Chester Borough & Chester Township – Nestled in the foothills of southwest Morris County, the Borough of Chester is a 1.6 square mile village centered on a main street lined with specialty shops, older homes, and historic buildings and sits at the crossroads of two major roadways, Route 24 and Route 206. Several viable options in surrounding towns are available for commuters wishing to to take the bus or train to NYC. County Road 513 passes through the town with Interstates 78 & 80 just minutes away in neighboring towns. Newark Liberty International Airport is just 35 miles away.
Widely known for its distinctive charm, Chester Borough draws many visitors from all over the state, near and far, who enjoy a day in the country atmosphere, whether shopping or dining downtown or visiting local farms. There is a beautiful neighborhood park in the borough (Grove Street Park) which is surrounded by restored Victorians, Colonials, Capes, and some ranch style homes.
When the weekend comes, crowds of shoppers, both residents and visitors alike, are a common sight along the Borough’s bustling Main Street, which boasts more than 100 shops noted for their variety and quality of merchandise. Because the stores in Chester Borough are small, privately owned businesses, shoppers find high-quality service in a wide variety of areas such as antique stores, galleries and boutiques. The Historic Chester Business Association sponsors many events throughout the year to draw shoppers to the merchants’ doors. The most popular events are the Spring and the Fall Craft Shows. For the past few years, the Chester Craft Show has been ranked as one of the top craft shows in the country. The two-day event annually draws more than 60,000 attendees and more than 350 high-quality artisans and craftsmen.
The surrounding Chester Township is a 29.3 square mile residential community made up of farms, estates, and attractive housing developments. Recent growth in the area has been stimulated by the location of several large corporate facilities, however, zoning policies and selective development have sought to preserve the rural character of the area. The two sister municipalities share a rich historical heritage, which is still evident in the many remaining older structures, both residential and commercial. The quiet village life and quaint country charm still emanate from the streets and storefronts even though both the Township and the Borough have experienced the growing pains associated with a modern suburban community. With more than 8,000 residents, Chester Township continues to emphasize the preservation of open space, with more than 30 percent of its land designated as such. Most of the town’s undeveloped land falls under large-lot zoning in an attempt to protect it from encroaching urbanization.
The Township is blessed with many parks that stand as a testament to Chester’s dedication to open space preservation. Its busiest park, Chubb Park, was donated to the Township by the Chubb Family. Located on Route 24, this 85 acre facility features athletic fields, tennis courts, softball fields, children’s playground, soccer fields and ice skating pond with shelter. Two championship caliber soccer fields, a little league field and a swimming complex have recently been built at the Black River Fields Complex on North Road. Another example is Tiger Brook Park, which was purchased with the assistance of the New Jersey Green Acres Program in 1980. This 270-acre preserve contains a 10-acre reservoir for fishing.
Within the Township itself are three sites operated by the Morris County Park Commission: Willowwood Arboretum, Bamboo Brook, and Cooper Mill on the Black River. As an integral part of Chester’s history, the Cooper Grist Mill, which is listed on both the state and national register of historic sites, hosts activities and events for the public throughout the year. Also within the Township is Hacklebarney State Park.
Agri-tourism has also become a mainstay in Chester with area farms selling the freshest fruits and vegetables found anywhere in NJ including luscious berries, apples, peaches, strawberries, vegetables and baked goods. Shoppers can choose to visit places like Alstede’s Farm, Hacklebarney Farm & Cider Mill, Riamede Farm and Stoney Hill Gardens & Farm Market and pick their own or just enjoy all of the wonderful produce from these farms.
The two municipalities share other common bonds in addition to the school system. These include the public library, an active athletic association, a theater in the round, swimming pool facility and many civic organizations. Residents also have ready access to nearby colleges, hospitals, shopping centers, and cultural & recreational facilities located in surrounding Morris and Somerset County towns.
The Chesters are distinct municipalities served by three joint services: the Chester Volunteer Fire Company, the Chester Volunteer First Aid Squad, and the Chester Public Library.
Finding Homes For Sale in Chester
Chester features a wide variety of housing options from modest capes, ranches, colonials, Victorians and luxury town homes in the borough to newer construction colonials, farm homes, and luxury estate properties in the township.
As you can see, Chester 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. For listings in Chester Township or Chester Borough or anywhere in Morris or parts of Somerset or Hunterdon County simply use the search tools located on the right side of this page.
All listings are updated throughout the day so be sure to come back often for the most current information. If you are unable to find what you are looking for using the search functions on this website, or you are looking for a home that is unique with specific features, feel free to contact me direct and let me know exactly what they are. My colleagues and I preview all kinds of properties each week and will be sure to identify just what you are looking for. In addition, my office often features “exclusive” listings that are not released to the public that might be of interest to you as well. I will be glad to answer all of your questions and arrange to show you the homes of your choice at a time convenient to your schedule.
I also serve the surrounding towns in southern Morris County including the Long Valley (Washington Township), the Mendhams, Morris Township, Morristown, Madison and the Chathams 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.
Chester Borough & Chester Township NJ Schools
Students in grades K-8 attend the Chester Township Public Schools District together with children from Chester Borough. Schools in the district are Dickerson Elementary School (K-2) with 413 students, Bragg Intermediate School (3-5)with 465 students, and Black River Middle School (5-8) with 499 students. Dickerson and Bragg Schools are located on County Route 510, east of Chester Borough; Black River Middle School is on County Route 513 (North Road), north of Chester Borough.
Students in public school for grades 9 through 12 in both communities attend West Morris Mendham High School located on East Main St. in Mendham Borough, and is part of the West Morris Regional High School District, which serves students from the surrounding Morris County school districts of Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township and Washinton Township (Long Valley).
Chester NJ Public School Links
Follow this Chester NJ School Info link for more detailed information about each school in Chester NJ, including nearby private school information.