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Old 03-28-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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or send your kid to a weak school
... and take a more active role in your child's education to make up for whatever weakness is found in the public school.

That's how it was for me growing up, and that's my plan for my own kid(s).

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Old 03-28-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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Personally, I would take the townhouse over the house in 'ok' area. Isn't that why alot of us choose to stay in NJ and not the midwest where homes are cheaper and cost of living is lower? It's all about your lifestyle and what you want to sacrifice.

However, with your salary range, you should be able to get a home in a nice town, not just a townhouse.

Good luck!
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Kearny
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that's nice that you found a diverse place. That's is also one of our goals, we also have a multi lingual (spanish/polish/english) family, which is kind of hard but I know if we as parents teach our kids about our language and culture it will be all worth it in the long term and they can learn to appreciate the different cultures.
That's is also one of my concerns to find a diverse place where my family can feel comfortable About the schools, of course I'm concerned about it...but believe or not, sometimes these towns like Kearny have better help from the state and more programs where kids can develop more. My husband went to Wallington High School and although the town is safe and Bergen county, they didn't have a cafeteria and not many computer classes. So it made me realize not just because the town is in a nice area means the school is great, sometimes these schools don't have all the programs one would find in other places. So I guess I must continue researching.
THank you all for your suggestions and ideas I appreciate it.
It's a big investment and risk when it comes to find a place to live :-)
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Atlantic Highlands NJ/Ponte Vedra FL/NYC
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... and take a more active role in your child's education to make up for whatever weakness is found in the public school.

That's how it was for me growing up, and that's my plan for my own kid(s).

schools in a bad area attract a bad brand of kid, sure you can make up for the deficiencies in education but you can't alter the culture at a school. so unless you want a jr gangsta, I'd be wary of the government school you send your kid to
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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The title of this thread reminded me of the famous Jack Benny line:
  • Your money or your life!
  • Let me think . . .
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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HAVEN'T READ ANY OF THE PREVIOUS REPLIES, BUT.. when you say diverse neighbourhood, can I comfortably assume that you are white?? Because, 'diverse' - what do you mean, diverse from what, from whom?? Do you mean diverse from human beings?? This 'obvious' bargain, have you taken the time to knock on the neigbours' doors and actually speak to any of them?. I mean, you might be willing to spend a large sum i.e. 450k, but you haven't checked out the neighbours?? First step.
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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P.S if you have kids or are going to have kids soon and you don't feel comfortable enough now, why bother??? Money isn't everything. But if you knocked, you might find a poor "single black mum or muslim woman in a jahib' or could do with an extra buck minding yours..........;=)))
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:31 AM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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Because, 'diverse' - what do you mean, diverse from what, from whom??
diverse - definition of diverse at YourDictionary
Doesn't matter what demographic group the poster belongs to. Diverse means "of many kinds." Diversity is not a comparison; it is a mish-mash, in a good sense (IMO). It goes beyond either A or B, whatever you want A or B to stand for.
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