Are you moving to nJ? I moved from SoCal to the east coast, first CT, and have been on the Jersey shore for several years now. Are you going to be working in NY?
Depending on where in the city you need to commute, you have various options that make for easier transportation. The Jersey shore provides options to commute by ferry, train, and express bus. The ferry commute is about 35-50 minutes, depending upon the points. Ferry departures are out of Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Belford that support the shore areas that are closest to the city. Train and bus service run at or about 1 hour. The shortest commute by ferry is to the downtown area of NY. As a result, a number of commuters to wall street area live on the Jersey shore. Single family homes are avaialbe on lots that are 1/4 of an acre, or smaller. There is definitely a large selection of properties on 1/2 to 1 acre, and 1 acre zoning also. Recreation activities in the area include water activites along the boardwalk and an estensive network of rivers and bays. There are lots of parks for hiking and equine activities are widely found. Strip malls, and shopping malls are found along the major routes, but many of the towns maintain a main street presence. In particular, in this area, Red Bank provides a center for business, social, dining, and performing arts. Several outdoor events are held throughout the year....jazz concerts, car shows, street fairs, tree lighting, etc. Many nearby towns are within the transportation corridors to NYC via train, bus, or ferry. Of course, coming from LA, you can always drive, but.............you might find public transportation prererable to the city.
If you would like to learn more about NJ, please feel free to contact me. We have a snail mail relo kit that includes several maps and community profiles for towns throughout all of NJ. Please let us know if this would be helpful for you.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group