GMS_Buyer, welcome to Trulia! Both of these communities were built by the same builder, K. Hovnanian. What you will notice is many of the units in both communities have very similar, if not the same floor plans, so many of the models you see in one community can be replicated in the other.
The main differences between this community and others in East Brunswick, and the surrounding areas, is they were built during a period when community features were popular and not being decided based on the financial component. Therefore both communities offer a Club House, Pool, Tennis Courts, & Playgrounds; many features not found within other communities in town.
As for the exact schools, elementary varies and you will need to reach out to the township for exact details. More info for the elementary schools can be found at: http://www.ebnet.org
Middle school will be Hammarskjold, Junior High School with be Churchill, and the High School of course will be East Brunswick High School.
As for commuting to NYC, East Brunswick does have two bus lines that run out of the town, Suburban & NJ Transit. The two main pickup points are behind the Sam's Club Complex off Route 18 / Old Bridge Turnpike and the Hilton Hotel /Cffice Complex off Route 18. There are also a few stops along Route 18 like West Ferris Road, Mid State Mall, etc.
Either way, I think you will enjoy either community, you just have to determine which location suits you better. I lived in Country Woods & Kingswood Station for over 15 years and loved it because the location is great and the community feel is unsurpassed in town. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Re/Max First Realty
Cell: (848) 391-6428