Vibrant Downtown, Easy Commute & Great Schools
The region passed from Indian to Colonial possession by purchase on October 28, 1664 for "twenty fathoms of trading cloth, two made coats, two guns, two kettles, ten bars of lead and twenty handfuls of powder."
Summit's earliest settlers came here about 1710. Most of the founding fathers brought Puritan heritage from the British Isles, and from neighboring New England, Connecticut and Long Island. Finding a true paradise, the Summit area was abundant in timber for building cabins, rabbits for food and pelts, plentiful turkey, and a fertile valley for growing wheat and corn. Plus the Passiac River was full of fish to eat and water to float boats.
In 1837, the railroad came over the "The Summit" hill, whose name was later shortened to Summit. During the Revolutionary period and for some time afterwards Summit was called the "Heights over Springfield" and was considered a part of New Providence. The original name of Summit was "Turkey Hill" to mark it apart from "Turkey", as New Providence was known until 1750.
In 1869, Summit separated itself from New Providence and became the "Township of Summit". Thirty years later on April 11 1899, The City of Summit was incorporated.
Originally, Summit was a cozy farming community populated by about 300 people until 1837. The community began to change from a rural farming and milling to quasi-commercial. After the Civil War, Summit became a summer resort area because of its crisp, clean mountain air and convenient proximity to New York City. Summit attracted extremely wealthy people who built extensive summer estates.
The landscape has had a definite influence in the development of Summit. This tree-dense suburban community is nestled in the hills of the Watchung Reservation with six square miles of broken hills at a 450-foot elevation. Summit sits above Springfield, to the east of Millburn, and just northwest, Chatham joins Summit to pinch the broad valley of the Passaic River.
Summit is a family-oriented residential community with light industry. Many Summit settlers and current residents have attributed significantly to the world's business, industrial and government affairs. More importantly, their relentless dedication for volunteerism has made the Summit community a leader in civic mindedness. The governing body has sought out experts on economics, communications, education, government administration, physical and mental health, recreation, social planning, transportation and safety; all adding to the great growth of Summit, then and now.
REAL ESTATE MARKET CONDITIONS
Single family home prices typically start in the $450,000s.
The Summit real estate market is quite strong this year.The average price for a home in Summit rose 14% in 2006 over the previous year to $1,060,690.The average days on market for the first half of 2006 is on par with past years and overall dollar volume is up 21% over last year for a first half total of $142,132,464.
In 2007, the average sale price rose just 1% over the same time period of 2006 and total dollar volume is at its highest ever, 4% over last year.In 2007, 137 properties sold, the average sale price was $1,076,349 and total dollar volume was $147,459,808.
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).
SUMMIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The schools of Summit-public, private and parochial-have continually molded good and able young people with 92 % of the students going onto college, contributing much to the community's development. Just recently, Summit High School was ranked the 6th best high school in the State of New Jersey. Many students return to live and raise a family in their home town of Summit.
Summit's public education system includes five kindergarten-through grade 5 elementary schools, a middle school for grades 6 to 8 and Summit High School. As Summit grew into a beautiful resourceful city for families, so too did the need to provide top-rated education and state-of-the-art school facilities for Summit's children. In 2003, the newly renovated Summit High School was dedicated after a $22.4 million capital expansion project. The project comprised of a new wing, library/media center, gymnasium, and the addition of academic courses, cultural arts, athletic and social club programs; all providing an enriched educational experience for all current and future Summit students.
Summit Public School Report Card from the State of New Jersey
Summit High School
Summit Middle School
Summit Elementary Schools
Brayton Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Rail and bus links to Newark and Manhattan, Routes 24 and 78 and the Garden State Parkway and Newark-Liberty International Airport, commuters find this thriving community a perfect place to settle. The Summit Train Station has the Mid-Town Direct train -a less than 30 minute ride - from Summit to Penn Station. The City of Summit has numerous parking garages and lots supplying ample parking for resident commuters and downtown employees.
Applications may be mailed or dropped off at The Summit Permit Center, 71 Summit Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. They can be reached by phone at 908-522-1700.
All residents who use the long term resident parking lots need to have the new white permit displayed on vehicles. Those vehicles without the new parking permit will be ticketed. Those with pre-paid permits are issued hanging tags to place on their rearview mirror. Those who pay daily will receive a sticker.
Resident Owned Vehicles: Valid NJ registration showing your name and current Summit home address.
Lease of Company Owned: Valid NJ driver’s license showing your name and current summit home address and
Valid NJ registration for leased or company owned vehicle and
Valid insurance card showing your Summit home address, if you pay, or
Recent personal residential phone, internet or cable bill, if the company pays the insurance.
Permits can be prepaid or you can pay per day. Pre-paid rates are $60 a month, $175 for the quarter or $600 for the year. If you choose to pay daily, you will need to pay $3 per day at the machines located in the garage.
Non-Resident Parking Permits are available at the following rates: Monthly $110, Quarterly $330, Annually $1,165.
The Connection for Women and Families
The Grand Summit Hotel
New Jersey Center for Visual
The Reeves-Reed Arboretum
The Summit Playhouse
Super Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop
WINE AND SPECIALTY FOODS
Chatham Wine Shop
Hickory Wine Cellar
Madison Wine Cellar
Village Wine Shop
Chez Barbara To Go
The Wine List
Westfield Wine Liquors
Summit NJ Crime Statistics (2002 - New Crime Data)
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