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. 

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$3,095,000
Subdivision: Northside
6
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
1.71
Acres
1929
Year Built
11
Days on Site
3758950
MLS
ENDLESS NYC VIEWS from this magnificent, bespoke STUNNER in the heart of North Side Summit. Perched majestically on just under 2 acres, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this completely...
5
Beds
5F21/2
Baths
2021
Year Built
68
Days on Site
3752463
MLS
TO BE BUILT 2-Story 5 bedroom 5.2 bath. Custom Kitchen with high end finishes & breakfast area open to family room. Primary bedroom offers dual closets and an oversized en suite bath. Convenient...
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2021
Year Built
176
Days on Site
3731417
MLS
Hurry ! Only End Unit left in the most exciting Townhouse Development in Summit !!! 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths & 1 half bath to be built by Summit's premier builder, Mountainview Developments,...
$1,545,000
Subdivision: Downtown Summit
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2021
Year Built
176
Days on Site
3731416
MLS
Hurry 50 % sold ! Extraordinary Townhouses with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths & 1 half bath to be built by Summit's premier builder, Mountainview Developments, occupancy April 2022. Ideally located just a...
Open 1/23
55 Gloucester Rd Summit, NJ 07901
$1,125,000
Subdivision: Woodland Park
4
Beds
3
Baths
1970
Year Built
5
Days on Site
3759827
MLS
Spacious well maintained 4 bedroom Woodland Park home with fantastic westerly views from the welcoming front porch. Family Room with fireplace, first floor bedroom and bath, renovated eat in...
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1984
Year Built
10
Days on Site
3759060
MLS
Welcome Home to this completely renovated condominium on a tree-lined residential street. Just a few short blocks to NYC mid-town direct train, shops, restaurants & all that downtown Summit has to...
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.67
Acres
1952
Year Built
66
Days on Site
3752956
MLS
Blank Slate... Ready to be purchased as is for buyer to renovate to their taste and desires. Amazing property at approximately .67 acres on cul de sac. Conceptual plans available for 4-5 BR, 3.5 BA...
5
Beds
2
Baths
1980
Year Built
19
Days on Site
3757817
MLS
Spacious colonial bi-level nestled on quiet street close to Summit's vibrant downtown. 5 bedrooms, 2 baths; living room, dining room, den/office, walkout family room with access to patio. Eat-in...
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1959
Year Built
101
Days on Site
3746694
MLS
Enjoy all that Summit has to offer / Quite Street near Top Summit Schools, train station, and vibrant downtown. Eat in kitchen with updated leaded glass cabinetry, granite counter tops, SS...
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1949
Year Built
157
Days on Site
3736030
MLS
LOW TAXES!! Walking distance from Briant Park.Welcoming brick walk entry opens to living room with beautiful oak wood floors. Eat-in kitchen with plenty of space for dining featuring stainless steel...
2
Beds
2
Baths
2019
Year Built
59
Days on Site
3753626
MLS
Renovated by a contemporary interior designer, this open and spacious 1,568 square-foot single-floor, 2-bedroom, 2-full bath, non-smoking on quiet 3rd floor in charming Beacon Hills Tower Co-op...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.16
Acres
1900
Year Built
20
Days on Site
3757745
MLS
TURNKEY! LOW TAXES! EXCELLENT SCHOOLS! NYC DIRECT TRAIN WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE! Beautiful 3 bed 2.5 bath Colonial in the charming town of Summit. Downtown Summit, NYC Direct Train, Elementary,...

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