Are you looking to buy in East Orange? If so I can assist you in getting the information you seek. In my opinion, the other side of East Orange, 07017, has nicer and quieter neighborhoods. There are a couple in 07018 but not as many.
Please let me know which area code you're referring to: 07018 or 11225. Thanks.
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(I’m on my PC now and see that you’re looking to buy in East Orange) - You’ve already received some useful sites on schools, recreation centers, libraries, etc. for the city of East Orange. I just want to add some personal insight on the city and its “family friendliness”.
East Orange, generally speaking is a safer city than it was a decade ago and has experienced a decline in crime over the last several years (down 76% in 6 years). I currently own property in the city, grew up in one of its neighboring cities (Newark – on the side that borders east orange) and have two family members who are long time police officers there.
Having said that, like other cities in the surrounding area (Newark, Irvington and Orange) East Orange is sort of (what I call) a ‘hit and miss’ city in regards to family friendly neighborhoods. There are fewer areas in the southern part of East Orange (that make up the 07018 and 07019 area codes) that one might find “desirable” enough to raise a family (in my opinion) versus the Northern end bordering Bloomfield and Glen Ridge (which make up the 07017 area code).
A quick word on the schools: the new high school, Cicely Tyson, is good for children with artistic talent. However, the general school is East Orange Campus High and I wouldn’t necessarily give it high marks.
In short East Orange is not a town like West Orange or Maplewood where virtually the whole town might be considered ‘family friendly’. East Orange has some good areas and some not-so-good areas. Again, let me know if I can be of assistance in helping you choose a home in the right neighborhood. The best of luck to you in finding your home and Happy New Year!
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As far as crime, Trulia actually has a great feature which allows you to see statistics of a zip code. All you have to do is type in the zip code and check for Trulia Stats and Trends. East Orange is home to the new Cicely Tyson Performing Arts school which is centrally located.
Here is a website to answer some of your Recreation questions below:
Marsha B. Washington
Realtor/Real Estate Consultant
Specializing in helping 1st Time Homebuyers
Here are some web sites that will help you. http://www.eastorange.k12.nj.us , http://www.topix.com/city/east-orange-nj and http://www.greatschools.org
Prudential New Jersey Properties http://www.caroleisenstein.com
Crime - either Police Website or Google search based on zip code or media published reports
Libraries - Google search based on zip code OR city website
Schools - ISD website
Recreational centers - city website
Shopping - city website
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