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Old 06-14-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: North Jersey
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Well I use greatschools.com and neighborhood scout and both of them didn't have good things about West Orange, so I stayed away. But the town looks very beautiful for the price.
West Orange has a small section of town that is a little rough around the edges...most other areas are pretty nice and safe...the middle school curriculum and facilities were great when I went to the open house two weeks ago...I guess it all boils down to perception. My wife and daughter have worked, gone to school and socialized in Nutley for the past 8 years and neither wanted to live there when the time came.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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West Orange has a small section of town that is a little rough around the edges...most other areas are pretty nice and safe...the middle school curriculum and facilities were great when I went to the open house two weeks ago...I guess it all boils down to perception. My wife and daughter have worked, gone to school and socialized in Nutley for the past 8 years and neither wanted to live there when the time came.
Thats very interesting... Why not Nutley?
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: North Jersey
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Thats very interesting... Why not Nutley?
For starters, not as nice overall in our opinion. West Orange feels more suburban, a little more open space. i live less than 2 miles from 2 reservations, 2 golf courses, 1 zoo, and 1 county park with access to a lake with boating options. Also, small town with some people that have too much time on their hands so the gossipping can be annoying.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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For starters, not as nice overall in our opinion. West Orange feels more suburban, a little more open space. i live less than 2 miles from 2 reservations, 2 golf courses, 1 zoo, and 1 county park with access to a lake with boating options. Also, small town with some people that have too much time on their hands so the gossipping can be annoying.
I agree West Orange is more suburban than Nutley. Much greener and much bigger lots. When we were moving, we chose Nutley over WO because of the middle school and commute to NYC.

Also, personally I like small town feel to Nutley.

And yes, taxes in WO seemed somewhat outrageous, even from Essex standards.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: North Jersey
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I agree West Orange is more suburban than Nutley. Much greener and much bigger lots. When we were moving, we chose Nutley over WO because of the middle school and commute to NYC.

Also, personally I like small town feel to Nutley.

And yes, taxes in WO seemed somewhat outrageous, even from Essex standards.
My taxes aren't bad actually...I live in a Cape but have a nice sized backyard. But on the average, the taxes are higher here.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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Well..I think I may have found a place in Montclair ( I have another thread up detailing my exhaustive search), BUT it's on Bloomfield Avenue, where a previous poster said to stay away from. (800 block). I'm going up there to see it on Saturday, and I have to be honest...for the price and the amenities, if I like it and it works out, I'll be taking a chance and taking the place! I still welcome feedback (or I wouldn't put this here), but yeah, I'm on a budget..it is what it is!!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Well..I think I may have found a place in Montclair ( I have another thread up detailing my exhaustive search), BUT it's on Bloomfield Avenue, where a previous poster said to stay away from. (800 block). I'm going up there to see it on Saturday, and I have to be honest...for the price and the amenities, if I like it and it works out, I'll be taking a chance and taking the place! I still welcome feedback (or I wouldn't put this here), but yeah, I'm on a budget..it is what it is!!!

That area of Bloomfield Ave is very nice, IMO. You may have some traffic noise (Bloomfield Ave is a busy road), but it's not a "bad part" of town.

I lived very close to there (Claremont at Highland) up until about 5 years ago. The positives are: nice neighborhood, lots of trees, walking distance to Whole Foods and all of Montclair Center for that matter, walking distance into Eagle Rock Reservation (great for jogs or long walks), short bike ride to Edgemont Park, Upper Montclair, and Verona. The only negatives for me were the commute to Manhattan, it was a bit too quiet for my taste at the time (I was in my early 20s), and although the restaurants were great I was too young/poor to afford to take advantage very often.

Regarding the commute, I used the DeCamp 33G bus. It stopped right in front of my apartment, but living near the beginning of the bus route, I had to ride all over Montclair Township before the bus eventually got onto the highway. It took a long time. Also, my job was not very close to the PABT (Kips Bay), so getting to the city was just part of my "battle" each morning. I tried the train, which got me a little closer to the office, but from way "up the hill" on Claremont it was a long walk (about 25 minutes) to the Walnut Street station. I tried riding my bike to the train, but it was vandalized on two occasions while locked up at the station, so I didn't feel comfortable leaving it there. This was before folding bikes became popular, which would've helped the situation, I think.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Hey, THANKS for that input! I am in my early thirties and will be a full time graduate student. There needs to be some quiet, but then, I would like to be able to get involved in fun stuff easily too! I sure do feel reassured now.

What is the closest train station to this area, by the way? I don't need to be in NYC at this point (as long as I can get there, I'm good), but I'm curious.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Montclair, NJ
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I am also interested in moving to Montclair, but I'm interested in renting. I am not concerned about the school system because I've heard feedback from very reliable and trustworthy sources that the schools in Montclair are excellent! Does anyone have any feedback on what it's like to live in Montclair as a renter?
I've been renting since I've moved back in '05. It's been nice watching prices drop, though they are headed back up again. I would like to make improvements to where I live but don't mind not spending the money and smaller kids would probably trash it anyway. There is a wide variety or rental property from single families to apartment buildings. Rent may not be that cheap, but the alternative is carrying taxes in addition to mortgage. The rental market is pretty tight right now.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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What is the closest train station to this area, by the way? I don't need to be in NYC at this point (as long as I can get there, I'm good), but I'm curious.
Bay Street and Walnut Street are both pretty close, but not really walkable. I think there's a shuttle.
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