Town Of Westfield, New Jersey
Primarily residential in nature, the Town of Westfield in Union County enjoys a level of cultural activity that is rare in a smaller municipality. In addition to local symphony and theater, the central business district features stores devoted to books, music, and art. The Westfield community offers an attractive and award-winning cityscape, excellent schools, and a vibrant downtown with many local and national retail outlets as well as more than 40 restaurants and casual eateries. A prosperous area graced by substantial housing and scenic parks, Westfield attracts newcomers to an atmosphere of civic pride and community involvement. Recreational amenities include a six-screen movie theater, regional and local parks and playgrounds, sports facilities, the town pool complex, a golf course, tennis courts, and private clubs.
Westfield features two sides—the North Side and the South Side—with many distinct neighborhoods, including:
The Boulevard Historic District
Kimball Avenue Historic District
Commuting to New York City is a breeze. New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line provides service from the Westfield train station to NY Penn Station (with a changeover in Newark Penn Station—one-seat rides are available during off-peak hours). Travel time is just under an hour, with many express trains running during morning and evening rush hours. New Jersey Transit also provides bus service to New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal seven days a week, with an approximate travel time of one hour. Newark Liberty International Airport is just 20 minutes away.
Borough of Mountainside, New Jersey
Mountainside Borough is an attractive, residential community featuring an abundance of trees and a hilly terrain that clarifies the meaning of its name. Single-family homes dominate the housing selection. Most are well-kept, older homes on expansive lots. The downtown retail center is augmented by several major malls within a 10-minute drive, and residents enjoy good highway access to amenities in surrounding urban centers.
Recreational attractions in the borough and nearby include a Community Pool, Echo Lake Park Fitness Trail, sandbox, basketball/volleyball courts, Echo Brook softball/soccer fields, and the lighted Echo Brook tennis courts. Outdoor activities abound with several parks to enjoy, including the 139-acre Echo Lake Park, which includes a fitness trail and two lakes where visitors can enjoy boating skating, fishing, and picnicking.
The Watchung Reservation is a 2,000+-acre wooded reservation perfect for hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. There’s the Trailside Nature & Science Center that has been renovated and expanded. This environmental education center features many interactive indoor and outdoor activities and workshops, and it houses a children’s discovery room and 250-seat auditorium.
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Berkeley Heights Township, NJ
Nestled near the Watchung Mountains in proximity to Interstate 78, Berkeley Heights Township is a settled area with a pleasing mix of comfortable older and newer homes. An acclaimed school system, an atmosphere of natural beauty, and commuter convenience make the township a highly desirable address.
The arts are highly valued within the community and lovely parks abound. Prior to 1941, Berkeley Heights was known as a sleepy farming and resort community. The presence of Bell Laboratories (now part of Alcatel-Lucent) has transformed the town from its rural character and drawn a significant number of executives and professionals, and commuters to New York City can take advantage of the passenger rail.
Recreational amenities include the YMCA, Watchung Reservation, Passaic Valley Park, hiking and horseback riding trails, a large lake, an outdoor lighted ice-skating rink, playgrounds, athletic fields, youth sports programs, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and private clubs. Special yearly events include Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, and Santa Visit and Tree Lighting.
Berkeley Heights has enjoyed ranking among the “Best Places to Live” over the past several years. In 2007, Money magazine ranked it 45th out of 2,800 places in the United States with populations between 7,500 to 50,000. In 2010, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Berkeley Heights the 19th best place to live in the state.
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City Of Summit, NJ
The City of Summit, NJ is known for progressive services and well-kept neighborhoods that show pride of ownership. An older but prestigious community, Summit prides itself on its active town center and the quality and abundance of cultural, social, and recreational opportunities. Newcomers will discover many beautiful, spacious homes on generous lots that are further enhanced by the city’s location on the ridge of the panoramic Watchung Mountains. Summit’s public school system is consistently ranked outstanding, with 90 percent of its students admitted to college. There are also many private school options.
The city is comprised of six square miles of tree-lined streets, parks and fields, playing areas, running tracks, a par 3 nine-hole golf course, and a family aquatics center. Youth and senior services abound and there is a long list of programs and recreational activities to choose from. If you are looking for shopping and dining options, The Summit Town Center, as well as The Mall at Short Hills, are easily accessible to area residents. There is a seasonal farmers’ marketopen from June trough late November.
The arts are alive and well in Summit. With a large concentration of art galleries, antiques shops, and performance venues, Summit is a cultural hub in northern New Jersey. Residents and visitors can enjoy the arts all through town with Summit Public Art installations. There is also the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and the Summit Playhouse. The Paper Mill Playhouse, a regional theater, is located in nearby Millburn, NJ.
Summit is located just 30 minutes from New York City with direct access by train and bus into Manhattan via NJ Transit. It is conveniently located to major highways and Newark Liberty International Airport.
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Borough Of Fanwood, New Jersey
The Borough of Fanwood in Union County covers less than two square miles, and combines limited business and industry with a pleasing mix of housing that includes some restored historic homes. The borough population is more than 7,000. Fanwood has a thriving downtown district and has enjoyed a rebirth with the construction of several multi-use buildings, new apartments, and parking. Fanwood was incorporated as a borough in 1895, from portions of Fanwood Township, now known as Scotch Plains. The borough is bordered by Plainfield in the southwest and by Scotch Plains on all other sides.
Fanwood offers many programs and activities for both children and seniors. From arts and crafts, games, exercise programs, science, and technology, there are fun recreational activities for everyone.
Many town residents commute to New York City via New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line and via bus services to central and northern New Jersey and New York City.
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Township of Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Scotch Plains is primarily residential, offering a tranquil, small-town lifestyle. This Union County township has a long-established southern quadrant of well-kept older homes and a more contemporary northern section.
The following housing developments can be found in Scotch Plains offering a diversity of styles, sizes, and affordability:
Several major malls are close by. Recreational amenities include parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, a spray park, and a five-acre nature center. Scotch Plains also offers an active YMCA, one country club, two golf courses, swim clubs, and the Bowcraft Amusement Park.
Commuters from Scotch Plains use the train station in the surrounding borough of Fanwood. The town offers easy accessibility to area major highways.
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Cranford Township, New Jersey
Primarily residential in character, Cranford Township in Union County, NJ boasts a renovated downtown district that sets the pace for the pleasing suburban atmosphere. This charming district draws residents and visitors to brick-paved sidewalks, flower beds, attractive storefronts, and Victorian elegance. Cranford is a walker’s delight with specialty stores, lovely plazas, charming cafes, and quaint neighborhoods. Aside from shopping and dining, Cranford also boasts a five-screen movie theater, often featuring independent and limited-release films. The township provides a small-town lifestyle with easy access to urban amenities.
More than 415 acres of county parkland are close to home, including local parks, nature centers, hiking/biking trails, bridle trails, and athletic fields for abundant recreational opportunities with two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and fitness complex, and a canoe club.
The Cranford Public School District has ranked consistently high in statewide polls.
It’s an easy commute from the Cranford train station to New York City. The local New Jersey Transit trains take about 48 minutes to get into New York Penn Station (with a changeover in Newark Penn Station). Cranford is located just 23 miles from Midtown NYC. Depending on traffic, the average driving commute could be anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half.
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The Borough of Garwood, New Jersey
Garwood, NJ is a 0.7-square-mile borough in Union County with a population of more than 4,000. It is bordered by Westfield on the west and by Cranford on the east. Garwood Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Public school students for grades 9-12 attend Arthur L. Johnson High School in the neighboring Clark Public School District.
Garwood boasts four parks. The Hartman Park, on the north side of town, has picnic tables, a playground, water fountain, and large basketball court. Georgiana Memorial Park, also on the north side, pays tribute to the late Mayor Georgiana Gurrieri with a gazebo and bench area. Unami Park, on the south side, is a county-owned park with a playground, sports courts and fields, biking trails, and picnicking areas. Garwood Little League Park, also on the south side, offers ball fields, playgrounds, and picnic tables.
The Garwood train station offers limited New Jersey Transit rail service on the Raritan Valley Line. New Jersey Transit provides bus service on two different lines to the Port Authority Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and to Newark. The Newark Liberty International Airport is only a 15-minute drive.
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New Providence Borough, NJ
New Providence Borough is an established residential community embraced by the lush hills and winding roads of the Watchung Mountains. It covers 3.6 miles and is home to about 12,000 residents. Residents can relax by strolling along miles of scenic paths. The borough’s serene neighborhoods consist primarily of older, well-kept homes along tree-shaded streets. Some newer construction, including multi-family developments, ensures a wide variety of housing choices.
The vibrant downtown business district offers the Village Shopping Center, which provides retail amenities. The town is also home to several Fortune 500 companies. Leisure hours can be spent enjoying many recreational activities, including local parks, hiking, canoeing, playgrounds, athletic fields, youth sports programs, tennis courts, swimming pools, private clubs, and outdoor ice-skating rinks. New Providence offers a wide variety of children’s and adult activities.
New Providence is located approximately 15 miles from Newark and 28 miles from New York City. Commuting to the city is simple, with two easily accessible train stations within New Providence. New Providence is also in close proximity to I-78, the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, and Newark Liberty International Airport.
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