Madison Borough is a small suburban community located in the southeast portion of Morris County and occupies an area of 4 square miles with a population of 16,000. It borders on five other municipalities including the Townships of Harding, Morris and Chatham and the Boroughs of Florham Park and Chatham. Morristown and Summit are nearby, in the northwest and southeast respectively.
The Morris and Essex Line of New Jersey Transit serves Madison, with midtown-direct service to New York’s Penn Station in about 50 minutes and also to 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 Madison 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 Madison and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. Morris County Metro & New Jersey Transit provides local bus service. Access to Madison from New York and all points north, south and west by auto is readily available on nearby Interstate highway Routes 78, 287, 80 and 280, as well as by New Jersey Route 24. Newark-Liberty International Airport, with direct flights throughout the world, is about 15 miles (25 Minutes) from Madison. Nearby Morristown Municipal Airport provides corporate and individual private flight services.
The borough is known for its upper-middle class prosperity with neatly kept Victorian-era wood frame houses and a short stretch of stately mansions along Route 124, once known as Millionaires’ Row. Madison’s downtown area is one of the few thriving central business districts in the State. It is supported by a Downtown Development Commission and a Downtown Manager. The Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which includes much of “downtown” as well as Borough Hall and the recently renovated gothic train station, is on the State Register of Historic Places. The charming downtown district presents dozens of specialty shops and boutiques, fine and casual dining, retail shopping, small businesses and its own movie theater. A multicultural delight, Madison offers a smorgasbord of restaurants to satisfy any appetite and budget. Whether you’re in the mood for Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Indian, Mexican or classic American, Madison is well-stocked with wine shops, haute cuisine, delicatessens, gourmet coffee shops, diners and pizzerias.
Large national chain stores are located nearby along NJ Route 10 in East Hanover. 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, Chatham, and Morristown also offer downtown shopping. Hotels serving Madison include the Madison Hotel, and the Dolce Hamilton Park hotel located on Park Avenue, between the Fairleigh Dickinson University and Saint Elizabeth’s College campus back gates. Other major brand hotels are located in nearby Morristown, Short Hills and along Route 10 in Whippany and Parsippany.
Though Madison today could be characterized as a “bedroom community”, since most of its citizens work out of town, it has a special character generated by an ethnically diverse population, a wide range of housing types, the influence of local universities, and its unique historical development. The Borough is also home of Drew University, the Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison-Florham Park Campus and the College of St. Elizabeth immediately adjacent which gives the town somewhat of a “college like” atmosphere. Madison’s centrally situated historic downtown business district and train station emphasize an ambiance that tells the first-time visitor that this is a livable, friendly and pedestrian community. Most downtown structures support ground floor retail space with residential living and office space above. Residents find they can walk to their neighbors, stores, church, school, cultural venues and parks and public transportation.
Madison offers many convenient fitness and recreation options for residents of all ages, including 101 acres of parks and fields, sidewalks, bikeways, connections to two major Morris County Park/path systems, access to the Giralda Farms perimeter walking/jogging path, access to Drew University campus and access to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The facilities also include playgrounds and outdoor tennis and basketball courts, an ice skating rink, outdoor swimming at the Madison Community Pool and indoor swimming at the YMCA. Indoor facilities include the school gymnasiums, the YMCA’s extensive facilities, the Madison Community House and private fitness businesses. Fitness and recreation programs are provided by the Borough of Madison Recreation, Senior Citizens and Health Departments as well as by the schools, the YMCA and private businesses throughout the year. The adult school of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park offers a wide range of beginning sport and fitness classes for adults in the spring and fall. Madison is a walking, biking and running community. Members of the Rose City Steppers, part of the Fitness Coalition, meet year-round for walks through residential neighborhoods and the business district. Walking and biking trails are maintained through Loantaka Park, connecting Madison to Green Village and in quiet areas connecting Madison to Morristown. There is one golf course in Madison, the private, nine-hole Madison Golf Club, and five other courses (both private and public) in the immediate area.
Annual civic events include Bottle Hill Day (first Saturday in October) which celebrates Madison’s cultural heritage. It features local merchant sidewalk displays and outside dining. Residents, businesses and community organizations join together to celebrate and enjoy a day full of shopping, entertainment and family fun. Le Bazar de Noel, takes place in early November (a shopping, dining, craft and baked goods fundraiser to support the GFWC Thursday Morning Club’s Madison Community House) and May Day (first day in May) is also celebrated with a street fair. The borough also hosts several holiday parades throughout the year including a Halloween, Veteran’s Day and a parade welcoming Santa to town.
Madison is known as a community with strong educational, cultural and historical amenities including New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the Playwright’s Theater of New Jersey, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, and the Adult School of Chatham, Madison, and Florham Park. The Free Public Library of the Borough of Madison is exceptional for a community of Madison’s size and is widely regarded as one of the finest small community public libraries in New Jersey.
Madison’s major businesses include Pfizer, Verizon, Maersk, Quest Diagnostics and Bausch & Lomb Global Pharmaceuticals. Other major employers include Drew University and the Madison Area YMCA. There are no major industrial properties in Madison. All of the major corporate residents above, except Verizon, are located in the Giralda Farms Corporate Campus, a 384-acre property located near Madison’s western edge. Giralda Farms, part of the estate of the late Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, is a heavily wooded and gated campus, and is one of New Jersey’s finest corporate environments. Commencing in 1982, a master plan and infrastructure were put in place to attract the corporate offices of Fortune 500 companies. The Madison part of the campus is fully developed, except for one parcel approved for a 436,000-square-foot office building. The Giralda Farms corporate campus is located within the larger Route 24 Corridor sub-market, which extends from Short Hills to Madison and includes Chatham and Florham Park. This sub-market, which is known for its abundance of first-class amenities, is regarded as one of the most desirable sub-markets in New Jersey.
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Madison’s nickname, “The Rose City,” remains today as it celebrates the cultural roots and ethnic diversity that still define many of the Madison neighborhoods. Older neighborhoods, rich in texture and character, boast an eclectic architectural collection of homes. A wide variety in housing sizes and styles are available, including picturesque pre-Revolutionary War cottages, Industrial period homes, Gilded Age mansions, turn-of-the-century Arts & Crafts bungalows, post World War II garden apartments and neo-Colonial construction.
There is a tree-lined, well-manicured Madison neighborhood to suit any taste. While the Hill section, south of downtown, contains some of Madison’s most expensive building stock, the Orchard section to the southwest is a close-knit enclave of Madison families that have expanded their homes with each new generation. The North Street area boasts of large tracts of land and gardens and mixed streetscapes of multi-family and single-family homes, where ethnic pride and traditions are evident.
To the west, the Fairwoods section (bordered by Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University) was developed in the Arts & Crafts style. The section began in the early 1900s as the town’s first planned development, with its companion Ardsleigh subdivision of ranch-style homes following in the 1950s. The Bottle Hill Historic District (west of the downtown and running the length of Ridgedale Avenue) is Madison’s oldest street and contains a virtual catalogue of American architecture from the 1730s to the 1980s. The bulk of the housing to the west of this area was developed post-1950. As more young families relocate in Madison to raise their children, local residents witness many architecturally designed and Borough-approved remodeled and rebuilt homes. At the same time, condominium and apartment units are providing housing for “empty nesters” and seniors who choose to relocate either closer to the Borough center and train station or in tree-covered residential planned developments.
As you can see, Madison 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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Madison NJ Schools
There is a strong public school system, which maintains relatively small class sizes and a broad curriculum. There are three elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school. The high school is also attended by students from nearby Harding Township. In addition, St. Vincent Martyr Church operates a parochial elementary school in Madison. Elementary students attend one of three neighborhood public schools:
Kings Road School – 215 Kings Road, Madison
Central Avenue School – 50 Central Avenue, Madison
Torey J. Sabatini School – 359 Woodland Road, Madison
Early adolescents attend the Madison Junior School located at 160 Main Street, Madison and high school students attend Madison High School located at 170 Ridgedale Avenue in Madison. The district also maintains a receiving relationship with the neighboring community of Harding, whereby its high school students attend Madison High School.
Madison NJ Public School Links
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