Wayne is a great town to raise a family, its has a lot going for it, and the location and schools are very good.
There are some areas that are low lands, so you have to check out the areas for flood zones. Other then that , it has some very nice areas and homes.
Good Luck With your Search.
It has a close proximity to some of the best nature in Ringwood State Park, but also it is convenient to shopping and public trans. to NYC. It is also a great alternative to all the many flood zones in surrounding towns like Pomton Lakes, Wayne and Oakland.
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I came across your question posted back in June. Have you found a home yet? If not, I would like to help you. There are a number of good buys in Wayne and the surrounding area and the interest rates for a 30 year fixed are in the low fives. Contact me through by profile.
I myself lived in Newark, Kearny, Union, Bloomfield, West Paterson, Totowa and now in West Milford. Please keep in mind that I have rented in many of these communities but landed in West Milford with my first home purchase in 2005. I believe you get the most for your money in this area and even if you want to head a little south from here let's say in Kinnelon or Butler, those areas are good communities also.
I just had my first child in January (now 5 months old) and of course schools systems are of utmost concern. My niece attends the local middle school and had attended Paradise Knoll (grammer school up to 6th grade). You can also get more info on http://www.greatschools.net for additional school info.
I like Wayne myself and would have enjoyed being closer to the malls and highways, but in reality it only takes me about 30 to 45 mins to bring my son to his pediatrician located in Wayne. (and that's during rush hour traffic in the morning).
Lots of good information from all the sales professionals whom answered your posting so far.
Wayne, Hawthorne, Pompton Lakes, Pequannock, and Riverdale come to mind. All have decent schools and are close to where you work. If you need a good buyer's agent to help, contact me via my profile. Google "dual agency", learn it carefully, and avoid it at all costs. Good luck!
Northern New Jersey is an interesting cross section of different living environments. In fact within 10 miles you can run into a variety of choices depending on whether your needs focus on accessibility, property size, school systems, etc.. This area has been my home for over 50 years and I would enjoy discussing the merits of the Wayne area and the surrounding towns.
Good luck in your search and let me know if I can help!
Richard "Rich" Lovas
Wayne, Little Falls, Totowa, Riverdale, Hawthorne and Clifton are all generally nice towns. As with most towns, there is mixture of different areas, neighborhoods, house values, etc. Depending on where you work in Wayne, Looking outside of Passaic County, Fairfield borders into Wayne and you can possibly get a 3 bedroom colonial or cape style under $450,000 in a non-direct flood area. Cedar Grove is not too far out of the vicinity either. It is also a nice town and voted #4 in best places to live in Essex County, New Jersey.
If looking for a buyer's agent, feel free to contact me and I can provide you more information.
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