If you want to get a sense of how the neighborhood feels - is it quiet or loud, friendly or not - then you need to spend some time in the neighborhood. Go to the local events, shop in the stores, eat in their restaurants. That will help you decide if the neighborhood is right for you! Good luck!
That may sound like a smart aleck response but I've learned what I may consider "good area" others may not and what I may consider "bad area" others may not because the question itself is subjective and why realtors are really restricted from answering but if you narrow down your meaning they may be able to assist more.
I'm from Linden, in general it's not a bad area by comparison to Roselle & Elizabeth and if you're interested in living in the Sunnyside section I can say it's probably the best section of town crime and school wise.
PS. I can offer buyer rebates and give more info on that when you call.
The best decisions are made with eyes wide open - good that you are doing your due diligence.
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