Living In Livingston

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Livingston is a popular suburb of New York City. It is located in Essex County and is named after William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey. It has a current residential population of just under 30,000. The township covers an area of 14.081 square miles.  It is located in the Gateway Region near the Passaic River, West Orange and Millburn, and it is considered part of the New York Metropolitan Area.

Livingston has a wide range of home prices and amenities such as a new library and municipal building. Most of its housing stock was built in the 1950’s through 1980’s so it tends to have more contemporary homes than other area towns. There are some nice condo options in town as well. Most of the town’s shopping can be found along Livingston Ave. which has many small boutiques, offices, service businesses and restaurants. Livingston also has a large shopping mall and is home to St. Barnabas Medical Center. The schools are highly regarded and, thus, the town appeals to many families with children seeking a quality educational system and relatively affordable homes.

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The Commute

Livingston is located about 22 miles west of New York City just off of Route 280. There is a commuter bus service, Community Coach, that brings riders to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Some commuters drive to Harrison, NJ and then take the PATH train to New York. Others take NJ Transit train service to New York’s Penn Station from South Orange, Chatham or Summit where there is some non-resident parking. A shuttle bus is available from the Livingston Mall to the South Orange train station for $70/month. Click on this link for more information on the Livingston Express Shuttle. Newark Airport is approximately a 25 minutes drive away.

The Schools

The Public School System: The Livingston Public School District serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district is made up of nine schools: six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The schools consistently rank among the best in the state and the country. The various schools participate in many national, state and local competitions with significant achievements.

The six elementary schools are:

  • Burnet Hills Elementary (pre-K-5)
  • Collins Elementary (K-5)
  • Harrison Elementary (K-5)
  • Hillside Elementary (K-5)
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary (K-5)
  • Riker Hill Elementary (K-5)

Each elementary school regularly grades well on statewide measures of instructional time, class size, computer use, student attendance, and teacher education.

Mt. Pleasant Middle School is a central sixth school. Here, the students learn how to balance the demands of schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

The Heritage Middle School (grades 7-8) continues student development in an academically challenging environment. A special program at the school, FemGineers, encourages female students to study science, technology, engineering and math.

At Livingston High School (grades 9-12), students are prepared to be independent thinkers and contributors to society. More than 30 AP courses are offered as well as more than 20 varsity sports. A myriad of extracurricular clubs and activities are offered to provide a well-rounded high school experience.

Private and Parochial Schools Near Livingston: There are many excellent private and parochial schools in the area. Some of those options are:

  • Delbarton
  • 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 Livingston: There are also many excellent preschool options in the area. A few of the many options are:

  • Little Angel Christian Montessori
  • Little Tots Academy
  • West Essex YMCA Peanut Shell Child Care Center
  • St. Barnabas KinderCare
  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • Strawberry Hill Preschool
  • Lightbridge Academy of Whippany
  • Build n’ Blocks
  • Aquinas Academy Early Childhood Center

For a more extensive list and a little information about each preschool, read my blog post on Choosing a Preschool or Daycare Center in the Maplewood/South Orange Area.

Unique To Town

  • Riker Hill Art Park, a former Nike Missile base, provides studio space for working artists. There is also a collection of outdoor sculpture. Many studios offer classes for adults and children.
  • Walter Kidde Dinosaur Park, part of the Riker Hill complex, is a 16 acre paleontological site where dinosaur tracks from the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic periods are preserved.
  • Becker Park, also part of the Riker Hill complex, was once part of Becker Farm where crops grew and cattle grazed. Now, antique carriages, historic farm equipment and Becker Farm memorabilia can be seen at the Roseland Historical Society.
  • The Livingston Mall is a regional shopping mall with 110 specialty stores and 4 anchor stores.
  • East Hills Park includes a fitness trail and the Livingston Dog Park.
  • Prospect Park includes hiking and biking trails, along with interpretive and handicapped accessible trails.
  • The “Welcome to Livingston” Annual Picnic helps to introduce new residents to how the community can serve them. It also provides information about the many businesses, organizations, schools and activities around town.
  • Livingston Symphony Orchestra, a group of community-based performers, holds many performances throughout the year.
  • Livingston Community Players, a community-based theater organization, has received Perry Awards from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters. This award is given for outstanding achievement in New Jersey community theater.
  • Since 2007, Children’s Theater of Livingston provides opportunities for Livingston children in grades 2-8 to perform.
  • New Jersey Ballet, recognized nationally and internationally, is a major ballet company based in Livingston.

The Vibe  

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