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New Providence

New Providence is bordered to the north by Chatham Township. Berkeley Heights lies to the southwest and south, and Summit to the east. Much of the unincorporated area of Murray Hill lies in New Providence, with the remainder in Berkeley Heights.  The borough lies on the western slope of the Second Watchung Mountain.


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New Providence: History and More 

The written history of New Providence begins in 1664 when James, Duke of York and brother to King Charles II, purchased the land from the Lenape Native American Indians. Its first European settlers were Puritans in 1720.  The town was originally called "Turkey Town" because of the abundance of wild turkeys,.  However, one Sunday morning in 1759, the choir loft at the Presbyterian Church collapsed on what were luckily empty pews below.  The Pastor declared the incident to be "providential" and suggested changing the town's name to New Providence. According to local tradition, George Washington spent the night in a local home, which still stands to this day. Supposedly, the local stream, Salt Brook, is named for an incident when the salt supply of the colonial village was dumped into the brook to prevent passing British soldiers from taking it. Ironically, the British Army never crossed into this region! The cultivation of roses played an important role in the local economy in the 1900s.

Consider Living in New Providence

If you're looking for a home somewhere with a small town atmosphere that really is small, this might be the place for you.  The town is very friendly and residents seem to meet one another fast - the welcome wagon hardly waits for the moving van to leave!  People get together for cook-outs and dinner and children play and ride their bikes together along quiet,residential streets.  Situated on 3.6 square miles on the western slope of the Watchung Mountains, this hilly community boasts tree-lined streets and suburban Capes, Split-Levels and Ranches.  Many of the houses were built in the 1950s and 60s after Bell labs moved its headquarters to the area known as Murray Hill.  Later Lucent maintained its domestic headquarters just across Mountain Avenue in Berkeley Heights.  Then several other companies moved in.  There are other more recent homes built in the area including Murray Hill Farm where the developer was required to build the 81 homes so that none looked alike.  Across from the Murray Hill train station is Murray Hill Square, once a retail complex but converted in the 1980s to 50 Williamsburg-style townhouses.  Also near the same station is Green Way, a complex of 26 townhouses and Foley Square with 22 townhouses.  The wide range of housing prices makes New Providence desirable to many people, especially young families looking for their first serious home. The price range for New Providence homes ranges from around $400,000 for one of the town homes up to the $2 million mark for the grandest homes in town.

Neighborhoods in New Providence

Searching for the perfect place to call home in New Providence but not sure just where to look? There are quite few from which to choose. You’ll discover lots of little pocket neighborhoods close to the downtown area, as well as larger and more spread-out communities like Murray Hill Farm.

Murray Hill Farm

Murray Hill’s 81 homes offer a wide variety of architectural diversity, as well as large yards, lots of green spaces, and a secluded countryside feel. Prices range from about $600,000 to well in the millions, with averages around $900,000, but the luxury you get—from homes to environment—is well worth the price tag.

Tall Oaks

Stunning new features and upgrades await throughout the large and luxurious homes of Tall Oaks. Large and privately-landscaped lots set the scene to a charming suburban retreat, and prices range from about $500,000 to over $700,000.

Murray Hill Square

Once a retail development, Murray Hill Square has been remodeled into a charming and luxurious collection of 50 townhomes. Their convenient location places them across from the train station, and there are lots of upgrades and renovations to be found throughout. Murray Hill Square also offers the community connection of closer homes, as well as much more affordable price tags.

Green Way

Green Way is a stunning new collection of beautiful townhouses located close to the downtown area.

Foley Square

One of New Providence’s newest developments, Foley Square offers luxurious living, more affordable price tags, and a convenient central location.

The New Providence School System

New Providence's schools consistently rank among the top in the State.  The district's high school was the top-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools"  Also, during the 2007-08 school year, New Providence Middle School was recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.  Schools in the district  are Allen W. Roberts Elementary School (grades PreK-6), Salt Brook Elementary School(grades K-6), New Providence Middle School (7&8) and New Providence High School (grades 9-12)  The middle school and high school share the same building and some of the same facilities (art rooms, auditorium, east wing, west wing, gyms, music rooms, TV production room, cafeteria). Recently a new gym was added to the building.

The High School also has a very strong athletics program.  The New Providence High School Pioneers compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference and was classified for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes.  North Providence High School's teams have won multiple state championships in sports such as track & field, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, and wrestling.

 Commuting From New Providence

New Providence has two train stations serving the town a fact that is much appreciated by many of the local residents!  New Jersey Transit offers service on the Morris & Essex Lines at both New Providence and Murray Hill Stations going to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and also Hoboken Terminal to the north in New Jersey.  There are some one-seat rides to and from Manhattan in the rush hour, otherwise trains go to Summit where you can change to go into Penn Station.

There is also a local bus service offered by New Jersey Transit on the 986 route that will take you to Summit Train Station.  Lakeland Bus Lines offers weekday rush hour service from stops along Springfield Avenue to New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 50.88 miles of roadways, of which 44.58 miles were maintained by the municipality and 6.30 miles by Union County.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of New Providence.

Plenty of Recreation in New Providence 

The New Providence Recreation Department offers a busy calendar for its residents with many sports, fitness programs and summer camps for children. There is also a Summer Enrichment Academy that includes music and art classes.  The town boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool, ice skating rink, three parks, eight athletic fields and eight tennis courts.  Added to all of that, you can enjoy a community calendar that is full of fun family events like the Annual Fishing Derby and Independence Day Celebration.

Shop in Downtown New Providence 

The downtown area, along South Street and Springfield Avenue, includes a strip mall, and The Village at New Providence which is a larger shopping plaza with a new A & P supermarket and a Starbucks among other stores.  There are also  several local stores, like McGrath Hardware and Barth’s Market, a third-generation German butcher that are popular in town.

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