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Old 11-12-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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I am a soon to be single mom of a 3 year old and IT professional, making a move to the east coast. I was considering the Boston area but have currently ruled it out for various reasons.

My biggest concern is good schools for my child, kind of newer construction (after 1977) (a 2 bd would do), walking distance to a grocery store, families with young kids, and a patch of land, where I could grow a few things in that order. My income is a bit more than 100k... so that may be a tall order.

I am considering Princeton Boro, township and PJ...due to the really good schools. I was also recommended South Brunswick...

I would like to rent for the time being while I consider my options for buying...

Please suggest neighborhoods and rentals around there.
Thanks
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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The schools in Princeton and West Windsor-Plainsboro are highly rated both on a State level and Nationally.

Princeton has a great, walkable downtown with a Whole Earth grocery and D'Angelo Italian Market.
There are very few rentals in Princeton.
Princeton Boro and the Township just voted to consolidate so I guess in the near future it will just be "Princeton".

West Windsor shares a school district with Plainsboro.
West Windsor has no downtown, the train station (NE corridor) is located in West Windsor.
There are some rentals in WW, Princeton Terrace at West Windsor, Canal Pointe, Colonade Pointe and some in Windsor Haven to name a few.

Plainsboro has the new Town Center with a few small shops. They also have a SuperFresh grocery.
There is a myriad of rental options available in Plainsboro.

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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Plainsboro probably gives you the most renting options.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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[quote=jerseyj;21694912]The schools in Princeton and West Windsor-Plainsboro are highly rated both on a State level and Nationally.

Is there a national ranking for school districts/schools ? greatschools seems to rank them according to state.

FWIW I do understand that this ranking thing has to be taken with a grain of salt and is entirely dependent on your child's personality etc., A single bad teacher can ruin the school experience...But still, this is all I have to go by...
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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I believe it was a Newsweek or US News school ranking, I will try and find it.
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District - eNotes.com Reference

NJ Monthly ranks the schools every two years as well.
TopSchools-Sept2010-OnlineChart.pdf - File Shared from Box

I agree that these rankings should be kept in perspective. But coming from out of State, they do provide a bit of a barometer for where or where not to consider. We sure used them.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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I am a soon to be single mom of a 3 year old and IT professional, making a move to the east coast. I was considering the Boston area but have currently ruled it out for various reasons.

My biggest concern is good schools for my child, kind of newer construction (after 1977) (a 2 bd would do), walking distance to a grocery store, families with young kids, and a patch of land, where I could grow a few things in that order. My income is a bit more than 100k... so that may be a tall order.

I am considering Princeton Boro, township and PJ...due to the really good schools. I was also recommended South Brunswick...

I would like to rent for the time being while I consider my options for buying...

Please suggest neighborhoods and rentals around there.
Thanks
Rent in Plainsboro, look at Ravens Crest, Phesant Hollow, Hampshire, Quail Ridge, Aspen, Ashford (all right in the same area)
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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If you rent in West Windsor, Canal Pointe is probably your best bet. It is a short drive or relatively long walk to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's or a short drive to Wegman's or Shop Rite; all four are along Route 1. It's a great place to live or rent for a year or two while you're deciding where to buy, and it feeds to West Windsor-Plainsboro schools. Huge numbers of young kids there.
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