The best doesn’t come cheap

From Travel+Leisure:

10 Best Places to Live in New Jersey, According to Local Real Estate Experts

Recreational and economic opportunities play a major role in choosing where to settle down. As one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, New Jersey’s economy is booming while also offering residents direct and quick access to New York City and Philadelphia. But the state also has a spectacular variety of natural sights—more than 900 lakes and rivers, 127 miles of picture-perfect Atlantic coastline dotted with quaint resort towns and beaches, over two dozen state parks, and even more natural areas. Add to that its exceptional public school system that often ranks in the top three in the country, and you get an idea why people are drawn to the Garden State. Unsurprisingly, all of this makes for some pretty happy residents—New Jersey took the fifth spot in WalletHub’s recent survey of the happiest states, ranking high in emotional and physical well-being, work environment, community and environment, and low in suicide rates, depression, and separation and divorce.

  1. Jersey City – New Jersey’s second-largest city sits along the Hudson River, rewarding its residents with postcard-perfect views of the Manhattan skyline. The city has grown incredibly in the past 15 years, from sleek high-rises along the waterfront to the trendy bars and restaurants that have popped up along its historic, tree-lined streets.
  2. Hoboken – “Geographically, Hoboken is only about one square mile in total,” Peter Cossio, a sales agent at Brown Harris Stevens, said, adding that its nickname is Mile Square City. “On the west side of this mile, you’ll find one of the fastest-growing areas with new sustainable parks and services to be found on nearly every corner, including the Monroe Center, a factory [that was converted] to a multiuse space where you can find boutique fitness and health studios, kids’ programs, office lofts, retail spaces, dining establishments, and artist studios.
  3. Princeton – Princeton may be a small town, famous for its Ivy League university, but it also draws new residents with its robust jobs market and proximity to Philadelphia and New York City. From locally owned shops to world-class brands like Hermes and trendy farm-to-table restaurants to classic diners, Princeton has it all.
  4. Montclair – Known for its blend of urban and suburban conveniences, Montclair is the perfect choice for New York City commuters (it’s only 15 miles away from the city) seeking top-notch schools, a vibrant year-round cultural program, excellent restaurants, and an abundance of parks and green spaces.
  5. Ridgewood – Ridgewood, together with neighboring Ho-Ho-Kus, are often stated as two of the best places to live in the country for their excellent public schools, family-friendly amenities, and safety. also recently named Ridgewood as the third most popular zip code in the U.S. for its idyllic setting, proximity to Manhattan, and many parks. Both towns are located in Bergen County, about 18 miles from New York City, and are two of the most affluent communities in the Garden State.
  6. Milburn-Short Hills – “People are often initially drawn to Millburn for its reputation as one of the top public school systems in New Jersey. But in addition to an outstanding education, Millburn offers extensive recreational activities (a public pool, golf, and tennis), lovely outdoor spaces, and the locally renowned theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse — all with two train stations and Midtown Direct service to Penn Station in New York,” said Sue Lemkau of Harrison-Lemkau Real Estate Partners, Lois Schneider Realtor.
  7. Wayne – This town in Passaic County has a high-ranking school system — both public and private — which is a draw for many families seeking excellent education and suburban amenities close to Manhattan. Wayne is also home to three lake communities — Lionshead, Packanack, and Pines Lake — with beaches, playgrounds, and picnic tables, according to Joseph Simone, a realtor with Howard Hanna Rand Realty.
  8. Avalon/Stone Harbor – “Avalon and Stone Harbor offer the perfect combination of a vibrant, luxury summer resort atmosphere and the peacefulness of serene beach living during the off-season,” said Jennifer Gensemer, a sales agent at Long & Foster
  9. Middletown – “Middletown dates back to pre-Revolutionary War times, and there’s a distinct sense of history in many areas. Housing styles vary considerably, from French chateau and Tuscan [designs] to grand center hall colonial to modern,” Thomas McCormack, senior partner and broker at Resources Real Estate, said, noting the town is also home to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and musician Jon Bon Jovi. Regular commuter train and ferry services guarantee a fast and convenient commute to New York City. 
  10. Fair Haven – “Fair Haven has long been one of the most popular towns in Monmouth County. It has a wonderful small-town yet sophisticated feel. With restaurants, a library, and retail like the corner hardware store and River Road Books right in the heart of town, it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite place to live,” Katherine Raftery, a sales agent at Resources Real Estate, said, adding that in recent years, the town has been popular with families moving from Hoboken and Jersey City. The town has a diverse mix of homes that run the gamut from Victorian to sleek new constructions.

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38 Responses to The best doesn’t come cheap

  1. Hughesrep says:

    I thought Westfield was Camelot?

  2. Hold my beer says:

    Is this article from The Onion?

    And First first

  3. Fast Eddie says:

    Montclair –…a vibrant year-round cultural program…

    Translation: Don’t go south of Bloomfield avenue and make sure you tell people you live in Upper Montclair.

  4. Juice Box says:

    HUGHES – Brigadoon

  5. 3b says:

    I don’t know about the happy part, there seems to be a lot of angry people driving around in north Jersey, maybe they are happier in Monmouth Co, they do seem to be more laid back down there.

  6. 3b says:

    Brigadoon, magical, mythical, and we are blessed to have multiple Brigadoon s in NJ.

  7. Juice Box says:

    Bon Jovi sold his New Jersey home and moved to Palm Beach three years ago. FYI Govenor Murphy pays $178,000 in property taxes in Middletown, we are happy to have him here. reported he only made about 1/2 million last year. He should perhaps hire Chicago Finance to manage his hundreds of millions.

  8. Fast Eddie says:

    All 10 of these locales listed above reek of white privilege. I think a protest is in order to promote more diversity and inclusion. In fact, an equal distribution plan should be implemented so that those who don’t have as much can feel involved and welcomed, too.

  9. Boomer Remover says:

    The reasons Suzanne gives for why these towns are wonderful are so superficial and easy debunked.

  10. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Go wayne!!

  11. BRT says:

    On Princeton, I’ve been to just about every restaurant in town. Easily the most overrated dining scene in the state. Go to New Hope or Lambertville, even New Brunswick or Somerville are far better and cheaper. They milk the farm to table image to the max.

  12. BRT says:

    The new breed of antisemetism on campus has been going on for more than a few years.

  13. TraitorJoe says:

    Education, the media and the current aadministration are run by Marxist radicals. Previously they were using domestic racial grievance to advance the cause, now it’s unified to the colonized people cause which puts Israel directly in the cross hairs. It’s a wake up call for some, most supporters of Israel voted for the big guy, but it’s the same playbook they’ve been using.

  14. No One says:

    Elements is the only restaurant I’ve consistently enjoyed. Otherwise may as well get pizza or Mamouns. Bent Spoon Ice cream is also worth it. But my favorite flavor is rarely available – local cherry. Agricola is way overrated, imo.

  15. Juice Box says:

    Chi – Unfortunately it’s only going to get much worse. They are now going to attempt to force the Palestinians to leave completely and go to Egypt. This is why the southern crossing is closed. Egypt knows what is going on and called Biden to get involved. Why do you think Biden took an emergency trip over there last week? Biden was also on the phone again yesterday with Netanyahu, he told them no ground offensive and they are doing it anyway. Some ground troops are also shooting everyone they see in the north too on sight, and have even posted the videos or shooting someone in the fields perhaps a terrorist or perhaps a farmer.

    Much much worse folks.

  16. No One says:

    Actually I like Mistral, downstairs of Elements, which I think is too fussy.

  17. BRT says:

    yeah, Mahmoun’s is decent, but again, it’s at other places like New Brunswick. Local Greek is decent. Bent spoon was my favorite but the price increases have made it so that I don’t want to go. Family of 4 is going to cost me 30 bucks for ice cream at this point. Best thing in Princeton IMO is Little Chef Pastry Shop. Best crossiants/scones I’ve ever had in my life at prices less than Panera. It’s not like Princeton is bad, but the hype that surrounds the dining scene there is completely unwarranted. It’s as if the people there never ventured 20 miles away to dine with the plebs.

  18. Fast Eddie says:

    Biden was also on the phone again yesterday with Netanyahu, he told them no ground offensive and they are doing it anyway.

    Joe is the Rodney Dangerfield of presidents. I was listening to a democrat strategist this morning and he was touting the strength of slo Joe by being a solid leader in this mess and how it will improve his approval rating, which is currently at 37%. In reality, we know it’s lower. The world is like, “Yeah, whatever, just give us more money and shut up.”

    In further news, George Soros has funneled $15,000,000 to a leftist group that sponsored several nonprofits who have justified Hamas’ bloody attack.

    Any questions?

  19. TraitorJoe says:

    Intelligence failures of that scale are never failures. We won’t know until later how this catastrophe came to be. Perhaps bibi thought the sentiment in the US was turning permanently left and this was his last best chance to make a sweeping move and secure Israel for the next 75 years.. fallout be damned.

    Of course now we’ll be flooded with tens of thousands of anti American talib types. We’ll get a nice front row view.

  20. Mike S says:

    I really like Rojo’s in princeton for coffee. Very impressed – also have been to their lambertville location.

  21. leftwing says:

    chi, yeah that’s some ugly stuff posted by the Sun….

    Nice Saturday win by Red.

  22. Very Stable Genius says:

    Recession everywhere except in reality

  23. BRT says:

    Rojo’s is good. But it’s always closed. Sakrid is next to local greek and jammin crepes. They are really good for coffee. But again, Rojo’s is in Lambertville…so is Local Greek.

  24. Fast Eddie says:

    Recession everywhere except in reality

    “American cardholders paid a record $130 billion in interest and fees in 2022, according to a new government report. The study released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was part of the government watchdog’s biennial report to Congress. The CFPB report comes at a time when outstanding credit card debt has surpassed a record $1 trillion — and pressure from the Federal Reserve’s fight on inflation has continued to push interest rates higher.

    Among major credit card issuers, 82% of total debt was revolving — meaning that consumers were carrying a balance into the next month in 2022. Only 18% of consumers surveyed said they were able to pay off their full balances by their due date, the CFPB noted.

    In 2019, by contrast, only 51.3% of consumers carried a balance into the next month, and 48% of respondents said were able to pay balances in full by the due date.

    The average APR on private cards — used for select vendors, similar to retail cards — was 27.7% by the end of 2022, an increase of more than 2 percentage points from the year prior, according to the CFPB. Meanwhile, interest rates on general-purpose cards — used across wide networks such as Visa and Mastercard — jumped from 18.8% in mid-2020 to 22.7% in 2022.

    Between March and December 2022, the prime rate most commercial banks use to set cardholders’ APRs had risen by 4 percentage points.

    “All in all, the data show more cardholders are being charged late fees, falling behind on payments, and facing higher costs on growing debt,” CFPB researchers noted.

    A greater share of Americans slipped into more than 180 days’ delinquency as they faced higher fees and interest, the CFPB found, and those with the lowest credit scores at times weren’t able to pay anything at all.”

  25. SmallGovConservative says:

    Juice Box says:
    October 30, 2023 at 11:22 am
    “Unfortunately it’s only going to get much worse….Much much worse folks.”

    But at least we no longer have to put up with mean tweets! I mean, sure, we have war in the middle east and war in Europe, but isn’t that a small price to pay to rid ourselves of those mean tweets?

  26. LAX says:

    Twitter was purchased by another incel idiot. A barrel shaped dweeb with fake hair who likes authoritarian rulers. How to ruin a company. Mean tweets? Social Media? Just wait til they lock the Orange Imbecile up. It’ll be a gas. Wonder if a few of you yahoo will try & spring him. Like in Mission Impossible. Bring a crane, he’s obese.

  27. LAX says:

    Jewish students at Cornell University are “scared to sleep here” after violent, anti-Semitic threats were made online against the New York college amid the Israel-Hamas war.

    The threats, which were posted online over the weekend, forced some students at the Ivy League university to leave the Ithaca campus because they were too afraid to sleep in their rooms, the president of the college’s Center for Jewish Living told The Cornell Daily Sun, the school’s student newspaper.

    “The first reaction from all the students on the ground is genuine fear,” Molly Goldstein, the center’s president, told the newspaper in a report published on Sunday.

    Goldstein said, “We’ve been getting calls from people who weren’t on the complex asking if it’s safe for them to come back to their room tonight,” and added, “We’ve had people who are too scared to sleep here tonight. So they’ve gone to other places in Ithaca for their safety.”

  28. chicagofinance says:

    left: Red move into top 10 NCAA

  29. chicagofinance says:

    left & LAX: it makes those little microagression douchebags look like complete jokes…..
    WTF happened to “safespaces”?

    I want to see how these frauds are called out? Yeah…. no chance.

  30. chicagofinance says:

    How wholesome:

    Yale’s campus newspaper is being criticized for censoring a pro-Israel columnist by removing what it called “unsubstantiated claims that Hamas raped women and beheaded men.”

  31. Hold my beer says:


    They only believe in safe spaces who share their ideology. They feel Anyone who disagrees with them deserves to be harassed, cancelled, doxxed, threatened and silenced.

    I really think they want the US to be a green version of China

  32. No One says:

    I’ve got major problems with Musk, but he’s surely not celibate.

  33. LAX says:

    Hahaha point taken.

  34. BRT says:

    Rutgers was ground zero for a lot of this type of behavior that just grew by leaps and bounds. In 2000, the feminists drove around and stole all the free papers of “The Medium” to try to silence them. I also remember daily Israel vs Palestine rallies circa 2001. They forced the grease trucks to rename the “Fat B1tch” sandwich. Funny enough, they were all Lebanese and just renamed it to “Fat Beach”, because that’s how they pronounced it anyway.

  35. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Maybe Nostradamus was correct. Scary…post end of 2022.

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