Perfect Suburban Hamlet for Families
With majestic city skyline views, a vibrant and diverse cultural scene, top-rated schools, historic architecture and easy access to NYC, it is no wonder that Montclair is a favorite choice for home buyers.
Originally a "railroad suburb" in 1864 when it first started attracting commuters from NYC, Montclair has maintained much of its charm with century-old tree-lined streets and pedestrian friendly shopping districts. Today the township has a population of approximately 39,000 and is divided into two main sections: Upper Montclair (located north of Watchung Ave. and the zipcode of 07043) and Montclair (south of Watchung Ave. and the zipcode of 07042). The south side of town has most of the older and larger estate homes dating as far back to the 1800's. In the Upper Montclair section, there are more homes from the 1920's through the 1940's. Overall, Montclair offers a mix of Colonial, Victorian and Tudor homes. Both areas have large commercial districts with numerous shops, restaurants and amenities.
The median house price in Montclair during 2015 was $630,000 (per Garden State MLS).
Montclair's reputation as a cultural hub is not unfounded. The town is home to numerous art galleries, including its own art museum, the Montclair Art Museum. It also has numerous small theaters that offer indie films and live performances.
For all the culture within its borders, Montclair is also an outdoorsman's paradise. Located across 175 acres of land, the towns has 18 public parks and two nature preserves, plus 18 public tennis courts, skating rinks and three public swimming pools.
Montclair is home to a large public school system that serves over 6,600 students in grade K-12, as well as numerous private school options. The public school system has been national recognized for its magnet program in the elementary and middle schools. Montclair State University is also located in town.
Elementary and Middle Schools: A pioneer in the magnet school concept, Montclair has, for over 30 years, offered parents a choice of school best suited to their child's individual talents and needs. Some emphasize arts and science, while others feature science and technology or visual and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education recognized it as one of six exemplary magnet school programs in the nation. Montclair has seven elementary schools and three middle schools, each focusing on a different theme.
Bradford School: The University Magnet, Grades K-5
Charles H. Bullock School: Environmental Science, Grades K-5
Edgemont Montessori School: Montessori, Grades K-5
Hillside School: Gifted and Talented, Grade 3-5
Nishuane School: Gifted and Talented, Grades K-2
Northeast School: Global Studies, Grades K-5
Watchung School: Science and Technology, Grade K-5
Glenfield Middle School: Visual and Performing Arts, Grades 6-9
Mount Hebron Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, Grades 6-9
Renaissance at Rand: Liberal Arts, Grades 6-9
High School: This academically challenging high school offers a diverse curriculum, 25 AP classes, small learning communities and a visual arts and performance option in the School of Visual & Performing Arts (SVPA). Ninety percent of 2014 graduates went onto pursue secondary educations and the 2015 Math League finished first in the state. The school offers more than 100 clubs and supports more than 30 varsity sports.
Montclair High School: Grades 9-12
There are a variety of private and parochial schools also located in Montclair (and the surrounding area).
Montclair Kimberley Academy: Pre-K thru Grade 12, coed
Montclair Community Pre-K: Ages 3-5, coed
St. Cassian's School: Pre-K thru Grade 8, coed
Montclair Cooperative School: Nursery thru Grade 8, coed
Trinity Academy (located in Caldwell): Pre-K thru Grade 8, coed
Immaculate Conception High School (located in Lodi): Grades 9 thru 12, all girls
Lacordaire Academy: Pre-K thru Grade 8, coed; Grades 9-12 all girls
Located only 20 miles from New York City, Montclair is an easy commuting town. There are six NJ Transit stations that service the town, including Bay Street, Walnut Street, Watchung Avenue, Upper Montclair, Mountain Avenue and Mountain Heights. On average, direct trains into Penn Station take 30-40 minutes. There is also bus service to Newark and the Port Authority in Manhattan. Newark Liberty International Airport is only 13 miles away, lending itself to easy access for frequent travelers.
The Montclair housing inventory includes a wide range of homes, condos and townhouses, making it a fabulous suburban town for both families and couples looking to downsize. Let's get in touch to discuss your housing needs and what is available on the market today.
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