Living In Berkeley Heights
Though just an hour from Manhattan, Berkley Heights seems like a world away. Bordered by the scenic Passaic River and Watchung Mountains, what was once a sleepy farming and resort community is today a town full of beautiful homes, highly regarded public schools and a vibrant social scene. It’s no wonder that Berkeley Height is frequently ranked as one of the top small towns to live in the country. Ideal for families, there is homey feel and a welcoming atmosphere that is reinforced by the many street fairs, festivals and other town-wide events and activities, such as the annual Barn-B-Q Trail Festival in the historic Deserted Village and summer concerts in the park, that are held though out the year.
Consistently exceeding state and national standards, the Berkeley Heights Public Schools district has a well-deserved reputation and is a source of pride for residents. The district is served by the Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center, which brings together the entire town’s kindergarten and first-grade students, three local elementary schools – Mountain Park Elementary , Thomas P. Hughes Elementary and William Woodruff Elementary – and the Columbia Middle School and Governor Livingston High School. In addition to the outstanding core curriculum, the district pays special attention to ensure that art, culture, technology and moral character are all interwoven into to their excellent educational programs. Support services are available for students of all abilities at all schools. Governor Livingston High School offers a wide range of advanced placement courses in addition to honors and college prep. Students have a variety of clubs to join, in addition to numerous and competitive sports teams.
Located in the Watchung Mountains, residents of this charming town have the good fortune of access to a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, skiing, bird watching, and horseback riding, and the community itself provides three swimming clubs and several parks. The Passaic River Parkway boasts ideal fishing and canoeing spots as well as a nature trail, soccer fields, and a picnic area, and Snyder Field Park features a playground and a spray park as well as hiking trails and turf for soccer or football games. The Wathchung Reservation features a variety of activities including fishing, ice skating, nature trails, a playground, stables, and picnic areas as well as organized campgrounds where you can spend a night under the stars. The Berkeley Heights Recreation Center offers many fun, seasonal activities for families all year round. 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.
A full range of children’s activities can be found in Berkeley Heights, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The Berkeley Heights Library frequently hosts events for adults and children including story times, magicians, and movie nights, and The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts offers a wide range of entertaining family fun as well as enriching summer camps.
All of these amazing recreation options are only amplified by the area’s selection of gyms, spas, and wellness centers. Locals enjoy the ability to find so many exciting options within their town alongside the ability to experience NYC and the surrounding communities. Berkeley Heights living is an absolute dream!
In addition to the convenient retail destinations, shopping centers, and markets within Berkeley Heights, residents are also afforded access to one of the most highly regarded malls in the state. The Short Hills Mall is a luxury shopping destination with that takes retail therapy to new heights with its elegant design and top-of-the-line products in every one of the 150 exclusive shops. Residents are able to easily meet all of their convenience needs close to home and also take advantage of this classy shopping destination guaranteed to delight any visitor.
Berkeley Heights offers an amazing assortment of restaurants. The area has intimate, fine-dining establishments as well as casual, family-friendly eateries and a number of local favorites. Cuisines vary from traditional, homestyle meals to Indian, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Mediterranean, and Japanese dining for those with more adventurous palettes. Local breweries are staples within the young professional crowd, featuring phenomenal selections of food, drinks, and nightlife fun. Locals also enjoy the selection of pizzerias and delis in the area which provide hearty lunch and dinner options in relaxed settings, and area cafes take pride in cultivating calming atmospheres that are perfect for midday breaks. The Berkeley Heights culinary scene allows residents to experience down-to-earth taverns, diners and family restaurants, or intimate outings in elegant establishments with a full range of dining destinations in between. Whatever type of food or style of dining you are seeking, you can find it in Berkeley Heights.
Commuting is a breeze for residents of Berkeley Heights with multiple options available throughout NJ and into NYC. From the Berkeley Heights Train Station, NJ Transit provides direct service to Hoboken and Penn Station that can get you there in just over an hour. The nearby Summit Train Station provides additional convenient bus and express train routes into Penn Station.
By car, Route 78 is easily accessible from Berkeley Heights and provides a direct route to Manhattan in well under one hour, with Route 22 and the Garden State Parkway close by to make traversing in-state convenient and hassle-free. And for the jetsetter, the Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is a 25-minute drive away.
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