Which town is the best bet?

Asked by JerseyShore524, Central Business District, Newark, NJ Tue Jan 15, 2008

I am looking at: East Brunswick, Metuchen, Piscataway, Old Bridge, and Milltown. I have a pre-k aged child- so schools will be a factor. My husband must commute to Basking Ridge everyday and I currently go to Rahway. I grew up in Brick & want the same type of feel -only closer to our jobs! We want something quiet & green- but close enough to stores etc. Where should I be focusing on?

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Tony, Home Buyer, Metuchen, NJ
Sun Jun 22, 2008
Hey Mary! I am from metuchen.....what crime are you talking about? where are you headed with such kind of information. Traffic is everywhere in NJ....get real.
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Mary, , Milltown, NJ
Tue Jan 15, 2008
HI Risa

I live in Milltown, we are a small,close knit community and I love it. I'm considering moving to a larger home-but only if I can find what I want here in Milltown. I would never live anywhere else in NJ. I don't know how green you like it but we're pretty green here-thanks to our shade tree commission. No crime-(unless you count theft's at Target-down the street). Children ride their bikes freely. We are probably one of the only towns in Middlesex County that you can go for a walk alone @ 11pm and feel safe. We are close to malls (Brunswick Square Mall),supermarkets,(5-10 minutes) and our own quaint little Main street shops are great and Rt. 1 or Rt. 18 and NJTPK are within 2 -5 miles. I have 3 boys- 12, 10 and 3. The school system is one of the best in the area, the teachers, faculty and services are great . 2nd only to maybe East Brunswick. Our schools are about to receive some necessary renovations this summer with our school taxes only being increased by .40 a month. A new cafeteria and gym in the middle school and A/C in both our elementary school and middle school. Parkview Elementary school is grades Pre-k thru grade 3 with a total of app. 160 students. Class sizes are small usually no more than 20-21 students per class. Joyce Kilmer Middle School is grades 4-8 with the 7th & 8th grades classes primarily on the 2nd floor -the younger students are not affected by the age difference, again the class small sizes allow for optimum learning . Milltown has no bussing (except for disabled students)-we are less than 2miles in size. Most students walk, ride their bikes or are driven to school-Parkview has a unique, voluntary drop off loop with teachers and parent volunteers who aid the kids in getting out of your car and to the proper line for their classor you can park and walk them to their line if you choose. The high school students are bussed out of town to Spotswood High School (Blue Ribbon School District) (this is included in our taxes) and some attend private schools out of town at their own expense. We do not have a High School due to the small number of students it would not be cost effective . If you like the small town feel I would choose between Milltown and Metuchen (another green, fairly small town, with good schools but alot more crime and traffic due to more businesses in that town,train station and location to Rt 1). But coming from Brick you may be used to traffic-(my sister in law used to live in Brick). If you don't mind traffic and crime I would stay away from Old Bridge and Piscataway. If you are truly considering either of those I would consider East Brunswick ahead of them-like those it is a large town but has less crime and superior schools to either of them and their taxes are about the same. I hope this helps come on up north and check out Milltown and East Brunswick is right next door you could check them out as well. We're a very friendly community, with a community pool, private pool, 4th of July festivities 2nd to none, Haunted River walk @ Halloween and Winter Wonderland Walk @ Christmas, recreation programs that the kids love, Sept 11 remembrance day and lots of fun on Pride in Milltown Day. This is just some of what we have to offer. Hope this helps.
Mary from Milltown.
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Terry Kohl, Agent, Edison, NJ
Tue Jul 21, 2009
Still looking for that perfect home? Metuchen may just be the place for you. Tree lined streets, nice downtown with street fairs and art festivals, train station to New York's Broadway and art museums, good school system with good class size and successful graduates, close to two large malls and all major highways are just a few of the many wonderful things about the town. Take a look at the website! We would love to see you in town.
Web Reference:  http://www.metuchennj.org/
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Stephanie Ta…, Agent, East Brunswick, NJ
Tue Mar 17, 2009
If you are still thinking about these areas, check out http://www.ILoveMilltown.com. It's a community website for Milltown, East Brunswick and North Brunswick. It has lots of info - local events, pictures, links, etc. It even has a section where people can write why they love the area. Hopefully this helps. Good luck.
Web Reference:  http://www.ilovemilltown.com
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Sun Feb 8, 2009

Not sure if you are still in the market?
If you are and still looking at East Brunswick, Metuchen, Piscataway, then you might be interested by the following real estate statistics for those towns in Middlesex County:

Cathy C.
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Ivyzmama, , 08816
Wed Jul 2, 2008
Before you look at houses - look at the NJ Dept of Education school stats (link below) (unless you plan to place your child in private school). Of the towns you mentioned, E. Brunswick has the best schools (and I'm not saying that because I live here: I live here because I checked the stats before I shopped for houses). Don't go by what people say (even me)- everyone says theirs is best.


I just looked up where Basking Ridge is. You should be looking in Bridgewater, Warren, Madison or Chatham.
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Cheng, , 08817
Fri Jun 27, 2008
In the Birch Run area of Piscataway, you may find this house very nice http://msx.mlxchange.com/Pub/EmailView.asp?r=1817614452&… and I love it a lot as I went see the open house the other day. It also has easy access to Fwy 287.

Houses around Irishtown Park http://irishtownpark.blogspot.com/ are all very nice and easy access to Fwy 287 exit 7 and exit 8. This area has many Piscataway High School graduates going to Cornel, Princeton, Rutgers Pharmacy, U Penn, Standford Univ, UC Berkeley , ... etc. So, your kids going to the same good schools will be able to follow their footprints ...
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Cheng, , 08817
Fri Jun 27, 2008
Some how many people working at NYC buy condo/townhouses at Piscataway due to the fact, there are 7 train stations easy access from Piscataway.

On the other hand, if you love single family homes, you may be able to get a nice house for a condo/townhouse price. As low as $200k to $300k for a nice ranch, or $300k to $400k with a nice 4br.

If you prefer a townhouse due to two working with small kids, Canterbury http://canterburyatpiscataway.blogspot.com/ may be your best bet with so easy access Fwy 287 at exit 8 There are also other community in the area like Maple Grove http://maplegroveatpiscataway.blogspot.com/ is also very nice.
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Cheng, , 08817
Fri Jun 27, 2008
How good are schools at Piscataway? 9 students from Piscataway High School just got full scores on SAT this year. Jennifer, in addition to 2,400 on SAT I, also got full scores on SAT II Math, Biology, Chemistry. Who went to Early Learning Preschool, Knollwood Elementary School of K to 3, Martin Luther King Intermediate school of 4-5, Canackamack Middle school of 6 to 8 and Piscataway High School of 9 to 12. 100% educated by Piscataway schools.

You want near stores? there is huge Middlesex Mall and Hardley Shopping Center http://middlesexmall.blogspot.com/ with easy Fwy 287 access. If you live close to Fwy 287 that has 5 exits (5 to 9) at Piscataway NJ, virtually you get to reach stores minutes away.
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Cheng, , 08817
Fri Jun 27, 2008
Brick, Thoms River and Edison/Metuchen/Piscataway area are top 3 safest area in NJ.

Commuting from Piscataway to Basking Ridge http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s… or to Rahway http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&s… are very straight forward along Fwy 287 as I both commuted to Basking Ridge and Rahway before.

Even better, Fwy 287 has been expanded, and Rt 1 to Rahway is expanding, and Fwy 287 from Piscataway to NJ Turnpike is expanding ... I have been calling Piscataway Mayor Office to contact NJ State Dept for past years, and now they are doing it. So, commute would be very pleasant for your family.

Piscataway has section near River Road that will give you river and nice rural feeling, and you will be very close to access to Fwy 287 to work. River Heights Estates http://riverheightsestates.blogspot.com/ is one area that my friend commute to NY along Fwy 287 for 75 miles, and wife commute down to Thomas River, sun going to U Penn Business School down Philly.
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