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Is NJ school worth the move?

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My husband and I are currently exploring the idea of moving to NJ suburbs. We have 2 kids- 3 and 5 months so the move is primarily for schools and maybe a bit more space. We currently own a 2 family house in Bath Beach/ Dyker area in Brooklyn so we have the option of converting our house into duplex for space. However, it would be nice to get more space for less money. I think if we sell it, we can get ~800L.

As I start researching the towns that fits our wish list- good commute to NYC, good schools and walkable- I am seeing that home prices are 500-600K plus higher taxes and higher commute cost. I am starting to wonder if the cost of living might be a wash. Although I don't love Brooklyn, (I feel like it;s too congested and dirty) we both grew up here so have strong network of friends and families that we can lean on when it comes to childcare. I work in WTC and my husband works 10 mins from our house in Brooklyn but might be able to put in a transfer for NJ.

So let's say if commute time and cost of living is a wash, then the deciding factor would be are the schools much better? How are NJ schools better? Any insight/perspective is appreciated!


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