In 2007 Millburn celebrated 150 years as an incorporated town with festivities and a grand parade. 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.
Looking for academic excellence? You have come to the right place. Millburn Township Schools are top notch. Millburn High School is consistently ranked not only #1 in the state of New Jersey but also one of the top in the entire country. Millburn High School is a Blue Ribbon School. There are 5 elementary Schools, all consistently ranking among the top in NJ's annual School Report Card: Glenwood , Hartshorn, Deerfield all serve the Short Hills residents, and South Mountain and Wyoming Schools are the elementary schools for Millburn residents. Millburn Middle School, which has been named a Benchmark School of Excellence based on the state assessments. It also has a Peer Leadership program wwhere the 8th grade students engage in community service.
With easy access via rail, highway, bus and air it is understandable why Millburn and Short Hills have become a popular choice for young professionals moving from Manhattan.
Great news for Millburn residents!
The Maplewood jitney service now picks up in the Wyoming Section and dropping at the Maplewood train station. Stops at 2 locations are scheduled: Ridgewood Road and Cypress Street & Wyoming and Elm Street for a $1 fare each way. check out our blog for more info There are two railroad stations serving the area, one in the heart of Short Hills and the other in the center of Millburn, from where New York Penn Station is just a 35 to 40 minute ride on NJ Transit ‘s Midtown Direct Train Line. Going to down town Manhattan? The PATH Rapid Transit System takes commuters straight into Hoboken, as well as New York’s financial district.
For the scenic route, many commuters prefer to take the ferry across from Hoboken instead. Commuter parking lots are available to residents of Millburn/ Short Hills, and in Millburn you even have the luxury of valet parking! Parking at Millburn and Short Hills train stations is on a first come, first served basis. Permits cost $360 per year and are issued by the Tax Collector at Millburn Town Hall, 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, 07041. For more information call 973-564-7083 during office hours. By car, routes 24, 280, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are all within easy access. Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is a 20 minute drive away.
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 Millburn/Short Hills, 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
|910 South Orange Ave||$649,900||$549,900||$500,000||4||2.3||SplitLev||77%||120|
|30 Locust Ave||$599,000||$599,000||$610,000||3||1.1||Colonial||102%||13|
|6 Greenwood Dr||$789,000||$759,000||$750,000||4||3.1||Tudor||95%||36|
|25 Parkview Dr||$799,000||$799,000||$850,000||4||2.1||Colonial||106%||9|
|2 Brantwood Ter||$825,000||$825,000||$752,500||3||3.1||Custom||91%||35|
|55 Cedar St||$899,000||$899,000||$899,000||4||1.1||Colonial||100%||21|
|22 Dorset Lane||$1,249,000||$1,249,000||$1,260,000||3||3||SplitLev||101%||8|
|23 Athens Rd||$1,400,000||$1,350,000||$1,320,000||4||3.1||SplitLev||94%||82|
|46 Holly Dr||$2,475,000||$2,475,000||$2,430,000||6||5.1||Colonial||98%||10|
|30 Robert Dr||$4,500,000||$4,500,000||$4,200,000||7||8.2||Custom||93%||86|
Catch the latest movie releases at Millburn Cinema 4 located in the bustling heart of Millburn, conveniently close to restaurants and cafes. If live theatre is your thing, the Paper Mill Playhouse on Brookside Drive, Millburn, is one of the most highly-acclaimed non-profit regional theatres in the country, attracting red carpet stars including Liza Minnelli, Patrick Swayze, Chita Rivera and Kristin Chenoweth. The community has worked hard in recent years to turn the Paper Mill Playhouse into a thriving facility and today it is the pride of Millburn.
The Great Outdoors
Newcomers to Millburn and Short Hills often comment on the remarkable lush open spaces we enjoy here. When you hike through South Mountain Reservation or relax in one of our beautiful parks it is easy to forget that the chaotic streets of NYC are only 15 miles away as the crow flies! The vantage points atop South Mountain Reservation afford a breathtaking panorama of the Manhattan skyline to the east.
During the Revolutionary War George Washington viewed the movement of British troops in the Newark valley from the spot now known as Washington Rock. Today joggers, hikers, cyclists and nature lovers are drawn to the paths that meander through the 2048 acres of native woodland, preserved in a wild state with creeks, ponds and a 25ft waterfall. The whole area is a haven for deer, chipmunks, squirrels and bird life, and some of my clients have even gone to pick wild mushrooms there.
On Sundays, the part of Brookside Drive which runs through the South Mountain Reservation, is closed off for recreation. Video Courtesy of Victoria Plummer There is also a great Dog Park complete with canine obstacle course and drinking fountains! Most of the reservation lies within Millburn limits with the rest extending through neighboring Maplewood and West Orange, and bordering South Orange. You can park your car at the Locust Grove trailhead just across Glen Avenue behind Millburn Train Station or drive up to the top of South Mountain Reservation along South Orange Avenue and park off Crest Drive. A map of South Mountain Reservation can be purchased for $4 at the Millburn, Maplewood, and South Orange libraries.
Another great space for nature lovers and families is the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and bird sanctuary. This historic woodlands garden, bequeathed by the daughter of Short Hills founder Stewart Hartshorn, is a gem of a place, with a wealth of different trees and wildlife and one of the greatest concentrations of native wild flowers in New Jersey. It is also an environmental educational center, running a varied program of events and field trips for every age. Check out the Bird Cam on the arboretum website. There are also some great events and workshops at Greenwood gardens which lies within Old Short Hills Park. This lovely 28-acre public garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is described as a time capsule of New Jersey’s gracious past, with formal planting, sweeping vistas, pasture and tea house.
In the heart of downtown Millburn, there is always something going on in Taylor Park. The gazebo and rose garden is a popular meeting spot. There is a well-equipped kids playground, a walking path popular with workers during lunch break, pond, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and the Bauer Community Center. During the summer families love to picnic there, especially on free concert evenings.
Another hot-spot is Gero Park over in Short Hills, where Millburn Township’s recently refurbished swimming pool, open to all residents, is a popular and inexpensive location for families throughout summer months. Another residents’ facility is the par 27 9-hole Millburn Municipal Golf Course. There are also beautifully kept ball fields, tennis, basketball and roller hockey courts and a playground. Millburn Township Recreation Department at Millburn Town Hall provides details on sports programs for boys and girls, including basketball, football, soccer, a winter ski program and much more besides. There are also town camp programs in the summer and during school vacation. Online registration forms and schedules can be downloaded from the website. One of the great perks of living in our area is the presence of excellent golf courses. Whether you are looking to develop your game, unwind from the stresses of the working week, entertain clients, or relax in the company of fellow golfers at the 19th hole, there is an impressive array of award-winning private golf courses within easy striking distance. Baltusrol Golf Club 3 miles away hosted the PGA Championship in 2005 and is scheduled to host it again in 2016. Even closer to home are the hugely popular golf courses at Canoe Brook Country Club and Short Hills Country Club. Check out all the golf courses close to Millburn and Short Hills at www.golflink.com . If tennis is your sport, it is game set and match to this part of New Jersey.
Tennis is big here in schools, on municipal courts and in private clubs. One of the best loved locally is the Racquets Club of Short Hills where members can play on the racquetball and tennis courts, and enjoy the swimming pool.
Other amenities and activities in Millburn and Short Hills
Millburn and Short Hills have a very healthy share of fitness clubs and gyms. Some, such as Can Do Fitness and Motion rival any to be found in New York. The Millburn Short Hills Athletic Club is great for commuters, located just across the road from Millburn train station. Those who like to act and dance will love to strut their stuff at the Paper Mill Playhouse Theater School in Short Hills, where you will also find a summer program.
In fact, there are summer camps to suit every child in this part of New Jersey whether their passion is for sports, cyber activities, music, or the outdoors; there are even camps available if they want to develop their academic skills. Check out the Camp Channel and the American Camp Association and The Camp Experts for more suggestions. Music Together with Kelly runs a range of classes introducing babies and young children to the wonders of sound and rhythm.Millburn Music Center, a music store in the center of town on Millburn Avenue, has lots of information about music lessons in the area, and if you enjoy fine art then the Millburn-Short Hills Art Center is for you.
There are some fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes in Millburn and Short Hills, so you won’t need to leave town to find what you’re looking for. Two of our favorites for meeting friends are Basilico and Martini’s Bar and Bistro. Kids love La Strada and JP Lee’s Mongolian Barbecue, especially for pre & post Millburn Cinema movie nights with their friends. Millburn Deli has achieved cult status for its amazing take-outs and the staff whose quick-fire wit is matched by the super-fast service. They're famous for their grillers, Monster Joe's and most notably The Gobbler- a whole turkey dinner in a sandwich! To the left is the staff on Hat Thursdays. The Short Hills Hilton Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and it's Sunday brunch is consistently voted the best in New Jersey.
Millburn and Short Hills boast some of the best shopping outside of Manhattan, whether you are looking for designer labels, household goods or farm fresh produce. The Short Hills Mall is where New Yorkers in the know come to avoid the city crush. With valet parking, a relaxed atmosphere and 160 upscale stores selling luxury brands, the Short Hills Mall is top of the shopping destination lists. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to name but a few… and yes, there really are Bentleys, Porsches and Range Rovers displayed along the walkways.
Important tip: Make reservations for the restaurants in advance because you won't find a food court there.
Downtown Millburn retains its old-style feel with a good selection of small shops – many of them family-owned – offering everything from 25c hardware to fine furs and jewelry. The Farmers Market in the parking lot on Main and Essex Streets brings a fresh taste of the country into town every Tuesday morning between June and October.
For supermarkets and other day-to-day stores take a trip down the Morris and Essex Turnpike. Kings supermarket has a cooking studio where you can hone your culinary skills. Just down the road, the Wine Library on Morris Avenue is stacked to the rafters with bottles from all over the world and we love the wine & cheese tastings and their knowledgeable staff. There is also a convenient row of shops, including our Keller Williams Satellite Office,Short Hills Pharmacy, dry cleaner’s and post office opposite the Short Hills Train Station.