Living In Short Hills
Short Hills, NJ Real Estate
Short Hills is a popular commuter community in the southwest corner of Essex county with easy access to New York City via public transportation. Its current residential population is just over 20,000, which includes the hamlet of Short Hills.
Millburn and Short Hills are two different zip codes that share a township government and school system. Known as one of the state’s most affluent residential communities, Millburn/Short Hills is known for its luxury housing market and shopping mall. Those who know it better understand that the town offers a variety of housing styles and price ranges with Millburn homes generally being more affordable than those in Short Hills.
Millburn was recently ranked as one of the Top 100 places to live in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly magazine. The town lies about 15 miles from Manhattan and is bordered by Livingston, Florham Park, Chatham Township, Summit, Springfield Township, Union Township, Maplewood and West Orange. It is bisected by the Rahway River. The town encompasses 9.4 square miles.
The Millburn school system is invariably ranked as one of the top in the state. Millburn has a great downtown district with thriving shops and restaurants, a movie house and regional theater (Paper Mill Playhouse). The Mall at Short Hills is a huge regional shopping center located on the western side of town that features national retailers as well as unique specialty shops.
Millburn/Short Hills’s enduring housing values, proximity to the City, good train service and renowned schools make it a premiere choice for buyers in today’s market.
- Average Sales Price 2019 Millburn: $796,411
- Average Sales Price 2019 Short Hills: $1,488,103
- Average 2019 Tax Bill Millburn Township $24,568
- Township of Millburn
- Millburn Township Public School
There are two train stations in Millburn Township– one in Short Hills and one in Millburn near the downtown. Within about 45 minutes NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct service gets residents to Penn Station. There is also service to Hoboken where one can transfer to the ferry or PATH and get to the financial district.
Some residents, particularly in the Glenwood, Wyoming and South Mountain Sections, are able to walk to one station or the other. There are commuter spots available for permit holders at both stations for residents only. Short Hills tends to fill up earlier. Permits cost $620 per year and are issued by the tax collector. For details please click on http://twp.millburn.nj.us.
Millburn Township is very close to routes 78 and 24 which provide access to the Garden State Parkway, Route 287 and the Turnpike. Newark Airport is about 18 minutes drive from Millburn/Short Hills.
The Millburn/Short Hills Schools
The Public School System: The Millburn Township public school system is a nationally recognized school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. A total of approximately 5,000 students attend the seven public schools. There are five elementary schools (grades K-5), one middle school (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12).
The pre-k program is for 3 and 4 year old children and is held at one of the elementary schools. Admission to the program is by lottery.
The five elementary schools, grades k-5, are Deerfield, Glenwood, Hartshorn, South Mountain and Wyoming. Each school focuses on reading and writing, problem solving and the application of technology. All five schools consistently perform at the highest levels on NJ standardized tests.
The Millburn Middle School focuses on developing study skills and leadership qualities in its students. The school is committed to providing the knowledge, skills and values needed to be successful learners and leaders.
The Millburn High School is consistently recognized as one of the best high schools in New Jersey and in the nation. Its rigorous curriculum is taught on four levels of instruction: Accellerated, College Prep A, College Prep B and Non-ranked. There are also more than 30 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The students are involved in many extra curricular activities as well. With more than 26 varsity sports, 60 clubs and organizations, vocal and instrumental groups, and community outreach and public service activities, there is something for each student outside of the classroom.
Private and Parochial Schools Near Millburn/Short Hills: There are 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 Millburn/Short Hills: There are also many excellent pre-school options in the area. A few of the many options are:
- Alpine Montessori
- B’Nai Jeshrun Preschool
- Christ Church Nursery School
- Hedwig Gruenwald Nursery School
- Millburn Co-Op Nursery School
- Montessori Children’s Academy
- Neighborhood House Nursery School
- Open Door Nursery School
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.
Check out some of these places and websites to get a feel for Millburn/Short Hill’s unique vibe:
- Downtown Millburn
- Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce
- Basilico Fine Dining
- Bhakti Barn Yoga
- Boxcar Bar & Grill
- Flywheel Sports
- F.M. Kirby Carriage House
- Millburn Deli
- Millburn/Short Hills Patch
- Millburn/Short Hills Magazine
- OrangeTheory Fitness Millburn
- Racquets Club of Short Hills
- Seed 387
- Sneaker Factory
- The Hills Tavern
- The Item
Unique to Town
- The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, a woodland area of almost 16 1/2 acres with 3 miles of trails, provides many educational opportunities for children and adults.
- Greenwood Gardens fosters an appreciation of gardens and a respect for nature. Guided tours are available May through November.
- The Mall at Short Hills is a premiere shopping center with four upscale anchor stores and more than 150 luxury specialty stores.
- The Papermill Playhouse is one of the oldest regional theaters in the country, and many shows that premiere here make it to Broadway. It was awarded the Regional Theater Tony Award in 2016.
Other Useful Links:
- NJ Transit
- NJ Department of Education School Report Cards
- South Mountain Reservation
- United States Census