How is Marlboro, NJ vs Plainsboro, NJ ?

Asked by Aisa, New Jersey Thu Jan 17, 2008

I guess important considerations are the schools, commute to NYC, property values and resale values. I am assuming quality of life to be same (am I wrong?). Which is better? My research indicates better schools and commute to NYC from Plainsboro. And better house values in Marlboro. No idea about the resale value though. What are the pros and cons of both places and as I have a 1st grader to consider, what would be your suggestions? Please consider townhomes around 300K as the property type. Thanks

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sat Jan 19, 2008
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Hi Aisa,

Marlboro is located in Monmouth County and part of our primary service area. We have access to Plainsboro listings, but do not consider that part of our primary service area. I can pull listings from both towns and look at stats for both towns, but am not well versed about Plainsboro.

Plainsboro is in Middlesex County, near the borders of Monmouth, and Mercer Counties. Plainsboro shares a school district w/ West Windsor (Mercer County) and is highly rated.....as is Marlboro. Here is a link for the school district, the site is quite comprehensive. http://www.west-windsor-plainsboro.k12.nj.us/

The following links will allow you to compare school districts:
http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc06/ State of New Jersey Report Cards for all schools in NJ.
http://GreatSchools.net - Has student and parental feedback notes
http://SchoolMatters.com - by Standard & Poors

For your commute....do you plan on driving, taking a bus, or train. Many individuals choose Marlboro and Matawan as locations for it's public transportation corridor. For driving, you would need to access Route 18 and Route 9, which can move slowly if you drive during peak travel times. For public transportation, Marlboro becomes a community of choice for many.

Here is a link to Marlboro current townhomes for sale:
http://mls.momls.com/MonmouthReports/listings.asp?ID=7222607773

There were no 1 bedroom townhomes sold in Marlboro last year; 15 2-bedroom townhomes, and 45 3-bedroom townhomes. There have not yet been any closed condo sales this year in Marlboro, but 6 are under contract, and there are 23 for sale. The market for condos is actually doing well. The prices are slightly down, and inventory is not over the top, but provided buyers options.

I do really like Princeton and the areas surrounding, as well as New Brunswick. In that corridor, you are located between 2 well known and well respected Universities if you locate in Plainsboro.

At Marlboro, you have access to the above, plus easier access for day trips to the shore and beach towns. As a resident of Monmouth County, I do have a bias....admittedly.

Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group
(732) 530-6350 Direct
Deborah@PeninsulaFirst.com
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Heather Dacc…, , Monmouth County, NJ
Fri Jan 18, 2008
Hi Aisa,
I am knowledgeable about the Marlboro area however not the Plainsboro area. As far as Marlboro school system they are known to have a very good district, Here is a link to their website and NJ school reports so you can compare. Realtors have to be careful about commenting on school districts.
http://www.marlboro.k12.nj.us/schools/start.asp
http://education.state.nj.us/rc/

There are several bus stops and 2 park and rides in Marlboro that have direct NJ Transit bus service to NYC. The commute takes about 35-45 minutes.

Property values and resale values in Marlboro have declined slightly from 2006 to 2007 due to the market conditions however homes are still selling, especially townhomes, because it is known as a "desireable" town with easy commuting.

Per the Monmouth/Ocean MLS, the average price for a 3 bedroom townhome in Marlboro for 2006 was $347,751 and the average days on the market was 59. In 2007 the average price was $329,517 and the average days on market were 84.

Hopefully another agent can give you some answers about Plainsboro.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 732-580-5309 or heather@heatherdaccurso.com
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