Living In Glen Ridge
Glen Ridge, NJ Real Estate
Glen Ridge, a beautiful town in Essex County NJ, is named for the glen through which Toney’s Brook runs and the ridge on which the town is located. The town has a population of approximately 7,000 and is almost completely residential. But with the close proximity of Bloomfield and Montclair, the local residents don’t seem to mind. A wide variety of shopping choices are nearby in the neighboring towns, and all the shopping, entertainment and culture that Manhattan has to offer is just a short trip away. The beauty and charm of the area gives Glen Ridge a decidedly small town feel in a large metropolitan area.
The town is situated approximately 20 miles west of Manhattan and covers an area of 1.287 square miles. It is bound by Bloomfield to the east, Montclair to the west, and East Orange to the south. As a result, it is conveniently located and within easy commuting distance of Manhattan by bus, train or car.
The homes are well maintained and are a mix of beautiful, stately Colonials and Victorians. There are also some co-op apartments, condominiums, and townhouses available. More than 80% of the borough falls within the historic district. And, almost three quarters of the housing stock was built before 1939.
The town is known for the gaslights that illuminate the local streets, a legacy left by the founders of Glen Ridge. Throughout the United States there are only 3,000 gaslights still in operation, and 667 of them can be found in tiny Glen Ridge. The small, well-regarded public school system is prized by its residents.
Average Sales Price 2019: $699,619
Average 2019 Tax Bill: $20,541
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Glen Ridge is within easy commuting distance of Manhattan through train service on the NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton line or bus service on the NJ Transit 11, 28 and 29 lines. Commuters can also catch a DeCamp Bus Line bus into the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. Major highways such as the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Turnpike, I-80, I-280, Rt 46, Rt 3, and Rt 21 are all nearby.
The town also provides a jitney service to the Ridgewood Ave train station. The cost for a yearly pass is $300 ($25/mo). So, click here for information on the jitney bus service, and click here for information on parking permits.
The Glen Ridge Public School District: The award winning public school system serves students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Four schools make up the district:
- Forest Avenue School (preK-2)
- Linden Avenue School (preK-2)
- Ridgewood Avenue Elementary School (3-6)
- Glen Ridge High School (7-12)
The two preK-2 elementary schools embrace each student’s unique abilities with differentiated instruction, and strong communication between parents and teachers is encouraged.
When the students graduate to the Ridgewood Avenue school, they bring the skills they have learned in their prior school to use as building blocks for their future academic success and personal growth. Differentiated instruction continues in the Ridgewood School.
The middle school program, which takes place within the high school facility, is student-centered and meets the unique needs of this age group.
Finally, the high school environment fosters and promotes high academic achievement through individual growth and development. Students can choose from among 23 Advanced Placement courses, while 37 clubs and 20 varsity sports round out their high school experience. New Jersey Monthly Magazine ranked the Glen Ridge High School #4 in 2010 and #12 in 2012 among the “Top Public High Schools” in New Jersey.
Private and Parochial Schools Near Glen Ridge: There are also many excellent private and parochial schools in the area. Some of those options are:
- The Far Brook School
- Golda Och Academy
- Kent Place School
- Montclair Kimberly Academy
- The Morristown Beard School
- Newark Academy
- Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
- Oratory Prep
- The Peck School
- The Pingry School
- Saint Peter’s Prep
- Saint Rose of Lima School
- Seton Hall Prep
Preschools Near Glen Ridge: There are many excellent preschool options in the area too. A few of the many options are:
- Nursery School of Christ
- Middleton Early Learning Center
- Education Station Day Care Center
- Future Generation Early Learning Center
- Park Street Academy
- Children’s Studio
- Mama Goose Day Care
- Montclair Child Development Center
Check out some of these places and websites to get a feel for Glen Ridge’s unique vibe:
- Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey
- Arlene’s Bridal Salon
- Bhakti Barn Yoga
- Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar
- Fitzgerald’s 1928
- Eloise’s Garden
- Glen Ridge Antiques Show
- Glen Ridge Taekwon-Do
- Glen Ridge Pro Shop
- Jalapeno Cycling
- Purple Dragon Co-Op
Because the town is almost completely residential, most shopping and dining occurs in neighboring towns and malls.
Unique To Glen Ridge
- Of only 3,000 gaslights in operation throughout the United States, 667 are in use in Glen Ridge.
- The Glen Ridge Country Club, founded in 1894, is one of the oldest country clubs in New Jersey.
- Borough facilities include Carteret Park, Forest Avenue Field, Sherman Avenue Field, Clay Field, Hurrell Field, The Glen Bike Path and Gazebo, Freeman Tennis Courts Glen Ridge Pool, Paddle Tennis Courts, and Freeman Gardens.
Other Useful Links:
- NJ Transit
- NJ Department of Education School Report Cards
- South Mountain Reservation
- United States Census