Centered on its historic Green, a 2.5 acre town square public park, the Town of Morristown is a socially and ethnically diverse community offering a wide range of amenities to residents and visitors alike. An ideal alternative to the high prices of New York and points further to the east in New Jersey, Morristown has become the preferred choice to homebuyers seeking a culture rich, semi-urban, pedestrian environment with excellent transit options to NYC, Newark, and other major employment hubs. For those fortunate to work closer to home, some of the top employers located within the immediate area include among others: AT&T, Atlantic Health, Colgate-Palmolive, Bayer, Met-Life, Honeywell, JCP&L/First Energy and Verizon.
A state-designated “regional center,” Morristown is the county seat of Morris County, the home of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morris County Courthouse and many other county offices and high rise buildings. It is considered by many to be the cultural, social, commercial and entertainment hub of the county. Morristown’s resident population of 18,544 includes people of a wide variety of economic means, and many different ethnic groups who both live and visit on a daily basis to work, shop, go to medical offices and the hospital, conduct business at county offices, eat in restaurants or enjoy the nightlife and many cultural attractions.
Morristown is totally surrounded geographically by the separate municipality of Morris Township, which has a more suburban and semi-rural feel to it. These towns share a school district, a library and various youth sports leagues. Many departments of the two municipalities also cooperate in the provision of local services.
Ideally located, Morristown is easily accessible to all major commuter highways including Routes 10, 24, 78, 80, 202 & 287. NYC is just 30 miles away with excellent public transportation available via bus and train from either one of the local train stations (Morristown or Convent Station). The Morristown Train Station offers direct service to both Hoboken (40 minutes away) and NY Penn Station (57 minutes away) via the NJ Transit Morristown Line. Passengers taking the Hoboken train can switch to the PATH to reach NYC. Passengers can transfer at Newark Broad Street or Summit to reach the other destination if necessary. The Morristown Parking Authority provides ample downtown parking for motorists making Morristown a destination. A local, regional airport is also located just minutes away (Morristown Municipal Airport) and Newark Liberty International Airport is only 22 miles away.
Morristown is also home to some of New Jersey’s finest restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, performing arts theaters, art galleries, museums, antiquing, shopping of all kinds along with excellent public and private schools and a first rate medical center (Morristown Memorial Hospital). In addition, the town has a wide variety of parks and recreational areas, including national, county, municipal, and private parklands, which offer a range of recreational opportunities to meet the needs of all residents. Morristown’s Historic District features many Victorian-era homes, including that of famed political cartoonist Thomas Nast. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Morristown one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” In and around Morristown are numerous historic attractions and museums – Washington’s Headquarters, MacCulloch Hall Museum and Gardens, the Morris County Historical Society’s Acorn Hall, Historic Speedwell Village, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the Morris Museum, to name a few.
Other attractions include a bustling downtown featuring The Morristown Community Theater, which offers a full slate of “international and nationally known acts,” local and children’s events, along with dozens of restaurants offering every choice of cuisine from casual to fine dining, specialty shops, boutiques, department stores and more. The nearest shopping malls are Livingston Mall and the upscale Short Hills Mall, which are just minutes away.
Morristown became characterized as “the military capital of the American Revolution” because of its strategic role in the war for independence from Great Britain. Today, this history is visible in a variety of locations throughout the town that collectively make up Morristown National Historic Park. George Washington really did sleep here, for Morristown served as his headquarters for two different winter encampments during the Revolutionary War and proved extremely valuable in the fight against British forces.
Finding Homes For Sale in Morristown
While Morristown is steeped in historical heritage it is also a town on the move looking forward towards the future. Despite the national and regional economic climate, Morristown has experienced a significant renaissance in recent years. Several major redevelopment projects have already been completed with others underway that will result in the availability of over 500 new luxury townhouse and condominium units along with 70,000 square feet of retail space, in addition to expanded parking facilities, all within walking distance to the newly renovated train station, downtown and the famous Morristown Green. Buyers looking to move or relocate to Morristown have plenty of options from one bedroom condos and townhomes starting in the $300,000’s upwards to $2,000,000 for the higher end luxury penthouse units.
All of these recent projects compliment the existing housing stock of classic single and multi-family Victorian and Colonial architecture in such a way that adds to the overall diversity and choices that are available to many buyers seeking to re-locate or move-up. Regardless of what type of housing you are looking for, in-town, close to town or just further out, the Morristown/Morris Township area should be at the top of your list.
As you can see, Morristown 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 Morristown, Morris Township, Madison, the Chathams 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 and western 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.
Morristown NJ Schools
The Morris School District serves the communities of Morristown and Morris Township (pre-K through high school) and Morris Plains (grades 9-12) by providing a supportive and challenging educational environment for a total student population of approximately 4,800. Within the District there is one preschool, three primary schools (K-2), three intermediate schools (3-5), one multiage magnet school (K-5), one middle school (6-8), and one high school.
In addition to the pre-K-12 program, the Morris School District operates an innovative Community School that offers an extensive adult school curriculum for lifelong learners. The Community School also provides a nurturing before and after-school childcare program, Sunrise Sunset, for Morris School District children of busy parents. Housed in each of the District’s elementary schools, Sunrise Sunset offers a safe, supportive and supervised environment in which boys and girls can work and play before and after school. The Community School’s ever-popular summer program, Summer Plus, provides children with an active, enjoyable, and local alternative to summer camp.
All 520 of Morris School District certificated staff members meet the New Jersey standard of “Highly Qualified” teacher. Faculty include classroom teachers, special education teachers, child study team members, guidance counselors, enrichment/”gifted & talented” teachers, nurses, library/media specialists, art teachers, and ELL teachers.
The average elementary class size is 18. Class sizes at the middle school and high school level vary depending upon the subject. For example, a high school Advanced Placement physics class may have as few as 13 students while a social studies class may have 20 or more.
Morristown High School Class of 2010:
- There were 365 graduates in the Class of 2010
- 93% of the graduating class were accepted to 4-year or 2-year colleges/universities (72% 4-year colleges/universities; 21% two-year colleges).
- 12 National Merit Commended Students
- 1 National AP Scholar (average AP score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more of these exams)
- 12 AP Scholars with Distinction (average scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams)
- 13 AP Scholars with Honor (a score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.)
- 20 AP Scholars (attained scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams)
- Members of the Class of 2010 were accepted to colleges and universities throughout country. Included among these are: Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Princeton, Boston College, Duke, College of William and Mary, Holy Cross, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Morristown NJ Public School Links
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