Millburn, NJ is composed of several distinct areas: the historic Wyoming district, the town of Millburn and the delightful neighborhood called South Mountain Estates. South Mountain Estates is a close-knit neighborhood that is passionate about their local community and school. It covers 0.305 square miles of quiet, winding, tree-lined streets within easy access of public transportation.
South Mountain Estates is located to the south of Millburn Avenue and the east of Main Street and Whittingham Terrace. It is bound by the East and West branches of the Rahway River. Taylor Park, a beautiful 13 acre park with many amenities, is adjacent to the neighborhood. In the spring, flowering cherry trees in the park provide a magnificent backdrop for warmer days.
The population of 2,336 in South Mountain Estates is made up of mostly young, professional families with young children. Back in 2000, Orna Greenberg and her husband Larry moved from Toronto, Canada to Millburn, NJ with their three young children. During their house hunt, they searched for a community that was close to NYC and within walking distance of public transportation. Larry did not want to spend too much time commuting to and from his new position at The Wall Street Journal in Manhattan. Orna, a fine artist and color consultant, was looking for a community where she could establish herself as an artist. Visit Orna’s website at www.ornagreenberg.com to see some of her work. Together, they were looking for a family oriented community with an excellent school system in which to raise their young family.
Orna and Larry settled on South Mountain Estates in Millburn because it had a welcoming feel, a neighborhood elementary school in a top ranked public school system and was close to public transportation. And Orna knew she could build the perfect studio where she would be free to create. Even though they were living in the suburbs, it was an easy walk for Larry to the Millburn Train Station or the bus to get to work. And as an added bonus, Taylor Park was nearby where their children could play. The Millburn Public Library was also within walking distance, and they spent many hours there reading and going to storytime. Their girls are now in college and their son has graduated, but the Greenbergs are still happy in the home they bought in 2000.
Most of the homes in South Mountain Estates were built before 1940, and are primarily traditional Colonials and Tudors. Today, homes in the South Mountain area go for approximately $800,000+. Here are three typical recent sales:
The South Mountain Public School was built in 1935 and completely renovated in 1998. Today, the school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in NJ, a source of great pride among the community. There are approximately 300 students in grades K – 5 and the average class size is 20.
In addition to the Millburn Train Station and the NJ Transit bus for a quick trip into NYC, South Mountain Estates is within a few minutes drive of several major highways. Rt. 78, Rt. 24, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are all easily accessible to take you anywhere in New Jersey. And Newark International Airport is only about 20 minutes away.
South Mountain Estates is also within a short walking distance of downtown Millburn, known for its boutiques, shops and restaurants as well as the award winning Paper Mill Playhouse.
Here are some of the benefits to living in the South Mountain Estates:
– The streets are quiet and flat, which is great for riding bikes or skateboards
– There is easy access to major highways and neighboring towns
– The neighborhood is within walking distance of trains and busses
– It is within walking distance of bustling downtown Millburn shops and restaurants
– Beautiful Taylor Park is an easy walk away
– Kids can walk to Millburn Middle School and Millburn High School from the neighborhood
– The South Mountain neighborhood elementary school is highly rated
– It is an easy walk to Papermill Playhouse
– It is in close proximity to shopping at places like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, CVS, Walgreen’s, Target, Best Buy and Home Depot
South Mountain Estates is an ideal community within Millburn, NJ. It is within walking distance of almost everything, has a fabulous neighborhood school, and is a wonderful area to raise a family.
Allison Ziefert is a Maplewood, NJ based realtor and the #1 individual real estate agent at Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct in Maplewood, NJ. A local market expert, Allison specializes in Maplewood, NJ real estate and homes and South Orange, NJ real estate and homes as well as Millburn/Short Hills, NJ, West Orange, NJ and surrounding towns. Allison’s success as a Maplewood/S. Orange realtor is driven by earning great testimonials from sellers and buyers of homes in her marketplace. You can read her testimonials at www.azhomesnj.com/testimonials.