Berkeley Heights NJ Homes for Sale
The Berkeley Heights community is revealing itself as one of the best places to live in Jersey. As of 2010, Berkeley Heights boasted a population of just over 13,000 people. With the population, slowly growing this family-friendly area changed their government from a Township Committee to a traditional Mayor-Council Administration in 2007. Ranked as the 45th best place to live in Money Magazine’s 2007 list, this small community popped up to the sixth best place to live in the magazines 2013 Bests Places to Live rankings. Located in Union County, New Jersey this small town is ideal for raising a family. With quiet neighborhoods and recreational activities located a short distance away, this community has an appeal and charm that draws new residents. With the charm and safety of a small town community, Berkeley Heights is perfect for families who want a quiet life but quick access to fun activities and the occasional trip into the big city.
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Berkeley Heights School Information
Berkeley Heights has a great educational program with four elementary schools. Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Education Centerhas classes from preschool through first grade. Mountain Park Elementary houses second through fifth grade. Thomas P. Hughes Elementary has just over 300 students in their second through fifth grade classes and the fourthWilliam Woodruff Elementarycelebrated their 50th anniversary in 2011 by raising money for a new playground.
Berkley Heights features three private pre-K schools in addition to the public schools. There is no private middle or high schools in the district. Private Pre-K schools in the area include The Westminster Nursery School, Union Village Nursery and Diamond Hill Montessori.
The school district also includes Colombia Middle School holds sixth through eighth grade classes. The middle school features a rigorous education focused in math, science and language arts as well as an Arts cycle and a character education program. Governor Livingston High School houses ninth through the twelfth grade. More than 96 percent of the 2010 graduating class continued on to higher education and this high school routinely surprising state and national requirements for scores and AP classes. The Time Magazine featured the high school on its list of best high schools in the country at number 155 in 2011.
Part of that success rate includes the use of the new technology in the classrooms. With computer labs available as well as modern teaching methods and highly qualified teachers, the students here successfully meet and exceed district, state and national standards.
When the weather cools down and you need a way to relax, head over to the public library located at 290 Plainfield Avenue and check out a good book or movie free. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The summer hours vary so be sure to check out the library website for more information.
If you are an avid reader, you do not have to worry about holding back as you can check out as much as you would like. There is a three-day grace period for returning materials. For more information about the due date structure and fines, check out the library’s website.
The library frequently hosts events for adults and children including story times, magicians and movie nights.
Berkeley Heights Commuting Info
The main roads in Berkeley Heights are residential and two lane roads. These neighborhood roads add to the charm of the small town.
Berkeley Heights is just a train ride away from New York City. Hop on board at the Berkeley Heights station and take the Gladstone Branch to Hoboken, Newark or Penn Station. If you need to head straight into the city, the nearby Summit train station is close enough to offer a convenient means of transportation to the Big Apple. Residents of Berkeley Heights also have access to bus service to Midtown through Gladstone.
Berkeley Heights offers easy access to the freeway taking you on a short 18- mile trip to the Newark Liberty International Airport or a less than two-hour drive to Manhattan.
For more information on train schedules, ticket prices and bus passes visit the New Jersey Transit Authority website at http://www.njtransit.com. To head out via the Berkeley station you will need to purchase tickets from a ticket machine before boarding. The station features lockers and bike racks to store anything you do not want to take with you. The New Jersey Transit Authority offers several ticketing options from one-way trips to ten-trips to monthly passes and student passes.
Ticket fare varies depending on trip and time of day traveled, visits the website for more information on specific routes.
Berkeley Heights Market Stats
Data compiled from the GSMLS. Deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. We feel that if you are in the market to buy or sell real estate in Berkeley Heights, it is important to understand the trends in Active Listings, Days on the Market, and Listing to Sale Price ratio so that you can make an educated decision.
- OLP: Original List Price
- LP: List Price at time of sale
- SP: Sale Price
- DOM: Days On Market
|17 Park Edge||$250,000||$250,000||$250,000||2||2||TwnIntUn||100%||39|
|101 Maple Ave||$489,000||$489,000||$475,000||2.1||4||Bi-Level||97%||16|
|29 Princeton Ave||$517,500||$517,500||$530,000||2||3||CapeCod||102%||10|
|47 MEADOWVIEW LN||$549,900||$565,000||$555,000||3.1||2||TwnEndUn||101%||36|
|16 Ford Pl||$634,900||$634,900||$671,000||2.1||3||SplitLev||106%||8|
|64 Balmoral Dr||$635,000||$590,000||$590,000||2.1||4||Colonial||93%||145|
|1051 Mountain Ave||$868,000||$849,900||$860,000||4.1||5||Colonial||99%||58|
|24 Beattie Way||$875,000||$875,000||$820,000||5||4||Tudor||94%||63|
Berkeley Heights Recreation Info
Located in the Watchung Mountains, residents of this charming town have easy access to plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, skiing and bird watching and horseback riding. In addition, the community has three swimming clubs and several parks.
Passaic River Parkway offers fishing and canoeing as well as a nature trail, soccer fields and a picnic area. For families with little kids, Snyder Field Park features a playground and a spray park as well as hiking trails and turf for soccer or football games. Another community favorite park is Wathchung Reservation. Located in Berkeley Heights, this park features a variety of activities including fishing, ice skating, nature trails, a playground, stables, picnic areas as well as organized campgrounds.
The Berkeley Heights Recreation Center offers many activities for families and individuals all year round. Fun events featured during the year vary depending on the season. From after-school programs to fitness classes and sports for all ages, the recreation center is an excellent source for activities and events for community members.
In order to participate in classes, daycare and other events you can obtain a community pass. The community pass provides access to the website and allows you to register and pay for specific classes and activities. You will need to create a user name and password. To register for the community pass and begin exploring classes, go to https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm
You must register by the seasonal deadline; otherwise, the slots may fill up. For winter 2014, the registration deadline is January 5 at 9 p.m. Once this deadline passes you should contact the recreation center by phone to find out if there are additional slots available.
Nonresidents pay an additional $10 program fee and the recreation center employees will verify addresses to ensure. Individuals who register using a false residency will lose their payment and not receive membership to the center. Prices per class vary, ranging from free to $135.
If you love to spend time outdoors, head over to the Berkeley Heights Community Pool. The Olympic size swimming pool features two diving boards as well as two water slides. Little swimmers have their own area away from the big kids in a shallow pool designed especially for them. This community pool hosts races and swim lessons during the summer months. Keep cool during the hot months, with a summer pass.
For young families with children, there are plenty of activities to keep them busy. Boys, ages 8-17, may enjoy participation in the cub scouts and boy scouts and girls can take park in community events with the area Girl Scout troop.
Another swimming option to scratch that summertime swimmers itch is the Berkeley Swim Club. This private club is located on shaded, well-kept property. This private club features children’s pool, large pool, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and snacks. If you are looking to make a day out of it, this club is ideal. With a picnic area, grills, shuffleboard and ping-pong there are enough activities to keep everyone in your party happy and cool. The Berkeley Swim Club hosts Family Swim-Raft nights during some summer evenings. Mom and dad can even sneak out for a night at the club with frequent cocktail parties and other social events.
Berkeley Heights Restaurant Info
Enjoy a night out on the town with the family or with a date at one of several Berkeley Heights restaurants. There are a variety of options available. From traditional American cuisine to Indian, Mexican and Japanese dining, there are plenty of options.
If you are looking to get a drink with your meal, Trap Rock Restaurant and Brewery is the place to go. This American style restaurant requires reservations and can get quite busy on the weekends, so get there early. For an Italian meal, head over the Berkeley Height’s Dimaio Cucina. With a varied menu and fine Italian cuisine, even precise palates will find a dish they love here. If you are in the mood for pizza, take a quick step over to their pizzeria. You will pay a little more with higher prices for drinks and food at this popular restaurant and bar.
If you want to add an Asian flair to your evening, visit Wasabi Japanese Restaurant. This local favorite features a variety of Japanese dishes. For quick dining or a quiet evening, you will get your fill of Galbi and Bulgogi here. Prices here are average to low.
For a more intimate experience, shared by New York Times critic Scott Veale, take in the quiet Giovanni Bistro, Bar and Catering. This small restaurant seats few, but the intimate setting keeps drawing customers back. Dishes here feature Mediterranean and Italian influences and you can sip on a house wine while you wait for your dish. With decadent and healthy dishes on the menu, the intimate atmosphere is a perfect way to wind down after a long week. You will not have to spend a bundle to be satisfied with the critic-approved meals.
Berkeley Heights Shopping Info
If you enjoy spending the day perusing stores and clothing racks, hop in your car for a quick ride to Ocean County Mall in Toms River. This indoor mall features over 100 stores and restaurants for your perusal. From high end clothing and accessory stores like Sephora, Coach and Express to more affordable options like Aeropostale and Claire’s, you can shop ‘til you drop rain or shine at this indoor mall.
If you feel like splurging head 20 minutes down the road to the Short Hills Mall where you can step into some of the most well-known high-end stores including Cartier, Giorgio Armani, Hermes and Prada. If you need to replenish your energy after your shopping splurge, you can spoil your taste buds at one of the dozen eateries including Au Bon Pain, Legal Sea Foods and The Cheesecake factory. This mall offers entertainment as well such as the annual Ice Palace display and other special events. For more information about the stores and special events visit http://www.shopshorthills.com. With more than 150 upscale stores and an elegant setting, you can shop in style. If that is not enough of an incentive to check out this mall, you can shop for your apparel, tax-free here.