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A pretty four-bedroom house in one of NJ's most desirable suburbs, for less than a one-bedroom co-op

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As we've covered here before, Maplewood, New Jersey, is one of the tri-state area's most popular towns for NYC expats. And for good reason: The commute to Manhattan is rather quick and direct, the public schools are rated well, and there's an artsy/homey vibe that appeals to city-dwellers.

This four-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath house looks like the perfect place to make the transition from city slicker to suburbanite. At $520,000, it's also $100,000 less than the median price for a Manhattan one-bedroom co-op.

This center-hall colonial has both a front porch, enclosed back porch, and a patio, so you can make the most of your outdoor time. A single bedroom on the third floor allows for a master suite.

There's also a formal dining room and sunroom; and the living room has a fireplace. Outside there are lush fenced-in gardens—move in asap and you'll get to experience some beautiful autumn evenings out there.