Kelly, Home Buyer in Plainfield, NJ

I am looking at a townhouse in Plainfield, NJ. I am not sure of the "section" but it is on W 7th Street. Should I be concerned about the?

Asked by Kelly, Plainfield, NJ Fri Oct 30, 2009

safety?

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Hi Kelly,

I know my answer is coming late but YES - stay the heck away from Plainfield. It's a PIT and has lots of crime, drug, and gang issues. Agents aren't allowed to violate laws of "Steering" so they can't tell you what is really on their mind. All they can do is say, "check with the police".

Jeff
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 27, 2010
Hi Kelly, visit the police station and talk to them about the safety of the area - visit the neighborhood yourself at various times of day, weekdays and weekends.

Good luck to you,
Jeannie Feenick
"Unwavering Commitment to Service"
Search the MLS at http://www.feenick.com
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 30, 2009
Please go and look. Plainfield is block to block - everything from mansions in pampered neighborhoods, to humble but well-kept family areas, on down to blocks of beat-up multi-families that haven't seen a can of paint since Nixon was in office complete with local spokes-thugs posing on the corner. However, the cops stay on top of nuisances like noise, fighting, and shenanigans, so don't assume that if a block is run down that it's also dangerous - it may not be. There are gangs, though. Avoid walking down the street at midnight asking for directions in tough areas, and in others, lock your doors at night and have an alarm system installed. Common sense anywhere, really.

You can get a nice 3-4 br house in a decent area in Plainfield for around $200-250K. It might cost you $400K in a more "prestigious" area. $400K in Plainfield can get you a REALLY nice spread now.

As in many cities, the school system is only reliable through elementary school. After that, plan on private school or being very involved in educating your kids. But again, just as Plainfield is block-to-block, school-to-school also applies.

The city has amazing people of all stripes who care deeply about it, and it's easy to get involved - they're not stand-offish. It also has its corrupt government-types: Everytown USA, in other words. It is racially diverse, has a large gay community (I think the largest in NJ), its own symphony, and used to be a weekend spot for wealthy New Yorkers. Check it out, and don't take out a mortgage to buy a zip code rather than a house and its surrounding community. The Joneses are in foreclosure!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 3, 2010
Hello Kelly,

I am a local agent and well familiar with West 7th Street. I used to live off from West 7th and never had a problem. The best way to get to know the town is to go around and see the different areas of Plainfield.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 26, 2010
Hi Kelly, visit the police station and talk to them about the safety of the area - visit the neighborhood yourself at various times of day, weekdays and weekends.

Good luck to you,
Jeannie Feenick
"Unwavering Commitment to Service"
Search the MLS at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 30, 2009
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