As for differences from town to town, in NJ there can be huge differences in everything from tax rates to community involvement.
If you'd like to get a better sense of the area try going out on a Saturday or Sunday stop by any community events that might be taking place or drop by some garage sales and talk to residents. If you're involved with a community group or church in the area you live now, ask them for a contact in the Phillipsburg area.
As for the Abbott school districts, yes more money has been allocated but it was mis spent in the past, so only time will tell.
I am a full time realtor, if you would like me to look for any properties I would be glad to send some to you, my cell is 9083428558 , There are a lot of areas in warren county to consider, if depends if you want a big piece of property.
This website can give you the "report card" for all the local schools. http://education.state.nj.us/rc/
Your question specified Stewartsville. You can find detailed information about the area by visiting the Greenwich Township website at http://www.greenwichtownship.org.
I'd be happy to provide you with a tour of the area and talk to you in detail about the benefits of living here.
As I mentioned, I live in Warren County and will be happy to meet with you and help you in your search.
We're being told that the population is quite different from Hunterdon County, but feel as if we have to take that with a grain of salt from Hunterdon County folks (snob factor, perhaps?). I'm wondering if it can really be that different just a few miles down the road.
Any concerns about resale (or at least more so than in Hunterdon County)?
The status as an Abbott district...is that something that we should be concerned about? Our kids are still young, but we're still uncertain. Do those sort of classifications change with any frequency? Any anticipated change as a result of approval for the new high school funding?
I live in Warren County and love it! I too was looking in Hunterdon County until I found out about Warren County. A lot more bang for your buck, beautiful scenery, good schools, and plenty of recreation. I've been here since 1999 and will be here until I retire! Feel free to contact me, I'll be able to answer all your questions.
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For information the Abbott School districts throughout the state go to http://www.state.nj.us/education/abbotts/