PS I live in Eastside Park.
PS I live in Eastside Park.
I moved here from the city and I see a lot of growth in the forecast for Paterson, especially now that the Great Falls is going to become a national park. The East Side Historic Disctrict is very nice, so is the Manor section. Both of these areas are near Fairlawn. They are also home to the Great Falls Performing Arts Center, which should result in even more growth for this section.
Apart from a few select wards crime in Paterson is minimal. It has a bad rap amongst most suburban New Jersians. I suspect that has something to do with a general lack of familiarity with urban areas. What you or I would likely refer to as hustle and bustle sends many New Jersians running. Honestly, for that reason, I find Paterson to be a bit of a reprieve.
I would not recommand buying a house in Paterson, Nj especially if you are raising a family. I go to to paterson almost everyday and I wouldnt buy a house there and especially at current prices. I have tons of family members that live there and i know they would do anything to get out of p-town if they can afford to.
Best of luck!
Your question may seem simple enough to answer but in a public forum like this, your question can be best answered by people who are not real estate professionals. You see, we as professionals have to follow an objective view on answering questions. The question of the neighborhood being safe should be simple enough for anyone who knows the area to answer. Unfortunately, in this public forum, where real estate agents have to be careful not to infringe on "ethical" boundaries as directed by the Code of Ethics that we must follow, we must say that safety depends on your level of tolerance for security and safety.
If you are basing your search on public safety reports as found on sites like this one or Realtor.com and similar sites, my advise to you, if you were my client, would be to weigh heavily on these reports if this is your only option. These reports are available to you as a public service for specific reasons and often based on public surveys and public records found in municipal offices.
However, if you can find the time, visit these areas on the weekend when there is neighborhood activity. Visit the municipal complex if you can during the weekday and ask for your own copy of the local criminal report and don't be afraid to talk to the locals (people who own businesses like grocery stores, shops, restaurants, etc.).
And finally, try and develop a relationship with a real estate office or agent that you feel comfortable with and believe is being honest in answering your questions and is not just interested in selling you a home because they have to meet a quota. This will probably be the most challenging.
You have three little boys whose futures depend on you taking the time to do some homework to qualify the place you commit to in the long run.
All the best of luck.
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Paterson is a pretty large city with over 150,000 residents and a rich history as one of America's first industrial centers. That said, the Paterson housing market is going through a rough patch at the moment. Due to its diversity in housing and population there are definite differences from one neighborhood to another and single family housing versus multifamily housing.
School reviews do give an important gauge of how desirable a neighborhood is, but do differ on who is doing the testing and what age groups you are looking at. Safety is another issue altogether and views on what is acceptable and safe differ from one person to another.
In other words, for the search and purchase itself you need the help of a realtor/sales associate who knows the local area well. But most important are your impressions of the area and there really is no substitute for visiting the area yourself.
Feel free to call me if you have any further questions.
Jacobus "Jack" Vollenberg
RE Appraiser/RE Sales Associate
Vollenberg Appraisers/ERA Statewide Realty
Cell (570) 204-9125