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Old 01-22-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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Anyone know how good the schools are and youth programs ??
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Chester, NJ (Morris County)
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I know Mt. Olive pretty well because I live and work just a few miles away, in Chester; our office lists many houses located in Mt. Olive. Overall, it's a nice town, located very conveniently at the intersection of Rt. 80, 46, and 206. However, the schools and crime stats are better in Long Valley( Washington Township in Morris County). On the other hand, the real estate in Mt. Olive is more affordable than in Long Valley. I would say that Mt. Olive is the best choice for renting in the area, and Long Valley is better for buying.
About the youth programs: our friends live in Mt. Olive and are very happy with the school's swimming program; their children are busy with many other activities, such as music and painting as well as martial arts. However, I'm sure that most of them are private lessons, not public school programs.
Overall, like I said, it's a nice area.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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I know Mt. Olive pretty well because I live and work just a few miles away, in Chester; our office lists many houses located in Mt. Olive. Overall, it's a nice town, located very conveniently at the intersection of Rt. 80, 46, and 206. However, the schools and crime stats are better in Long Valley( Washington Township in Morris County). On the other hand, the real estate in Mt. Olive is more affordable than in Long Valley. I would say that Mt. Olive is the best choice for renting in the area, and Long Valley is better for buying.
About the youth programs: our friends live in Mt. Olive and are very happy with the school's swimming program; their children are busy with many other activities, such as music and painting as well as martial arts. However, I'm sure that most of them are private lessons, not public school programs.
Overall, like I said, it's a nice area.

I somewhat disagree. While prices may be lower in MO, taxes are lower in LV and should be taken into account when purchasing. I find MO taxes abhorrently high for what you get in terms of schools. The elementary schools are fine, the high school is a complete other story.

Also, I disagree about renting in MO. The only place I'd consider is Oakwood Village - I wouldn't touch the apartments in Budd Lake with a 10 foot pole. The only place in LV with rentals is Peachtree Village, which is light years better than anything in MO. (obviously I'm talking about complexes, and not private residences)
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: The Communist State of NJ
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I somewhat disagree. While prices may be lower in MO, taxes are lower in LV and should be taken into account when purchasing. I find MO taxes abhorrently high for what you get in terms of schools. The elementary schools are fine, the high school is a complete other story.

Also, I disagree about renting in MO. The only place I'd consider is Oakwood Village - I wouldn't touch the apartments in Budd Lake with a 10 foot pole. The only place in LV with rentals is Peachtree Village, which is light years better than anything in MO. (obviously I'm talking about complexes, and not private residences)

Agree 100%. Taxes are too high in MO when considering the schools are not that great. Some of the apartment complexes are downright scary in MO (ie..Kings Village). Village Green used to be nice years ago, but have read a lot of things in the police blotter of the last 5 years or so.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Chester, NJ (Morris County)
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When I was recommending MO as the best choice for renting in the area, Oakwood Village in Flanders (which is part of MO) was exactly what I meant. I know a few families that rent there. It's a perfect complex for corporate transferees (who I think are a significant segment of the population there), very safe and very nice, considering the price. I hope the new management won’t make things worse there.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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We have lived in Budd Lake for about 13 years now and we rent a house right on the lake. The rent is great (we got really lucky) and our kids have been active in the programs the town offers such as swimming lessons as the public beach. My husband is a teacher in Morristown so our kids attend school in Morristown as well but my nieces have both attended school here in Budd Lake and my SIL has been pretty happy with the schools. They have a daughter that is severely disabled and she attends the public schools here as well and my SIL thinks that the education she is getting here vs where she was going down in Morris Plains is much better. She is 16 now though developmentally at about a 6 month old infant level and she can't do anything for herself so she has an aide that goes to school with her which is also provided by the school system. If you are uncomfortable with the apartments maybe check out leasing a house. Ours is literally across the street from the lake and we have a private beach that belongs to our street. The neighborhood kids swim there all summer and have a blast.

Anywhere in Morris County is going to be expensive. Some areas are more so then others but all in all the cost of living in Morris County is high. Hope you enjoy it here and have gotten settled in if you have already moved. If you have any questions just let me know.
Allison
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