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Jessica, Home Buyer in North Bergen, NJ

I'm thinking of purchasing a home in Rahway NJ...

Asked by Jessica, North Bergen, NJ Sat Feb 16, 2008

.not sure if I plan on staying there until my daughter starts school in five years...but overall how is that town in terms of safety and school system coming from other Rahway homeowners?

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I too live in Linden, am a Realtor and have loads of family living in Rahway, for the most part the schools are so so... soccer and lacross seem to be big, at least my nieces and nephews are into big time in Rahway.

Rahway - (Next to linden south of them)Not as up and coming as everyone would have you believe but it is a small town which has began renovating its downtown area in an attempt to clean up its image and its starting to work. The downtown used to be filled with bars and losers. They have since torn down many of the rat holes that housed them and began building higher end condos and renovating some of the old run down buildings. They are trying to tout it as an arts district, that has still to be seen other than the old theater they have there but who knows in 10 or 20 years ;-) Either way, the town is priced well for cost of living and they are "trying" so ya can't knock them for that.

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
I grew up next door in Clark, but have lived in Rahway for 21 years. I rented for 3 and then purchased a home in 1991. It is slightly more affordable than some surrounding towns, so you'll get more bang for your buck. That said, your return will be lower!
Schoolwise, I think you would be okay until Jr. high - or maybe until high school years. As anywhere a decent education is available, but...
Safety side is okay if you stay nearer the Colonia border to the south or the Clark border to the west. Check neighborhoods south of Lake Avenue and west of Jefferson Avenue or west of St Geoges Avenue between Westfield Avenue and Maple. Some nice older homes and some decent newer ones. My neighbor's house was broken into a few years ago, but that was the only problem in 18 years in my neighborhood - aside from a few of my neighbors! Unfortunately you can't pick your neighbors wherever you go!
Yes ,there are some nice restaurants etc downtown, but I very seldom go down there. It HAS been cleaned up a bit but I still don't feel 100% safe there. Sorry if this confuses you more!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 30, 2009
i live in rahway and think the area is beatiful. i currently live in the milton lake section which borders clark. its a quiet area with beautiful well manicured homes and its right on the lake. the other side of rahway near the train station is the older section of the town with its large, beautiful victorian mansions. rahway is a safe and beautiful area to live and raise a family. most of my neighbors have been here for 30, 40 years. as far as the schools they are like any others in nj. if you are a good parent and are on top of you children they will do just find in school. it amazes me that the idiots that have responded to your email mock the rahway school system. they probably are not good parents and feel the system should take care of there kids. we need better parents and not parents to critize the school system. come see rahway, i know up in the milton lake section there are a couple of beautiful homes for sale. hey maybe we'll be neighbors.......
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 24, 2008
I am a realtor with Keller Williams. Rahway is a great town If you are looking for bang for your buck while still having easy direct access to the city. It is a good idea to hop in the car and drive around the different area of a town to get an idea of how you feel about the various parts of town. If you have any further questions feel free to contact me at ListwithLea333@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 9, 2015
The down town area in Rahway is still being updated, they are taring down what is left of the older buildings a few left to go and building everything new, several high rise retail buildings many of which are still not fully occupied but they are cleaning up that area very nicely now.

There is an extremely nice high rise condo building there with parking lot and garage parking as well right across the street from the totally updated and remodeled train station. The police station / city hall is caddy corner from it as well and should be considered very safe, this is not in my opinion one of the bad sections of Rahway but your opinion may differ and everyone should check out the neighborhoods in person themselves to decide what is a good, bad or so so neighborhood themselves.

You will be the one living there, not me or anyone else who may give you advice!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 30, 2009
Hi, you may want to check 3 or more homes there before you decide to buy a home, so you can compare the prices and whats best for you. Tampa Bay Homes for Sale
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 12, 2009
The Inman Heights MIlton Lake area is quite nice. My cousin Alex Kaminski owner of AJ Landscaping has been servicing that area for years, back when I was a teen I helped him out from time to time and can say most people in the area are professionals who care for their homes.

Jessica good luck selling your home, if you should require any assistance or need help relocating or finding a home elsewhere, anywhere in the country or across the globe I would be happy to assist.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 7, 2008
I am not a realtor. I am a resident of Rahway and have raised my son in this town, He is 16, in the high school honor's program and rides his bike all over town. The downtown area is going thru a major renovation and the town is a 38 mins. train ride to Penn Station.. 20 mins to Newark International airport... and about 40-60 mins to the shore. It is also 1 1/2 hrs. to Philadelphia. So, the area is desireable, the town still has its small town feel, and the schools are like any other NJ Public School. BTW I am also a retired teacher.
I live in the Inman Heights area, which is in the MIlton Lake area, and I am looking to sell my home. If you haven't found a house yet, contact me at lendaed@aol.com. I love this town and know that it is an up and coming town that has invested in its future because the residents truly care!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 6, 2008
I agree with the previous post. You can also look at crime reports, etc. online. I live in Linden, which is next to Rahway. Overall Rahway is a very nice town and is investing A LOT in its downtown area. It has a direct train to NYC, which is a great appeal. It has very nice, quiet residential areas, and also has areas with more multifamily/apartments (close to train). If you're looking for a nice neighborhood feel, there are some fantastic parts of town I can recommend. As for schools, you can see the NJ School Report Card online as well. The website for school reports is http://education.state.nj.us/rc/.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 17, 2008
Hi Jessica,

As a Realtor by law we are not allowed to discuss how safe an area may or maynot be. I would suggest you drive by several areas in the town and check out the schools for yourself also you can check out the community link on my website if that helps you.
Have a wonderful day.
Best Regards,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 17, 2008
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