A year ago, “Time Out New York” ran a feature aimed at New Yorkers who are sick of paying high prices for apartments with virtually no space. To assist these frustrated New Yorkers with ideas of where to move they suggest how to Trade Your New York Neighborhood for its New Jersey Equivalent. I found the guide somewhat limited and expanded its coverage to better meet the needs of New Yorkers who want to buy a home in New Jersey. As a professional Realtor, I have successfully transitioned many New Yorkers who are happy in their new surroundings in NJ and were surprised to find suburbs with great NYC commutes, culture, diversity, good restaurants and better value. So here are Time Out New York’s suggestions with my recommendations below each.
*You can just as easily trade for Jackson Heights for South Orange, NJ as well. because Maplewood and South Orange are twin towns with shared resources. Other NY neighborhoods that Maplewood and South Orange draw from are Astoria, Williamsburgh, Boerum Hill, Green Point and Harlem.
*If you love the Upper East Side of Manhattan (and who doesn’t?) then in addition to Westfield you can also feel at home in Short Hills, Summit, Chatham and Madison, NJ as well.
*If you love the bustling eclectic energy of Williamsburgh you woul most likely feel at home in South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, NJ
*What we love about the village are the street performers, the artists and the general sense of culture and fresh new ideas. Montclair is an ideal town offering much of the same vibe with lots of coffee shops, an independent book store and the home to one of New Jersey’s largest state universities – Montclair State. For these same reasons South Orange is another town that has the same vibe where Seton Hall University is located. Madison is also a great town and it has 2 universities located there including Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew University.