Millburn/Short Hills Homes for Sale
Real Estate in Millburn/Short Hills, New Jersey
Millburn and Short Hills consistently rank among the best places to live in the state thanks to fine amenities, efficient transportation, and award-winning schools. Short Hills is an unincorporated community that is located within Millburn Township. Short Hills started as a planned community by Stewart Hartshorn in 1872 and became the first planned commuter town in the country. Two railroad stations service Millburn and Short Hills residents, providing quick access to New York, Newark and Hoboken.
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Stewart Hartshorn’s vision was to create “a harmonious community for people who appreciated nature.” True to his wish, the area provides many opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Historic Greenwood Gardens, The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary and South Mountain Reservation 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.
Stellar schools make the communities of Millburn and Short Hills attractive to home buyers with children. The school district includes five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Millburn’s schools are frequently included on the lists of America’s Best Schools. Private schools in and around Millburn and Short Hills also provide excellent education options for residents.
Millburn and Short Hills proudly provide the hometown feeling and respite from the bustle of city life that many residents are seeking for themselves and their families. It is no surprise that these fine communities are at the top of many lists for desirable places to live.
The unincorporated community of Short Hills is technically in the town of Millburn, or Millburn Township, but often referred to as one and the same. This beautiful part of New Jersey is becoming more popular to those moving out of the big city, yet it's just a short distance to Long Island and Manhattan. For those that work in the city, the Millburn and Short Hills area is becoming quite popular. Larger homes, Victorian-style architecture, and a vibrant and lush landscape make the Millburn area a stark contrast from the concrete jungle of the big city.
Millburn has been well acclaimed and recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and CBS among many other publications as one of the top places to live in New Jersey.
If you're planning to relocate to the New Jersey area, specifically in Union, Morris, or Essex County, we urge you to consider Millburn and the Short Hills area. Here are some reasons why folks love living in this part of New Jersey.
#1. Vibrant downtown area.
You don't have to travel far for great food, fantastic shopping, and unique boutiques. The downtown area is actually a combination of a few "downtowns". Millburn's downtown covers a few blocks next to the train station and includes Taylor Park, the library, playgrounds, and great restaurants.
The Short Hills downtown area features two little downtowns of its own. The quaint strip across from the train station will host all your basic services such as dry cleaners, salons, take-out shops, and a few markets. The train station itself was actually converted into a restaurant and bar complete with benches from the original train station. The other downtown of Short Hills is just a few blocks over and has some of the best salons, yoga studios, and a few great restaurants and cafés. Some of our favorites continue to be Boxcar Bar aptly named for its location but more than the ambiance is the delicious food such as their warm fall kale salad, lemon and ricotta flatbread pizza, and their Ling Cod fish tacos.
#2. Top-rated schools.
The Millburn and Short Hills consistently rank as some of the top-rated schools in the state. Both Millburn and Short Hills are part of the Millburn Township public school system and provide multiple elementary schools such as Washington, Deerfield, Glenwood, Hartshorn, South Mountain, Wyoming, and the Millburn middle school and the Millburn high school.
The school district is known throughout the state as the nation's first academic excellence and high student achievement. There are approximately 5,000 students that attend the eight schools including one central fifth grade school. The district runs an integrated preschool program for both special needs and regular education students as well.
The Millburn high school is consistently recognized as one of the most outstanding secondary schools in the nation. 99% of graduating seniors attend a four-year college. It's been named the best high school in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine twice, in 2008 and 2010. The school's program of studies currently features more than 30 advanced placement courses and a wide range and variety of academic electives.
The Millburn Middle School's mission is to develop leadership qualities in its students through its exemplary Peer Leader Program. Academic studies offer extracurricular courses in art, music, public speaking, writing, technology, and leadership. Eighth grade also offers a number of elective courses.
#3. Centrally located.
Both Millburn and Short Hills offer a train station each and are considered two of the best commuting towns in New Jersey. Both of these stations offer direct access to New York Penn Station in as little as 40 minutes. While the stations are just over a mile away from each other, residents find an advantage to multiple stations offering additional parking opportunities and more routes. Each station has its own commuter lot and several residential neighborhoods are within walking distance to either station. The stations are located along Routes 78, 24, and the Garden State Parkway as well as the New Jersey Turnpike for easy driving access in all directions.
#4. Nature unparalleled.
Located in the Short Hills Park Historic District is the gorgeous Greenwood Gardens. This hidden gem of Millburn and Short Hills is a 28-acre public garden surrounded by over 2100 acres of Essex County Park Systems South Mountain Reservation. Originally a private estate of the Blanchard family until 2003, Greenwood Gardens is now open to the public covering a vast preserve of forest, meadow, contemporary gardens, and historic sites. If you're new to the Millburn and Short Hills area, this is a great location to really get in touch with nature. Programs, events, and typography change by the season but you can always take a virtual garden tour on their websites. Discover the gorgeous Dogwoods of Greenwood, flower gardens, explore the edible container garden, draw art in the park, and the magnificent Magnolias all offer an up-close encounter with nature and the environment.
#5. Fabulous shopping.
The Mall at Short Hills is considered one of the best malls in the state of New Jersey. It offers a broad range of different types of shops such as Fendi and Chanel to Forever 21, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lush, Macy's, Sephora, and dozens of others. The mall also provides a wealth of fine dining, casual dining, and café options such as California Pizza Kitchen, Forty Carrots, the delicious cupcakes at Doughmazing, the consistently delicious Nordstrom Marketplace Café, and Primo Mercato. The mall also offers annual events such as a Crate & Barrel private registry event, Williams Sonoma virtual supper club, and center stage at Nordstrom virtual.
But the mall is not the only fantastic shopping. Because both Short Hills and Millburn have great little downtown spots, you'll find boutiques and specialty stores that carry items you won't see at the mall. Looking for that special gift? You're likely to find it in one of the three quaint downtown areas.
The Millburn and Short Hills area makes a wonderful place to call home. From luxurious estates to colonial masterpieces, architectural marvels, and quaint craftsman and bungalow design, there is a variety of home styles to choose from. For more information on homes for sale in Millburn or Short Hills real estate, browse available listings on our website or simply contact our office at any time to schedule a showing.