There are great properties on the waterfront in Perth Amboy that are beautiful and it is a up and coming area please visit my website and give me a call I will help you Live Your Dream Now.
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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Wed Mar 19, 2008
North Brunswick, South Brunswick, South River is great too! Sayreville is great and Woodbridge!
Good deals in Spotswood.

Email me, Tell me what you are looking for and what the price range is and I'll have them to you in 15 minutes. I work in these areas and can find you the best possible home for your needs.

I know what is out here and I am familiar with all commutes into Manhattan.

John Sacktig
Broker/Sales Associate
Orange Key Realty
Direct: 732-213-1409

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Victor Kamin…, Agent, Edison, NJ
Fri Aug 28, 2009
@ Allison Varone
The blogs are not the venue to post random ads for homes for sale, that's spamming the forum and we don't want to start a trend getting every FSBO and Realtors started doing that now.

That aside, Allison Varone that name sounds familiar do we know each other the name sounds familiar. Anyway be careful making claims like NO ELECTRIC BILLS, even though I'm sure you meant no harm just like a Realtor FSBO sellers are bound by the same liabilities and laws & rules governing errors and omission and you may be opening yourself up for a lawsuit from anyone that buys your home holding you liable for the claims you make in your advertising or even verbal representations if someone purchases the home based on that premise if it turns out not to be true.

Typically solar panels don't eliminate power bills from the electric company they just subsidize your costs by producing, storing and sending power thru the normal power grids and then the electric company credits you for the electricity produced by your panels. Just wanted to give you fair warning and be absolutely positive before making any claims like that.

Also be careful when denoting anything with any level of specificity such as build dates, when the roof, water heater, furnace, A/C, etc. were replaced, if something is new when its actually a year or two old, you get the picture.

Good Luck, sounds like a lovely home if you need any help to sell in the future keep me in mind I'd be glad to assist in any way I can.
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Allison Varo…, Home Seller, 08846
Fri Aug 28, 2009
I am currently helping my parents sell their home in Middlesex, NJ. They truly have a beautiful home and property, currently on the market for $339,000. See details below:

Beautiful 'Green' Home with Lush Property in Middlesex, NJ - Move-in Ready!

Price: $339,000

Two Story, 4 bedroom, 2 bath expanded cape style home.

Solar Panels on Back Roof and Wood Burning Fireplace - NO ELECTRIC BILLS
Lovely Gardens and Property with Deck and Covered Patio - Perfect for Families and Entertaining
Short Walk to Elementary & Middle School, NYC bus and Convenience Stores.
Hardwood Floors, Formal Living Room, Newly Renovated Bathrooms and Eat-In Kitchen
Brand New Furnace, Hot Water Heater & Central Air Conditioning

Click below for pictures of this beautiful home!

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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Thu Aug 28, 2008
Hi Tara, Dunellen, Middlesex and Piscataway are worth checking out. A Trulia buyer I'm working with considered Middlsex and Piscataway and opted for the later. His priorities aligned with yours - commuting is good and prices are fair. You can find the Star Ledger Interactive School Report on my website http://www.feenick.com - handy tool that helps you compare across or within districts.

Good luck to you - happy to help in these communities.

Jeannie Feenick
Search and connect at http://www.feenick.com

I can help you in these communities if you
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John Dolan, , Sayreville, NJ
Thu Aug 28, 2008
East Brunswick, along with South and North Brunswick, are excellent choices. As far as price goes, in this market sellers are much more negotiable. There are also a lot of short sales and lender owned properties available that can be a little less expensive. Sayreville, which is where I live, is also a great choice. If you like, you can e-mail me what you are looking for and your price range. I can than e-mail you with homes that meet your criteria.
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Victor Kamin…, Agent, Edison, NJ
Mon Jun 16, 2008
It all depends Tara, what do you consider not too $$$$ Pricey?

That statement leaves way too much to assume.... and based on some of the answers your getting I'd have to say they prove that. Just look at the last one, I've sold properties in the North Brunswick Renaissance and the price range there can be steep for some. They have cheap maintainance fees but if your willing to pay $430K for a 3 bed condo, you can find closer to NYC. There is no train near this complex, only a BUS...but the school system is excellent

Monroe, not exactly a NYC commuter hot spot.
When looking for a place to live near NYC transportation such as trains, find out if the train station has parking, is there a waiting list? is it free or for a fee and at what cost $$$ How long does it take to travel to the train, how long is the train ride?

Right now there are deals to be found everywhere, my office has been working a lot of short sales lately which has been allowing us to sell homes way under value.

(Please don't aruge semantics guys, I know the market predicts the value but any realtor that has sold a home recently can tell you there are low ball short sale offers getting accepted by the banks from time to time, deals are to be had.)

Tara, I'd suggest picking a FULL time working REALTOR to work with that knows the market, and knows how to and is willing to negotiate on your behalf and won't complain about doing a little work. We still have quite a few lazy agents out there, avoid them and jump to the next if they give you any junk!!!

I wouldn't want to mislead you without knowing your families finances and other important info which helps determine your need to move and what's important in a neighborhood and home that would suite your best.

Good Luck in your quest...

Victor Kaminski
Owner / Broker Manager
Marivic GMAC Real Estate
2056A Lincoln Hwy. (Rt.27)
Edison, NJ 08817-3330
Office: 732-650-9911 Ext.302
Cellular: 908-884-5757
Toll Free: 1-866-745-GMAC(4622) Ext.302
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James Bond, , 08540
Fri Jun 13, 2008
I would suggest 08902 (North Brunswick). Good schools, bus or train to city is close by and plans are in place for this town to have its own train station. Focus on Renassiance Village. I can hook you up with realtor that I deal with if you like.
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A Gandhi, Both Buyer And Seller, 08820
Thu Jun 12, 2008
Look into Avenel. It is close to NJ Turnpike, GSP, 287, Rt 1&9, two large malls, and on direct line to NYC. Home prices are reasonable, and shools are decent, and town is family friendly. JJ Elek is a realty with lots of listings in this area, but do your research and pick a good realtor that will listen to what you need.

Good luck with your search.
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Jemmy Kan, Home Buyer, Somerset, NJ
Sun Mar 23, 2008
Very True. We just had a nice last lunch at this wonderful Mountain View Dinner at Middlesex http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s… today after walking along Mountain Ave http://www.middlesexboro.com/ to see nice Middlesex Library, Boro, senior center and brand new Police Department.

After that, we walked over back to Mountain Av to have Rita Icy and at the intersection of Mountain Av and Bound Brook Ave, there is NJ Transit 114 Bus, and the amigo working at the diner and lived at Plainfield told me $2.15 to Plainfield, and the bus will go all the way to New York City, and the other side to Somerville.

Right next to this Mountain View Dinner is Mountain View Park which is together with Middlesex Boro High School, across st is a nice McDonald. very quiet. The park has a nice swimming and waterride facility that you can join member to have a nice summer with your family.

The streets there were so clean that I saw no a piece of trash... Across St of Mountain View Dinner is a brand new Unity Bank, the manager told me that they gave very good rate and had only 12 branches, but the catch is that it require to have direct deposit to the account.

Right next to Rita Icy was a new CVS and futuer is new Wendy's, then a shopping center with Chinese restaurant and brand new Farmer's Market 28 ...
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Jemmy Kan, Home Buyer, Somerset, NJ
Thu Mar 20, 2008
Very true. Also, if you look at this 7 Station Square in Middlesex County http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=254591… around Middlesex Mall and Hardley Shopping Center http://middlesexmall.blogspot.com/ you would be sure that the area is booming in the near future ...

One reason is that many visitors to New York City from the west like PA, OH, IL ...etc and from south like DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, FL ...etc, will stay in this area rather than going to live at New York City since hotel there is so expensive.

So, at nights, if you eat out every day, you will see most restaurants in Middlesex Mall http://middlesexmall.blogspot.com/ are full, not to mention weekends. This also can be seen by many new hotels built in the area and one more 5 story hotel going to be built right next to Edison Train Station http://edisontrainstation.blogspot.com/

So, you see lots of job openings in the area, and many people relocation here or commute to the area and planning to move here. Here are some recently sold under attorney review single family houses for your reference:

1. 9 NETHERWOOD Av, Piscataway NJ 08854 3br 1ba at $259,000 http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

2. 367 WILLIAM St, Piscataway NJ 08854 $284,900 3br 1ba http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

3. 1 CHURCH St, Piscataway NJ 08854 3br 1hba ranch $299,000 near Dunellen Train Stn http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

4. 32 BEVERLY Rd, Piscataway NJ 08854 3br 1ba ranch sold under attorney review at $299,900 near Edison Train Stn http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

5. 2 ODE PL, Piscataway NJ 08854 2br 1hba capecod just sold under attorney review at $299,900 near Dunellen Train Stn http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

6. 382 WASHINGTON Av, Piscataway NJ 08854 3br 1ba capecod walk to Dunellen Train Stn just sold under attorney review at $299,900 http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

7. 158 WOODROW Av, Piscataway nj 08854 3br 2ba ranch just sold under attorney review at $300,000 near Dunellen Train Stn ... http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s…

There are many more single family houses sold in Piscataway recently because Piscataway High School has over dozen students won #1 in NJ FBLA Competition this year over hundreds of all other high schools, I am sure some Trulia realtors can run a complete list of all single family houses in Piscataway with AR, U and C for past 6 months to show you ...

Last year, yes 2007, Piscataway (08854) sold close to 500 homes, Edison (08817, 08820, 08837) sold close to 1,000 homes, according to NJ State government website.
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