SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ
Lush rolling hills, scenic woods, breathtakingly luxurious homes and friendly family neighborhoods make up the beautiful town of Scotch Plains, NJ. Though it's conveniently located just outside of Manhattan, Scotch Plains is a lush world of outdoor recreation, great schools and plenty of amenities.
There's plenty of choice in the style of housing to be found throughout the Scotch Plains community from different styles of Colonials to split-levels and ranches. The South side offers large homes on an acre of property, while the North side offers wonderful family neighborhoods with neighbors walking dogs, jogging and children playing.
The following housing developments exist in Scotch Plains:
Development built in the early 1990's located off Martine Avenue by Union Catholic. It used to be a cow farm! It has its own tennis courts for residents.
Located behind Coles School, it was built by the same development company that built Stirling Chase to be a more affordable place to live than Stirling. It has its own swimming pool and two tennis courts for residents.
A small and quiet neighborhood located north of Route 22 completely isolated from the rest of Scotch Plains.
Complex of townhouses between Scotch Plains and Clark.
Built in the 1940s, a development of several unique Cape-Cod style homes on the border of Westfield, many of which have been knocked down with newer and larger homes rebuilt.
Commuting From Scotch Plains
Scotch Plains is bisected by NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Scotch Plains, most conveniently reached via Route 22. Newark Liberty International Airport is also accessible via New Jersey Transit train by transferring from the Raritan Valley Line to the Northeast Corridor Line at Newark Penn Station.
Scotch Plains also has access to Amtrak service, by taking the Raritan Valley Line to Newark Penn Station. This gives Scotch Plains rail access to destinations along the entire east coast.
The two major roads that pass through are Route 28 for a brief stretch in the central part and U.S. Route 22 in the north. The township is accessible from highways in neighboring communities, such as Interstate 78 in both Watchung and Berkeley Heights, the Garden State Parkway in Clark and Interstate 287 in Edison Township.
Scotch Plains Schools
Scotch Plains, NJ has an excellent school system. Public school students in Scotch Plains attend the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which serves students in Pre-K through 12th Grade from the Borough of Fanwood and the Township of Scotch Plains. The district has five elementary schools (Pre-K through 4th Grade), two middle schools (5th–8th Grade) and a comprehensive high school (9th-12th Grade). Students from School One, Evergreen and Brunner pool into Park Middle School, while students from Coles and McGinn feed into Terrill.
The Union County Vocational Technical Schools includes the Union County Magnet High School, the Academy for Information Technology, the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, the Union County Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational-Technical School. The grouping of different schools is for vocational as well as gifted students, publicly funded by the combined taxes of Union County municipalities.
Union Catholic Regional High School (often abbreviated UC), a private Roman Catholic school, brings in students from Union County from parts of Essex and Middlesex counties. Union County College also has a facility in Scotch Plains.
Restaurants in Scotch Plains
If you're looking for great take-out sandwiches, salads, gourmet food as well as fresh vegetables and fruit, try Tom The Green Grocer on South Avenue.
Recreation in Scotch Plains
Scotch Plains offers plenty of parks and tennis courts, as well as two public golf courses and a community pool.
Ponderosa Farm Park is a park on Cooper Road. Modest park featuring playgrounds and a sprinkler area, plus open green spaces and restrooms.
Scotch Hills Municipal Golf Course, known as the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club before it was taken over by the township, was at one time the only African-American country club in the United States.
Ashbrook Golf Course, is a public golf course with 18-holes of championship golf as well as a 9-hole pitch and putting course located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. As of 2019, the new clubhouse and restaurant, The Tavern @ Ashbrook, opened for business.
Shackamaxon Country Club is a private golf course, swimming and tennis facility also hosting celebrations, founded in 1916 and is located on Shackamaxon Drive in Scotch Plains.
Since 1958, Willow Grove has offered residents of Scotch Plains and the surrounding towns the haven of a pool and other activities set on five plus park-like acres. The Club offers a 25-meter “L”-shaped, 6-lane pool with diving boards, and a separate gated baby pool. In addition to swimming, the Club offers a large sandbox, basketball, ping-pong, pickle ball, volleyball, tether ball, children’s play structure, a large picnic area affectionately called "The Grove", and free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds. Adult and teen socials, barbecues, family fun nights and several special events for children are held through out the season. For young swimmers, Willow Grove offers swim lessons and the club fields a swim team each summer, competing against other swim clubs in the immediate area.
Highland Swimming Club is a private swimming facility with a large L-shaped main pool and a smaller kiddie pool, a BBQ area, a small "Snack Shack", and play area. Its swim team competes against other private swim clubs in the area in meets held mostly in July.
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