Oasis Outside of NYC


 Marcella Diaz
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Star Rating 3/6/2011
As a resident for over 10 years, overall I have to say that Westfield is one of the most beautiful towns to live in within commuting distance to NYC! Here is a little breakdown of the Good and Bad:

Good: Almost everything! Beautiful Village-like Downtown with great stores! From a metaphysical shop to a Coach store, you can find everything here without going to the Mall. Absolutely wonderful restaurants. People travel here to eat! Trader Joe's - enough said! Wondeful people - very easy to make friends. Very open-minded and accepting of different religions, races, politics, and sexual orientations. Supremely excellent School District from special needs to mainstream children. Easy commute to NYC - you have your option of a bus (with typical 50min to 1 hour ride) to train (with a switch at Newark Penn Station for 50 mins). Extremely family-friendly and lots to do with multiple parks, children-focused shops/activities, and many fairs and gatherings.

Bad: Taxes are high - typical $10,000 for a starter home! House prices are higher than typical ($500k won't get you far - a 3BR/2Bath on a busy street with renovations needed). Due to the affluency of the town, you do come across some teenagers with an air of expectations/arrogance and some attitude (although it could just be typical behavior for the age). Drugs in the High School seems to be a problem, although significant efforts have been taken to curtail.

Overall, I have to see Westfield is just wonderful. Someone mentioned about racism. My family is hispanic and I have never felt anything coming close to not being accepted. There is a gay couple that live down the street and have been here for years. If you can manage to find a home, you will thoroughly enjoy the life the town has to offer!
 

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Reviews for Westfield, New Jersey


Sevag Vartanian
Westfield, NJ
 12/5/2011
Cost of living too high!@!!
Looking for a simpler life - taxes too high in New Jers...
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Marcella Diaz
Westfield, NJ
 3/6/2011
Oasis Outside of NYC
As a resident for over 10 years, overall I have to say ...
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Amelia Albero
Westfield, NJ
 5/11/2010
Westfield, NJ!
My family and I have been here for 11 years! Housing i...
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Ann Rosen
Westfield, NJ
 1/25/2008
Suburban Oasis?
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Kimberly Piggee
Westfield, NJ
 2/4/2007
Do not live here if you're African-American!!!
My family and I are black and have lived here for the p...
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John Hone
Westfield, NJ
 10/2/2006
Great Place to live
Westfield is a great place to live. Schools are v...
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