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Old 09-21-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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Hello all,

My wife and I are in the middle of house hunting, we went to a couple open houses today and fell in love with a house in Collingswood. We have already been preapproved for a mortage, so we feel like we should jump on this house as soon as possible. The house is on Comly Ave by Thomas Sharp elementary. The zip is 08107.
Collingswood is one of the towns we're interested in moving to, in addition to Haddon Township, Haddonfield and Haddon Heights. We want to move to an area that has a good, accepting community (we are a same sex couple), with a town-feel to it too. I just want to get more of an idea of this area. It's in the 08107 zip code area, and I know that Oaklyn is in that zipcode as well. Just want to make sure it's in a safe location. We walked around the block, and it does seem like a nice neighborhood, but a lot of twin houses. Just wanted to get input from others. Should we keep looking?

Also, we don't have any kids yet, but we are in the middle of trying as well. So schools are important too, and I constantly hear how Collingswood school district is good up until the High School, then it's iffy. But that can always change in 15 years.

Any help would be great, thanks.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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In my opinion that part of town is just ok...it goes downhill pretty quickly once you cross over RTE 130 - which this house isn't far from. The area of Collingswood closer to Haddon Ave is nicer, and has more amenities and will have more of that town-feel.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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That's considered Oaklyn to locals. It's an ok area but not great. Thomas Sharp is considered the worst elementary school in the district and parents try to avoid it like the plague. You want to be west of Knight Park.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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That's considered Oaklyn to locals. It's an ok area but not great. Thomas Sharp is considered the worst elementary school in the district and parents try to avoid it like the plague. You want to be west of Knight Park.
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I was born and raised in Collingswood and I've never heard anyone refer to that area as "Oaklyn". Pretty much everyone refers to it as "West Collingswood". The only point of confusion out that way is where does Collingswood end and Haddon Township begin; Champion Ave.

The rest I agree with. Sharp has always been the worst of the elementaries and probably because it has so many low cost apartment complexes and multi-family houses in its sending district. If I was considering Collingswood to raise a family, I would stay east of Route 30 and look in the sending areas for Tatem and Zane North.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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The school district seems to have allocated a number of resources to Sharp over the last few years to work with the high rate of student turnover at the school. The current principal seems to be doing a lot to increase student/family involvement. If you are seriously considering a house, I would call/email the principal and talk to him/her. We did that 10 years ago when we moved to Collingswood and it help us make our purchase decision. Following is the Collingswood Schools page for Sharp - check it out Thomas Sharp Elementary School
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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The school district seems to have allocated a number of resources to Sharp over the last few years to work with the high rate of student turnover at the school. The current principal seems to be doing a lot to increase student/family involvement. If you are seriously considering a house, I would call/email the principal and talk to him/her. We did that 10 years ago when we moved to Collingswood and it help us make our purchase decision. Following is the Collingswood Schools page for Sharp - check it out Thomas Sharp Elementary School
Unfortunately if they are claiming the root issue is the transience, I don't see how much they can do to really fix the problem. A large portion of Sharp's sending area are low cost apartments and multi-family housing (and attract people from certain areas looking to get out), those folks are always going to be transient. You probably have half a class cohort that stays stable and the remaining portion is changing over every year or two. Those kids that are changing over probably move every year or two like clockwork, leave and enter districts in the middle of the year, etc. They aren't going to be able to fix that and it really isn't the best environment for the kids who are stable.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Sorry, that was supposed to be EAST of Knight Park.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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Thanks for all the responses.
We actually didn't put a bid on the house. We were told by a couple of our friends that grew up in Collingswood to avoid that area, especially Thomas Sharp. Also, I didn't like what I read about T Sharp on greatschools.org.
So are going to continue to look.
We may kick Collingswood in general off our list, but we will see.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses.
We actually didn't put a bid on the house. We were told by a couple of our friends that grew up in Collingswood to avoid that area, especially Thomas Sharp. Also, I didn't like what I read about T Sharp on greatschools.org.
So are going to continue to look.
We may kick Collingswood in general off our list, but we will see.
If schools are really that important, than the other three towns; Haddonfield, Haddon Heights and Haddon Township are all better choices. Haddon Township is going to have housing in similar price ragnes to Collingswood, Haddon Heights will be a step up from that and Haddonfield will be the most expensive of all. Unless you have a budget of $400k+, then I would just take Haddonfield off the list as well and focus on Haddon Township and Heights. You may also want to add Audubon to your list as well. Generally more affordable than Heights or even Township and a good school system as well.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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There are sections in Haddonfield that can be had well under 400k. Upper 200's though is basically starting point.
You can get a nice in a few sections for 300's.
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