Tips For Buying A Home in Essex County New Jersey by Gerri Leventhal
If you work in Manhattan and are looking into quality of life and a low cost of living then buying a home in Essex County New Jersey may very well be the thing for you. There are ‘luxury houses’ and ‘on a budget homes’ here, as well as everything in between. Essex County is home to many diverse communities. It is truly a melting pot for all races and age groups which makes it a wonderfully, exciting and vibrant place to live. Right outside of the incredible New York City, Essex County NJ is always evolving. The culture of the area is fantastic. There are many towns; Essex Fells, Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Nutley to name a few, have become masterful at mixing small town charm with big city sophistication.
Since 1682 when Essex County was officially established as one of the four original New Jersey counties, the residents have been trying to juggle the needs and responsibilities of living next to such a dynamic neighbor as New York City while respecting and cultivating their own legacy of a more relaxed lifestyle. Essex County NJ has always been valued by New Yorkers as an oasis to get away from the big city. To ensure that the county would never get overly populated in 1895 Essex County became the first county in the USA to create a county wide park system. What started as 60 acres over a hundred years ago have grown into 5745 acres of protected green space including; vast natural reserves, fully developed parks with ice and roller skating rinks and tennis courts, golf courses and a zoo.
With excellent air and sea travel provided by Newark International Airport and Port Newark plus a superior network of rail tracks, highway systems, and public transportation, no wonder so many of our country’s top corporations have headquarters here; PSE&G, Bell Atlantic, Prudential, ADP. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center features our nation’s best musicians, dancers, actors and artists. Essex County NJ is home to some of the States most modern, suave shopping malls. If you truly value a sophisticated, modern lifestyle tempered with down to earth hometown tradition, Essex County is the place you’ve been looking for.
Buying a new home in the suburbs of New York City can seem intimidating, but it really isn’t difficult at all when you analyze your needs and determine which types of dwellings and neighborhoods are most suitable for you and your family’s lifestyles. First, talk with a mortgage broker or bank loan officer to find out how much you can afford. Next, talk with a qualified Essex County NJ Real Estate Agent about your wants and needs so that he or she can help you locate the perfect home and property in the perfect community of Essex County New Jersey. If children are involved, discuss the school systems. If a public commute into Manhattan is desired your realtor should be able to locate suitable properties within walking distance of reliable public transportation. If houses of worship are a priority your realtor can locate them for you too. You’ll need to discuss how many bedrooms and baths are needed. Are you looking for a big yard for pets to run or kids to play? A townhouse or condo? Are you looking for a newly constructed home or are you willing to save by purchasing a home that needs a little work done.
Essex County NJ has a lot of fine choices for first time home owners. Bloomfield NJ is known for its affordable property and fair tax assessments. Nutley NJ is known for its community bonding. Montclair has some of the best grade schools in the State. South Orange NJ has a wide array of year round recreational opportunities. Livingston, Verona and Millburn have excellent school systems. The Caldwells are known for their fine Italian restaurants as well as community cultural events.
Essex County New Jersey truly is a great place to live and raise a family. If you plan properly and with the help of a trained and experienced Essex County Realtor you can certainly have all the advantages of small town living plus still enjoy a quick thirty minute train or bus ride into the fabulous Big Apple. Living in Essex County NJ really is a once in a life time experience that should not be missed.
For more information on Essex County real estate contact Gerri Leventhal