Just 12 Miles from Manhattan
Just 12 miles from Manhattan, the Montclair area is described as “one of the coolest suburbs in America…”, “a cultural oasis,” “the hinterland of the creative class,” and where “Americans are clamoring to live”! This walkable suburb with a fast direct train commute into NYC, is rich with diversity, a variety of architectural styles, world-class art, music and film offerings, an award-winning public school system, vibrant restaurants and the nation’s first countywide park system brimming with recreational options.
Along with neighboring Essex County communities of Glen Ridge, Essex Fells, Bloomfield, West Caldwell, Verona, Cedar Grove, West Orange and Llewellyn Park, Little Falls, South Orange and Maplewood, there is something here for everyone.
Montclair’s mix of a growing arts scene, its lively downtown and architectural charms have made it one of the more popular destinations for New York transplants looking to New Jersey for more living space.
The township has also benefited from New Jersey Transit’s Midtown Direct train service begun 10 years ago. The new service increased Montclair’s desirability with commuters, giving them the option of a one-seat ride in as little as 30 minutes to Manhattan’s Penn Station in addition to service to Hoboken Terminal.
Numerous restaurants have sprung up in Montclair in recent years and the town continues to attract families who are drawn to the town’s school system. Montclair State University is in the northern portion of the town, with part of its campus also in neighboring Little Falls.
You might think a suburb that boasts of having about one mature s hade tree for every two residents and has within its six square m iles 14 parks and playgrounds brimming with swimming pools and s kating rinks, as well as a college with a stadium, a professional t heater troupe, three general hospitals, 42 churches and a Katharine G ibbs School would have enough with which to concern itself.
Not Montclair, N.J. It is not enough for it to be one of the metropolitan area’s more affluent and physically attractive suburbs, nor for it to be a regular tour stop for the Joffrey Ballet and the Boston and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras, nor for it to house both a traditional and an alternative weekly newspaper, for Montclair is not content to contemplate its advantages. It even has two zip codes (07042 and 07043).