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Old 11-02-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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...in terms of the old houses and park like properties.

I was flipping through an internet real estate site and came upon a few houses from Plainfield. I have to admit they are beautiful!! and who can argue with the prices. however, I realize that for the prices to be so low there must be neighborhood issues. I do some research and it sure appears as if tehre are indeed issues.

then I see that ex Gov Mcgreevy lives in Plainfield and I figure it cannot be too bad.

anyhoot, is one section of plainfield better than others? are there other areas in NJ similar to Plainfield as far as housing but with a better reputation?

I live in Staten Island in a nice quiet neighborhood but the prices are getting too high and I was hoping to get more for my money in NJ.
I would be commuting to Manhattan so please keep that in mind when recommending a neighborhood. also my budget is around 450-500K

thank you in advance for any advice

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Warren County and loving it!
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Yes, there are neighborhood issues. I'm sure there are some parts better than others, so if you're just living there, find the nice area and you'll be ok. If you have kids however, look into private school.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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I grew up in Plainfield and the main problem will be the schools. I lived on the same block as McGreevy (before he lived there) and there are amazing homes all around that street (Prospect Avenue 3 houses up from Hillside Ave towards Woodland Ave). There is also crime in Plainfield, though not as bad in certain neighborhoods.

A lot of gay couples live in historic districts in Plainfield, I guess they usually don't need the schools.

North Plainfield has a very pretty historic district, but no train station..
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:47 AM
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During the riots of the sixties a lot of the very wealthy from Plainfield moved to Watchung and Warren Twp. What they left behind are some beautiful real mansions in the Sleepy Hollow section which is behind the Muhlenberg Hospital.
There are some real bargains considering the square footage you get but sending children to Plainfield schools is not so great.
If you can afford private schools for the kids that would be the way to go.

There is no longer shopping in downtown Plainfield for most people so you will have to go the the malls on rt 22 to shop.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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There are gorgeous homes in Sleepy Hollow and the other historical sections of Plainfield (Van Wyk for one). However the taxes are outrageous, downtown Plainfield is dangerous (I was born in this town and lived there during various periods of my life and being a woman was harassed just shopping there.) There is a huge gang problem in this town and every year there are at least 30 shootings including fatalities). Forget the schools. They are just as bad.

North Plainfield has some large mansions too but it is right next door to Plainfield. Burglaries are common in both these towns. The school system isn't that great either.

I would look into Montclair and stay away from this area. And please, do not drive around Plainfield if you don't know the neighborhoods. One wrong turn and you can land in the killing fields.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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...in terms of the old houses and park like properties.

I was flipping through an internet real estate site and came upon a few houses from Plainfield. I have to admit they are beautiful!! and who can argue with the prices. however, I realize that for the prices to be so low there must be neighborhood issues. I do some research and it sure appears as if tehre are indeed issues.

then I see that ex Gov Mcgreevy lives in Plainfield and I figure it cannot be too bad.

anyhoot, is one section of plainfield better than others? are there other areas in NJ similar to Plainfield as far as housing but with a better reputation?

I live in Staten Island in a nice quiet neighborhood but the prices are getting too high and I was hoping to get more for my money in NJ.
I would be commuting to Manhattan so please keep that in mind when recommending a neighborhood. also my budget is around 450-500K

thank you in advance for any advice
Yep, I concur with the advice. Forget Plainfield, if you like historic homes look elsewhere. There are no shortages of historic homes especially in North jersey.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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North Plainfield has a very pretty historic district, but no train station..
Train Station should not be problem. Both Plainfield and Netherwood train stations are within 5-10 min drive.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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Yep, I concur with the advice. Forget Plainfield, if you like historic homes look elsewhere. There are no shortages of historic homes especially in North jersey.
thats kinda what i am asking for here. I dont know Jersey well at all. i wouldnt know what towns to start looking in. I was hoping some people ehre could help me out.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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thats kinda what i am asking for here. I dont know Jersey well at all. i wouldnt know what towns to start looking in. I was hoping some people ehre could help me out.

I don't know North Jersey all that well. Others can advise you there.

I do know Central Jersey very well, look at Cranford it has some nice older homes as does Metuhen. Both nice towns you should be able to find a fixer-upper in your price range. Nice downtowns, safe neighboorhoods. Much better choices.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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thanks. while i do know and like cranford, its out. wifes sister lives there lol
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