Harding Township Homes for Sale
Harding Township was first established in 1922, and named for President Warren G. Harding. The town is located less than an hour from New York City. However, proximity to the hustle and bustle of city life should not deter potential residents. This area features picturesque pastoral scenery; cows, sheep, and horses graze contentedly in lush meadows and grassy fields.
Much of the area that is now known as Harding Township is an agricultural community. Roots in the community run deep, as early as the 18th century. The area was bypassed by colonial turnpikes, railroads, and canals. The area has remained a rural backwater area. The rolling landscapes reflect hundreds of years of European occupation. The land has hosted cattle pastures, fields of grain, and abundant orchards. The Watchung Mountains and the Great Swamps were used as a wood supply for the local farmers.
The relaxing environment attracts many residents to the area. Historic homes are interspersed with charming family homes. Town homes and condominiums are also popular with area residents. The township is also populated with considerable estates, equestrian properties, and farmsteads. These majestic properties are set on large parcels and have stood there for well over 200 years.
Zoning for new construction specifies that lots must be at least 3 acres in size in most parts of the Harding Township. Prices for housing range from slightly below $500,000 family homes to multi-million dollar estates.
Many of the homes were built in the 18th century. A large number of the occupants are descendants of the original owners. This is a testament to the strong roots that Harding Township possesses. This area is often described as a hidden paradise by visitors and residents. It’s no wonder that so many people call this beautiful area their home.
Harding Township History
Dutch and English settlers cleared this area in the 17th century. These settlers hacked their way through the wilderness to form fields, orchards, and pastures. Mills were later constructed alongside the local streams. Since the area was bypassed by major roadways and railroads, the area remained agricultural all the way into the 1900s.
After the Great Depression several business owners purchased distressed properties and lands. This resulted in an unusual arrangement for private land preservation efforts. The agreement was dubbed the New Vernon Neighborhood Restrictive Agreement. Area estate owners placed restrictions on their lands and voluntarily restricted development.
Protecting the native terrain is important to Harding Township residents. This is great news since the area is located near the Great Swamp Basin, an environmentally sensitive area. There are a few businesses, and townhouse developments, but corporate campuses and apartment buildings have been forbidden entrance.
Today, the Harding Township is surrounded by shopping centers, major highways, and suburban towns. Despite this, the peaceful quality of life that the residents enjoy continues uninterrupted. This is largely thanks to the vision and determination of the families who have called this area home for generations.
Residents have a variety of opportunities to become involved in the community. Volunteer fire fighting and first aid squad positions are available to residents. Additionally, there are garden clubs, civic associations, recreation associations, and the local library. Residents who are concerned about preserving the beauty of this pastoral setting can join the Harding Land Trust to protect the local open spaced meadows and fields from unnecessary development.
The Harding Township Civic Association is a great way for residents to develop their interest in local government. The group’s focus is on promoting a mutual understanding between citizens and government officials. The association is staffed by volunteers who hold and attend township meetings. These volunteers are responsible for reporting the activities of these meetings in their Thumbnail publication that is mailed to every home in the township.
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Harding Town School Information
Harding Township is a close-knit community. The Harding Township School serves students in public school from K through 8th grade. The school has been renovated in 2001, with a band room, gym, and stage. The renovations totaled around $7 million dollars. Residents are attracted to the local public school because of the low student to teacher ratio, but many local families choose not to send their children to public school. In recent years, the community has added Unity Charter School as an additional educational choice for residents. Madison high school serves the local high-school students attending public school. Students in the upper grades can also attend the Delbarton School, Morristown-Bear School, and Morristown’s Villa Walsh Academy. All schools in the area are highly rated for their educational offerings.
Harding Town Commuting Info
A network of local highways surrounds the area. These highways include Routes 512 and 24 and Interstate highways 287 and 78. The rush-hour commute to Midtown Manhattan involves a 70 minute ride on the Lakeland Bus Lines.
Residents who wish to commute to New York City will spend about 45 minutes driving. Traveling to Manhattan along Route 24 will take about 75 minutes. Rail commuters will spend about 10 minutes of travel time to reach the train station in Morristown, Madison, or Convent Station. There is also the option to travel using New Jersey Transit’s Midtown Direct line. This option last about 50 minutes and ends up at Penn Station.
Harding Town 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 Harding, 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
|15 Beech Ln||$465,000||$465,000||$465,000||2||2.1||MultiFlr||100%||9|
|197 Village Rd||$995,000||$995,000||$919,000||5||4.2||Colonial||92%||95|
|120 Village Road||$1,495,000||$1,495,000||$1,347,200||5||4.1||Colonial||90%||173|
|9 Twin Field Ln||$3,150,000||$3,150,000||$3,095,000||5||5.2||Colonial||98%||119|
Harding Town Recreation Info
Harding Township offers small town living for New Jersey residents. There is a small retail area located along Route 202, aptly dubbed the Country Mile. The national historic district runs in an L-shape in the heart of the town. Many of the local businesses are located in this area, and operate out of the antique buildings. More extensive shopping needs can be fulfilled minutes away in Bernardsville, Summit, Chatham, Madison, and Morristown.
There are numerous recreational activities for residents. In fact, the city boasts around 50 miles of bridle trails that wind throughout the towns perimeter. These grounds are maintained by the township and residents enjoy the assurance these landscapes will last for future generations; forty percent of the township is protected open space.
Art, History, and Culture
Knowledge and literacy matter very much in this small northern town. The town has a library that possesses all the modern convenience that big city libraries have. The Kemmerer Library is a 3-story library with approximately 7,000 books available for check-out.
Because the town has an early history, there are a plethora of historical sites to visit. Sites like the Helen C. Frenske Visitor Center and Morristown National Park are popular places to visit.
Art aficionados will be pleased with the number of art galleries in the area. Fastframe, Great Frame Up, and American Craft Gallery all offer taste and culture to local residents.
Harding Township is very much like other small towns. One of the largest yearly events in the area is the New Vernon Volunteer Fire Department’s Country Auction. The event is held early in the fall, under a big tent. Residents and visitors can find everything there from musical instruments to lawn tractors.
Another popular event is the Township Memorial Day parade is a big event in Harding Township. Each year, a distinguished citizen of the community is honored. Also, winning essays from the annual student essay contest are read aloud.
Activities and Attractions
The Harding Township Historical Society has been participating in efforts to maintain the Tunnis-Elicks farmhouse for future generations. The house is partially decorated in period furniture and is open to the public at various times of the year. The property also features a 19th century “tramp house”. The two gardens on the property contain over a 100 different types of perennials and herbs. This historic landmark is extremely easy to find. It’s just across the street from the local post office.
The Glen Alpin mansion was built in the 1840s is a popular destination for visitors and residents. The estate features 16 rooms, 9 baths, and a guest cottage. There are hand-painted murals and 8 fireplaces inside the mansion. The house is known as “The Princess House”, but not because of the architecture style. In the 1940s, Doris Mercer moved in and was briefly wed to a Persian price.
The Recreation Association sponsors activities and sports leagues for children. The association maintains the four local community fields and parks, as well as the two tennis courts.
For those who desire a taste of the great outdoors, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Loantaka Brook Reservation, and Fosterfield’s Living Historical Farm are also popular local attractions.
Harding Town Restaurant Info
Like most small towns, dining options are select, and few. Development is discouraged, but local businesses are welcomed. The Market Restaurant and Bar offers residents a local eatery with quality gourmet foods, wines, beers, and ale. The Village Market is another local restaurant available for residents to enjoy. Neither of these venues offers fast food; residents will have to travel a bit further to enjoy fare such as McDonald’s and other chain restaurants. Residents, who desire more of a variety for their palette, generally travel to nearby Morrisville to indulge themselves in diverse cuisine.
Harding Town Shopping Info
The stores in Harding Township cater to the upwardly mobile families that live there. Stores like WalMart are located minutes away in Morrisville. Shops like Best Portfolio provide office equipment to local residents. Totten Mcguirl Interiors assists local residents in decorating their homes. Women’s clothing and accessories are available at Newton Anson Clothes and pet supplies are available at Country Mile Pet Supplies.
Harding Township shies away from development. This means that larger chains, malls, and franchises won’t be found within the borders of this town. This encourages the development of thriving mom and pop businesses that favor service above pricing. However, residents can look to nearby Morrisville to find items priced to sell.
Harding Township is a delightful, small town that offers residents that home town feel in an exclusive and historic location. Forbes named this small town one of the richest “zip codes” in the country in 2006. Property is passed down from generation to generation, along with centuries of wealth.