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Old 01-06-2024, 06:57 PM
 
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Please name some family friendly towns in Camden County / Burlington County, with good amenities?

Such as good shopping / "downtown main street" sections / good schools / places to go on a date night etc?

Thanks
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Old 01-09-2024, 04:52 PM
 
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There must be none of these towns in NJ, LOL


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Please name some family friendly towns in Camden County / Burlington County, with good amenities?

Such as good shopping / "downtown main street" sections / good schools / places to go on a date night etc?

Thanks
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Old 01-09-2024, 05:19 PM
 
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  • Good Shopping- Mostly defined by major chain stores, big box, supermarkets, etc. Some of the vibrant downtowns listed below have a good local store/boutique shopping element, but not all, as some are just more dining focused. That said, there also a lot of vacant storefronts to be found as well, but the towns below still have plenty enough to satisfy your everyday needs.
    • Camden County- Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Berlin, Haddonfield
    • Burlington County- Marlton, Mount Laurel, Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Delran
  • Vibrant Downtown- There are a good number of towns in South Jersey with downtowns; however, most are not that vibrant, and some are really quite sad and deserted. I am only listing the good ones here. This is my opinion, and I am viewing this from a North Jersey lens since that is where I have been living for the past 11 years, so my standards of what is "good" are higher, i.e. sorry, I don't consider the Moorestown downtown to be very happening.
    • Camden County- Haddonfield, Collingswood
    • Burlington County- Bordentown
  • Good Schools- There can be some debate over variances within some towns, like Cherry Hill East being considered better than Cherry Hill West for high school or how some elementary schools are considered better than others in a given town. No surprise here, it generally coordinates with income level. But some wealthier towns can end up sharing a high school with less wealthy towns, so you could have a great elementary school and middle school but an average high school. You have to do your research on this very carefully.
    • Camden County- Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Haddon Heights
    • Burlington County- Moorestown, Medford, Medford Lakes, Marlton, Mount Laurel, Riverton, Shamong, Tabernacle, Chesterfield, Westampton
  • Date Night- Generally going to define this as good dining options. You can easily Google other things like where the movie theaters are, etc. There are tons of chain restaurants and fast food around, but you can still easily sift through the muck and avoid them in lieu of better options. You can find 1 or 2 high quality restaurants in most towns even if they are not dining destinations per se like the ones listed below (ex: The Chop House in Gibbsboro), so feel free to explore around.
    • Camden County- Haddonfield, Collingswood, Haddon Township (Westmont section), Cherry Hill, Voorhees
    • Burlington County- Bordentown, Marlton, Mount Laurel, Moorestown
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Old 01-11-2024, 08:03 AM
 
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Thank you Leps12 - this is very helpful!



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  • Good Shopping- Mostly defined by major chain stores, big box, supermarkets, etc. Some of the vibrant downtowns listed below have a good local store/boutique shopping element, but not all, as some are just more dining focused. That said, there also a lot of vacant storefronts to be found as well, but the towns below still have plenty enough to satisfy your everyday needs.
    • Camden County- Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Berlin, Haddonfield
    • Burlington County- Marlton, Mount Laurel, Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Delran
  • Vibrant Downtown- There are a good number of towns in South Jersey with downtowns; however, most are not that vibrant, and some are really quite sad and deserted. I am only listing the good ones here. This is my opinion, and I am viewing this from a North Jersey lens since that is where I have been living for the past 11 years, so my standards of what is "good" are higher, i.e. sorry, I don't consider the Moorestown downtown to be very happening.
    • Camden County- Haddonfield, Collingswood
    • Burlington County- Bordentown
  • Good Schools- There can be some debate over variances within some towns, like Cherry Hill East being considered better than Cherry Hill West for high school or how some elementary schools are considered better than others in a given town. No surprise here, it generally coordinates with income level. But some wealthier towns can end up sharing a high school with less wealthy towns, so you could have a great elementary school and middle school but an average high school. You have to do your research on this very carefully.
    • Camden County- Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Haddon Heights
    • Burlington County- Moorestown, Medford, Medford Lakes, Marlton, Mount Laurel, Riverton, Shamong, Tabernacle, Chesterfield, Westampton
  • Date Night- Generally going to define this as good dining options. You can easily Google other things like where the movie theaters are, etc. There are tons of chain restaurants and fast food around, but you can still easily sift through the muck and avoid them in lieu of better options. You can find 1 or 2 high quality restaurants in most towns even if they are not dining destinations per se like the ones listed below (ex: The Chop House in Gibbsboro), so feel free to explore around.
    • Camden County- Haddonfield, Collingswood, Haddon Township (Westmont section), Cherry Hill, Voorhees
    • Burlington County- Bordentown, Marlton, Mount Laurel, Moorestown
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Old 01-13-2024, 09:05 PM
 
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You're welcome. Not that you mentioned it, but in my opinion, where Camden County and Burlington County really shine in terms of "amenities" is on the parks and recreation front. So, it is great for families and kids because of lots of playgrounds, nature areas, access to the Pine Barrens especially around Shamong (Burlington County) and Hammonton (Atlantic County) where you can hike, canoe, kayak, fish, etc. Check out the scenic Blue Holes (but do not swim in them as it is illegal and a drowning risk). Freedom Park in Medford and Timber Creek Park in Blackwood are great, especially if you have a dog who likes to swim. Other great parks are Cooper River Park, Challenge Grove Park, Wallworth Park, Evans Pond, and Pennypacker Park. And there are great summer camp options in the area as well, and amusement parks like Digger Land and Big Kahuna's (water park) in Berlin and Clementon Park. There are other family fun centers/mini golf places, things like that; check out Funplex in Mount Laurel. If you are into wineries, there are quite a few around and in neighboring Atlantic County as well.


Long story short, lots of fun to be had May through September more or less when the weather is warmer; of course, they are also then competing with the Jersey Shore as well. But if you want to skip the trip, there are lake beaches to be found, like Atsion Lake in Shamong as one example. In the winter, it can feel kind of dreary and boring (outside of something like the Christmas marketplace thing they do in Haddonfield), but then again, most places are.


Also, a recommendation on a bit of an odd and unique attraction to check out in the area: Columbus Farmers Market; chief attraction among them there is the Amish section.

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Old 01-14-2024, 12:00 PM
 
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^^^You'll never run out of places to visit or things to do outside in Southern New Jersey.

https://southjerseytrails.org/trails-reviewed/

https://www.historicsmithville.com/

https://batstovillage.org/
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Old 01-16-2024, 02:58 PM
 
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Hi there!

Chiming in on your question in case you're still looking for info. I've lived in the South Jersey/Philly area for the past 30 yrs (and counting lol), in Burlington County as a child, and now Camden County as an adult with my husband and our 6 yr old son. We lived in Philly for 16 yrs (mainly Passyunk Sq in South Philly) up until the pandemic and then decided to make the move from Philly to Collingswood at first because our son needs some extra supports, but we very quickly realized just how great this move has been for all of us. Walkability is amazing and the shops + restaurants in our adorable downtown attract people from all over NJ + Philly which says a lot! Our experience with the schools so far has been very positive (free full day pre-k and kindergarten with very affordable after care services at each school location) and the community is invested and engaged in the schools and the town as a whole which is pretty awesome and not very common from what I've seen.

Is there a price range you'd like to stay within for either purchasing or renting? Price point is really going to help narrow down which towns you should focus your search on that already meet the rest of your criteria. Each town has a different vibe so it pays to spend time in each to see which fits you and your family best. ☺️ I have the advantage of being a licensed Realtor in both PA + NJ, so I'm always exploring or revisiting the awesome small towns within the Jersey-side suburbs of Philly. The person that last replied has a different perspective than I do - 11 yrs is a long time and a lot can change in that timeframe when it comes to small towns especially.

Anyways, feel free to reach out directly if you'd like to discuss any of this further!
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