A perfect blend of suburban living and urban convenience, Livingston is a town with a strong focus on volunteerism, the arts, education and land preservation. A town named after the first Governor of New Jersey, William Livingston, its historic roots run deep. The promise of future growth is also solid with a steadily increasing population which has reached 29,366 residents.
Just over 20 miles from New York City, Livingston is a convenient place to live. Route 10, I-280 and Route 24 connect commuters with other major highways, such as I-80, I-78, and the Garden State Parkway. Community Coach #77 takes passengers to Port Authority in New York City, while NJ Transit services Newark on the #70, 71 and 73 bus routes. Another option for residents is the Livingston Express Shuttle which transports passengers in 15 minutes between the Livingston Mall and the South Orange train station.
Livingston spans just over 17 square miles with 25% of that land zoned to be preserved in its natural conditions. This includes approximately 470 acres of parks with passive hiking trails. The town is in planning stages to build connecting paths, as well as biking and hiking trails to join the parks and their facilities. Many of the parks and their amenities, such as swimming pools, playgrounds, soccer fields, and tennis courts, are based around the schools. Shopping opportunities in Livingston are many and varied. There are several neighborhood shopping areas with local stores and restaurants, and the Livingston Mall provides convenient access to many stores that have a nationwide presence, such as Macys, Lord & Taylor and Sears.
In Livingston, close to 60% of the taxes collected go towards its public education. In 2014, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, ranked Livingston High School the 24th best in NJ. In 2013, it was ranked 9th in New Jersey by Newsweek Magazine’s evaluation of “America’s Best High Schools”. For families that prefer private or parochial school, there many choices - Aquinas Academy, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, The Tzedek School, and Newark Academy. And Livingston Chinese School and Livingston Huaxia Chinese School are weekend language schools that utilize space in the public schools
The arts and global culture intersect in Livingston. The Livingston Symphony Orchestra, operating since 1960, is currently directed by a globally renowned artist, Istvan Jaray. New Jersey Ballet is a globally recognized ballet company, with headquarters in Livingston. Livingston Community Players, a community-based theater organization, has received Perry Awards from New Jersey Association of Community Theaters. Since 2007, the Children's Theatre of Livingston has staged performances by children in grades 2-8. Riker Hill Art Park, a noteworthy and popular destination in Livingston, was formerly a military base. In the 70’s, the army sold the land to the county for $1. Today, the park is home to outdoor sculptures and studio spaces for artists practicing a variety of mediums such as ceramics, painting, woodworking and glass blowing.
In terms of housing in Livingston, buyers will find a variety of styles to choose from, such as new or updated contemporary homes, charming colonials, cozy cape cods, and townhouses. The town’s average sale price is approximately $636,566. Livingston provides grants based on income requirements to residents in its Home Improvement Program to remodel or repair their homes.
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