Many of the towns in the area are known for the older homes, many of which have been updated. Finding an area where the kids are playing outdoors is tough in the surrounding area but they do exist. My office is in Summit and I service many of the surrounding towns. Summit is known to have one of the best special needs programs and I am aware of several families who have been extrremely pleased with the success their children have had.
If you would like further information I would be happy to provide you with it.
Lois Schneider Realtor
Jane DeVincentis and Karen Hoffman
Terrie O'Connor Realtors
973-820-5053 or 973-670-1053
Hands down, THE BEST NYC train commute is Maplewood/South Orange. Rush hour trains are roughly 26 minutes direct to Penn Station. Our school district has a reputation for being special needs friendly as well. I hope you will check out my website and dozens of recommendations. Good luck with your home search!
Coldwell Banker Maplewood
A massive "special needs" town is West Orange. Click on this page http://www.sellingwestorangenjhomes.com/atj/user/AdditionalG
and see the info on West Orange Parents Advocating for Special Services in Education to see the plethora of information and services available in town.
Here's a sample of what you can get here, http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?r
The town council member is very involved in special needs programs and can be a great guide, too.
You also may want to connect in with the Friendship Circle in Livingston NJ http://www.fcnj.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/97305/jewis
I hope you find this helpful.
I am a Realtor who was born and raised in Westfield. I have resided in the Scotch Plains/Fanwood area for 14 years now. I would be happy to talk to you in your search. I am very familiar with the Scotch Plains -Fanwood School Districts Special Education Department. Here is a link to give you some more info:
I would be very happy to answer any questions you might have! Cell (908) 377-2989.
cul De Sac and close to NYC bound trains. God Schools Close to Montclair
Everytime I go there all the families are outside playing, riding bikes, etc.
Other towns that might work for you are Wayne, Paramus
All these towns have lower taxes too.
Both school systems are excellent, and many of the kids bike to school. If you send me your email address I'll send you a photo of the bikes at Knollwood School- there are easily more than 100 of them In what grades are your children? You might want to talk to members of the Child Study Team in both of the districts and discuss your specific special needs.
To get a feel for real estate in these towns, use Trulia to search for homes in each town, and then click on "Advice" and then "Blogs". You'll see that the median home price in Fair Haven is $660,000 and in Little Silver it's $568,450. There are some wonderful homes priced between the medians and $1 million.
Don't take my word for it: do yourself a favor and drive down here this weekend (Exit 109 GSP) and drive through the 2 towns; make sure you drive through the "River Oaks" section of Fair Haven. I know you'll like what you see! Then go to Fair Haven Fields, Sportsman's Field or any of the other parks and talk t
Leonard â€œLenâ€ Dunikoski, GRI
Diane Turton Realtors â€“ Rumson Office
8 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 239-0739 (cell) (732) 530-6686 (office)
Have you looked into Mountain Lakes? It's really a great town and the school system is wonderful and top rated. There are two lakes with beaches for residents only and a country club with a private beach. Kids spend summers at the beaches and there are many programs for children as well. Our kids loved growing up here.
Town website: http://www.mtnlakes.org/
Listings available: http://new.gsmls.com/publicsite/propsearch.do?method=getprop
Here is a good website that provides information on NJ school systems.
NJ School Performance Report: http://education.state.nj.us/pr/
These websites can give you some ways to research other areas.
Let me know if I can be of any help in your home search.
Mountain Lakes Office
973-820-5053 or 973-670-1053
Jane DeVincentis or Karen Hoffman
Unless you move into another new development with dead end streets and cul-de-sacs, many towns in NJ are very quiet when it comes to kids playing outside There's no sidewalks, streets are busier than in VA, kids are driven to and from their activities and rarely play on the streets.
However, there are some areas where you may still find that "neighborhood" feeling you desire. Remember that the further west you go , the longer the commute .
That being said, there are several places I have found that may provide you with the home you want
Here's a link to 51 properties from 850k-1M. Open the link, then scroll down to see them all. Click the photo to open a window with all photos of that property or just use the scroll arrow below the picture.
Any questions feel free to call me direct at 908-675-0167 or email me at PruMaryNJ@aol.com
I would love to help you. I have two-three clients look for the same type of houses. I would say Morris plains, Morris twp., Livingston, Basking Ridge area.
Let me know if you need some help. I would love to help and I am actually showing one of my clients those exact type of homes today.
Please contact me with any questions.