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Mountainside is perfect for families. Enjoy community activities, including pools and recreation centers, and visit the gorgeous forests and stables of Watchung Reservation. Start looking for your next home in Mountainside today!


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Mountainside: A Rich History 

There is a lingering sense of countryside and the past in Mountainside NJ.  It was first settled by Dutch and Engiish farmers in the 17th Century.  One of the oldest residences, the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House, built in 1755, was saved from demolition not long ago.  The borough moved it from Route 22 to land it owns next to the library on Constitution Plaza, a half mile away, where it is being maintained by the Mountainside Historic Restoration Committee for use as a museum and a meeting place for the people of Mountainside.  Mountainside broke away from Westfield in a taxpayer's revolt in 1895.  It was the last of several subdivisions of the large West Fields of Elizabethtown created in 1794.

With about one-third of the borough being parkland, Mountainside may be one of the most densely wooded communities in the Central New Jersey area.  Route 22 runs through the Borough, but a buffer zone and the density of so many trees shelters most of its residents from noise pollution.  The borough is bordered to the north by Summit, New Providence and Route I-78, to the east by Springfield Township, to the south by Westfield, and to the west by Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains.   Mountainside at #44 is among the very top towns in New Jersey, according to New Jersey Monthly's latest list of the Top 100 municipalities.

Mountainside's Real Estate and Market 

Mountainside mainly comprises of a series of wooded back roads many lacking sidewalks. - driving through the Borough is almost like entering a different world.  There are no apartment buildings, condominiums or townhouses.  Virtually all the housing comprises of owner-occupied, single family detached homes.  Most of the housing was built before 1970 in a variety of styles, although there are many ranches in the mix.  There are now some large, newly constructed homes where old homes have been demolished.  The higher up the mountain you live, the better the view of New York City and the higher the prices.  It's possible to find a home with a view of the Manhattan skyline and backing up to the Watchung Reservation. Some of the housing on the terraced streets have steep backyards due to the mountain living.  Despite its relatively high housing prices, one of the other attractions of the Borough is a lower effective tax rate than say the neighboring towns of Westfield and Summit.  Many sellers are empty nesters or retirees and the buyers are a mixture of young professional couples and older people seeking to escape the higher taxes in the neighboring municipalities.  Asking prices for single family homes in the town range from about $350,000 to about $2 million.

Go to School in Mountainside

The children of residents benefit from an excellent school system and attend the Mountainside School District up until High School.  Beechwood for pre-school to Grade 2, followed by Deerfield from Grade 3 through 8.  After that, public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Berkeley Heights Public Schools.  Students also have the choice to attend the programs of the Union County Vocational Technical Schools, which serve students from across Union County.

Commuting from Mountainside

The borough has an approximate total of 41.12 miles of roadways, of which 29.74 miles were maintained by the municipality, 8.75 miles by Union County and 2.63 miles by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Transit bus operates route 114 which provides service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan in New York City making local stops at points in proximate communities.  An early use of bus rapid transit in New Jersey, a BBS (bus bypass shoulder, originally called a BOS or bus on shoulder lane) has been in operation for many years. Unlike most towns along Route 22, zoning in Mountainside does not allow for much commercial development adjacent to the freeway.  For a one-mile stretch in the town, the eastbound shoulder on the arterial road can be used for peak hour buses.  In 2012, NJDOT regulated the BBS as an exclusive bus lane from 6 to 7:30am.

There is no train service in Mountainside, but residents can commute to nearby Summit Train Station where they can take a train direct to Manhattan.  

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 11 miles (18 km) east of Mountainside.

Recreation in Mountainside, New Jersey

Mountainside Recreation Department provides a variety of programs and activities for borough residents of all ages. There are a variety of sports and fitness programs on offer for both children and adults.  The Community Room at Borough Hall is open for meetings and events. Located on the 2nd Floor, the room includes a main, large meeting room; the Senior Fitness Room, and the Game RoomThe room can accommodate up to 180 people, and may be reserved weekdays and weekends until 11 pm. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis. Municipal purposes, such as elections, board meetings, and scheduled recreation programs, have priority. The room is also available for private rentals.  The Game Room contains air hockey, dome hockey, foosball, ping pong, pool, and a variety of board games.  The Senior Fitness Room provides seniors with an opportunity to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through the use of state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Treadmills, an elliptical, a stationary bike, a recumbent bike, a multi-station gym, and dumbbell weights are all available.

Mountainside also maintains a community pool.  It is a beautiful, barrier-free facility nestled off Mountain Avenue adjacent to Echo Lake Park. It offers plenty of sun and swimming for the active set, as well as lots of cool, refreshing shade and a relaxed pace of summer life. The facility includes a 50-meter Olympic pool, diving tank, zero-depth wading pool, two water slides, basketball courts, baby changing area, men’s and women’s locker rooms, snack bar, picnic grove, benches, and grassy areas to sunbathe.  The perfect place for your family to spend a sunny summer day.

If you live in Mountainside, it's easy to enjoy the facilities offered by the Watchung Reservation.  This incredibly beautiful 2,000-acre wooded reservation is ideal for horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. It features an arboretum, athletic field, bridle trails, cross country ski course, model airplane flying, nature trails, picnic areas, playground, and the deserted village of Feltville.  Located within the Reservation is The Watchung Riding Stable:  A magnificent state of the art facility located on Summit Lane in Mountainside. It features extensive programs for young and old.  The Trailside Nature and Science Center and Planetarium, also located in the Reservation, has now reopened! Located in Mountainside at Coles Avenue and New Providence Road, the expanded and renovated facility features many programs and special events, both indoor and outdoor.  

On the Westside side of town is Echo Lake Park: A beautiful 139-acre park with two lakes. There is boating, skating, and fishing as well as picnic areas, restrooms, ball fields, playgrounds, and the Union County memorial to September 11, 2001.  Located in Echo Lake Park is also the dog park, a favorite place for local residents to bring their dogs with good facilities and a separate area for smaller dogs.

Unique Shopping in Mountainside, NJ

The main shopping area is the three-block retail district on Mountain Avenue.  It has been renovated with concrete paver sidewalks and Victorian style street lamps.  The stores include a bakery, a deli, an antique store, a couple of restaurants, among others.  Otherwise, residents travel to Westfield, Summit or the Short Hills Mall for their shopping trips.

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