Madison NJ Homes for Sale
Named after President James Madison, the charming Borough of Madison, is a vibrant commuter suburb with low rolling hills and a quaint downtown. When the Madison train station was established in 1837, it brought millionaires to the area looking for land to build estates for weekend getaways and vacation use.
Many of these land developers chose Madison. “Millionaire’s Row,” which stretches from downtown Madison to downtown Morristown was formed as a result. The train line also gave way to a flourishing rose-growing industry, which gave Madison its nickname as “The Rose City.” Millions of cut roses were sent by train to New York’s flower trade annually. The nickname remains in use until this day and can be seen in the town’s logo and street names such as “Rose Avenue” and “Greenhouse Lane.”
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More on Madison New Jersey
Madison New Jersey is home to about 16,000 residents and is nestled along Highway 124 between Chatham and Morristown. It's about 50 minutes or 31 miles to Manhattan and is nestled along the Morris and Essex line. It's known for its historic railroad station becoming one of America's first commuter railroads and remains a popular commuter town today. Known as "The Rose City" Madison has been ranked as one of the best places to live in New Jersey by Money Magazine and New Jersey Monthly.
Often regarded as a college town, Madison borders three universities. Drew University, established in 1867, is also part of Madison’s education legacy and brings a range of academic events such as lectures, art exhibits and more. Madison is also home to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus and College of St. Elizabeth.
The schools in Madison are quite excellent and include three elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school. Several private schools are in or near Madison as well. All are part of the Madison Public School system.
"Madison Public Schools offered various different opportunities for their students, through endless extra-curricular activities, multiple sports teams, their arts and music program, and many clubs. Being apart of this school district has given me character, confidence, and the ability to achieve any goals I strive for. Because this school district is so competitive, it helped me be able to become the hard-worker that I am today, and be able to exert a lot of effort with every class I have taken." - Niche.com
Things to Do in Madison
Main Street is the hub of Madison with a large variety of restaurants including a popular jazz club, specialty mom and pop shops, grocery stores, and so much more. Due to its picturesque setting, several movies have been filmed in Madison. Visitors can take a walking tour to check out locations where some of their favorite scenes were made. Other attractions in Madison include the Florence and Robert Zuck Arboretum, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
Madison offers a wide range of small, mom-and-pop boutiques as well as larger chain stores and numerous outlets. Of course, New York City is nearby but if you want to stay close to home, you'll find fantastic shops such as The Mall at Short Hills, Madison Avenue shops, the Shops at High Street, the Promenade Shop that Clifton, and a wide range of familiar favorites such as Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Old Navy, Costco, and multiple drug stores and grocery stores.
There are plenty of restaurants along Madison Avenue, which runs diagonally to the center of town. With a small cluster of restaurants concentrated just south of James Park and North of Alexander Avenue.
Madison New Jersey is known for its exceptional Italian restaurants. Some of our favorites include Il Goccino Ristorante for Northern Italian cuisine. A great place for lunch or dinner with delicate handmade pasta fantastic fish dishes, and all your Italian favorites. CENTRAL+MAIN is another high-end dining favorite located along Main Street with beautiful hanger steak and hand-cut fries with horseradish hollandaise sauce, salmon club sandwich, grilled octopus, handcrafted cocktails, and delicious starters. It's definitely a date night go-to.
Osteria Trevi located on Park Avenue is another fine Italian dining restaurant that does take-out and catering. From Arancini balls to stuffed squash blossoms, you'll definitely find authentic, fine dining Italian at Osteria. L'Allegria is yet another Italian favorite located on Prospect Street in downtown Madison. With alfresco dining and a Mediterranean courtyard, you can continue your taste of Italian fair with delicious Insalata di mare Moderna and Bucatini all'amatriciana.
But it's not all about Italian, the Prospect Tavern is a unique local place with a 60-foot bar and outdoor patio space. With delicious pub fare like prime rib stuffed jalapenos, fried calamari, and coconut shrimp, you can enjoy a pint and a plate in a great setting. Looking for some fusion? Check out Nahm Thai & French Cuisine. Yes, a combination of Thai food and French cuisine offering unique dishes for lunch and dinner such as softshell crab with mango salad fried tofu and escargot, our favorites pineapple fried rice and crispy fried Bronzino filet served with a sweet mango salad.
This is just a small sampling of the nearly 2 dozen restaurants within a short two or three block radius along Madison Avenue in downtown Madison. If you're moving to Madison or live nearby, our restaurants are definitely something to experience.
Living in Madison
Madison New Jersey offers a wide range of small-town charm as well as close proximity to New York City. With live music, fantastic homes, local shops, and an intimate, tight-knit community, Madison allows residents to enjoy the culture, history, and all the benefits of a bustling college town.
Many of Madison's best restaurants and shops are located in the extremely walkable downtown area. This is one of the best things about Madison. All the residential homes are no more than a couple of minutes to the downtown area. Dodge Field, several schools, restaurants, markets, and such are located along Main Street, which runs north and south through the center of Madison. Highway 24, the Columbia Turnpike, and other easy commute routes as well as Interstate 287 close to Morrison Medical Center are no more than about five minutes from most places in Madison.
In addition to shops and restaurants, downtown Madison also has a variety of museums and parks such as the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Turtle Back Zoo, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Ford Mansion and Museum just to name a few.
Madison Real Estate
Throughout Madison, you'll find a variety of home styles and designs from luxury estate homes on several acres to beautiful Victorian and historical homes dating back over 100 years. With a rich history, beautiful landscape, and a wide range of home prices slightly more affordable than its neighbors, Madison makes a beautiful place to call home. Home prices start at about $650,000 up to $2 million with an average home price of about $950,000. There are several newer homes but you'll primarily find older homes, refurbished historical properties, and farm-style homes.
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