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Old 10-06-2016, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Bergen County
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We're looking to move from our town in Bergen Co. We want a better school system for our 3rd grader - need to move before 6th Gr. Towns are changing rapidly. Oradell we hear is going to have a new tax assessment done which will likely raise their taxes. We can't afford much more than we're at now but looks like we'll be doing a lateral move, just to get into a better school. I do go into NYC a couple days a week (usually drive - but am interested in train!) Husband works west near Wayne. I'd love a "community" where we'd fit in, upper middle class, educated, middle aged with one child. Would love to live in a "neighborhood" that has kids where the families get together occasionally and the kids play together. (I know I'm dreaming! Ha! - but I've heard of this lifestyle and I'm trying to find it for my family! I THINK Glen Rock may offer this (homes closer together?), or Oradell? We are interested in Wyckoff as it seems you get more for your $ there, but i'm afraid the homes are TOO spread out we'd feel isolated? Someone mentioned Waldwick? My child need extra help with school so I need a school that offers those resources (they probably all do?... we have a great elem. school now, but don't like the middle or high school). Any thoughts? or NEW towns? I'm even willing to go up to Alendale/Ramsey ... maybe.. they're far.. but the "town" of Ramsey is very cute! Is Ho Ho Kus too expensive?
My budget for house is up to $850K. 3/4 BR. Taxes no more than $17. (if we can do less that's ideal!) thanks Bergen County!
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:40 PM
 
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Tax assessment in Oradell does not neccesrily mean taxes will go up on the house you buy.

You probably won't find any houses for sale within 200k of 850 in Waldwick. Very middle class town in comparison with the others listed.

All are considered very nice. Where do you live now?
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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There is nothing middle class about the budget of $850K, even in Bergen county. I hope you realize that in general, with some exceptions, the higher the property tax is the better the schools will be...

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Old 10-07-2016, 09:26 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Not sure why "town" is in quotes re Ramsey.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:21 AM
 
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I would cross Waldwick off your list. It doesn't really fit what you're looking for, as it's solidly middle class. With your budget, you'd probably end up owning one of the most expensive homes in town. As for Ho Ho Kus, you'd probably be near the starting point for homes.

The schools are excellent in the rest of the towns you've mentioned, although I'm not too familiar on how they rank when it comes to students with special needs.

In terms of a "neighborhoodish" feeling, I think Glen Rock, Ridgewood and parts of Ramsey fit that description best. Oradell is a lot more densely populated. While nice, IMO the other towns mentioned are nicer. Although Wyckoff has a downtown, its not walkable at all. You need a car. It feels more "rural". Good luck!
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:23 AM
 
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There is nothing middle class about the budget of $850K, even in Bergen county. I hope you realize that in general, with some exceptions, the higher the property tax is the better the schools will be...
This just simply isn't so--not on property tax rate. Its all over the map.
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:44 PM
 
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This just simply isn't so--not on property tax rate. Its all over the map.
I expect that this is true with some limited exceptions. Do you have examples to the contrary?
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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I expect that this is true with some limited exceptions. Do you have examples to the contrary?

Almost every town in Hudson County doesn't follow the "higher taxes = better schools" formula.

Also, look at Orange and East Orange.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:01 PM
 
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There is nothing middle class about the budget of $850K, even in Bergen county. I hope you realize that in general, with some exceptions, the higher the property tax is the better the schools will be...
This is flat out false, a higher tax rate doesn't mean better schools. If anything, the reverse is actually true is Bergen County; eg Little Ferry and Lodi have high rates and awful schools, while Saddle River and Alpine have low tax rates and amazing schools.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:05 PM
 
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Hohokus and Allendale are probably ideal for you. Waldwick and Oradell are actually well below your budget and might be less upscale than what you are looking for.
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