Hi again Ms. Walker:
(Iâ€™m on my PC now and see that youâ€™re looking to buy in East Orange) - Youâ€™ve already received some useful sites on schools, recreation centers, libraries, etc. for the city of East Orange. I just want to add some personal insight on the city and its â€œfamily friendlinessâ€.
East Orange, generally speaking is a safer city than it was a decade ago and has experienced a decline in crime over the last several years (down 76% in 6 years). I currently own property in the city, grew up in one of its neighboring cities (Newark â€“ on the side that borders east orange) and have two family members who are long time police officers there.
Having said that, like other cities in the surrounding area (Newark, Irvington and Orange) East Orange is sort of (what I call) a â€˜hit and missâ€™ city in regards to family friendly neighborhoods. There are fewer areas in the southern part of East Orange (that make up the 07018 and 07019 area codes) that one might find â€œdesirableâ€ enough to raise a family (in my opinion) versus the Northern end bordering Bloomfield and Glen Ridge (which make up the 07017 area code).
A quick word on the schools: the new high school, Cicely Tyson, is good for children with artistic talent. However, the general school is East Orange Campus High and I wouldnâ€™t necessarily give it high marks.
In short East Orange is not a town like West Orange or Maplewood where virtually the whole town might be considered â€˜family friendlyâ€™. East Orange has some good areas and some not-so-good areas. Again, let me know if I can be of assistance in helping you choose a home in the right neighborhood. The best of luck to you in finding your home and Happy New Year!
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