So, You Want to Live in Summit

Summit - One of New Jersey's great small towns!Summit - Just one of New Jersey's great small towns!

Fabulous architecture, top schools, a bustling town center… But that's not all that Summit has to offer. There are so many great reasons to love Summit and if you're planning on moving to the New Jersey area, specifically Essex, Union, or Morris County, we encourage you to check out Summit.

History

Summit is nestled in the crux between Interstate 78 and Highway 24 bordered by New Providence, Chatham, Short Hills and Springfield. Nestled high on a ridge in the north-central New Jersey area within the Raritan Valley and Rahway Valley regions, Summit is home to about 22,000 residents. It was originally incorporated as Summit Township by an act of the New Jersey legislature in 1869. It was reincorporated as its own city in 1899. Some say it got its name because of its location at the top of the second Watchung Mountain, or maybe the Summit Lodge, the house to which jurist James Kent moved to in 1837 and still stands today or maybe because of a local sawmill owner who granted passage to the Morris and Essex railroad for a route to the "summit of the Short Hills". Whatever the reason, Summit has definitely stuck and it's one of the best places to live in New Jersey.

Best of Summit

So you want to live in SUmmitSummit is an eclectic collection of great parks, recreational facilities, outdoor attractions, fabulous restaurants, and unique shopping. For starters, check out the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the state's largest institution dedicated to viewing and learning about contemporary art. It's constantly changing its exhibitions and displays so there's always something new to see and experience.

The Reeves-Reed Auditorium has been offering a beautiful educated garden for over 40 years. This Arboretum is home to unique trails and greenhouses, gardens, and places to explore. Every Saturday, enjoy Discovery Saturdays where kids and families can discover new plants or environmental topics through experiments and hands-on crafts. They always have something new and seasonal, so you'll never experience the same visit twice.

Explore your artistic side by visiting the Summit Playhouse, one of the oldest community theaters in the United States. It offers up to three plays every single year including a children's program. Other performing options include the Stony Hill Players located in the Oakes Memorial Center with three shows each season such as youth musical productions, dramatic shows in the spring, and holiday events.So you want to live in SUmmit

Shopping

Summit does not disappoint when it comes to shopping. Summit's downtown area offers over 100 shops to choose from Explore shops of all wares, from frames and florists to musical instruments and jewelry, boutiques and bicycles, you'll find something for just about everyone on your shopping list or maybe just enjoy a casual stroll through town for yourself.

  Favorites such as A. Home offers a vast array of products for the home that you will likely find anywhere else. Whether it's a gift for that favorite someone, stopping in for some organic fruits and vegetables at one of the markets for finding that perfect paint tone at Ricciardi Brothers Paint or Kryston's Paint and Hardware, you'll probably find it in downtown Summit.

Dining

Summit homes for saleShopping is in the only thing you'll find downtown. Along the popular Springfield Avenue are the majority of restaurants and cafés. Looking for the perfect frozen yogurt? 16 Handles is a frozen yogurt done right. Grab a double shot half calf latte at Ahrre's Coffee Roastery or do it up right at Due 360, with their authentic Argentinian and Italian tapas dishes perfect for sharing. (Order the Brazilian skirt steak… You won't regret it)

But that's just the start, with over 50 restaurants and cafés all within about a three-block radius of Springfield Avenue, there's going to be something you'll find to tempt your taste buds.

Summit Parks and Outdoor Activities

If you're looking to get outside, Summit is the place to do it. While there's a lot of commercial shops and retail downtown spread out just a little bit and you'll find dozens of beautiful parks and outdoor activities. We've already mentioned Reeves-Reed Arboretum but in addition to that, there is Briant Park located in both Summit and Springfield Township featuring over 30 acres connected to a Greenway by Hidden Valley Park on the southeast. There is a pond perfect for ice-skating and fishing, a few great picnic areas, a fitness trail, and athletic fields.

Summit is also home to fabulous golf, super senior communities, events for special needs and use programs and the Family Aquatic Center. It's open to all residents and nonresidents but they do require a membership.

Summit Schools

Summit offers its own public school system with primary centers, five elementary schools, the Summit middle school and Summit high school.

Residents and students both give the Summit school system top ratings and reviews. It gets nearly an A in every department including academics, activity, and engagement of teachers, access to clubs and activities, diversity, college preparation, and health and safety. It's been rated as #4 best school districts for athletes in New Jersey, #12 for best places to teach, and #6 as the overall best system in the state out of over 370 schools state-wide.  The system offers a 98% graduation rate with an average SAT of 1260 and an average ACT score of 30. 

Summit has been home to notable folks over the years such as jazz singer Bill Robinson, Dave Brown, quarterback for the New York Giants, prominent filmmaker Sean Baker, poet Wendy Barker, and dozens of other notable residents.

Yes, Summit makes a beautiful place to call home and it's just 30 or 40 minutes from downtown New York, an hour and 1/2 from Philadelphia, and about an hour to Long Island so it makes an ideal place for anyone commuting to the big city. If you're looking for beautiful homes, fantastic architecture, and a close-knit community, considered Summit New Jersey for your next place to live.

Start your online search here for all Summit homes for sale or contact our office at any time for a personalized approach to your home buying experience. 

44 Properties
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$6,800,000
Subdivision: Franklin
9
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
3.12
Acres
1892
Year Built
55
Days on Site
3703349
MLS
The earliest of three Rossiter & Wright-designed estates, Finisterre set the tone for many other fine Summit residences. A structurally significant Colonial Revival built in 1892 and fully renovated...
$4,250,000
Subdivision: North Summit
5
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
0.58
Acres
1991
Year Built
22
Days on Site
3714876
MLS
Majestic Colonial in Prime North Summit location. Sophisticated 2020 renovation/expansion with custom kitchen open to coffered ceiling FR, marble baths, new wood roof & systems, designer decor. High...
$3,575,000
Subdivision: Northside
5
Beds
4F31/2
Baths
1.2
Acres
1927
Year Built
50
Days on Site
3707647
MLS
A rare opportunity to own this classic 1927 Colonial on Summit's prestigious Northside, offering both exceptional convenience and privacy. Walk to town, train and schools from this stunning 5/6...
6
Beds
5F21/2
Baths
1983
Year Built
63
Days on Site
3687230
MLS
Magnificent custom colonial walking distance to downtown Summit & highly ranked Lincoln school. Completegut renovation completed in 2019. High end unique & custom finishes. Magnificent custom...
9
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
1.3
Acres
1970
Year Built
38
Days on Site
3708585
MLS
Two fabulous homes 1.3 acres estate: Main house boasts 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, open kitchen/family room, 2-car attached garage, and patio. 260' deep shared landscaped yard. Paired with back home: 3...
$3,295,000
Subdivision: Northside
6
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
1.71
Acres
1930
Year Built
1
Day on Site
3719987
MLS
Wake up every day to a sunrise over Manhattan! Perched on nearly 2 acres that evoke the feeling of a private arboretum, this mountaintop retreat with stunning panoramic NYC views has been completely...
6
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
1910
Year Built
47
Days on Site
3708587
MLS
MAGAZINE WORTHY architectural masterpiece w/ fabulous renovations & cool modern design located in Summit s prestigious Northside. Featured on Summit s 2019 Holiday House Tour! 6 Bed, 5.1 Bath w/...
6
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
0.7
Acres
1908
Year Built
15
Days on Site
3716268
MLS
Rarely available for sale on prestigious Beekman Rd, this interior designed and totally updated beauty sits on .70 acres of mature landscaping with level, fenced rear yard. Lincoln Hubbard School....
$2,395,000
Subdivision: Memorial Field
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
0.42
Acres
1931
Year Built
41
Days on Site
3709802
MLS
Handsome, light-filled English Tudor in sought-after neighborhood. Renovations of highest quality craftsmanship, impeccably upgraded & maintained. Designed for Entertaining. Stunning Views! New...
7
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
1896
Year Built
6
Days on Site
3718745
MLS
A home impeccably renovated to the highest level, this stunning Northside true beauty perfectly blends modern amenities, restored architectural original details & offers a prime near town location....
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2021
Year Built
58
Days on Site
3705742
MLS
5 Extraordinary Townhouses with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths & 1 half bath to be built by Summit's premier builder, Mountainview Developments, occupancy December 2021. Ideally located just a few blocks...
4
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
1.07
Acres
1928
Year Built
33
Days on Site
3711901
MLS
DON'T MISS ALL THE NEW THIS HOME HAS TO OFFER! NEW Timberline Roof, NEW Windows, Repaired Gutters, NEWLY Painted Exterior, NEW Driveway (to be completed before closing) NEWLY UPGRADED 1st Fl Full...

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