One of the biggest, if not the biggest, factors in considering a suburban relocation for your family is the length of commute. Most people want to spend the least amount of time commuting as possible, but there are major benefits to exploring towns a bit farther down the train line. In New Jersey, Berkeley Heights and New Providence are not as well-known to city transplants but definitely deserve a closer look.
Here are a few reasons you should think about adding a few minutes on the train to get into one of these up-and-coming suburbs:
- Because it really IS just a few minutes extra on the train. Stops down the line on NJ Transit are about 10 minutes away from each other. Commutes from Maplewood and Summit run about 35 and 45 minutes, respectively. Commutes from New Providence and Berkeley Heights clock in around 55 minutes and 65 minutes. That’s just a difference of waking up 10-20 minutes earlier each morning, which, when you consider all the other benefits, seems pretty doable.
- More space. Let’s face it: you’re moving out of the city for space. As you get farther from the city, the lots and the square footage per house get bigger. Want a pool or big fenced in yard for your dog? You’ve got a better chance a little farther down the train line!
- More affordable real estate. Home values in these particular suburbs are just as safe and stable as ones closer to NYC but considerably more affordable. You can get much more bang for your buck on both your actual home as well as your taxes.
- A better train experience. Something nobody tells you about those towns that are closer to the city? By the time the train gets to you, it’s packed! If you take a train from a town a little farther out, you’re almost guaranteed to get a seat to yourself, at least for a few stops. You can take those few extra minutes of commute to drink your morning coffee, open up your laptop, and set yourself up for a productive commute. Or if you’re not feeling particularly productive, you can use the time to put in your earbuds, close your eyes, and get a few extra minutes of shut-eye.
- Beautiful towns! New Providence and Berkeley Heights offer most of the same amenities and sense of community as their closer-to-the-city relatives. Each one has beautiful houses, great restaurants, and a downtown section all their own. They’re also both situated conveniently along major transit lines so they offer easy access to some of the more bustling downtowns if you’re up to it after your days in the city!
Similar experiences can also be said about:
Westchester County – think Chappaqua, Briarcliff Manor, Pleasantville, Armonk, Bedford, Katonah, Croton-on-Hudson, Yorktown Heights
Fairfield County – think Darien, Westport, Fairfield, Weston, Wilton, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Newfield
Long Island – think Jericho, Syosset, Dix Hills, Commack, Cold Spring Harbor, Port Jefferson, Huntington Bays
To begin your journey and learn more about New Providence, Berkeley Heights NJ, or any other towns a little farther down the train line in Westchester County, Fairfield County or on Long Island schedule your FREE Suburban Success Call with FromCityTo.com founder Jennifer.