1. Cranford New Jersey is an affluent and attractive community within 1 hour of Manhattan via NJ transit. It has an excellent school system and is home to the noteworthy Kean University, a public research institution. While the cost of real estate is fairly high, it is a bargain compared to NY prices. Few homes can be found for under $200,000, but they are in good repair. A two bedroom rental starts at $1200 and a 4 bedroom, older Victorian may be obtainable for $1700.
2. Asbury Park NJ is a lovely oceanside community located 2 hours south of NYC by train and 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. Lower end rentals start at $1100 for a two bedroom. Many luxury rentals and homes are available. This is a great place to live for beach lovers who want affordability within commuting distance from NY.
3. Princeton, NJ, home of Princeton University is an excellent place to call home. Rentals start at $1,100 for a one bedroom. Some attractive condos are available for under $200,000. Children will be able to get a great education at the highly rated local schools. The train trip to NY is only about 1 hour and 15 minutes. An added bonus is The Princeton Woods, where all can enjoy nature’s beauty.
4. Millburn, NJ is a 1 hour train ride to NYC. It also has very highly rated schools. For those who commute to NY and have children, this might be a great place to live. With the South Mountain Reservation right next door, everyone can enjoy outdoor activities. Low end rentals start at about $1,300 for a two bedroom. Homes for sale in Millburn are quite expensive. The cheapest currently on the market is $265,000 for a modest 2 bedroom.
5. New Brunswick, NJ, home of Rutgers University, has a very high population of singles. The crime rate in New Brunswick is significantly lower than that of NYC, and the New Jersey Transit commute is less than 1 hour and 15 minutes. A fabulous home can be purchased for under $250,000, or for those who prefer to rent, $1700 3 bedrooms may be available, creating attractive share possibilities.
6. South Amboy is a blue collar town 43 minutes from Manhattan by car. There is a train but it takes much longer. This town is ideal for those with children who want them to grow up with a feeling of camaraderie and community. Property is inexpensive and the waterfront is scenic.
7. Bridgeton, NJ is a place where it’s possible to own an affordable home with a generous lot. It is the county seat of Cumberland County, known primarily for agriculture. Drive time to Philadelphia is just 1 hour. The schools are average and the unemployment is high, but for those who work from home or are retired, this may be just right. The downtown area is charming and has everything one could want. The countryside is beautiful. Those who enjoy hiking can visit the nearby Pine Barrens. With Cape May only 1 hour away and a delightful zoo down the street, there are numerous opportunities to have fun.
8. Marlton, NJ is a pleasant and safe place to live just 28 minutes by bus to downtown Philadelphia. It has reasonably priced homes, above average educational attainment and lower than average unemployment.
9. Pittsgrove Township is located in southern NJ. It has attractively priced housing in a low crime area. It’s a 51 minute drive to Philadelphia. Public transportation takes much longer. Parvin State Park has abundant wildlife and vegetation. Swimming, fishing and camping are available. The school rankings for this area are quite poor, but private schools might be an option.
10. Collingswood, NJ is a beautiful town 17 minutes from Philadelphia or 33 minutes by PATCO. The homes are reasonably priced, the crime rate is low, but schools are not the best. However, there are private schools in the area.