Multicultural towns with great schools and one hr bus ride to nyc?

Asked by Ark, 07093 Sat Mar 2, 2013


So we are looking to buy a home we are ok with a condo as well and here are some of things we want
2 beds
Under 1hr bus ride to port authority in nyc.
Multicultural, inclusive communities with lots of activities for children.
Good scool district.
Good resale value /rent-ability
Budget 450k
Taxes around 10k preferably under.

We just dont know what town fits all these criteria. We are open to bergen/hudson/ essex/morris counties.


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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hi Ark

Your price range will give you a number of options.

Now, unless you're set on a bus to Port Aurthority -

Any of the "train towns" will also offer you what you're looking for. We call them the train towns because they offer MidTown Direct train service into Penn Station (n switching trains in Penn Station Newark).
Here are some suggestions:

Maplewood - 35-37 min train ride......charming town village with boutiques, restaurants and movie theater...warm, home town feel

S. Orange - also has a town center with restaurants, movie theater and a Performing Arts Center...this is one stop closer to the city than Maplewood

W. Orange - no train but they do offer a jitney service to the train station, as well as frequent rush hour bus service into Port Authority....under an hour trip.
If a townhome is appealing to you, W. Orange offers a number of complexes with amenities such a pools, (one comples even has an indoor pool) gyms, tennis and clubhouses.

There are other towns you might consider...please take a look at my website for links to town information.. (just to name a few - Livingston, Roseland, Caldwell - all have bus service to PA)

Hope you find them useful!

Best wishes.......please reach out to me if I can be of help!

Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Jose Martinez, Agent, Hoboken, NJ
Sat Aug 17, 2013
Hi Ark

The 1 hr commute to Port authority would best suit Hudson or Eastern Bergen County NJ.

All towns have great value for resale.

Give me a call I can guide you through the area, and find you the best home.

Best Regards,

Jose Martinez
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Brian Diehl, Agent, Verona, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Andrew Tisellano's suggestion of Montclair is very good.

I think you might like Teaneck as well.

Your price range will put you right around the $10k property tax rate in most of the towns that meet your criteria, so that may be the one criteria that requires some flexibility.

If you have any other questions about north Jersey real estate, please no not hesitate to give me a call or send me a text.

Good luck with your search.

Brian Diehl
Prudential New Jersey Properties
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Andrew Tisel…, Agent, Clifton, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hi Ark

Under $10k tax depends on the price range of the house, But Montclair has town homes and condos that would fit your description.

It would be best to meet for a free consultation to see how I could best help you find the right town and home.

please contact me.
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Armin Lusiny…, Agent, Short Hills, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hi Ark,
There are many that fit your description. For example:

Morris county: Florham Park, Chatham, Madison ....
Essex (usually has higher tax) : Livingston would have more properties below 10K
What about Union county?
Berkeley Hights, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Summit, Cranford, Garwood, New Providence (best school ratings in 2012 name a few. All have convenient commute to NYC.
For a schedule of buses, you can visit

Check for all the city related info. Realtors are not allowed to make suggestions on that.

Call or email – let set a time to see some houses when you are ready!

Best of luck,
Armin Lusinyants
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