A Suburban Paradise
With rolling hills, NYC skyline views, top-tier schools and an abundance of cul-de-sacs, North Caldwell is a suburban dream. This primarily residential town of about 10,800 has no traffic lights and few sidewalks, and its larger main streets -- Mountain Avenue, West Green Brook Road and Central Avenue -- have only two lanes and few street lights. New Jersey Monthly noticed North Caldwell's appeal too -- they ranked North Caldwell #16 "Best Town to Live" in 2015.
As one of The Caldwells trifecta, North Caldwell was founded in 1898 after splitting with neighboring Caldwell in a dispute over school financing. Today, it is a wealthy suburb of professional and business families. The median house price in 2015 was $630,000 (per Garden State MLS).
North Caldwell's commercial district is limited to just a few shops located in Fells Common, along Bloomfield Avenue. This helps create an almost country-like feel, despite being just 17 miles from New York City.
The importance of community is a big draw for residents. The town, recreation department and historical society host family events throughout the year, including the Town Picnic, Newcomer's Night and Movies at the North Caldwell Community Pool. The Green Brook Country Club also provides year-round programming for its members.
North Caldwell is a top-rated school district that provides primary education across its own elementary schools, and then partners with neighboring towns of Roseland, Essex Fells and Fairfield for a regional junior and senior high school.
Elementary School: North Caldwell's elementary program is split between Grandview School, which serves Grades K-3, and Gould School for grades 4-6. Grandview School also offers a preschool program for children ages 4-5. The Gould School was recognized as a New Jersey Department of Education Reward School in 2013.
Grandview School - Grades PreK thru 3
Gould School - Grades 4 thru 6
Junior and Senior High School: Located in North Caldwell on West Greenbrook Road, the West Essex Regional School serves approximately 1,300 junior and senior high students -- and about one third of the students are from North Caldwell. Both schools offer a wide range of courses and extracurricular programs in which to participate.
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 4-year college.
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
Located 17 miles from Midtown NYC, North Caldwell offers small town charm with urban convenience. While there is no train station located in town, there are several commuting options. Buses from the nearby Willowbrook Mall travel to Port Authority Bus Terminal in less than an hour. Commuters also can drive to the PATH station in Harrison, or NJ Transit trains in Little Falls or Montclair.
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Updated: 19th August, 2019 4:17 AM.