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Millburn-Short Hills

Millburn Township, and the neighborhoods of affluent Short Hills, is renowned for its top ranked public schools, close proximity to New York City and its lovely tree-lined streets with beautifully maintained older colonial homes.  Millburn-Short Hills is home to many executives in the financial sector who commute from town by either one of the two train lines that service our area, the Midtown Direct and Hoboken lines.  Residents can use either the Short Hills or Millburn train station which are within blocks of many neighborhoods in town.

Downtown Millburn offers many clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, restaurants, coffee shops and ice cream parlors, a movie theater and of course the Paper Mill Playhouse.  The quaint village in Short Hills features the post office, Station Stop which sells newspapers, magazines, drinks, snacks and candy, school supplies and cards, a deli, a cleaners and the Short Hills Pharmacy.

Short Hills is a section within Millburn Township.  They have separate zip codes but are part of the same township and have the same school system.  Short Hills is situated north of Millburn Avenue, west of South Mountain Reservation and bordered east by Route 24 and Summit.  Millburn is located in the areas around downtown Millburn, south of Millburn Avenue and along Wyoming Avenue bordering Maplewood.




HISTORY

Millburn is Scottish means ‘mill on a stream". Native Indians and early settlers called the area surrounding the tiny New Jersey colonial settlement "the Short hills." Thus the township received its name.

Long before the first Dutch immigrants arrived in the 1600s, the Lenape Indians lived and hunted here. By 1700 the English had arrived and contributed the names of Parkkhurst, Parsil, Denman, Briant, Reeve, Wade, Baldwin, Ross, Meeker and Morehouse to the landscape. By 1764 the community numbered more than 60 landowners.

Until 1857 the settlement had no individual identity but was part of the City of Springfield. During the Revolutionary War the British and Colonial forces marched back and forth across the local settlement, climaxing the confrontations with the famous Battle of Springfield, which halted the British army’s advance into Northern New Jersey.

After the war ended Samuel Campbell arrived here from Scotland and built the first paper mill. More industrialists followed and soon mills were manufacturing felt hats as well as paper.

When the township was created through an act of the New Jersey legislature in 1857 the name Millburn was chosen by its residents in honor of Mr. Campbell’s contribution to the community.

By then the railroad already was a vital part of the community life. The Morris and Essex, a predecessor of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western and N.J. Transit, came through in 1837. Not only did train service brighten the future of the community as a commercial center, but it also added to its desirability as a residential suburb for prosperous Newarkers and New Yorkers.

Shortly after 1870 Stewart Hartshorn, inventor of the roller window shade, decided to make his home here and to enter the real estate business and establish an ideal community. He purchased and developed much of the "short hills" area and adopted the Indians’ name for his community.

About the same time the Wyoming Land Development Co. purchased large tracts of land in Northeastern Millburn and laid out a grid of streets. The development company ,however, built only 25 houses before it went bankrupt.

By the time the town celebrated its semi-centennial in 1907 it boasted fire and police departments, running water, electricity, telephones and a sewer system.

As population of the township grew, more large private land areas and farms were purchased by developers. The Whittingham family estate was transformed into South Mountain Estates and the Campbell acreage became Glenwood.

After World War II the township’s population experienced a second surge, not only in residents, but in businesses, Supermarkets, insurance companies, some small industries and the Mall at Short Hills became integral parts of the community.


REAL ESTATE MARKET CONDITIONS

Single family home prices typically start in the $600,000s.
Single family home prices range up to about $8,000,000.
Condos start in the $275,000s.

The general feeling about the current real estate market is that the market has cooled, some believe has turned.However, if you look at the sales statistics* the market is still strong and still growing.Prices in Millburn-Short Hills in 2006 were up from the previous year and the number of sold listings and the average days on market are all within normal expectations.

The real state market in communities along the Morris and Essex train line exploded beginning around 2001.In 2001, the average priced home in Millburn-Short Hills was $738,052 and by 2004 it was $1,065,220, a growth of 31%.In 2005 prices went up an additional 19%, the average home selling for $1,314,908.In 2006, home prices in Millburn-Short Hills rose just 2% but still up 21% from 2004.

In 2007 the average sale price fell 9% over the same time period of 2006 and total dollar volume is at its highest ever, 10% over last year.In 2007, 157 properties sold, the average sale price was $1,231,395 and total dollar volume was $191,229,152.

The real estate market has adjusted itself from the explosive growth experienced in the past few years and is settling into a more realistic pace.Prices are still rising, homes are still selling.The benefit of buying today as opposed to 2005 is that buyers are less likely to face the dreaded bidding war.

For comprehensive statistical reports please visit our Area Market Statistics including statistics per school districts.

*Based on data from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service, comparing the first half of each year (January-June, the most active part of the year for real estate transactions).





MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Short Hills also has three K-5 elementary schools, all part of the Millburn Township Public Schools, the Deerfield Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School and Hartshorn Elementary School. A fourth elementary school in the area, the Short Hills School, was closed and sold off during the population dropoff in the 1980s. Students move on to complete their education at the Millburn Middle School for grades 6-8 and Millburn High School for grades 9-12.

Far Brook School is a private, nonsectarian coeducational day school located in the Short Hills section of Millburn, serving students in nursery through eighth grade. The school has a total enrollment of 197 students.

Millburn Public School Report from the State of New Jersey

Millburn Township Public Schools

Millburn High School
462 Millburn Avenue, Millburn  NJ  07041  973-564-7130

Millburn Middle School
25 Old Short Hills Road, Millburn  NJ  07041  973-379-2600

Deerfield Elementary School
26 Troy Lane, Short Hills  NJ  07078  973-379-4843

Glenwood Elementary School
325 Taylor Road South, Short Hills  NJ  07078  973-379-7576

Hartshorn Elementary School
400 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills  NJ  07078  973-379-7550

South Mountain Elementary School
2 Southern Slope Road, Millburn  NJ  07041  973-921-1394

Wyoming Elementary School
55 Myrtle Avenue, Millburn  NJ  07041  973-761-1619


COMMUTER INFORMATION

Millburn Township is served by two New Jersey Transit railroad stations along the Morristown Line: the Millburn station, located at the intersection of Essex Avenue and Lackawanna Place near the Millburn Free Public Library, and the Short Hills station, located near The Crescent Street between Hobart Avenue and Chatham Road. The latter station is also the site of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society museum.

Parking for either Millburn or Short Hills train stations is on a “first come, first served” basis.  Parking is not guaranteed.  Permits are for residents only.  Cost is $300 per year for the first car, $400 per year for an additional car.  Costs are slightly pro-rated if you apply for a permit mid-year.  Checks are payable to “Township of Millburn.”

Submit application, payment, enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope and a copy of the vehicle registration* issued to your Millburn or Short Hills address to:

Tax Collector
PO Box 1034
Millburn, NJ07041

Or in drop box located outside of Millburn Town Hall.

Permits are issued by the Tax Collector located at Town Hall, 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, 07041.  They can be reach by phone at 973-564-7084 and the office hours are 8:30-4:30.

*If the vehicle is leased, a copy of the registration AND copy of the insurance card issued to your Millburn or Short Hills home address.

In addition, New Jersey Transit operates multiple bus lines along Millburn and Essex Avenues, including line NJT-70 that stops at the Millburn RR station.

Train and bus schedules available at NJTransit.com.


MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS PLACES OF INTEREST

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
Forest Drive South, Short Hills

Greenwood Gardens
Old Short Hills Road, Short hills

Mall at Short Hills
Rt. 24 & JFK Parkway, Short Hills

Papermill Playhouse
Brookside Drive, Millburn


AREA GOLF COURSES AND CLUBS:

Essex County
Noteworthy: Rock Spring Country Club, East Orange Golf Course (Short Hills)

Morris County
Noteworthy: Madison Golf Club, Spring Brook Country Club

Somerset County
Noteworthy: Foxhollow Golf Club, Somerset Hills Golf Club

Union County
Noteworthy: Balusrol Golf Club, Canoe Brook Country Club


AREA GROCERY STORES

CHATHAM

Kings Supermarket
393 Main Street
973-635-4400

Shop Rite
641 Shunpike Road
973-377-4788

MADISON

Super Stop & Shop
133 Main Street
973-593-8484

Whole Foods
222 Main Street
973-822-8444

MAPLEWOOD

Kings Supermarket
159 Maplewood Avenue
973-761-4092

MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS

Kings Supermarket
778 Morris Turnpike
973-258-4000

Shop Rite
727 Morris Turnpike
973-376-3028

Shop Rite
220 Main Street
973-376-9886

Whole Foods
187 Millburn Avenue
973-376-4668

SUMMIT

King's Supermarket
784 Springfield Avenue
908-598-4502

WESTFIELD

Stop & Shop
219 Elm Street
908-232-1292

Trader Joe’s
155 Elm Street
908-301-0910

WINE AND SPECIALTY FOODS

CHATHAM

Chatham Wine Shop
465 Main Street
Chatham
973-635-0088

Hickory Wine Cellar
641 Shunpike Road
Chatham
973-822-2121

MADISON
Madison Wine Cellar
29 Main Street
Madison
973-377-4075

MAPLEWOOD

Celebrated Foods
6 Highland Place
973-762-1722

Village Wine Shop
1994 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood
973-762-7899

MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS

Tulip Chocolatier
537 Millburn Avenue
973-467-1930

Wine Library
586 Morris Avenue
888-980-WINE

SUMMIT

Chez Barbara To Go
40 Union Place
Summit
908-522-1359

Summit Cheese Shop
75 Union Place
Summit
908-273-7700

The Wine List
417 Springfield Avenue
908-277-6565

WESTFIELD

Westfield Wine Liquors
276 North Avenue East
Westfield
908-232-1133


MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS QUICK REFERENCE

LAND AREA
10 Square miles

POPULATION 18,630 (based on 1990 U.S. Census

EDUCATION

 Millburn Township Board of Education, 15 Coniston Road, Short Hills 973-376-7360

Public Schools

Elementary School- Grades K-5

1. Deerfield School- 26 Troy Lane, 379-4843

2. Glenwood School- 15 Old Short Hills Road, 379-7576

3. Hartshorn School- 110 White Oak Ridge Road, 379-7550

4. South Mountain School- 2 Southern Slope, 921-1394

5. Wyoming School- 53 Myrtle Ave. 761-1619

Middle School –Grades 6-8

15 Old Short Hills Road, 379-2600

Millburn High School -Grades 9-12

462 Millburn Ave. 564-7130

Private Schools

1. Far Brook School-52 Great Hills Road, 379-3442 Grades Nursery-8

2. St. Rose of Lima School-50 Short Hills Avenue, 379-3973 Grades Nursery-8

3. Pingry School-Country Day Drive, 379-4550 Grade K-6

Library: Located at 200 Glen Avenue 973-376-1006

SOCIAL & CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS:

Boy Scouts- Oakland (201) 677-1000

Little League 379-5423

Lacrosse Club for Boys- Jean Riley 973-379-5019

Girl Scouts- Michelle SanFillipo 376-6814

Beautification Laegue- Gail Kellog, President 376-1652

Short Hills Garden Club- Jill Bendict, President 379-9070

Short Hills Home Garden Club- Liz Moldenhauer, President 379-1948

Millburn Municipal Alliance-Committee for Drug Alliance (M-MAC)

Barbara Gruska, President 467-0149

AFS International- Gertrude Carrington, 379-4283

Scholastic Boosters- Tom Hildner 973-467-9824

Student Loan Fund- Marshall Sherman 973-379-7440

Special Education Committee- Renay Zamloot 973-762-1976

Music Boosters- Ann Brown 973-376-2277

Kiwanis Club- Larry L. Leifer 973-763-8555

Lions Club- James S. Quinn 973-376-9430

Rotary Club- Phyllis Fox Catz 973-736-8501

SOCIAL & FRATERNAL CLUBS

B’nai Brith Lodge- 973-467-2417

Casa Colombo- 973-379-9819

Continental Lodge- 732-548-9699

Knights of Columbus- 973-376-2103

Friday Friends- 973-564-7064

Old Guard- 973-762-8675

Newcomers/Encore Club- 973-376-0566

PATRIOTIC & POLITICAL GROUPS

American Legion Auxiliary - Barbara Murphy 973-292-1126

American Legion Post 140- Roger Standfast, Commander 973-379-9866

American Red Cross- Barbara Allora, Director 973-379-4198

Daughters of American Revolution- 973-539-7502

Democratic Committee- Richard Livingston, Chairman 973-467-0443

Disabled American Veterans- 973-376-1988

Fourth of July Committee- Bob Haertel 973-376-7518

Historical Society- David C. Siegfried 973-467-3064

League of Women Voters- Noreen Brunini 973-912-0424

Republican Committee- Alan Kral 973-379-9510

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Paper Mill Playhouse Guild-Sharon Sandbach 973-379-4412

PEO Chapter D- Betty MCColgan 908-277-6853

PEO Chapter S- Carol Charles 973-593-4915

Overlook Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Twigs- Barbara Parker 973-322-4576

Saint Barnabas Auxiliary- Barbara Parker 973-322-4576

Women’s Club- Irene Werbel 973-376-6181

United Way- Carolyn Ferolito 973-467-1170

Unity Group- Laura D’Orsi 973-403-2429

HOUSES OF WORSHIP AND RELATED GROUPS

Christ Church (Episcopal). 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, 973-379-2898

Women’s Guild of Christ Church, 29 Dorset Lane, Short Hills, 973-379-5793

Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills 973-379-5600

Congregation B’nai Israel( Conservative), 160 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-379-3811

Women’s Assoc. of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills 973-921-9202

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 291 Parsonage Hill Road 973-467-8454

First Baptist Church, 134 Spring Street, Millburn 973-376-4327

Mount Zion AME Church, 56 Church Street, Millburn 973-467-6762

St. Rose of Lima (Roman Catholic) 50 Short Hills Avenue 973-379-3912

St. Stephen’s Church (Episcopal) 119 Main Street, Millburn 973-376-0688

Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 432 Wyoming Avenue, Millburn 973-376-3066

POST OFFICE: 973-376-0123

 

Millburn-Short Hills Public School Information 

Millburn Township Public Schools 

462 Millburn Avenue Millburn, NJ 07041 973.564.7130
Millburn High School 

Millburn Middle School 

26 Troy Lane Short Hills, NJ 07078 973-379-4843
Deerfield Elementary School 

325 Taylor Road South Short Hills, NJ 07078 973.379.7576
Glenwood Elementary School 

400 Hartshorn Drive Short Hills, NJ 07078 973.379.7550
Hartshorn Elementary School 

2 Southern Slope Road Millburn, NJ 07041 973.921.1394
South Mountain Elementary School 

55 Myrtle Avenue Millburn, NJ 07041 973.761.1619
Wyoming Elementary School 

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