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Old 04-10-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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Good morning everyone,

My family is looking to move in South Jersey. My husband and I have one child (1 year old), and we really want a place with good schools so we can use the public school system. Haddon Heights is just about the furthest northeast we can go because of where I work (Chadds Ford, PA), but even that is a bit of a stretch (we're keeping it on our list, though, because we would love to live there). My husband works in Philly.

Any opinions on something close to 295 but south of the 42 junction? Woodbury, Deptford, West Deptford, Swedesboro, or anything near there? We love some of the houses in Woodbury, but so far I've gotten mixed views of the town. We've lived in Blackwood for the past several months but we do not want to buy a house here. We like old houses but are open to nice newer ones (as long as they're not McMansions). Any information or opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

Here's some more detailed info on us:

When are you moving? August-ish 2010Where are you coming from? Blackwood, NJ
Why are you moving? Want to buy a house (currently renting)
Where will you be working?
Me: Chadds Ford, PA; Husband: Philly
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo?
How much can you spend? House; budget = $300,000 - 350,000
Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Married, with a one-year-old child and probably more in the future
Do you prefer public or private schools?
good public schools
Do you have pets?
dog
Do you want or need a yard?
Yes!
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Calm and quiet would be better.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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Good morning everyone,

My family is looking to move in South Jersey. My husband and I have one child (1 year old), and we really want a place with good schools so we can use the public school system. Haddon Heights is just about the furthest northeast we can go because of where I work (Chadds Ford, PA), but even that is a bit of a stretch (we're keeping it on our list, though, because we would love to live there). My husband works in Philly.

Any opinions on something close to 295 but south of the 42 junction? Woodbury, Deptford, West Deptford, Swedesboro, or anything near there? We love some of the houses in Woodbury, but so far I've gotten mixed views of the town. We've lived in Blackwood for the past several months but we do not want to buy a house here. We like old houses but are open to nice newer ones (as long as they're not McMansions). Any information or opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

Here's some more detailed info on us:

When are you moving? August-ish 2010Where are you coming from? Blackwood, NJ
Why are you moving? Want to buy a house (currently renting)
Where will you be working? Me: Chadds Ford, PA; Husband: Philly
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? House; budget = $300,000 - 350,000
Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married, with a one-year-old child and probably more in the future
Do you prefer public or private schools? good public schools
Do you have pets? dog
Do you want or need a yard? Yes!
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Calm and quiet would be better.
Pitman has very good schools & you can get to the Commodore Barry Bridge via 322.

As of now, Pitman has a K-12 system which is very good to excellent. Plenty of old houses there. It's a nice little quiet town.

The Swedesboro area has more new construction. I'm not too familiar with their schools, but I think that they are involved with a regional high school.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: delaware bay, south jersey
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I grew up in Gloucester county, check out Westville, river drive area, Wenonah..nice town....
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:54 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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I live in Woodstown and managed the Starbucks in Chadds Ford for a couple years, and it's a real easy commute. It's a nice, quiet, family friendly small town with great schools.

The nice thing about the commute is you've got 2 good options to hit that are about the same travel time. So if you check the traffic report in the morning and traffic bad in Delaware you can cross the Commodore Barry and go 322, and conversely if it's bad in PA, just take the Del Mem bridge and go 202. Both bridges are within 10 minutes of Woodstown.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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My wife and I have 3 young kids and chose to settle in the Swedesboro/Woolwich/Logan area. Overall it is a great community and the schools are fanastic. However, while it would be an easy commute to Chadd's Ford, your husband heading into Philly may not be that happy as 95 North into the city can get pretty dicey during rush. Where in the city does your husband work?
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the responses! I had never even heard of some of these towns, so you've given me lots of great ideas. They are all greatly appreciated. We're going to some open houses this weekend to look at towns around here.


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My wife and I have 3 young kids and chose to settle in the Swedesboro/Woolwich/Logan area. Overall it is a great community and the schools are fanastic. However, while it would be an easy commute to Chadd's Ford, your husband heading into Philly may not be that happy as 95 North into the city can get pretty dicey during rush. Where in the city does your husband work?
NJGOAT: my husband works right near UPenn, so yes, unfortunately, Swedesboro/Logan would be a bit of a hike for him. I have heard lots of nice things about that area, though!
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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What don't you like about Blackwood? It seems to fit most of your criteria, and you could probably get something pretty good with your budget. I guess most of the houses are not really "older," and the schools are not particularly great, but at least as far as high schools go it's very comparable to a lot of the other schools mentioned here like Deptford, West Deptford, Woodbury, and Gateway (where Wenonah/Westville go). In my opinion, for the most part, if you're not going to Haddonfield, Moorestown, either Cherry Hill, the Lenape district, or Eastern, then the difference between the rest of them isn't that significant.

I do agree with Pitman as a good suggestion though. Older homes, good schools, and seems to divide up the commute pretty evenly.

But since you both work in two different parts of PA, have you considered living on that side of the river?
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