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Old 10-05-2014, 08:26 PM
 
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We are relocating to south jersey and have offers on two properties...one is in Haddon Heights and the other is in Barrington. Both have highly rated elementary schools and would attend Audubon High. We will probably be in the house for 2-5 years before we move so resale is high on our list. There is room to improve both houses and taxes are slightly less for the HH house.

I have a 4 year old so want family friendly area. We've been leaning towards HH but recently looked in Barrington as well.

What would you choose?
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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Haddon Heights has a quaint little main street on Station Ave which is nice, and it's a dry town, so it's about as family oriented as you can get I guess. In my travels I found HH came across as a bit nicer than Barrington, but both are a bit below the Haddon Avenue towns.

All other things being equal, I'd go with HH just on name recognition.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:30 PM
 
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I have never lived in Haddon Heights but I did an internship at the Haddon Heights School District a few years ago, so I'm pretty familiar with both areas. I'm a little confused by your post that your child would be attending Audubon High School? The high school for both Barrington and Haddon Heights is Haddon Heights High School, so no matter which area you chose it would be the same high school. Another thing to be aware of is the children of Lawnside attend Haddon Heights High School as well. So, the high school population is a mix of all three communities. At the elementary level Haddon Heights definitely has superior schools. Haddon Heights is generally middle class to upper middle class and the parents are very involved. Barrington is more working class to middle class families that are still fairly involved, but not generally at the level of Haddon Heights parents. The one thing I will say about Haddon Heights is it is a very close-knit town and the people tend to be cliquey. Many of the people living there grew up in the area and have lived there for generations. Sometimes I would get weird looks from people when I told them I grew up in Maryland. It was also well known at the time that one of the district principals strongly preferred to hire staff members who grew up in/lived in Haddon Heights. So, I definitely got the impression that the folks of Haddon Heights like to stick together. As I've stated, I have never lived there, but these were my general impressions having interned at the school district for a year.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:57 PM
 
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We are relocating to south jersey and have offers on two properties...one is in Haddon Heights and the other is in Barrington. Both have highly rated elementary schools and would attend Audubon High. We will probably be in the house for 2-5 years before we move so resale is high on our list. There is room to improve both houses and taxes are slightly less for the HH house.

I have a 4 year old so want family friendly area. We've been leaning towards HH but recently looked in Barrington as well.

What would you choose?
Barrington and Haddon Heights both send their kids to Haddon Heights High School, though if you really wanted to you could do the school choice program and send your child to Audubon.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:22 AM
 
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Haddon Heights also has a long beautiful park that goes through it. I can't imagine growing up in another town. Wonderful memories.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:05 PM
 
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Either is fine. Lived in The Willows in Barrington for 4 years. Except the HS also gets kids from Lawnside which is not really a nice place. Of the three Haddons, Haddon Heights is the lowest rated high school which is likely because of this sending-receiving relationship. Not bad by any means though. I doubt Audubon is better.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:47 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Either is fine. Lived in The Willows in Barrington for 4 years. Except the HS also gets kids from Lawnside which is not really a nice place. Of the three Haddons, Haddon Heights is the lowest rated high school which is likely because of this sending-receiving relationship. Not bad by any means though. I doubt Audubon is better.
Lawnside is a historically black town. It's not a bad place.
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