Looking for a great neighbourhood around Edison / New Brunswick / Piscataway - any ideas please?

I am moving to New Jersey later this year and have picked out those neighbourhoods as a good place to look - I am relocating an office with my husband so we want easy access to nice office space and a great place to live. We don't have kids so don't need to think about schools, just a safe and great neighbourhood please! Nothing super expensive, but we don't need to be too budget conscious. Any tips gratefully received. Thanks!
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ThomasZ 2yrs+
I know this response is way late for the original poster but maybe it will help someone else. I think a lot depends on your lifestyle and preferences. I lived in downtown New Brunswick for seven years and enjoyed it immensely as a single professional. Because it is the home of Rutgers, Johnson & Johnson and the Middlesex County government - it is a vibrant place for dining, entertainment, shopping and the Arts. The DevCo - initiated and sponsored by all three has been a driver in the revitalization of downtown New Brunswick.

Some of the best restaurants in NJ are located in New Brunswick - The Frog & the Peach, Deltas, Makedas (Ethiopian) to name a few. There is a comedy club, plenty of outlets that offer live music and a few night clubs. There are plenty of shopping options in New Brunswick and the NJ Transit stop will take you right into Manhattan's Penn Station within about an hour. There are also three world-class theaters - the State, George Street Play House and the Crossroads. There is the Zimmerle Museum at Rutgers. From a history perspective - New Brunswick is steeped in history, with sites that go back to the late 1700's. There is also a new public fitness center and supermarket downtown adjacent to the NJ Transit & Amtrak train station. There are also a number of options available from a Housing perspective including at least five high-end town house, condo and rental properties.

You really can't beat New Brunswick if you single, a couple just starting out or even a couple with small children. I wouldn't recommend it for people with school aged kids unless you want to spring for private school since the public schools are not great.
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I think your decision will rely heavily on where you are moving from. If you are coming from a city, you will think one way. If you are coming from a rural area and looking for a rural area, then I would look in some surrounding towns.
New Brunswick is home to Rutgers University and it is a college town with some great entertainment. I wouldn't say the rest of New Brunswick outside of Rutgers is a desirable place to live. Edison has some nice neighborhoods but can also feel a little crowded. It all depends on if having land is important to you. Traffic can also be a bit of a concern. The same can be said for Piscataway. I would say that Edison has a reputation for having a few good schools which increases the property value. Piscataway is a less expensive alternative.
If I were you, I would also explore Franklin Township, Hillsborough, and possibly East/South Brunswick which would still leave you still fairly close to Edison/New Brunswick/Piscataway areas.
If you've already made your move, I will you the best of luck and welcome to NJ. If not and you still have some questions, feel free to post :)
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