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Summit is a small city with a big impact on its residents, and its prominence in the area is a testament to hard work, resiliency and community spirit. Its population is approximately 22,000 residents. With a history dating back centuries, when land was bought from Native American tribes by Europeans, today’s Summit is attractive to home buyers seeking excellent schools, fine homes and easy access to the big cities.

The first Europeans settled in what would become Summit in 1710 and the area was known then as Turkey Hill. The Revolutionary War troops took advantage of the hilly terrain and lit beacons from the tops of the hills to warn of approaching British troops, giving the area the name Beacon Hill. The railroad brought new life to this city in 1837 and started the expansion of the city as industry and the population grew. Summit also attracted land developers and business experts looking for new areas to set up factories, mills and more. Throughout the 1800s, Summit enjoyed steady growth and prosperity. Wealthy New Yorkers soon flocked to this picturesque community and built large homes here in the early 20th century. Real estate has become a high priority in recent decades as better commuter trains bring workers and the big city closer than ever. Today, low crime, nice homes and fine community features bring more people here to live.

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Summit is a small city with a big impact on its residents, and its prominence in the area is a testament to hard work, resiliency and community spirit. Its population is approximately 22,000 residents. With a history dating back centuries, when land was bought from Native American tribes by Europeans, today’s Summit is attractive to home buyers seeking excellent schools, fine homes and easy access to the big cities.

The first Europeans settled in what would become Summit in 1710 and the area was known then as Turkey Hill. The Revolutionary War troops took advantage of the hilly terrain and lit beacons from the tops of the hills to warn of approaching British troops, giving the area the name Beacon Hill. The railroad brought new life to this city in 1837 and started the expansion of the city as industry and the population grew. Summit also attracted land developers and business experts looking for new areas to set up factories, mills and more. Throughout the 1800s, Summit enjoyed steady growth and prosperity. Wealthy New Yorkers soon flocked to this picturesque community and built large homes here in the early 20th century. Real estate has become a high priority in recent decades as better commuter trains bring workers and the big city closer than ever. Today, low crime, nice homes and fine community features bring more people here to live.

The community is a typical small town with plenty of recreation, parks and more to enjoy. Youth sports are big in Summit, with everything from soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball and swimming. Parks and playgrounds are lovingly maintained for resident enjoyment, such as the Summit Family Aquatic Center complete with a pool and water slide. The Summit Public Library provides for a great need center as well and a municipal golf course is open to the public. Clubs like a seniors club and volunteer groups round out the fine city amenities.

Arts and culture are important to Summit residents as well. Summit Playhouse, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Stony Hill Players Theater and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey all play a part in the city’s efforts. Seasonal farmer’s markets attract many residents and visitors, as does the revitalized downtown area with shops and restaurants and set up as a walkable destination area. Historic landmarks in Summit include the DeBary Inn, built in 1880, the Kent Place School, and the Carter House, built in 1741. Finally, the nearby Watchung Reservation, which is on the south boarder of Summit, is a big park that includes Lake Surprise, playgrounds, golf courses, a museum, stables and the Trailside Nature & Science Center.

Education is important and Summit boasts several high-achieving schools. Five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school are managed by the Summit Board of Education and there are also several private or parochial schools for residents to choose from.

Before touring all the available properties in other cities, home buyers should really look at Summit first. The city has several neighborhoods with unique features, personalities and strengths and it doesn’t take long for people to find just what they are looking for in this amazing city.