Living In The Chathams

Downtown Chatham Borough

The Chathams, NJ Real Estate

Located in Morris County, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, also known as The Chathams, have a bucolic, all-American feel. They have separate governments but share a school system. The Borough is the older section closer to quaint Main Street shopping and the NJ Transit train station. Properties in the Borough tend to be older and smaller with the potential for greater walkability. The Township has a more suburban feel with larger properties, including some high-end new construction. Residents are attracted to the community’s relatively low taxes, highly ranked school system and proximity to the recreational activities of the Great Swamp area.

The Commute

The Chathams are located about 25 miles west of New York City just off of Route 24 giving residents easy access to other major highways such as routes 78 and 287 as well as the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike. Newark Airport is about 20 minutes from the Chathams. NJ Transit train service connects the Chathams to New York’s Penn Station in just over 45 minutes. There is also NJ Transit service available to Hoboken. From Hoboken, commuters can hop on the ferry or take PATH service to lower Manhattan.  Only Chatham Borough residents are eligible to apply for parking permits at the train station lots next to the station. Many Borough residents are able to walk to the station. A limited supply of metered parking, open to Borough residents and non-residents, accepts cash, credit cards and smart cards.

Information on parking permits is available on the Borough website.

The Chathams Schools

The Public School System: The Chatham Public School District serves students in preKindergarten through twelfth grade from both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township. Six schools make up the district: four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Total enrollment is more than 4,100 students.

The four elementary schools are:

  • Lafayette School (grades 4-5)
  • Milton Avenue School (grades K-3)
  • Southern Boulevard School (grades K-3)
  • Washington Avenue School (grades pre-K-3)

In the elementary schools, an academically challenging environment stimulates, encourages and motivates the students. Assemblies, trips and special projects enrich the program.

The Chatham Middle School (grades 6-8) provides a stimulating environment where students are challenged and supported. The school offers opportunities for a student to develop their interests and strengths. Responsibility is encouraged.

Chatham High School (grades 9-12) consistently ranks among the top NJ high schools, and has an enrollment of more than 1,100 students. The school offers more than 17 AP classes as well as many extra curricular activities and sports to provide a well-rounded high school experience.

Private and Parochial Schools Near Chatham: 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 Patrick School
  • Saint Peter’s Prep
  • St. Rose of Lima School
  • Seton Hall Prep

Preschools Near Chatham: There are also many excellent preschool options in the area. A few of the many options are:

  • Montessori Childrens Academy
  • Sprout House
  • The Gingham Giraffe Preschool
  • Chatham School House
  • Long Hill Christian Preschool
  • The Learning Path Nursery School & Daycare
  • Cornerstone School
  • Stanley Congregational Nursery School
  • Chatham Methodist Nursery School

The Vibe

Check out some of these places and websites to get a feel for Chatham’s unique vibe.

Unique to Town

  • The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a major watershed and a significant resting point for migratory birds. The park offers excellent hiking facilities that include trails, boardwalks, observation blinds, and naturalist exhibits displayed in its park office that are related to the swamp and its wildlife.
  • Two homes from colonial times still survive: The Paul Day house (24 Kings Rd) and the Daniel Bonnel house (34 Watchung Ave).

Numerous annual events celebrate and preserve Chatham’s small town character.

  • The Fishawack Festival was first celebrated in 1971 and is held at the beginning of summer to kick off the season. Local vendors sell food, clothing, toys and souveniers. Games and rides are provided for the children. Funds from the festival go to various community groups throughout Chatham.
  • The Fishing Derby at Kelley’s Pond is an annual event that has been held since 1962. The pond is stocked by the local fire department with live trout from a New Jersey fish hatchery. The event is open to kids under 14 and prizes are awarded.
  • The Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks symbolize life in “small town USA.” Community organizations march in the parade. The day is celebrated with picnics, neighborhood parties and fireworks.
  • The Green Fair is a festival to promote ideas to live a greener lifestyle. While vendors sell green products, entertainment and food is provided for guests.

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