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Old 11-09-2011, 04:19 AM
Location: NJ
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What is this town like. I've seen some houses in our range, but I don't have time to go see them for another couple of weeks. What are the demographics like? Is it safe? any walkable downtown?
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:49 AM
Location: Ohio
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Look up all you can about the town. Its News paper should be online, so you can scour the Police Reports, and if it has a Television Station around, check its home page out and see what they say about the town.

You can email the Schools and see what they are like, and get to know the Councelors so that they will give you the 'real scoop' on the city. Dont bother contacting the Mayor or City Council members, cause they will rave about the town, even if its a bust...

I wish you well...

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Old 11-10-2011, 11:43 AM
Location: Central New Jersey
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South River is a small quiet town that is only about 3 square miles in size but due to all the larger neighboring towns (East Brunswick, Sayreville, and Old Bridge), you are never too far from anything. All major highways are within a few miles drive of the town (Route 18, Route 1, Route 9, Route 35, NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, etc.) which makes it very accessible. South River is also pretty diverse and there of course highly desirable sections (Everything off Old Bridge Turnpike), and less desirable sections (Water Street area), just like any other town.

The town overall is safe with little violence, much like most of Middlesex County. The highest violence areas within the county are within Perth Amboy and New Brunswick which you are plenty distance from you.

Lastly the schools are well ranked for the tax bracket. The best schools in the county are in East Brunswick and South Brunswick but your taxes are higher so you get what you pay for in essence. All of the schools are next to eachother off Old Bridge Turnpike which is convenient. Due to the small size of the town, the graduating classes are not as large, which is good for the students as well.

If you require anymore information, I would suggest you visit this link, you should be able to find everything you require, minus real estate data of course. Here is the link:

South River, New Jersey
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:25 PM
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I have many friends from South River. While it has its known reputation as a multi-generation working class town, some parts of it have slid for the worst over the last ten years. Lots of the residents of the New Brunswick projects were "transported" to The River when the route 18 projects were knocked down in the late 1990s. Most of it is concentrated to the areas near Ferry and Main Streets near the bridge into Sayreville. And most of Main St. is rather gritty and "ghetto" looking. That said, the whole town certainly is not like this. The areas close to Old Bridge Tpk and the East Brunswick border are still pretty solid and there are even a few new developments going up with houses priced over $500K, which is way overpriced for SR, IMO. There are some beautiful old houses on the southern portion of Main St. going toward EB that really have a lot of potential, but the owners do not seem to keep them up all that well unfortunately.

Given all of the above, I think you can probably find better options in this general region. I have lived around here my whole life and am very familiar with the area. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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