The character of Chatham Borough still mirrors its early roots. Residential areas in Chatham reflect the wide range of housing styles that were popular in America in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While the housing stock ranges from pre-Revolutionary farmhouses to 1950′s Cape Cods, Chatham is known for its many Victorians on winding roads lined with oaks, maples and dogwoods. Chatham is a town where many people live their entire lives.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 76
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $1,001,061
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $3,475,000
Essex Fells, NJ
With a total area of 1.4 square miles and mostly custom built homes, Essex Fells is one of the most stunning small communities in Essex County. Fells Road winds through Essex Fells, a small but sought-after borough with a strong sense of community, fairly pricey real estate and reasonably low taxes. With 2,113 residents nestled into 1.4 square miles of hilly, tree-lined terrain, Essex Fells is the smallest community in Essex County and also one of its most desirable. House styles are varied: Colonials, ’60s Ranches, New Stone Faced Homes with many properties framed by historic stone walls. Essex Fells homes sit back from the winding streets and next to tall trees, which add another level of privacy. To a visitor, the atmosphere seems to date to an earlier era. Homes in Essex Fells are typically priced over $1 million.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 30
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $818,502
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $3,650,000
Livingston is located in western Essex County, New Jersey. Named after the first Governor of New Jersey, William Livingston, it was originally a farming community that experienced rapid growth brought on by the invention of the automobile and the construction of paved highways. Today, Livingston has become one of the most sought-after communities in the area, offering a great family-friendly environment, top notch schools, numerous recreational opportunities and easy access to New York City, while still managing to retain it’s small-town charm.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 216
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $682,191
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $7,330,000
Located in Morris County, Madison is a bustling community that offers both an easy commute to New York City as well as the charm of living in a college town. Bordered by Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison-Florham Park campus) and the College of St. Elizabeth, Madison offers unsurpassed cultural, historical and educational opportunities and events. Madison offers an excellent public school system that is rated among the best due to the small class sizes and the broad curriculum taught. There are over 100 acres of parks and public spaces, a rich downtown filled with unique restaurants and shops, and entertainment options such as the Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey and the Museum of Early Trade and Crafts. The annual Shakespeare Festival of NJ is also a very popular event.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 85
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $886,205
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $3,500,000
Maplewood combines the charm of village life with the convenience of living just outside of Manhattan. Maplewood consists of a four-mile radius and it is the ultimate vision of the suburbs. Walk the tranquil streets and you will see the streets as well as the parks and sidewalks lined with Tudor and Colonial style homes enveloped in tall trees. Maplewood also has a downtown area which is affectionately known by residents as “the village.” Here you will find quaint shops that are family owned and dedicated to the residents of Maplewood. Maplewood prides itself on being a diverse and family-friendly community. In a number of surveys it is ranked among the most desirable places to live in the United States.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 127
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $572,829
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $1,495,000
Short Hills, NJ
Milburn / Short Hills
Millburn celebrated 150 years as an incorporated town in 2007. The Victorian, Italianate, Tudor and Colonial homes in this historic part of town set the tone for the comfortable suburb of modern day Millburn. Stewart Hartshorn acquired 1552 acres to build his ideal village called Short Hills, the first planned commuter suburb in America. Hartshorn, who had made his fortune in spring roller blinds, wanted to create “a harmonious community for people who appreciate nature” and a place “where natural beauty would not be destroyed by real estate developments, and where people of congenial tastes could dwell together.” His vision is still much of what Millburn/Short Hills is today.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 124
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $1,382,247
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $5,799,000
Roseland is a charming and quaint residential town, perfect for raising a family. What attracts families from all over is the safe environment, reasonable taxes, great school district and a very close-knit community. Many residents move back, stating that the town has retained much of the charm after so many years. Roseland has a number of housing options that include condominiums, ranches, and even multi million-dollar custom homes. Many residents decide to stay in town when they upgrade. The most notable neighborhood in town is the Holmehill section, best-known for its tall trees, shady and narrow winding roads, and a variety of larger and older homes. Many houses are separated by stone walls that date back to the 17 and 1800’s. It’s not uncommon to share property with a fox or a family of deer. It’s truly a one of a kind neighborhood in a highly sought after town.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 31
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $545,645
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $1,888,000
South Orange, NJ
South Orange is a quaint residential community boasting authentic Tudor, Colonial, and Victorian homes. There is very little new construction. Rather, the existing homes are maintained and their historic architecture are very much sought after and appreciated. The streets are lined with gas lamps, there are many beautiful parks, and a bustling Village center. This stunning historic community is rich with culture and is seeing a rise in residents and property value thanks to a direct line to Penn Station. Home to Seton Hall University, South Orange has a well respected school district, which is ranked in the Top 50 out of 328 NJ public high schools by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
- PROPERTIES AVAILABLE: 112
- AVERAGE PROPERTY VALUE: $622,583
- HIGHEST VALUE PROPERTY: $1,500,000