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Chatham

Neighboring towns, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, comprise a desirable area known as Chatham or the Chathams. Just 25 miles west of New York and with a “small New England town feel,” the area has been awarded as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the United States. The towns share an award winning school district, library system, and recreation program.

Downtown Chatham’s tree-lined Main Street offers a sense of nostalgia with mom and pop shops including delis, cafes, and specialty shops. The downtown area is highly walkable and pedestrian friendly, perfect for families. Those moving from the city or Hoboken love the downtown bustle and social aspect of taking a stroll.

Some of Chatham’s well-kept outdoor spaces include Reasoner Park, which is home to town festivals including the Fishawack Festival, a popular summer event with craft and artisan exhibits, live entertainment, and local food. Other recreational areas include Memorial Park, Sheppard Kollack Park, Colony Pool Club, and Shunpike Castle Playground.

Chatham is conveniently located near to several major roads including Route 24, I-78, 1-287, the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Route 280. New Jersey Transit runs direct trains to New York Penn Station. Trains also run to Hoboken, where commuters can catch the PATH train to various Manhattan locations.

The quality of the school district is a main motivation for house hunters in the area. With four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, the school district is known for its excellent management of the schools and its stellar rankings. According to Niche.com, the school district is currently fifth in the entire state.

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