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!
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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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!
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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.