Are you thinking of buying a home or investment in New Jersey but not sure what towns have the best commute to New York City.  This is series is for you!

When New Yorker's think about access to NYC they tend to only consider 5 boroughs. This series on New Jersey's best commuter towns looks at home types/styles and commute time to NYC

This year has been a tough one in general but real estate has soared in towns outside of New York City. Most workplaces turned completely virtual and the rest have minimized commutes into their Manhattan offices. The first thing I hear from New Yorkers looking for property in New Jersey is, “We can see that our money will get us much more space in New Jersey compared to the NYC Boroughs.”  I first implement the help of Google Maps with these clients because they may not know exactly where they want to live but need to be in Manhattan a few days a week or a few days per month and mapping the ideal commute is the first step to knowing how long you want that commute to be. The rest is a joint effort between my clients and myself.

 

Here is my guide to New Jersey’s best commuting towns:

 

1- Hoboken – The one square mile town on the Hudson River just west of midtown Manhattan, in Hudson County has it all. Boutiques and restaurants make this town one of the premier living destinations on New Jersey’s Gold Coast. Easy access to the PATH  on the 6th Ave line,  NJ Transit Bus  direct to Port Authority, and The Waterway Ferry, will have you in Manhattan in under 30 minutes.

 

Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

 

 

2- Jersey City – Listed as one of the most diverse cities in the country, Jersey City, located in Hudson County, is comprised of six sections that have plenty of New York City commuting options. There is a huge variety of homes to chose from, from condos, to multi-family homes and even studio apartments. Downtown Jersey City and Journal Square are close to the PATH and can get you anywhere on the 6th Avenue line from Christopher Street to 33rd Street in about 30 minutes. Other options include privately run jitneys to Port Authority, NJ Transit Bus, The Waterway Ferry, and The Hudson-Bergen Lightrail, which connects to Hoboken, Exchange Place, runs up to Weehawken New Jersey and down to Bayonne New Jersey. (we’ll get to those towns in part 2)

 

Barrow Street, Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, NJ

 

 

 

3- Montclair  If you are looking for a walkable community with a lot of heart, look no further than Montclair New Jersey, located in Essex County. Mom and pop shops are abundant in this town, with ample, spacious homes, a myriad of restaurants to choose from and an easy commute to New York City via New Jersey Transit Train (a town jitney bus is available for transportation to the train station daily) gets you to New York Penn Station in under an 1 hour.

 

Entertainment District, Montclair, New Jersey

 

 

4- Madison – Known as the “Rose City” in honor of President James Madison, Madison New Jersey is located in Morris County. With a walkable main street comprised of mom and pop shops, gourmet restaurants and beautiful parks, this town has an astonishingly easy commute. An express line from Madison Station via New Jersey Transit Train to New York’s Penn Station, is about 1 hour.

 

Main Street, Madison, New Jersey

 

 

5 – Atlantic Highlands/Highlands – If the beach is more your scene and you want to feel like you are living the resort lifestyle, consider Atlantic Highlands located in Monmouth County. Amazing shopping, waterfront dining and of course the beach are readily available all year round. The Seastreak Ferry gets you to lower Manhattan’s Battery Park Terminal in 45 minutes.

 

Downtown Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

 

 

6- Asbury Park – Labeled the “coolest place at the Jersey Shore” by Trip Advisor, Asbury Park, located in Monmouth County, is a historic resort town that has seen a revival in the past ten years like no other. With a year-round boardwalk and main street that are sure to please all ages and a great mix of Victorian homes as well as new construction condominiums, this beach town has the best of both worlds. Your commute via New Jersey Transit Train to Penn Station is under 2 hours.

 

Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey

 

 

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