Good towns to rais children in northern NJ

Asked by Betty, Hudson County, NJ Thu Dec 10, 2009

I'm a single mother in the market for a reasonable home. My child is going to be ready for school next year and I would like to raise her in a town that has a good school system in the northern new jersey area. Preferably close to NYC where I work. Does anyone have any advice? I'm in need of some guidance. Thanks

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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Jan 19, 2013
sure hope Betty has bought a home already, considering she asked this question over 3 years ago!
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Wafaa Elamir, Agent, Ridgewood, NJ
Sat Jan 19, 2013
Hi Betty,

Bergen County NJ:

Easy access to NYC by car or public transportation
Many nice towns with excellent school systems
Wonderful shopping malls

Try or for additional information.
Please do not hesitate to call me.

Wafaa Elamir
Weichert Realtors
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Dec 13, 2009
Hi Betty

You have gotten a lot of good sugestions already, so I don't want to be repetitive.

To help you make a decision, much will depend on your price range.
I suggest you reach out to someone here, and discuss what your comfort level is regarding, not only the price, but also factoring in the property taxes.... and commuting distance to the city.

You have a lot of options in Essex County, as well as in Morris and Union Counties.

My website has a number of links to various school information sites - so please feel free to take a look!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of help. I am a lifelong resident of Essex County, so I can answer any questions you might have about the area.

Best wishes with your move!
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Carol Verder…, Agent, Clifton, NJ
Sun Dec 13, 2009
Clifton offers a HUGE variety of courses and extra-curricular activities for the students that smaller towns can't offer. As a 33 yr. resident of the town and having raised my children here, i can speak from personal experience that I have no regrets. They excelled in their schoolwork and the teachers/counselors and administrators were always there for them. Student government, academics, sports, the arts etc. etc. are all there for the asking. Housing prices have come down considerably in the last few years but the quality of education has not. If you have any more questions on Clifton, my e-mail address is and my website is
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Sharon and K…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Dear Betty,

There are many wonderful towns in Essex County that will provide you with great school systems few of them will be Livignston, the Caldwells (West, North and Caldwell), Verona, Cedar Grove, West Orange, Nutley, Montclair, Essex Fells, Roseland and many more...

The question in mind will be what type of home you are looking for and for what price, since that will determine what town may fit the schools requirement but also will give you a great home. Each town is different and some are know to be more competative than others.

My partner Sharon and I (Karen) work with buyers like yourself, who are looking for great schools for their children. You can check our website for some more information about the different towns and their schools. Also you can find information about the commute from Essex County to NYC. Just click on is another great site with excellent information and allows you to compare different schools in different towns.

Also you can check our profile on Trulia and see some of the things people say about us so you can get a better feel of who we are. It would be our pleasure to be your guide in case you are looking for one.

I (Karen) personally moved from Brooklyn 5 years ago and decided on this area because of the great schools and communities (I have two children in grammer school and they are doing fantastic) as well as my husbands daily commute into NYC.

We would love to furnter assist you or to answer any questions you still have. You can always reach us via our cells - listed below or just send us a quick email to

Sharon Avram and Karen Abramson
50 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039
Sharon C. 201.738.3158
Karen C. 917.294.0356
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Rickey Di Ma…, Agent, Clifton, NJ
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Regarding School System usually the pricer the town the better the School System is so depening on your price range. EX: Ridgewood,Park Ridge, Paramus have excellent school systems but the town's housing is very expansive. You could check out my web site. and go into the school tab and see what that has for you. In any event should you like to contact me please feel free to do so.
RIckey Di Maria, CRS,e-Pro,SRES
Broker Associate
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Peter J Roge…, Agent, Mahwah, NJ
Thu Dec 10, 2009
Goodness me you have such a wide choice that its almost impossible to give an answer. Usually it comes down to what you can afford. There is some correlation between house prices and the quality of the school system. That is to say the better the schools the higher the median house price in the town concerned.…

Go to this web site it ranks all the high schools in the state and will give you a 'rule of thumb' way of assessing the districts. If you take the top 100 and select from there you should be in good shape.
Need more help? then drop me an email
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