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Old 05-15-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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It's the top school district in Union county (BOE), and so not being top 10 amongst 300+ school districts is sort of misleading. It's top 10%-15%, I think most are satisfied with that.
That being said, what attracts my family to a town like Westfield is the access to mass transportation (yes, maybe long commute to NYC but it's all relative, as it used to take me 1 hour, door to door when I lived in midtown west NYC and was commuting from my gig in Meadowlands), close to a major intl airport, close to beaches (under a 2 hr drive), close to shopping.

In fact, the walkability factor is one that I would say is high on the list of most new families---especially those trading their Brooklyn pads for this type of suburban life. This town offers all that -- as do only a handful of other Northern NJ towns, and guess what, they are all priced high and have held their values well ---doesnt mean they wont go down but not to the extent of Newark Nj for example.

As far as taxes, I know plenty of folks in less affluent towns paying easily $10K + and are getting very little in return. Taxes are insane all over NJ.
Other towns in Union County have higher ranked high schools (New Providence, Cranford, Summit, Berkeley Heights). I don't understand the attraction to Westfield. Why not look there, or Livingston or Millburn?
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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Default Mohican Drive?

We actually saw a spacious house on Mohican drive this weekend. But its empty, and it has been on the market for a while. Is it too close to Springfield? I think the school is Wilson, which should attract folks, and it has been reduced. Because it is Westfield (!), you start wondering what is wrong with it if its not super overpriced, just moderately so!
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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I think that we can all agree that the criteria in ranking schools is flawed. The class size in Westfield is much larger than most of those other school systems(BH,New Providence etc..) and the rankings are adversely affected. Hard to compare class size between a town like WF with 30k residents and a town like BH with 9k. Same with the Best places to live rankings. If you have a dearth of open space like WF does your are penalized. Not really the most fair or unbiased rankings in either study.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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I think that we can all agree that the criteria in ranking schools is flawed. The class size in Westfield is much larger than most of those other school systems(BH,New Providence etc..) and the rankings are adversely affected. Hard to compare class size between a town like WF with 30k residents and a town like BH with 9k. Same with the Best places to live rankings. If you have a dearth of open space like WF does your are penalized. Not really the most fair or unbiased rankings in either study.
Agreed. The same magazine ranked Camden higher than Morristown in the "best places to live" rankings
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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I think that we can all agree that the criteria in ranking schools is flawed. The class size in Westfield is much larger than most of those other school systems(BH,New Providence etc..) and the rankings are adversely affected. Hard to compare class size between a town like WF with 30k residents and a town like BH with 9k. Same with the Best places to live rankings. If you have a dearth of open space like WF does your are penalized. Not really the most fair or unbiased rankings in either study.
You'd have to look at the college matriculations to really compare the high schools.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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Agreed. The same magazine ranked Camden higher than Morristown in the "best places to live" rankings
The city of Camden, or Camden County?
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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The City of Camden

481 Camden City
490 Bay Head Borough
494 Avon-by-the-Sea Borough
510 Morristown Town


Best Places to Live in New Jersey 2010 (Top Towns) in Alphabetical Order-www.njmonthly.com (http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/top-towns-2010-alphabetical.html - broken link)
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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The City of Camden

481 Camden City
490 Bay Head Borough
494 Avon-by-the-Sea Borough
510 Morristown Town


Best Places to Live in New Jersey 2010 (Top Towns) in Alphabetical Order-www.njmonthly.com (http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/top-towns-2010-alphabetical.html - broken link)
oh we had a field day on the board when that crap came out.
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