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Old 09-20-2007, 12:34 PM
 
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We've narrowed our search and are concentrating on Westfield and Chatham. We are currently living in a neighborhood that is loaded with children that play every day and there are lots of stay at home Moms. We are looking for something similar. Does anyone live there now and know of such a neighborhood in Westfield or Chatham?

Also, is Westfield more of a family town than Chatham or are they both similar in that respect?

Thank-you anyone who responds!
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:32 PM
 
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They are both beautiful areas! I never lived there but worked in Kenilworth, not too far from Westfield. Very pricey homes and taxes with very good school systems. It is a tough pick!! You can't go wrong with either town...Scout the areas would be my advise...Good luck!
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:56 PM
ira
 
Location: Bergen County
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Default Tough Pick

Wow, that's a tough pick. Both towns are beautiful. Very family-oriented, great schools, endless activities for kids. No shortage of SAHMs!!!

We were in a similar situation about a year ago when we narrowed down our search to Westfield and Ridgewood (we ended up in Ridgewood). We couldn't decide either. So, we started spending a lot of time in each town (mostly on the weekends). Just driving around, visiting parks, local restaurants, downtown, etc. Just trying to get a feel for each town. It helped us tremendously to make our choice.

If you absolutely cannot decide (which is possible, given your choice), just start looking for houses in both towns and see where you find YOUR house.

Good Luck!
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:24 PM
 
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i dont know much about chatham, but westfield is pretty much a stuck up snobby town for the most part, if you dont mind that it is perfect for you!!
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:43 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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If you're looking for stay at home moms and kids running around everywhere Chatham is the place. I have to drive 5 mph down my girlfriend's street when I come to pick her up because the little rugrats are everywhere Just be prepared to be shocked and appalled by the property taxes, the obscenely large rocks on the stay-at-home's fingers, oh and watch out for the old folks crossing Southern Boulevard to get to the shopping center...lol
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:35 PM
 
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I would actually love to see the kids running around everywhere! That is very similar to my neighborhood. I really want to live in a nice town, but I don't want a snobby town. We really prefer down to earth atmosphere and lots of focus on family and the kids. IRA, what made you pick Ridgewood over Westfield?
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:43 PM
 
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Don't listen to the poster who said Westfield is snobby. Yes, you will find snobs in every well to do town, but, for the most part, the people are very nice and down to earth.
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:53 PM
 
Location: UK but on the way to NJ!
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I got a lot of good advice and insight about Westfield several months ago before we relocated to NJ from England. If you do a search on "Westfield" you can read the posts. In two weeks we will be closing (fingers crossed!) on our house in Westfield. I'm not a bit snobby at all, and neither are any of the people that I've met in Westfield.

Westfield is an easy commute for my husband, and has excellent school system. After living in Europe car-less for 10 years, I am looking forward to the useful walkable downtown area. There are tons of kid-friendly activities too. I'm a SAHM of a 3-year-old boy and expecting another boy in January.
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:55 PM
ira
 
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I would actually love to see the kids running around everywhere! That is very similar to my neighborhood. I really want to live in a nice town, but I don't want a snobby town. We really prefer down to earth atmosphere and lots of focus on family and the kids. IRA, what made you pick Ridgewood over Westfield?
It was a tough choice. We spent a lot of time in both towns and something just "clicked" in Ridgewood. It was really a gut feel - very hard to explain. We also liked houses that we saw in Ridgewood. The houses were better and bigger in Ridgewood than in Westfield (in our price range).
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Springfield
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Westfield would be my pick because of the great downtown area, and family neighborhoods.
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