If you are familiar with Livingston from years back, come back and visit, because today’s Livingston does not look like the same town. The new town East Hills Dog Park & Fitness Trail center is amazing, new restaurants are opening everywhere, and the crazy thing is, Livingston is often overlooked because its not on the direct train line into NYC. However, a quick drive down South Orange Ave is all you need to hop on the train, and from there its an easy commute. Plus, the bus is an option as well. Easy access to NYC, reasonable prices (especially compared to some of the train-line towns), and wonderful schools make Livingston a great place to live!
The Livingston School district is renowned for its consistently high level of student achievement and ranks among the top school districts in New Jersey. There are six elementary schools - Burnet Hill, Collins, Harrison, Hillside Mt. Pleasant Elementary, Riker Hill – as well as two middle schools – Mount Pleasant, and Heritage – and a high school, Livingston High School
Livingston High School has been named one of the state’s best high schools in New Jersey Monthly Magazine. The school has won first place in the Essex County Mathematics Competition every year from 1989 to 2009 and offers a great range of 26 AP courses. In New Jersey Monthy's 2010 ranking of New Jersey high schools, Livingston ranked at 22 out of 322. Livingston High School students also regularly receive recognition for their outstanding artistic and athletic achievements. The school recently underwent extensive building and renovation that will gave it 14 new science rooms, new fine arts and technology facilities, major classroom renovations, and a gymnasium facility capable of housing all the students.
Mt. Pleasant Middle School educates all of the sixth graders in the Livingston School District before they move on to Heritage Middle School for grades 7-8.
Livingston is a great place for families, with some awesome activities and camps for kids outside of school hours. Among the best are Camp Horizons, on the grounds of Newark Academy in Livingston, which has great facilities and a wide variety of activities; Weekday, run by the YMCA; and the Gesher Summer program.
Gibbs College on West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Route 10, is a center for higher education specializing in business, administration, computer technology, graphic arts, medical assisting and criminal justice.
Bus to NYC from Livingston Provides commuter service from Livingston & West Orange into the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, as well as service to Atlantic City.
The Community Coach runs through the center of Livingston to the NY Port Authority Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, while NJ Transit buses 70, 71, 73 and the MCM-3 travel between Livingston and Newark, Florham Park and West Caldwell, stopping at other towns and shopping malls en route. Livingston is served by several main roads, including the Interstate 280, Route 10, County Route 508 and the Eisenhower Parkway. Commuter parking passes are available for the South Mountain Arena in West Orange For information, call Essex County Department of Parks at 973-268-3500. Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is only a 25 minute drive away.
Livingston also has a Shuttle to the South Orange Train Station (With direct train service to NYC). This is for residents and non-residents. It costs $2.00 each way and Parking is free at the Livingston Mall. You can visit www.LivingstonExpressShuttle.org for more information.
Data compiled from the GSMLS. Deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Sue feels that if you are in the market to buy or sell real estate in Livingston, 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
|103 Keyes Rd||$285,000||$285,000||$270,000||3||1.1||Ranch||95%||18|
|148 Madison Ct||$459,900||$459,900||$450,000||3||1.1||Colonial||98%||21|
|15 S Cedar Pky||$489,000||$489,000||$477,000||4||1.1||Tudor||98%||71|
|95 Martin Rd||$535,000||$535,000||$536,000||4||2.1||Bi-Level||100%||13|
|26 Sycamore Ter||$549,945||$549,945||$500,000||3||2.1||Ranch||91%||137|
|18 Mounthaven Dr||$549,977||$549,977||$540,000||4||2.1||Colonial||98%||5|
|27 Broadlawn Dr||$589,000||$589,000||$632,000||4||3.1||SplitLev||107%||9|
|41 Baker Rd||$749,000||$639,000||$648,000||4||2.1||SplitLev||87%||37|
|26 Pine Valley Rd||$639,000||$639,000||$625,000||3||2.1||TwnIntUn||98%||5|
|18 Pine Valley Rd||$665,000||$655,000||$648,000||3||3.1||TwnIntUn||97%||38|
|5 Bellcourt Pl||$760,000||$760,000||$768,455||3||2.2||TwnIntUn||101%||20|
|11 Bellcourt Pl||$859,210||$859,210||$814,830||3||2.2||TwnIntUn||95%||3|
|1 Bellcourt Pl||$861,185||$861,185||$824,080||3||2.2||MultiFlr||96%||6|
|100 Shrewsbury Dr||$945,000||$874,500||$865,000||5||3.2||Colonial||92%||171|
|22 Stoneham Dr||$1,100,000||$998,000||$1,082,000||4||4||RanchExp||98%||14|
|8 Ross Rd||$1,500,000||$1,500,000||$1,500,000||5||5.1||Colonial||100%||0|
As you would expect in a family oriented community like Livingston, there are masses of activities for all ages. Several local organizations shelter under the umbrella of Livingston Arts Council, including the Livingston Community Players, who truly bring Broadway-style productions to the community. The Children's Theatre of Livingston is for young perfomers in grades 2-8, while Livingston Symphony Orchestra recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a resounding performance of Beethoven’s 9th.
If you're looking for something to do as a family, one of your best resources will be Macaroni Kid, where local mothers keep the community updated on local family-friendly events and activities. Also, only a few towns over you can find the Turtle Back Zoo, a very popular and engaging family spot.
Art exhibitions are often displayed in the beautiful Livingston Public Library, which recently underwent an extensive makeover. Occasionally it is possible to catch a glimpse of work in progress at Riker Hill Art Park on Beaufort Avenue, where around 50 professional and aspiring artists have studios in the former army barracks.
You can’t drive through Livingston without noticing the beautiful wide open space of Memorial Park in the center, on South Livingston Avenue. Trails meander through a nature preserve and past the pond, and there’s a tranquil 9/11 Memorial Garden. The facilities include two baseball fields and basketball courts, a bocce court, football fields, six tennis courts and a tennis wall, plus lacrosse fields in winter, when it is also the place to ice skate. At Northland Park there are four tennis courts and a basketball court, as well as a community center.
Livingston has two pool complexes for residents. Haines Community Pool and the Northland Community Pool, where there is also a kids' wading pool.
Playgrounds are sited at Memorial Park, Monmouth Court, Northland Park, Grand Terrace and at all schools.
Livingston Township Recreation and Parks Office has produced a great little map of all the recreation facilities and other points of interest in the area.
Many joggers head for East Hills Park on Shrewsbury Drive, a 1½ mile fitness trail that winds through part of the 55 acres of wooded parkland. The dog park there always gets tails wagging, with two fenced areas and a doggie drinking fountain where our four legged friends can socialize and exercise off-leash. Further north along Shrewsbury Drive is Prospect Park, 29 acres of unspoilt forest that is being developed into hiking and biking trails. Six acres of Becker Park, the 147-acre Essex County Park, are in Livingston. The Lenape Trail traverses the park.
The sport of soccer thrives in the town, with Livingston Soccer Club coaching several teams of all age groups. Lacrosse begins early in these parts, and Livingston Lacrosse League has members who have only just started kindergarten, right through to strapping eigth graders. Another very popular group is the Livingston American Little League.
Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole course in beautifully manicured grounds on Walnut Street, with a recently renovated clubhouse.
And if indoor exercise is more your style, the New York Sports Club on West Northfield Road is one of the leading gyms around, with plenty of programs to keep you in shape, plus a popular kids’ program and swim sessions. The Little Gym and Jellybean Junction on Okner Parkway are specifically designed to teach fun agility and movement to younger childen – and they also host parties! Other programs for kids that come highly recommended are Ad-In Kids Tennis and Adojo Shaolin Karate.
For tiny prima ballerinas, Michelle’s Dance Studio and the NJ School of Ballet will let you come and try a class for free before you commit. Music Together with Kelly runs a range of classes introducing babies and young children to the wonders of sound and rhythm.
You could eat out every night for a month in Livingston and never visit the same place twice. The area offers a cornucopia of excellent eateries to match every occasion (and every purse). One of the most distinctive in the district has to be Eppes Essen, a New York, Jewish-Style Deli and Restaurant famous for its sloppy Joes, and corned beef and turkey triple decker platters. The Livingston Diner on Northfield Road hits the spot if you’re looking to feed a hungry hoard. Head over to Nero’s Grille on South Livingston Avenue if great steaks, chops and lobster are your thing – they are said to be the best in New Jersey.
When it comes to great shopping, Livingston has it all, from sleek shopping centers with big name brands to strip malls and small family-owned speciality shops. The Livingston Mall off the Eisenhower Parkway has Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Sears and Gap, among others. Traveling east along Route 10 you can find Circuit City, Staples, and many more household names.
You can’t miss the charming new development of 20 or so boutiques, gift shops and restaurants at Livingston Town Center. It has an upscale feel, as well as the best kitchenware shop in the area.
For the last few years Livingston BID – a volunteer group of business people and residents – has been working on improving the main shopping district with extensive streetscaping from Northfield Road through South Livingston Avenue.
A taste of the country comes to town every Thursday afternoon from June to October when the Livingston Farmers' Market opens for business on South Livingston Avenue, just across from Fire House Commons. Shopper parking is plentiful in Livingston. Plus, the Morris County Metro bus runs a service to Livingston Mall, Short Hills Mall, Chatham, Madison, Morristown, Morris Plains and Greystone Park.