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Old 04-23-2007, 06:18 AM
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My husband and I looked at a house in a development named Lake Cushetunk in Readington. It was a large house for a good price but the taxes were high.
Does anyone know about this development? We heard that the schools are good. We also looked in Basking Ridge in The Hills. This house was smaller but taxes were lower and I know the schools are great. I would really appreciate some feedback from people who know the area as we currently live in North Jersey and know very little about the area. Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:36 PM
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I'm not fimialr with Basking Ridge School districts. But Readington has excellent schools. If you live in Readington your kids will go to Hunterdon Central High School, which is considered to be one of the best schools in the state.
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Old 04-24-2007, 08:31 AM
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Hi. I grew up in Readington (it is a lot different now), and my mother now lives in a townhouse in Lake Cushetunk. Readington is very nice, somewhat rural, and family oriented. Lake Cushetunk seems to have tons of families, is very well kept, and in a good location. The only drawback is that your children will attend Hunterdon Central high school. It is in Flemington (which is about 20-25 minutes away). It is a very large regional high school (its test scores are fine).

Basking Ridge is a similar area, somewhat more established though. I am not familiar with the Hills. Basking Ridge may be more desireable from a resale point of view (better commute for most). There are probably more conveniences closer in Basking Ridge as well. I am sure the schools are highly rated: check out www.greatschools.com. If it has its own high school, I think it would be preferable than Readington.
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Old 04-24-2007, 08:48 AM
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Default Hunterdon Central HS

Thanks for the reply njmom8. If you don't mind me asking, why do you consider Hunterdon Central HS a drawback? The scores and ratings are good. Is it because of distance? Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:07 AM
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The ratings are fine, I agree. But the distance to Central from Readington is hard on kids and parents. You will do a lot of driving, and some of your children's friends could be 40 minutes away, and all social activities are in Flemington.

I also like the sense of communtiy that a town school has, rather than a regional school. Hunterdon Central is very large, and has had a reputation for a lot of drugs, and drinking (although I am sure this exists to some degree in all schools).

I am sure many people love HCRHS, I sure had fun as a kid there. But as a parent now, in a town with its own highschool and a strong sense of community, I would not recommend Central....

I am not trying to scare you, I guess I just think overall Basking Ridge is a better choice...

Hope this helps a little...
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:29 PM
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Hi. I've also been looking in the same area. What I've heard about The Hills is this. The Hills is a "community" of houses within Basking Ridge, that pretty much all look they same. Apparently it is the only area within Basking Ridge that is somewhat affordable but the houses are smaller, very similar and resale is tough because of that. I also read on one site, and I don't know if this is true, that other sections of Basking Ridge sort of look down at people from the Hills. The schools are excellent though, I believe the high school is ranked higher than Readington's high school although that one is very good as well.
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