Westfield is a terrific town! My family has lived here for over 10 years. My daughter (now in high school) has really enjoyed the various after-care and summer activity programs that are offered. As for parking at the train station...it exists, but is fairly limited. NJ Transit maintains 5 lots, the largest being located on the south side of the station. You can call them at 908-789-4044 to find out about current availability. The town has many wonderful neighborhoods, each with it's own character and charm. Deciding which area is "best" is obviously a matter of personal preference.
She can learn more about Westfield and our local real estate market by visiting my local real estate blog. The link is posted below. All the best!
As for parking, there are multiple lots here in Westfield -- not just the one immediately adjacent to the station. I've been told that commuters should count on a 2-year wait -- this will likely get you parking at one of the lots a couple blocks away. I've also been told by the parking folks that annual parking fees are based upon which lot you have a permit for -- but it ranges from $360-$576 per year (subject to change).
If your sister has questions about the town or if she is interviewing for an Agent, I'd be happy to talk with her about the town, the parking, or the after-school/summer camp programs.
Prudential New Jersey Properties - Westfield Office
All sections of Westfield are the best. Obviously, like any other town, there are streets with more expensive houses and streets with lessor priced houses, but all of the streets in Westfield are desirable, even some of the busiest streets like Lawrence Ave, which connects Route 22 with downtown Westfield, yet has houses that sell for over $2 million on it.
What your sister needs is am experienced Westfield Realtor. I've been in Real Estate in Westfield for over 22 years. I've lived in Union County and Westfield practically my whole life. My children have all gone through the School system and excelled. They are currently in grad school & college. I have been active in the community in lots of ways. My husband runs the newsstand at the train station, so I can answer most questions regarding commuting, he's been there for almost 30 years.
I work at Coldwell Banker which is the number ONE office in Westfield and also the number ONE Coldwell Banker office in the NRT system of offices nationwide.
I would be happy to help your sister in finding her dream house in Westfield.
follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/donnaperch
I both live and work here in Westfield. I'd be happy to help your sister
to get a better feel for the town, transportation, schools, child-care, etc.
My kids went through the Westfield Schools -- they are terrific. And, because
I worked full time in industry while they were young, I can provide first-hand
recommendations for day care, summer camps, and after-school programs.
I know how important it is to have that peace of mind that your kids are in
Have your sister contact me directly, I'd be happy to answer her questions
and to assist her with her home search.
Prudential New Jersey Properties - Westfield