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Old 01-09-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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How is Maplewood to live in with two small kids? What are the schools like? How friendly is it? Services/stores/restaurants? How much of it borders Irvington, and what are those nabes like?

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Old 01-09-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Atlantic Highlands NJ/Ponte Vedra FL/NYC
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How is Maplewood to live in with two small kids? What are the schools like? How friendly is it? Services/stores/restaurants? How much of it borders Irvington, and what are those nabes like?

TIA!
the town is ok, stay away from anything near irvington
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:02 AM
 
Location: a warmer place
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Maplewood is a friendly, accepting place. It borders some very nice towns South Orange and Millburn. It also borders Irvington so avoid that part of town. Most families are upper middle class with school age children. The downtown is walkable with shops and restaurants as well as the train station (direct to NYC). Most homes are walkable to downtown. We lived there for elementary school only so I can't comment on middle and high schools (though it shares these with South Orange). South Mountain El is the best followed by Tuscan and then Jeffereson.

We had a very good experience there. Our neighborhood had a block party every year and also small getherings every Friday in the summer. I was sad to leave. It is a very nice place. Check out maplewoodonline.com for pix and more info.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:24 PM
 
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Default maplewood, good bad and ugly

i went to a college fair at columbia high school, and i was very much impressed w/ the kids there.

you have kids from different backgrounds who are all very serious about learning

Even correcting for the fact that a college fair is somewhat self-selecting, i was impressed w/ the kids
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:05 PM
 
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There is very little "bad" and "ugly" about Maplewood. The worst thing would be the property taxes.

Almost all of Maplewood, even areas that border Newark/Irvington, are very safe, although the houses are not as nice and the lots are not as large and they're further from the train station and thus less desirable (although on the plus side, less expensive).

And as you could see if you went to visit Maplewood for your self, it's got very few "ugly" areas - it's a really pretty town.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: NYC
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We have lived here for twelve years and love it. The only ugly about it is the taxes. It is an amazing town and community, with great people. We lived in Springfield NJ for two years before we moved here, and couldn't 'meet' new people.

The day we moved into our house in Maplewood, we felt at home. Great neighborhood, with block parties, and monthly happy hours. It is a great place to live.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: South Orange, New Jersey
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Maplewood and South Orange are fabulous towns to live in. They're sister towns, share a school system and some other services. They're basically one community. Housing is diverse - values run from high 200's to 2,000,000. They're well established, charming, good schools, parks and recreation facilities. The commute to Manhattan is about 30 minutes via Midtown Direct train. Only way to distinguish the two is that South Orange has gas lanterns lining the streets.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:55 PM
 
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its a bad schoo;
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Highland, CA (formerly Newark, NJ)
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Irony much?
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:23 AM
 
Location: North Brunswick
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They wanted to build a wall btw Maplewood and Irvington sometime ago lol. Never actually been there, an old college friend's girlfriend lives there though. Do some google maps groundviews there, it looks beautiful. But it is Essex County, and that means EXCEEDINGLY HIGH TAXES!
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