-I can send you all the information about the area I have currently been living in the neighborhood for 15 years.
Because you do not need to go all the way into the city, your options open and and you can travel on the roadways and/or trains to get to your office. I would add to your list the many wonderful communities along the 78 corridor, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Watchung, Basking Ridge, Warren. All of these communities have train access except Watchung and Warren, but they are right across 78 from the communities that do.
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If you are looking for a small town close to Jersey City don't over look Rutherford.
You may also wish to look into Weehawken, which is just a ston'e throw to New York City, atop the Palisades while also bordering on the Hudson River York Skyline and the Hudson River. While it is so close to Hoboken, Jersey City and New York City itself, it is a small town atmosphere (only about t13,000 population) within about only 1.2 miles of land area. The real estate tax rate is lower than most other surrounding communities and the housing stock is quite varied. There is a broad range of people of different cultures making it quite urban, yet again, with an overall small town feel. The housing stock ranges from lovely small cooperative units with or without a view of trhe River, to mid size condominiums in pre-war buildings, to total luxury units in midrise buildings down on the wterfront itself, to luxury 4-story townhomes on the river, to stately 100+ year old Victorian homes, row houses, smaller more modest single family, two family and three family dwellings. Prices can range for a home from in the area of approximately $500,000 to over $5,000,000 and condominiums from as low as $200,000 for a small one bedroom to $2,000,000 for a luxury unit on the waterfront. Weehawken hosts not only the Lincoln Tunnel, making access to New York City and all it has to offer, literally 15 minutes away, but also has the benefit of not only bus service,, but ferry service to Midtown, downtown and Wall Street in NY, and a Light Rail train which can be taken from Weehawken all the way through Hoboken (several stops in Hoboken), to Jersey City (also several stops in JC) and all the way to Bayonne, NJ (just across the bridge from Staten Island).
There are unobstructed views of the River and Skyline all the length of Weehawken's prominade viewing area, and zoning does not permit that view to ever be impeded by future buildings.
There is a lot happening in the way of additional development on the Waterfront area of Weehawken which will include a lower rise hotel, mixed use condo/ / rental / retail development and a wonderful several acres public recreation area including free tennis, running track, basketball, baseball/softball fields, soccer field, (eventual outdoor theater for nice weather concerts, etc.) and Weehawken enjoys a pedestrian riverfront walkway all along the Hudson River.
Currently, there is a Pathmark supermarket in the upper area of Weehawken, as well as several Mom and Pop establishments like restaurants, dry cleaners, salons, flower shops, delicatessens, DunkinDonuts,Subway, etc. There is a Houlihan's, a Ruth Chris, a Chart House and a Japanese restaurant on the waterfront in Weehawken now and more to come as the development progresses.
Many people have eventually settled into Weehawken from New York City because it is often easier to get to places within the City than from within the City itself. It has artists, entertainers, professionals of all kinds, musicians, restaurantuers, designers, blue collar folks, and people from all walks of life.
Montclair is a lovely area (also with diversity of populaiton), but not as easy access to the City or Jersey City, and the same goes for Morristown. It's a pretty long commute from Morristown to Jersey City, but Morristown is also a lovely community
So, depending upon whether you want quieter and more removed from the City areas, or whether you would like to enjoy a sense of small town with much easier access to everything, would certainly all weigh in on your decision as to where to settle.
I hoe this information gives you insight into another option and if I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
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