Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why I made the move from Brooklyn to Maplewood, a.k.a. Brooklyn West

Our little family of five just made the move to Maplewood this past week after about a year of looking all over Queens, Beacon, Rockland County (Nyack, etc), Westchester (Tarrytown, Ossining, Peekskill, etc) and, finally, Maplewood. After having heard so much about how many people were moving here from NYC, we were thrilled to have found a house that's walking distance to the excellent-rated elementary school, the community pool and two libraries, as well as having a direct train to Penn Station. When we came to look at open houses, it was almost as if the entire neighborhood had been staged — kids walking to soccer practice at a nearby park, father and son riding their bikes, kids hanging out on a stoop across the street.

Having known or heard of so many Brooklyn families that were moving here made it seem as it had been vetted.

While I'm not so sure about the "Brooklyn West" designation, it does seem to be full of New Yorkers. Our neighbors are from Manhattan, and there are a couple of former Brooklyn Baby Hui families within a few blocks of where we are. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/realestate/maplewood-nj-if-brooklyn-were-a-suburb.html

There's a decent roundup of things going on around town:: http//www.maplewoodonline.com/

I don't know Montclair, though I'm sure it's lovely, too, and this piece makes me think it's pretty comparable: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/realestate/moving-out-of-brooklyn-because-of-high-prices.html

Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Bruno (Cat, 35m; Felix, 18m; Oliver, 3w)

Mark Slade: Bruno agreed to let me repost this group reply.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Good Homes

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