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Old 04-19-2012, 03:32 PM
Location: Ohio; originally Oakland, CA
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Default Nicer neighborhoods in Newark & Elizabeth?

Hello, after flirting with Brooklyn/Queens and the Philly area, the wife and I have settled on Northern Jersey, within striking distance of NYC.

We tend to lean urban over suburban, which is why I mentioned the two towns above. Montclair looks nice and is definitely on the list, but may be on the pricier side. Are there decent parts of Newark/Elizabeth near train stations and with some form of shopping (mainly grocery)? We're street-smart but also don't want to live near a drug house or have to worry about stick-up kids on a regular basis.

I hope this helps:
Where are you coming from? Dayton Ohio, originally the SF Bay Area
Why are you moving? We hate it here, and she has family in NYC.
Where will you be working ? If NYC, what part of NYC? Probably northern NJ; me as an RN (Barnabus hospitals look nice), she in Criminal Justice field.

Will you buy or rent? rent
What is your budget ? we're open, but probably less than $1500/2+BR
What kind of place are you looking for ? house or large apartment

Will anyone (spouse, children, pets) be moving with you ? me, wife, likely a child and probably our two small dogs
Do you need/want good public schools? not right now

Briefly describe the kind of neighborhood you'd like to live in
(examples: families with young children, young, mature, artsy, diverse, safe, close-knit, block parties, etc)

Liberal/artsy is good, urban is fine but not "hood", ~0.5mi from train station, ethnic diversity (we're an interracial family)

List three things that are important to you in order of importance.(examples: nightlife, outdoor activities, rural/urban, safety, downtown area, charming, new construction, proximity to XYZ, family oriented, easy parking, short commute, etc)
Diversity/open-mindedness (no hostile ghetto areas, and also no racist/NIMBY types either)
near train station (bus is ok, but not preferable)
walkable to shops or restaurants
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:00 PM
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Newark : Forest Hills next to Branch Brook Park.... & the Ironbound , New Jersey's Little Portugal...
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