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Old 10-30-2007, 12:03 PM
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I just moved to Dunellen two months ago after buying a home on the north-east side. I checked this site before closing and saw the comments about Dunellen being too close to Plainfield and all that. The section of Plainfield that borders the north-east side is a desirable part of Plainfield. Plainfield, like a lot of cities in America, has good and really bad sections. I love living here, my children love the schools and the neighborhood is so quiet, beautiful and peaceful. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:57 PM
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There are some "bad" neighborhoods bordering Plainfield but all in all Dunellen is a cute, safe little town. The houses in the middle of town are well kept up beautiful old mansions. I love Dunellen!

Plainfield is a small city and most of the really bad stuff is confined to a couple of city blocks. The gay community has moved into Plainfield and fixed up all the old mansions. The Sleepy Hollow section of Plainfield which is near the Plainfiled Country club is very high end - not all of Plainfield is bad.

S. Plainfield is right next to Plainfield and is extremely safe. Also try N. Plainfield, Fanwood, Scotch Plains.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:03 PM
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Thumbs up Dunellen is a thumbs up!

I live in dunellen now and it is an amazing town!! The kids love it! They know everyone... I know everyone. My house is right on the border of plainfield and nothing bad has ever happened. It is really nice.. the people across the street are nice too (in plainfield) I guess this side of plainfeild is ok... maybe the great dunellen has rubbed off on it!! lol. I know everyone and the people are soooooo nice! The school systems are great. If i was choosing for you i would choose to move to Dunellen. By far, the best town i have lived in
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Olive1215 View Post
Hi, We're a young couple, work in NYC and future plans to have a family and we've been searching NJ for a place to buy a home. We've targetted Union and Middlesex County for the easy commute on the rails. We put two offers in Colonia and ended up in a bidding war..Fishy..fisshy...Anyway, we've now decided to look towards Dunellen, however our realtor is trying to discourage us as it's close to Plainfield. Any thoughts? Advice?
Our price range is 350-380, taxes 4-6, 3B/2B and good schools along with decent commute to NYC.
I was born and raised in Elizabeth, I've relocated 4 1/2 years ago after marrying my wife of 4 years. Dunellen is a quiet and wonderful town and yes Plainfield is only 5 minutes away from here. I must say I feel very safe in Dunellen as the local Police are always out there day and night keeping our town safe.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:31 PM
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I am considering moving to Dunellen. I was told that 50-70 % of the town are flood zoned areas. In particular, I saw a home on Jackson Avenue that looks interesting, but its near a creak. Anyone with insight on this area?
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:36 PM
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I heard alot of Dunellen, Middlesex, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, etc...have flood zones. I wouldn't be surprised if Dunellen was a flood zone.

It's a small town borough with old homes and some shady looking areas. some people like that, but it's not my cup of tea. Personally, I've been looking at almost every town EXCEPT Dunellen. Careful driving on Washington Ave. It's 40 mph, except when you get into the Dunellen town.....then all of a sudden it changes to 25 mph & the cops love giving out tickets.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:46 AM
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The area of Plainfield next to Dunellen is not bad and the worst thing about that area of Dunellen probably is drunk people from the two bars on the street. Then again, those people are usually out around midnight so as long as your not out there around that time your fine. Dunellen has a great hot dog place which makes great chili dogs (and just in case you've never heard of them, Texas Weiners which are a high end hot dog seem to permeate the area at Texas Weiner and Red Tower franchises). The sub shop is good and Eight On The Break is a rather interesting teenage arcade spot which I am surprised is still there considering the indie arcades have become an endangered species. Rome Pizza is awesome and def one of the best pizza places in Central Jersey, while the Dunellen Quick Check is another teenage hang out. There's Chicken Holiday and another chicken place, a rip-off Dairy Queen and a rip-off 7-11 lol, Gold's Gym, an ACME which I'll warn you ahead of time sucks and smells bad but thankfully you have a Shoprite/Pathmark near you. Dunkin Donuts, a furniture place, there was a Portugese take-out place but it had a fire and I'm not sure if they are still open. Nice park, nearby churches and a synogogue in Plainfield/mosque in Piscataway/even a Hindu temple in Bridgewater which is huge btw. Like somebody mentioned don't go over 30 on that Washington Ave once you see the 25 sign even my father who works for DYFYS and used to go on cases in Dunellen told me cops get 95 percent of their tickets from that street alone (not proven, my dad was just assuming). Haircut places and a salon and Chinese food make up the remainder, not to mention a pharmacy. Word of warning: it was recently in the paper that somebody stole a car from the Dunellen Quick Check parking lot. Another word of warning: there was a go-go bar but I'm not sure if they shut down or not.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:14 AM
Location: Stirling, NJ (Southern Morris County)
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Originally Posted by KatelynNJ View Post
Hi there! First of all, yes, Plainfield is right next to Dunellen, but Elizabeth is not very close to Elizabeth… it’s about 15+ miles east. 2nd of all, it is not on the opposite direction of Plainfield, it’s the same, but it’s no where near it, so don’t worry about that. I have lived in Middlesex all my life (which is right next to Dunellen) and it is very nice … same price range same type of area and a small cute town like Dunellen. If you decide to stick with Dunellen, I would recommend it! But yes, I would stay away from the area of Dunellen that is near Plainfield (the eastbound side), stay more towards the area near Greenbrook and Middlesex (the westbound side).
Exactly. I've never lived in Dunellen but I live just a town north of Warren so I'm familiar with the area. It seems to be fine in the northwest areas close to Middlesex and Green Brook. Heck, there's even desirable areas of Plainfield. The OP might want to check out Green Brook and Watchung if they're that worried about crime.

Edit: Just realized this thread was started in 2007. Oops.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:03 PM
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I live on the North side, two blocks from the beginning of Plainfield. I have never had a problem in 16 years.
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