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Millburn/Short Hills

 

The township of Millburn has a population of just over 20,000 residents and was originally formed in 1857 by combining portions of other community. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the state and in the country thanks to fine amenities, efficient transportation and excellent schools. Short Hills is an unincorporated community that is located within Millburn Township and boasts a population of around 13,000 residents. Both Millburn and Short Hills are attracting home buyers from all over the country who want to live within commuting distance from New York and Newark.

The area was occupied by native Lenape tribes when colonial settlers first arrived in the 1600s and was once part of several other townships until 1857 when it became separate from nearby Springfield. Because of the hilly landscapes and plentiful springs and mill ponds, all kinds of mills and factories sprang up, boosting the economy and the population throughout the 19th century. The railroad linked Millburn to the rest of the East Coast in 1835 and kept the economy and the residents thriving. The late 1800s and early 1900 meant more development as people sought fine living quarters outside of the big cities. Short Hills started as a planned community by Stewart Hartshorn in 1872 and became the first planned commuter town in the country. Today, Millburn and Short Hills achieve the perfect balance between natural beauty and real estate development and reflect the residents’ pride in their living space.

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The township of Millburn has a population of just over 20,000 residents and was originally formed in 1857 by combining portions of other community. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the state and in the country thanks to fine amenities, efficient transportation and excellent schools. Short Hills is an unincorporated community that is located within Millburn Township and boasts a population of around 13,000 residents. Both Millburn and Short Hills are attracting home buyers from all over the country who want to live within commuting distance from New York and Newark.

The area was occupied by native Lenape tribes when colonial settlers first arrived in the 1600s and was once part of several other townships until 1857 when it became separate from nearby Springfield. Because of the hilly landscapes and plentiful springs and mill ponds, all kinds of mills and factories sprang up, boosting the economy and the population throughout the 19th century. The railroad linked Millburn to the rest of the East Coast in 1835 and kept the economy and the residents thriving. The late 1800s and early 1900 meant more development as people sought fine living quarters outside of the big cities. Short Hills started as a planned community by Stewart Hartshorn in 1872 and became the first planned commuter town in the country. Today, Millburn and Short Hills achieve the perfect balance between natural beauty and real estate development and reflect the residents’ pride in their living space.

The ease of transportation has long been an asset to Millburn and Short Hills, both in moving goods and people. There is easy access to important roads and highways like I-78, Route 24 and Route 124. There are two train stations in Millburn served by two New Jersey Transit railroad stations to take residents to Newark or New York as well as Hoboken. Short Hills has its own railroad station. Multiple bus lines serve Millburn and Short Hills as well.

When it comes to things to see and do in Millburn and Short Hills, residents don’t have to wait for long. True to the founders who wanted to provide a space where prosperity and nature could co-exist, the communities have many opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary and South Mountain Reservation nature reserve provide trails for walking, birdwatching and more. Community parks like Old Short Hills Park, Gero Park and Taylor Park are lovingly maintained for resident use. Other points of interest include the Mall at Short Hills, Paper Mill Playhouse and the architecturally unique B’nai Israel Synagogue.

Stellar schools here make the communities of Millburn and Short Hills so attractive to those home buyers with children. Millburn Township Public School District manages facilities for students from kindergarten through 12th grade and includes five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Resident children from both Millburn and Short Hill attend these schools. Millburn High School is frequently included on the lists of America’s Best High Schools and boasts high test scores and graduation rates. Private schools in and around Millburn and Short Hill also provide excellent education options for residents.

Valued for its proximity to larger cities that pulse with activity and entertainment, Millburn and Short Hills proudly provide the hometown feeling that many New Jersey residents are seeking for themselves and their families. No wonder these communities are at the top of many lists for desirable places to live.