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Old 03-11-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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Default Plainfield thoughts?

We saw a listing of a house in plainfield NJ. It says its in the sleepy hollow section.

How are the schools etc there?

Just curious. Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:12 AM
 
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Plainfield is terrible. Lots of crime and the schools are awful. Certainly in the top 10 worst cities in NJ. Don't even remotely consider it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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The Sleepy Hollow section of Plainfield is very nice, but--unfortunately--it is fairly close to the worst, most crime-ridden areas of Plainfield.

Yes, you can get, "more house for your money", in Sleepy Hollow, but...at what ultimate price?
When the bank robber, Willy Sutton, was asked why he robbed banks, his answer was, "Because that's where the money is".
When one of the less-honorable residents of Plainfield wants to burglarize a house, he is likely to seek one of the homes in Sleepy Hollow, simply because...that is where the money is.

As to the schools, there are few school systems that are as bad as Plainfield's schools are.

My best advice is...don't even think about it.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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Thanks. I thought so but wanted to be sure... The house was absolutely gorgeous but with all the crap that we have -- it's just asking for trouble.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Only move there if you are considering private school
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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Only move there if you are considering private school
I completely disagree. What's the point of owning a home in an area where you have a high risk of being a crime victim? I wouldn't move there even if I didn't have kids.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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We saw a listing of a house in plainfield NJ. It says its in the sleepy hollow section.

How are the schools etc there?

Just curious. Thanks!
Drive through Plainfield and see for yourself. I've driven through much worse places, never more than once. None of them would I consider living in in a million years. You could not pay me enough to live there.

It's too bad, b/c Plainfield was once a very nice community, how did it get to be where it is now?

For all the other posters here, does any of the crime and elements that go along with it, spill over into Scotch Plains, Fanwood, or other communities nearby?
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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I completely disagree. What's the point of owning a home in an area where you have a high risk of being a crime victim? I wouldn't move there even if I didn't have kids.
I'm just giving them my thoughts. I have roots in Plainfield (not that section however). My sister's best friend grew up in Plainfield and went to private school and their neighborhood was very safe
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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Actually there are very stately large residential homes all throughout Plainfield. You would be surprised. Some birder and are surrounded by very nice suburban areas, golf clubs, etc.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:18 AM
 
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Actually there are very stately large residential homes all throughout Plainfield. You would be surprised. Some birder and are surrounded by very nice suburban areas, golf clubs, etc.

Even if somebody is a birder, surely there are safer places to live than Plainfield.

On another site, I found the following statistics, which should give the OP pause:

The city violent crime rate for Plainfield in 2010 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 160.76% and the city property crime rate in Plainfield was higher than the national property crime rate average by 5.8%.

In 2010 the city violent crime rate in Plainfield was higher than the
violent crime rate in New Jersey by 242.04% and the city property crime rate in Plainfield was higher than the property crime rate in New Jersey by 49.5%.


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