Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, also known as The Chathams, are located on the southeast edge of Morris County and offer the perfect blend of historical ambiance and some of the finest amenities a small, affluent town can offer. Chatham residents enjoy an above average socio-economic level with a high percentage of college graduates employed in professional or managerial occupations at one of the nearby corporate headquarters or research centers in the metropolitan New York area.
The Borough, which occupies an area of 2.4 square miles has a quaint, village-like business district and commuter railroad station and is a very pedestrian friendly community making Chatham real estate very desirable. The Township is 9.2 square miles and combined with the Borough, has a total population of about 17,000. The Chathams border on six other municipalities including Madison, Harding, Long Hill, New Providence, Florham Park, and Summit. Ideally located, Chatham is only a 45 minute train ride to NYC, and less than one hour to popular shore point destinations via Routes 24, 78 and the Garden State Parkway.
The Morris and Essex Line of New Jersey Transit serves Chatham with direct service to New York’s Penn Station and Hoboken. The Hoboken terminal offers commuter train service to Manhattan, with stations to Wall Street, Greenwich Village and Midtown. With the new Secaucus transfer station, NJ Transit trains from Chatham can connect to other NJ Transit lines in New Jersey, the shuttle to Newark Airport and the Amtrak rail line. The Lakeland Bus Line provides limited commuter bus service between Chatham and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City; Morris County Metro & New Jersey Transit provides local bus service.
Access to Chatham from New York and all points north, south and west by auto is readily available on nearby Interstate highway Routes 24, 78, New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Newark-Liberty International Airport, with direct flights throughout the world, is about 12 miles (20 minutes) away. Nearby Morristown Municipal Airport provides corporate and individual private flight services.
The present character of Chatham still reflects its early roots. The town evolved as real estate developers purchased land and started building homes for the commuters in the early 20th century. Within its neighborhoods exist a colored palette of America´s most popular housing styles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Though Chatham today could be considered a “bedroom community”, since most of its citizens work out of town, it has a special character generated by its small town atmosphere. The Borough’s central business district is traditional Main Street USA, featuring quaint shops, stores, professional offices and restaurants with small retail centers and several garden apartment complexes, town houses and condominiums. For the more serious shoppers, residents can easily drive to the nationally known and very upscale Short Hills Mall in addition to the Livingston Mall. The surrounding towns of Florham Park, Madison and Summit also offer downtown shopping.
The School District of the Chathams is a regional public school district serving approximately 3,500 students from both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township for grades K through 12. Chatham is well known for its excellent and highly ranked district, which is comprised of six schools and was awarded by the State of New Jersey the designation of being a “Blue Ribbon” district in 2004. The schools are within walking distance of most households and are one of the primary reasons why many families choose Chatham as the preferred place to raise their children. The Borough and the Township share an excellent public library as well.
Recreation in Chatham is a joint venture between the Township and the Borough and offers a variety or programs and activities for residents of all ages which include a multitude of indoor and outdoor sports, band, teen activities, access to walking / jogging / bicycling paths & trails and two municipal swimming pools. The Colony Pool is located in the Township and is open for membership to its residents and the surrounding towns. It has six tennis courts, a sand bottom pool, a playground and a full snack bar. The Borough has a municipal swimming pool which is located at Memorial Park and is open to residents only. Chatham also has three private swim and tennis clubs, a private country club with an 18 hole golf course and it’s own movie theater. In addition, there are two YMCA’s in neighboring Summit and Madison. Chatham is also home to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,800 acre national park of varied habitats and a key feeding and resting spot for migrating birds.
There are plenty of cultural opportunities including historical, art, garden and musical groups, as well as the facilities and programs provided through universities in neighboring towns. In addition, Chatham offers access to county, state and federal parks, many of which are within its borders or just a few minutes drive in any direction in surrounding towns. Among the town´s annual activities are: The Fishing Derby at Kelley´s Pond, the Fishawack Festival, The Fourth of July Parade and the Green Fair. Also, the Farmer’s Market operates at the Railroad Station between June and November, to allow the residents to purchase locally produced and grown goods, meat and fish, promoting the trade of locally made products.
Finding Homes For Sale in Chatham
The Borough offers many different housing options from traditional garden apartment living, to condos and townhomes spanning a wide price range, to small ranches, capes and colonials on smaller lots in a very suburban setting to grand Victorians for those seeking the ultimate in luxury estate living.
The Township was formerly known as a farming community and epitomizes small-town beauty in Morris County providing more spacious country living and a more suburban setting with larger homes and properties. Bucolic, tree-lined streets featuring Victorian and colonial residential architecture make Chatham an ideal community to raise a family.
As you can see, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township has something to fit everyone’s needs. Call me direct at (908) 267-2465, or email me at Bob@BobZorechakRealtor.com and I will be happy to discuss your specific requirements and find the right home for you.
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I also serve the surrounding towns in southern and western Morris County including the Long Valley (Washington Township), the Mendhams, Morris Township, Morristown and Madison as well as select towns in northern Somerset County including Peapack Gladstone, Far Hills, Bedminster, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge along with the Hunterdon County towns of Lebanon and Tewksbury Townships.
Chatham NJ Schools
The School District of the Chathams is a regional public school district serving the students of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township for grades K through 12. The highly ranked district is comprised of six schools and was designated by the State of New Jersey as a “Blue Ribbon” district in 2004. The schools are within walking distance of most households and provide an excellent education from kindergarten through high school. With a student population of approximately 3,500, the district is comprised of the following schools:
Elementary students (K-3) attend one of three neighborhood schools:
- Milton Avenue School – 16 Milton Avenue, Chatham
- Southern Boulevard School – 192 Southern Blvd. Chatham
- Washington Avenue School – 102 Washington Ave., Chatham
- Lafayette School (4-5) – 221 Lafayette Avenue, Chatham
- Chatham Middle School (6–8) – 480 Main Street, Chatham
- Chatham High School (9–12) – 255 Lafayette Street, Chatham
Chatham NJ Public School Links
Follow this Chatham NJ School Info link for more detailed information about each school in Chatham Township & Chatham Borough NJ, including nearby private school information.