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Old 12-11-2007, 10:53 AM
 
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What does anyone think of Collingswood, in the town area, as a place to live. I would like to live in a town area, within walking distance to shops of some sort. I see some very reasonable homes in the town, nice Victorian styles. My husband is an xray tech, and would have to find work in a hospital or dr. office. I work from home. What I really want to know is, are the people friendly? I hear it is very gay friendly, which is great, because I'd hate to live in a place that wasn't- and I just really want to know what its like there in town, how is daily life. I'm the type who will be out walking every day, just to pick something up, and walk my dogs, and go to the library, etc. It is two hours from my Bergen County existence, and truly I am looking for a slower, charmier, happier place in joisey/new york- to live. I am also toying with Hudson, NY, but find the homes in town a bit pricey for me to afford and stay home to work at the same time.
I mean, are people educated or professional or craftspeople or blue collar or a nice mix, or what. Are they friendly to new residents? Is it a dog friendly town? I have two now.

Thanks!!!!! Anything you can tell me will help! THanks!
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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If you live in the downtown area, you should have no problem. There are numerous cafes and restaurants that are bustling at all times of the day. A lot of young professionals live there since its on the trainline to Philly. The town as a whole will have your blue collar residents too, but overall I think it would be a nice mix.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:56 PM
 
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Collingswood is attracting a lot of new people who think that it has a "cute little downtown" and is "gay-friendly," it's not quite the same as it was ten years ago. That said I don't consider that a bad thing really, it's just something I don't pay too much attention to. The reason it's gay friendly is because all the homosexuals came in and established businesses and basically made the downtown what it is. I've lived there all 19 years of my life. The people are nice and it's good for a new jersey town. I wouldn't call it slow or fast paced. For a middle class neighborhood with some upper-lower class, it's very hard to beat. The people are pretty down to earth, no snobs or anything.
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Old 12-11-2007, 04:07 PM
 
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Collingswood is a very walkable town and seems to be progressing in becoming even more so in the 4 years I've lived there. If you go to the town website (Collingswood, New Jersey | Collingswood, New Jersey) you can see what's happened recently and what's in the works. It is still difficult to live here without a car since there isn't a real market in the center of town; there are a couple of convenience stores for the basics however and there's a farmer's market on Saturdays from Memorial Day to Thanksgiving. It's much calmer than northern New Jersey. It is definitely a friendly, neighborly town. The elementary schools are all "neighborhood schools" with the majority of students within walking distance of them. There are monthly second Saturday arts nights, a number of annual fairs and festivals, a holiday parade and things of that sort. It is a dog-friendly town; you'll see people with their dog's at the Farmer's Market and I believe there's some kind of dog owner's club that meets at Knight's Park (a 63 acre park near the center of town). PATCO gives you easy and inexpensive access to Camden and Philadelphia where one can find a number of large hospitals. There are also a number of Medical Buildings in Collingswood, Haddon Township and Haddonfield.

The town has a pretty broad mix of people. The housing stock ranges from $150K for a rowhouse/small twin with only a handful of houses over $500K. Main Street Realty is based in Collingswood (Main Street Realty - A Fresh Approach to Real Estate - real estate in NJ) and their listings would give you a good idea of the kind of real estate usually available. Taxes are reasonable for New Jersey and the town is fairly well managed and pretty cautious with expenditures.

Hope this helps.
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