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Old 02-26-2010, 04:31 AM
 
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I currently live in brooklyn and love it here. we have great parks and schools.. however I have two girls and would like for them to have a better quality of life. and of course a place to house my Lamborghini

I am potentially looking to purchase a house in NJ.... money is not an issue... i am looking for a community that has some history-
'i like old homes"-- what i am really looking for is diversity, with a nice town center and great schools..

does such a place exist?
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I currently live in brooklyn and love it here. we have great parks and schools.. however I have two girls and would like for them to have a better quality of life. and of course a place to house my Lamborghini

I am potentially looking to purchase a house in NJ.... money is not an issue... i am looking for a community that has some history-
'i like old homes"-- what i am really looking for is diversity, with a nice town center and great schools..

does such a place exist?
take a look at Montclair too.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:41 AM
 
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Westfield, Ridgewood...?
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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West Orange is a bit nicer, not that South Orange isn't nice (because it is)
Someone already suggested Montclair which would be my personal choice, even Maplewood would be a place to look into (a lot of Brooklyn-->NJ moves go to Maplewood)
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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I grew up in South Orange and there are definitely some lovely older homes and the area is diverse.

Keeping in mind that you want diversity I would rank Montclair or Maplewood 1st choices and South Orange 3rd choice. I happen to like Maplewood's downtown. Maplewood and South Orange share a school district and it is not my favorite but that's a personal preference.

If money isn't an issue and you want great schools then Millburn/Short Hills and Livingston would be my first choices. The towns themselves are not very diverse but they are close to towns that are.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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I would pick Montclair- very Diverse.
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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thanks for all the info guys.....


i have been hearing a lot about the High School in south orange.. is it really bad?
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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CHS was once ranked very high. Talking to many students that went through the system, they all said if you have good friends and are with the right crowd you will do fine.

The girl who lived down the street from me is now starting Medical School. So it is what you make of it.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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thanks for all the info guys.....


i have been hearing a lot about the High School in south orange.. is it really bad?
Take a look at the rankings in nj monthly. It is one of the better schools.

I think there are some who just like to slam schools with a significant minority population. If you tell them you want to be in a diverse town with good schools, they'll pick a homogeneous upscale town.

So if you do live somewhere that is diverse, you'll need to learn to live with ignorant or downright bigoted people slamming your school district.

By the way, if you have the money to throw at it, there are some very good private school options in that area (Pingry in Short Hills, Kimberly Academy in Montclair, and some strong Catholic schools)
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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since money is no issue look elsewhere lol. Try livingston
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