Westfield, New Jersey is located in Union County. It currently has a population of just over 30,000 and covers an area of about 6.7 square miles. Westfield’s close proximity to Manhattan makes the town an ideal home for many who commute to the city for work.
Westfield Real Estate at a Glance
There are two distinct districts in town, the North Side and the South Side. The districts are further broken down into individual neighborhoods:
- Country Club Estates
- The Gardens
- Indian Forest
- Kimball Avenue Historic District
- Manor Park
- Stoneleigh Park
Westfield residents are tied to their community and feel a strong connection to its development. In 2010 the town was the winner of the America in Bloom contest, a testament to the beauty of the community and the care that is given to the town. Its rich history is reflected in the types of homes found including Victorian-era Colonial Revivals, Queen Annes, large single-family homes on expansive lots and Tudors. Westfield is an excellent place to raise a family as it has a lower than average crime rate and excellent public schools.
Westfield has a long history that began in pre-Revolutionary days. What is now the downtown district was once the old village area that was settled in 1720 as part of the Elizabethtown Tract. In 1798, Westfield was formally created as a township by the New Jersey Legislature, comprised of portions of several neighboring townships. The community that residents know today was incorporated in 1903, now officially known as the Town of Westfield.
The Downtown Westfield Corporation works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help maintain and enhance the area’s historical buildings and landmarks, particularly in the downtown area.
Westfield has a bustling downtown area that features over 40 restaurants, 200 stores and 400 commercial ventures, over one-third of which have been in business for more than 25 years. It is known as a regional shopping destination for this area and was awarded the Great American Main Street Award in 2004 from the National Trust. Music is especially loved in Westfield with many opportunities for residents to enjoy and participate in musical performances and events. In addition, the town prides itself on its cultural attractions, recreational activities, festivals, unique shopping destinations and eclectic eateries.
Recreation and Attractions
- Arbor Chamber of Music
- Oratorio Singers
- Choral Art Society of New Jersey
- New Jersey Field Music
- New Jersey Workshop for the Arts
- Westfield Community Band
- Miller-Cory House Museum
- September 11 Memorial Park
- Korean War Memorial
- World War II Memorial
- Spanish-American War Memorial
- Westfield Memorial Library
- Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival
- Westfield Symphony Orchestra
- Westfield Community Players
- Hedgehog and Feather Theatre Co.
- New Jersey Youth Theatre
- Coffee with a Conscience Concert Series
- Theatro Si – Hispanic Theater Arts Company
- The Reeves House site
- The Famous Westfield Town Bell
- The Town Clock
Shopping and Dining
- Bittersweet Designs gift shop
- Evalyn Dunn Gallery
- The Farmhouse Store
- Madeleine Moss furniture
- The Town Book Store
- Ana Beall’s Tea Room
- Boulevard Bistro
- Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe
- Casa di Pizza
- Crumbs Bake Shop
- Cod Almighty Chippery
- Fujiyama Mama Restaurant
- Gabi’s Sushi and Noodles
- Isabella’s American Bistro
- Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant
- Rockn’ Joe Coffeehouse and Bistro
- Splash of Thai
- Tutti Baci Cafe
- Xocolatz Restaurant and Grill
Westfield Commuting Information
Westfield’s close proximity to New York City and conveniently accessible public transportation options make this a great town for commuters. Commuter rail service is provided by New Jersey Transit via the Raritan Valley Line with several non-stop trains to Newark Penn Station daily. Commute time to New York Penn Station is approximately 50 minutes, or 20 minutes from Newark Penn Station. New Jersey Transit also provides bus service via routes 59, 113, 114 and 117. The nearest airport is Newark Liberty International Airport which is approximately 20 minutes away by car and is also accessible via New Jersey Transit trains.