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Tue Apr 14, 2015
Christinemarydonahue answered:
There is another resource. Go to crime mapping.com and type in the address of the property you are looking at. The select a radius and a date range and the reported crimes will come up. ... more
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Thu Sep 4, 2014
Downwiththeho answered:
I rent in Trenton at present and recently moved out here from the East Village. (I'm a 37 yo male for context.) I've found that we NYC-transplants seem to arrive with more tolerance to live in a rough area, probably because even bad neighborhoods in NYC still command desirability.

Thus it was sort of unpleasant to discover that there are parts of Trenton that are definitely uncomfortable. Like uncomfortable in ways I haven't been in NYC since about 1995. The train station is not in a great area and walking home from it can feel sketchy. Mostly this is because you're passing through some poorly lit areas that are not designed with pedestrians in mind. Bus service is available although it will feel inefficient to wait for transport for traveling such a short distance. If you do need to commute to NYC regularly, Mill Hill is realistically the only desirable neighborhood with good proximity to the train station.

Most of the crime that drives Trenton's reputation is primarily gang related. This means that unless you're part of a gang there's relatively low risk of that affecting you. That said, Trenton does have a surprising amount of urban blight (ie depressing neighborhoods) as well as a shockingly-aggressive homeless population compared to what you can encounter in NYC.

If you are intent on Trenton, and willing to eject your requirement of walking home from the train station, then it's worth checking out areas that are closer to the capital building. I'm near the Wyndham Garden Hotel (formerly the Marriott) and find this spot to be pretty desirable and often overlooked. Getting to the train station is about a 15 min walk but bus service is pretty convenient and I can be at the train station inside of 5 minutes if things align.
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
ellendollard answered:
Are you looking to buy or rent? I would suggest Hamilton, which is right next to Trenton. We have a place for sale at 1433 Elizabeth Avenue in Hamilton. It is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house. If we don't sell it we will be renting it. ellendollard@gmail.com ... more
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Mon Nov 18, 2013
Maxwel answered:
What do people think about the Hamilton Lakes area of Hamilton, NJ?
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Fri Jan 25, 2013
dan answered:
We've got crime stat info for Trenton but really, the answer for which Trenton neighborhoods are the safest pretty much follow the average home prices.

Hiltonia
Mill Hill - though we have the challenge of being right in the heart of the city. A good thing and sometimes not good.
Cadwalader Heights
Berkeley Square
Glen Afton
The Island

There are absolutely beautiful homes in all of these neighborhoods for ridiculously low prices.

Dan Dodson
reinventtrenton.com
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Fri Oct 5, 2012
Michelle Leigh answered:
Current as of October 4, 2012 is 16 homicides and many shooting victims.
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Sun Jan 8, 2012
Bernice Bigley answered:
It was listed for sale in 2010 for 289,000. It is privately owned. OMG it is beautiful 7 bedrooms 41/2 baths. You can call me if you want to pursue this or see homes that are comparable. I know of another similar to this. Thank You, Bernice 609-610-8820 ... more
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Wed Sep 8, 2010
Mark Cowan answered:
Check with the local Property Mgt. Companies in your area. They may have a list of properties for you to consider.
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Thu Apr 23, 2009
Deborah Stassi answered:
Here is a link to check if this or any other home is in a flood area.

http://www.freeflood.net/
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Sun Nov 30, 2008
Kenneth Verbeyst answered:
Dont expect much advice from Trenton's Police as there is the question of what actually gets reported and how. Drug activity will move around. My neighboring unit (I own a duplex) was raided by police then boarded up. Seems a little better now. You may be best asking individual police officers when they are off duty. Remember the chief of police wouldnt live in the city, maybe it was too dangerous? Rent first to see how you like the area. (I just happen to have a nice 5 bed 3 bath home available:)
Ken
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Sun Nov 9, 2008
Kenneth Verbeyst answered:
Autumn, I own in Chambersburg. Suggest you check out many previous postings re Trenton. Consider renting there first if you are unsure about buying. I have a very large attached home for rent currently with granite counters stainless appliances 5 bed 3 bath etc. (likely one of the nicest homes in the area) Many high hopes exist (and have for years) talk is of major reconstruction of train station and the transportation district surrounding it. There is also the historic district, improvement district and arena district. I have owned this about 10 years and never heard referral of "bottom" though I wouldnt be surprised. ... more
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Mon Apr 21, 2008
Kenneth Verbeyst answered:
OK. reluctantly-
Around 2000 I purchased a large fix er upper in Trenton just a few blocks from the train station, capital etc. I spent close to 200K in rennovations of a victorian twin I absolutely love. Built around the turn of the century it has 9' plus ceiling on the first about 9' on second and 8 ' on third and a fourth floor attic walk up.
At the time I believed the hype of Trenton being revitalised with the arena, stadium,new restaurants ...I too thought it was about time Trenton's image improved and was on the verge. I held investor seminars for buyers. I found out that many of the programs and grants were designed for people who couldnt afford them or had no interest. 9 years later the gang crimes are worse, my home was broken into and thousand$ in tools stolen. It took close to 2 hours for police to arrive and I had to ask repeatedly for someone to come in and take samples of all the blood the burgular left when entering the window he broke. I never saw this crime reported. In the papers a year or two ago I read about many crimes being classified in such a way as to look less serious. The adjacent home to mine was broken in to by police during a raid last year, my neighbor was assaulted with a gun when he went for bread. Many of the Chambersburg restaurants have left the area. I have witnessed people fighting in the streets and damaging vehicles (yes I called the police)
Do I still own this home? Yes, as I said I love the home. My adult son lives there, however when he gets married he wont. I plan some day to live there my self but considering the crime and gang activity often around the schools. Trenton isnt right for everyone and it hasnt been a great investment for me. Maybe some day it will turn out to have been. I do believe in urban renewal and Trenton is still a prime candidate. (But look at Newark's mayor's recent events/court case for the potential for abuse)
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Thu Dec 6, 2007
Gregory Bain answered:
As I am sure you know, the surname Syckelmoore was instrumental in the Reformation of the Presbyterian Church. However, only a handful of English/Welsh ended up in New Jersey. Philadelphia and other parts were more to the liking of the Syckelmoore family name. It could be that the owner of a farm had that name and the road leading to the farm was so named. Other possibilities exist. A builder could have married a Syckelmoore and dedicated a street named after her family and so on. But, I think you have identified the wrong Trenton. You may want to check in Michigan. NJ does not have a street named after your family. Try the historical society in Trenton, Michigan. Good Luck! ... more
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