Privacy Amongst the Beautiful Trees
Although Essex Fells is the smallest community in Essex County with a population of only 2,119, it is widely known for its beautiful winding streets, shades trees (particularly dogwoods) and magnificent homes. Incorporated in 1902, today this 1.3 square-mile borough is strictly residential and has no apartment buildings, office buildings or traffic lights. Residents shop in nearby Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Orange and Montclair. This setup must be working – NJ Monthly ranked Essex Fells the #21 "Best NJ Town to Live In" in 2015.
The result is a family-oriented, tight-knit, wealthy community of approximately 750 homes that were mostly custom-built before World War II and sit on larger tracts of land. The styles range from smaller frame colonials to very large Tudors.
Open space is an important incentive for residents. Trotter Tract, the 106-acre space off Buttonwood Road in the northwestern section, is the largest park, featuring three soccer fields, one lacrosse field and one basketball court. "The Pond" (or the Essex Fells Pond to non-residents) is a popular winter destination, with ice skating and hockey. And Grover Cleveland Park is located along the Caldwell-Essex Fells border and features quaint bridges, walking trails and playgrounds. The town has an active recreation department that offers a variety of youth sports programs.
The borough is also home to the Essex Fells Country Club and Golf Course. The median sales price in 2015 was $790,000 (per the Garden State MLS).
Essex Fells School District provides primary education for students through Grade 6. Students then attend a regional junior and senior high schools through the West Essex Regional School District, which services Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and Roseland.
Elementary: Serving approximately 210 children grades Pre-K through 6, the Essex Fells School is renown for its small class sizes and nurturing environment. The school strongly encourages parental involvement in their children's education, and the PTA is very active. The school also receives significant financial support from the Essex Fells Foundation for Education Excellence -- established in 1994 to preserve the standard of educational excellence, the Foundation has made more than $1,000,000 in grants to the Essex Fells School for technology, cultural arts and teacher development.
Essex Fells School
Junior and Senior Highs: Located in North Caldwell on
West Greenbrook Road, the West Essex Regional School serves approximately 1,100
junior and senior high students. Both schools offer a wide range of courses and extracurricular programs in which
The high school
was just ranked in the top 25 public high schools in New Jersey by
New Jersey Monthly and in 2015 was ranked #43 statewide by U.S. News and World Report. Over 99% of graduating seniors go on to a 2-year or
The West Essex Regional school district has a
long history of athletic achievements. The district was recently ranked
#21 best athletic program in the country (and #4 in New Jersey).
West Essex Regional Middle School
West Essex Regional High School
Essex Fells does not have a train station, and therefore residents who commute into New York City typically drive 20 minutes to the PATH train station in Harrison (off of I-280) -- the train into lower Manhattan is approximately 20 minutes.
There are also five DeCamp express buses from Caldwell to Port Authority each morning. The ride is approximately 50 minutes.
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Updated: 19th August, 2019 4:17 AM.