At Towne Realty Group, most of our clients are focused on finding the best home, good schools and figuring out how long it will take them to get to work. Commuting into Manhattan is a huge draw for our buyers and the NJ Transit Midtown Direct Train has made our local towns extremely desirable. Getting into Manhattan in under an hour can be a challenge during rush hour, but in our local towns, it’s a breeze. Short Hills, NJ has long been referred to as a ‘Bedroom Community’ for Wall Street. Some joke that homes overlooking two of our private ponds are known as ‘On Goldman Pond.’ (Referring to the number of partners of Goldman Sachs, who reside in Short Hills, NJ.)
In many towns, there was no way to get into NYC without a connection to the Morristown line. The only route for public transportation by train, in and out of New York, was with a transfer. For years riders of the Erie Lackawanna train had to stop in Hoboken and take a path train into NY, or hop on a bus into Port Authority. If you happen to live within walking distance of the train or the bus, you are in luck. If not, you have to figure out a place to park and we have outlined how that can work for you in various towns, below.
While a convenient commute to New York City is a major factor for Towne Realty Group clients, the Morristown line can also deliver students to and from the best private and parochial schools throughout Essex, Morris and Union Counties. Whether you are commuting east or west, professional or student, the Morristown line is convenient and runs with great frequency.
Towne Realty Group Salesperson Richa “Ricky” Garg has become an expert for commuter questions. Ricky, by the way, with only three years in the business was recently nominated for “Outstanding Rookie” at the 19th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference. She is closing in on almost $20 million in sales in 2014. Pretty amazing for someone in the business only three years and fairly new to the United States; Ricky relocated to the USA from India in 2007!
“My clients depend on me to have commuting facts handy when they are hunting for a home. One of the big questions I hear is: ‘How close is the train station?’ The other is, ‘Where can I parK?’ ” Ricky, a Short Hills resident, said. “People spend a lot of time at their jobs, and my clients are looking for as easy a commute as possible. Our lives are hectic enough. An easy commute is key to maintaining a sense of balance between work and family.”
Ricky is the type of thoughtful professional we have at Towne Realty Group and she’ll help you find the right house in the right town to strike that balance. You can reach her by text or cell at 973-941-9739, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you will find a guide to commuter train station parking, Jitney and shuttle websites, and bus websites. Jitney and shuttle bus services that have sprung up in many towns. These passenger buses are a great help in whisking commuters to train stations. In addition, towns like West Orange, Springfield, Livingston, Florham Park, and Berkley Heights do not have their own train stations. A shuttle will get you to a nearby station. Here are the links to shuttle services and which train stations they service:
West Orange– http://www.westorange.org/index.aspx?NID=595
The Wyoming section of Millburn is now serviced by the Maplewood jitney; it will take you to the Maplewood train station. You can find information here: http://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/1566
If you prefer the bus, Coach USA provides service from many area towns including Florham Park, Livingston, and Maplewood. Their website, http://www.coachusa.com/community/ss.tickets.asp will tell you if they service your town and it provides routes and rates.
Lakeland Bus travels along routes 78, 46, and 80 to Port Authority. They make many stops in Morris and Union Counties including in Summit and New Providence. You can find your route here: http://www.lakelandbus.com/bus-stops-lakeland-route-78.
DeCamp largely serves West Orange, Montclair and Bloomfield areas. You can check the schedules here: http://www.decamp.com/schedules_routes.asp
Here is commuter train station parking information for many area towns. The current rate for Millburn/ Short Hills is $510 annually. An increase to $560 will be effective January 1. The January 2015 rate is posted in the table. Towne Realty Group will continue to check all of these towns for rate changes and update the information accordingly.
|TOWN||PHONE||RESIDENT||NON-RESIDENT||List as of November 2014|
|BerkeleyHeights||908-464-2700 x 2110||$285 annually $75 quarterly||$715 Annually$200 Quarterly||2 year wait-list|
|ChathamBorough||973-635-0674||$425 Annually||5.50/Day||One year minimum wait-list|
|Maplewood||973-762-8120||$210 annually$225 jitney and parking combo||$3/ Day||No wait-list, non-residents can purchase smart-card at town hall|
|Madison||973-593-3015||$425 annually||$5/ Day||70-80 people on wait-list|
|Millburn-Short Hills||973-564-7084||$560 annually$375 half year$600 additional car||N/A||No wait-list, First Come first serve for spots. Free valet on Short Hills Station|
|New Providence-Murray Hill||908-665-1400||$325 annually$90 quarterly||$1,050 annually; no permits available||No wait-list for residents; NP lots fill up at 6:30 in the morning|
|SouthOrange||973-378-7715||$300 annually,Lot 7||$840 annually, Lot 11$480 Mt. Station Lot||5 Year wait-list for SO2 Year wait-list for Mt. Station|
|Summit||908-522-5100||$864 annually$228 quarterly$80 monthly $4/day||$10/ Day||No wait-list; first come first serve for spaces|
Check www.NJtransit.com for train schedules. They change periodically and they are not always reliable in severe weather or on holidays, but most of the time they are dependable.
Towne Realty Group, recently surpassed $1 billion in sales. Active members of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, Towne Realty Group is also the exclusive representative of Leverage Global Partners for Short Hills, NJ. Most recently, at the 19th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference, Towne Realty Group was honored with the 2014 Best Luxury Brand Integration Award and the Significant Sales Award for the highest closed sale, a Short Hills, NJ property.
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