No, it's not Midtown, but it is pretty close. Edgewater is a hot location that is in high demand by people looking to rent an apartment close to the heart of the action. There are plenty of rental properties on the market, but they don't always hang around too long before someone snaps them up. That means that if you are the kind of person who likes to "umm" and "ahh" over every decision you make, you are going to have a frustrating time looking for places to live in Edgewater. The severely afflicted might need to take a decision-making class before they start their search.
To avoid the disappointment of having one near-perfect apartment after another whisked away from you before you can get your pen to the contract, you need to get all your ducks in a row. By which we mean, you need to contact your employer for proof of income (and possibly a character reference) and make sure you have a stash of cash big enough to pay the first month's rent, security deposit, pet deposit and any other fees the landlords can come up with. Yes, we know it's a pain to have to pay out so much at once, but your landlords want to be sure that you're not going to trash their valuable property. Behave yourself during the lease, and hopefully you'll get it all back...eventually.
Where you live in Edgewater can make a big difference to your daily commute into Manhattan (if that's something you're going to have to face), as you will have to go either north or south to cross the Hudson River by bridge. Alternatively, you can make the trip by boat from the Edgewater Ferry Landing, located by the Marina. Obviously, locating yourself close to one of the crossing points will cut down the time you spend traveling, so bear that in mind when you choose where to set down roots.
North Edgewater: The north end of Edgewater is conveniently close to George Washington Bridge, which is good news if you need to travel to Hudson Heights, the Bronx or Upper Manhattan. This area stretches from the Edgewater Ferry Landing right up to Fort Lee Historic Park, which has some great views over the water. It's also a good place to learn about the history of the region, thanks to the Fort Lee Museum, located in the park. Head here to find out about the battles that were fought on the river between the British and the American settlers. If all that sounds like your cup of tea, then set your sights on a two-bedroom apartment or studio for rent in this end of town.
South Edgewater: The more southern part of Edgewater extends down to the James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park, which is a great place to get down to some serious recreation. Bring your dog here to tire him out in the dog run or get your own spot of exercise by taking a jog around the lake. There's also a soccer field, just in case you feel like having a kick-around with some pals. South Edgewater also has some excellent restaurants to refuel you after your jaunts around the park, as well as a multiplex cinema for those times when you'd rather take your entertainment indoors (as well you might during the cold New Jersey winters!). You'll find plenty of high-rise complexes with serviced apartments here, although there are also a few larger houses available. Remember not to hang around if you want to bag a place you really want. Make a decision and act now!
This is one of the few parts of the U.S. where not having a car isn't a major problem. Public transportation will take you in and out of the city efficiently, and if not exactly quickly, at least no more slowly than you would experience trying to drive through the traffic around here. OK, so riding the bus might not be your idea of fun, but being pressed up against lots of other people is something you're going to have to get used to if you want to live in such a densely populated area. At least living in Edgewater gives you a little extra breathing space (and a little extra cash in your wallet) compared to renting an apartment in Manhattan.