Freed From a Daily Commute, They Looked to the Suburbs

“It was time for us to move farther away, into that suburban environment,” Mr. Abbatiello mentioned.

On his first day of on the lookout for luxurious flats exterior West New York, he discovered a itemizing he preferred sufficient to try in particular person: a 1,308-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a personal balcony, parking for 2 vehicles and an on-site storage unit for $2,915 a month at a new growth referred to as Central and Oak, in East Rutherford, the Bergen County borough the place MetLife Stadium is.

“I was so intrigued by the listing photos, I said to Allison, ‘I’m going to go take a look,’” Mr. Abbatiello mentioned. “I only knew of the stadium and industrial areas. I wanted to make sure it was in a residential neighborhood with stores and bus stops nearby.”

He discovered an “extremely residential” neighborhood a mile from the Rutherford prepare station, and found that not solely have been there loads of public buses, however the growth offered a shuttle to the station. “There were two townhouse-condo communities nearby and lots of blocks of single-family houses,” he mentioned. “Grocery stores were very close, and there was a park within walking distance.”

The couple moved in on July 1, a month after the Sterling Properties growth opened, paying $2,990 a month (together with a $25 month-to-month pet price and an annual $600 amenity price).

The setup has been excellent for working from dwelling: Ms. O’Reilly works in a single bed room, and Mr. Abbatiello in the different. The closets are copious, and the kitchen doesn’t really feel cramped once they’re each in it at the identical time, in contrast to the one of their final house.

“It’s been a lot easier to cook and use all our appliances with the extra counter space,” Ms. O’Reilly mentioned. “I was very attached to our last apartment, but I’m thankful we made the move we did. We have the space to be in our home 24/7.”

When they finally return to a day by day commute, the journey into Manhattan will likely be comparable to the one from West New York, as a result of the prepare is quicker than Lincoln Tunnel site visitors. The prepare tracks operating previous their home windows — certainly one of the issues they significantly like about their new dwelling — additionally make for extra nice background noise than the Lincoln Tunnel did.

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