Living In Mountainside
Home to 7,000 residents, Mountainside is a charming community that sits on the southern slope of the Watchung Reservation. Located approximately 25 miles west of New York City, the town is full of magnificent parks, well-regarded schools and an abundance of activities for all ages, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this tranquil community is the perfect alternative to its larger neighbors of Westfield, Summit and Scotch Plains. Offering top amenities and strong community ties, you will see residents spend their days in the summertime gathering at the fabulous community pool and on snowy days on bunny hill in Echo Lake Park with their tubes and sleds in hand. With spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and the Watchung Reservation, it is no wonder people are looking to Mountainside for their forever home.
Mountainside residents take great pride in the town’s educational achievements with a strong commitment to curriculum, instruction and assessment. Their student’s receive a rich and diverse academic program, served by Beechwood Elementary School (pre K – 2) and The Deerfield School (3rd – 8th).
High Schoolers attend Governor Livingston High School in Berkley Heights as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Offering a wide range of advanced placement courses as well as supportive services for students of all abilities, Governor Livingston High School focuses on rigorous educational programs that pay special attention to ensure that art, culture, technology and moral character are all interwoven into to their excellent curriculum. This incredible level of performance has earned the High School it’s reputation as one of the best in the country as well as acknowledgments in numerous national publications.
Mountainside students can also attend one of the Union County vocational/technical schools, specializing in the performing arts, information technology and health sciences.
With its long list of things to do, residents really enjoy living in Mountainside. The community offers a number of recreational options including the popular community Olympic-sized pool fully equipped with slides, wading pools and a great café. Additionally, residents can take advantage of several lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, batting cages and a basketball/volleyball court. Through the recreation department, adult and youth programs and clubs are offered year round, including sports leagues and art and music programs. The town also organizes bus trips to New York City and Philadelphia.
From parks and trails to gardens and lakes, Mountainside is full of spectacular outdoor places to explore. The Watchung Reservation is a fundamental part of Mountainside, where residents can take advantage of its wooded hiking trails, riding stables, picnic grounds and the Trailside Nature and Science Center, a 4,500-square-foot interactive museum. Adding to the adventure, Echo Lake Park, in the southeast corner of Mountainside provides its residents even more recreation including fishing, paddle boat rentals, an active dog park, yoga classes and weekly concerts.
When it comes to great shopping, the bustling downtowns of Summit and Westfield, offering plenty of restaurants and shops, are less than two miles away.
Along a three-mile stretch of Route 22, Mountainside offers a variety of places to enjoy a meal, including The Stage House Tavern, which has been an integral part of the local community since the 18th century. Whether you are planning a romantic night or looking for somewhere to bring the entire family, you can find it in Mountainside’s vast array of restaurants.
In about an hour, residents can arrive in New York City by bus, train or automobile. Although there is no Midtown Direct Train, residents can access NJ Transit train stations in nearby Summit or Westfield. In about 50 minutes, residents can take advantage of an excellent bus service from various locations in Mountainside to Port Authority terminal. For New York’s financial district commuter, the PATH Rapid Transit System takes commuters straight into Hoboken where you can continue onto the financial district or take the ferry across from Hoboken.
By car, Route 22, 23, 124, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are all easily accessible, and Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is only 11 miles away.
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