Madison, New Jersey is a town in Morris County with an elegant blend of history and modern convenience. It was named after President, James Madison, and nicknamed, “The Rose City”. The Morris and Essex train lines that were built post-Civil War provided access to Manhattan markets, making Madison an ideal location for commuting and commerce. These conditions drew talented horticulturists, a large working class, and wealthy entrepreneurs to create a flourishing rose growing industry.
Nearly 100 years ago, philanthropists, Marcellus Hartley Dodge and Emma Rockefeller Dodge adorned the town’s train line with an impressive station. In recent years, the picture perfect downtown area surrounding it has been sought after as the scene for movies such as Guess Who, with Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac and The World According to Garp, with Robin Williams and Glenn Close.
For the commuter desiring respite away from the bustling city, Madison is a commuter’s delight. The town is a four square mile, peaceful haven with only 16,000 residents. The train ride to midtown is about an hour and taxes are much lower than neighboring commuter towns, which is music to the homeowners’ ear. Housing stock is varied in style and price. Predominantly colonials, the town is interspersed with Victorians, brick 1950’s and ‘60’s homes, and new construction as well. The median sale price of homes in Madison is $626,000.
Meandering the downtown area, residents find restaurants, quaint shops, art galleries, and small businesses lining the street. Fresh produce and goods are available at the weekly farmers market between June and October. Bottle Hill Day, an annual two day street festival brings entertainment, food, and plenty of shopping. The name of the event is a tribute to the pre-Revolutionary War name of the area we now know as Madison. World-class jazz performances, guest lectures and artists are found in Madison throughout the year. Drew University, one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, is a regular site for these types of events.
For exercise enthusiasts and families with children, there are many outdoor recreation facilities to enjoy such as little league baseball and softball fields, picnic areas, a soccer field and playgrounds. The community pool, golf course and ice skating rink are popular. The sidewalks, bikeways, and connections give access to two major Morris County Park/path systems, the Giralda Farms perimeter walking/jogging path, or to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Madison public schools are excellent and rank 26th in the state. There are three elementary schools, one middle school and high school. In 2011-12, Torey J. Sabatini elementary school was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as a “Reward” school due to “High Performance”. Saint Vincent Martyr School offers parochial school education for pre-K through 8.
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