Why Buy a Home in the Newark Metro Area?

Considering living in Newark, New Jersey? Or considering home builders in Newark's metro area? From Newark’s cost of living to its close proximity to New York City, there are a few reasons to take the leap and start living in Newark. But there are also a few good reasons to consider nearby areas outside of Newark, also.

New Construction Home Affordability in Newark Metro Area

If you’re considering living in Newark and the surrounding metro area, here are a few spots worth considering.

Livingston, NJ

Located just twenty minutes away from Newark, you can find both locally-owned and nationally acclaimed stores and restaurants located in Livingston, mostly within its three main shopping areas. Top employers include Inteplast Group headquarters, The Briad Group headquarters, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and the customer service and support center of Verizon New Jersey.


Cultural attractions include Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Livingston Community Players—a community-based theatre organization, and the Children's Theatre of Livingston that caters to creating performance opportunities for children grades 2 to 8. Livingston is also the headquarters of the New Jersey School of Ballet, which offers many classes in ballet, jazz and tap.


You can find new construction townhomes at Livingston Square starting at $631,000, conveniently located along Columbia Turnpike for an easier commute to the city with quick access to commuter corridors including the Parkway.

Warren, NJ

A borough in Bergen County that’s located 10 miles from New York City, it also contains one of the first planned communities in the United States—Radburn. The city’s motto is, "A great place to visit and a better place to live." Overall, it appears to live up to its motto with top-ranked schools, a variety of nightlife, lower crime rates, and above average diversity.


Most people who live in Fairlawn own their homes. You can find new home construction offered by home builders in the Newark metro area starting at just over $665,000 at the Crossings at Radburn. It’s not an ideal commute to Newark, but only about a half hour drive to New York City. Or you could take public transit, which would take about an hour.


Fairlawn, NJ

Another option to consider as an alternative to living in Newark is Warren, NJ. About a half hour from Newark, it’s not too far that you’ll miss out on any top Newark attractions. Plus, its cost of living is comparable to Newark’s cost of living. Located in Somerset County, it borders both Morris (along the Passaic River) and Union counties.


Warren has been listed as a "Best Places to Live'' by more than one publication. In addition to top-ranked schools, low crime rates, diversity, and nightlife–Warren also offers plenty of wide open spaces, working farms, and an annual June carnival. Most recently, Warren has also become a more popular option for those who are spending more time working from home.


It’s still a pretty long drive from New York City—about an hour, during traffic. And there isn’t really a solid public transit option. But Warren does have its own charms to offer, especially one that you won’t really find anywhere close to the city—nature. That includes hiking and trail opportunities at Jenny Jump State Forest or Mount Tammany.


If you’re interested in finding new home builders in Warren, there is a brand new construction home site opening up in late 2021 called Fairview at Warren with homes starting at $700,000.


Considering living in Newark or the surrounding areas? Hopefully this article will help you make up your mind. And with more and more people working from home than ever, perhaps your dream home will be even easier to find.



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Published 9.1.2021

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