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MILLBURN & SHORT HILLS, NJ
Millburn, N.J., Its northern section, known as Short Hills, is characterized by winding, hilly roads, bordered by thick stands of oaks. Behind them, often shielded from public view by sumptuous flower gardens, are some of the country's best examples of 19th-century residential architecture. The rest of the town, known as the Millburn section, is laid out more conventionally, with neat streets and a mixture of building styles -- small turn-of-the-century workers' houses, Victorians, Tudors, Cape Cods and 1950's ranches and colonials -- on smaller lots, some just 36 feet wide.
But the municipality owes its character and its cachet to Stewart Hartshorn, inventor of the spring-loaded window shade. In 1877, when he was 37, Mr. Hartshorn bought up 1,550 acres in Millburn. Because of its undulating topography of low hills, none above 660 feet, the area was already known as ''the short hills.''
Millburn's housing stock ranges from multimillion dollar mansions in the Short Hills section to small colonials in Millburn, the spine of the turn-of-the-century downtown. Some of the most expensive homes are in the two historic districts -- Short Hills Park, and the Wyoming section, laid out in 1872 in the southeastern section of town. Short Hills Park is listed on both the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places and the Wyoming district is listed on the New Jersey Register.
Houses in Millburn and Short Hills often sell for more than $1 million, people will buy a house for millions and then start renovating and adding on, or they might even tear it down and rebuild.
Although Millburn Township has a large number of doctors, lawyers and other professionals, the mayor said that the majority of newcomers are connected with the financial industries in Manhattan.
Millburn/ Short Hills provides a close knit downtown with 200 specialty shops and boutiques. Any specialty resources that you seek are within about 10 minutes of home - whether it's language immersion classes, juice bar, private sports lessons (tennis, swimming, fencing, etc), park systems, amazing restaurants, world class shopping (The Mall at Short Hills), or Costco! It's all accessible. Commute is easy and about 30-35 minutes to the city. There is never a waiting list to get a parking permit thanks to the newly constructed parking garage. The school district is top 15 in NJ and top 100 in the United States.
Parks and Recreation
South Mountain Reservation, Taylor Park, Old Short Hills Park, Gero Park, and Millburn/Short Hills Athletic Club
Basilico Restaurant, Millburn Deli, Khun Thai, Saigon Cafe, Tillie's, & Peter's
Commute to NYC:
Train - Among the attractions is NJ Transit's Midtown Direct train service: commuters leaving Millburn end up at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. Alternatively, commuters can access downtown Manhattan by taking a train to Hoboken then transfer to the PATH train.
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