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My wife and I are moving to Redwood City in a couple weeks; too many Styfo members in SF.
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^ NJ has some very nice towns. Where?

 

A SanFo homeless guy spitting on my wife was the final straw for her. Three months later we were in NYC. 

South Orange. I'm told we should live in Summit, but my preference has always been for a bicycle commute.  And I like the little South Orange downtown area.

 

I don't hink I've ever been spit on.  Maybe it's my swarthiness.

 

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My wife and I are moving to Redwood City in a couple weeks; too many Styfo members in SF.

That our real reason too.

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I lived in South Orange ... what would you like to know?

 

lefty

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Wow!  Styleforum delivers again.  

 

How'd you like it?  What'd you dislike?

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Nice town. Random ...

 

"Narrow streets; broad minds."

 

Artistic community - Woody Allen's accountant was a neighbour.

 

SO Avenue is a bit of a thoroughfare so I think Maplewood, SO's sister town, has a nicer high street.

 

27 minutes to Penn or Hoboken is great. 

 

SO has gas streetlights and no visible power lines which is quaint as hell. 

 

Pretty tree-lined streets.

 

There was a series of muggings and petty crime when we left. SO is close to Irvington and there are areas you just don't go to. I know you're used to Hunter's Point so think you can handle it, but trust me, you can't. Get a house as far away from the border as you can. On the good side of Valley St.

 

Essex county has some of the highest RE taxes in the country. A 500K house can easily have 15 - 20K in taxes. 

 

Schools are good. So they say, I wouldn't know.

 

Jersey Left. Get used to it.

 

Friendly place.

 

They drop the last vowel on Italian foods - Lasagn, Manicott, Prosciutt.

 

They have a forum.

 

https://maplewood.worldwebs.com/forums/ 

 

Ask me specifics.

 

lefty

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That our real reason too.

It wasn't so bad when we respected each other's territories. If a guy came into your shop and told you to give him either your shirt or your tie because the patterns were too close in scale, at least you knew who he was. You knew his family and that he'd be wearing AE's or Aldens... and for a while there was peace, save for the occasional meetup.

Now? Man. The Carmina cartel, the Vass gang (yeah, your car is gone), those C&J tossers. It's just not a civilized city anymore.
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Wow again.  I said Styleforum delivers, but I should have said The Most Interesting Man in the World delivers again.

 

I'd heard a bit about the neighborhood.  I've spent years in SE DC and PG County too, but I'll take your word for it and keep that in mind.  Having kids makes me crave safety too. Was thinking of the area just south of the train station around Prospect St and 4th.  You'll know the main reason why.

 

Thanks for the info about the taxes.  I have a friends who grew up in the area and he was very sad a couple years ago when his retired parents had to give up their house due to taxes.  The flip side of SF.

 

How would you compare Jersey left to SF left?  I'm told more religious, more white, more working class.

 

Thanks for the forum too.  I don't know enough to ask specific questions.  But I'll definitely hit you up later.

 

JCM:  ALdens fo' life.

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Jersey Left - when the facing car turns left through the intersection as the light turns green though they don't have an advance.

 

SF Left - not turning your head left when people piss in public parks.

 

How's this for interesting? This weekend I discovered the compost pile that the model who used to own my cabin deposited her "humanure". Spent Sunday morning pitchforking my way through her personal compost. And she's a 6' Dutch girl.

 

It's safe. I have many friends with kids in the area. But given the choice I would live on the other side of Valley St and probably closer to Maplewood. Farther from SHU, but I think you might get a better living experience. Prospect and 4th is three blocks from my old house on Garfield Place. 

 

lefty

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Ah, lol.  I had heard the area was super liberal.  I take those lefts while on the bike.  Once in Boston I had the early green to make a left but took it a bit late, probably right as the other side turned green, and the guy opposite of me was infuriated, thinking I'd made one of those "Jersey lefts."  So he switched lanes and turned right to follow me, honking and yelling.  At the interesection he pulled up next to me and kept yelling about how I had such a "big head" to made such a turn.  A half hour later I saw his car (light green Miata) parked with the convertable top up.  I was sorely tempted to slash the top and leave a note saying I'd made room for his big head.  

 

Not my kind of interesting.

 

I'll definitely take a look at the areas you recommend.  Appreciate it.

 

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My good friends lived in S. Orange for probably ten years. Just moved at the end of last year. I always enjoyed visiting. Lovely area, and they lived within walking distance of the train station. Also, notably diverse, particularly from an SF perspective where you're unlikely to see middle class black families.

jcm, it's too fucking hot in RWC, no matter what their signs say.
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jcm, it's too fucking hot in RWC, no matter what their signs say.

I has the sads. But at least I'll only be a 10 minute walk from my new job and have the opportunity to double my rent. Everyone likes that!
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My good friends lived in S. Orange for probably ten years. Just moved at the end of last year. I always enjoyed visiting. Lovely area, and they lived within walking distance of the train station. Also, notably diverse, particularly from an SF perspective where you're unlikely to see middle class black families.

jcm, it's too fucking hot in RWC, no matter what their signs say.


Nuts.  What a small world.  Why'd your friends move?

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Bigger, nicer house next to some open space. I think they're now in West Orange, so still citrusy.
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WO is nice. Bigger lots typically. Pretty much anywhere alongside the reservation is great. Expensive though.

 

lefty

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I loled at citrusy.  Coming from SF, I don't know if I'd want/need a big lot.  I just hate commuting, except by bicycle, and I want our kids to be able to walk to school.  

 

Not sure I want to move though.  

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