Arts. Convenience. Culture. Diversity. Vibrancy. What’s not to love?
CNN Money named Montclair one of the Best Places to Live in the small town category in 2011. Montclair has also been recognized as one of the top 10 affordable suburbs in the New York metro area by New York Magazine. Although the median household income in Montclair is $95,696 and the median sale price of homes is $621,000, for those with more than twice as much or less than half as much to spend, there are a variety of selections. Whether looking for an apartment, a single family home, an income from renting a multifamily unit, or an elegant mansion, there is something for everyone. Many of the homes are historic; some are breathtaking, making Montclair a charming place to live for its 37,669 residents.
Montclair is also known for its convenience. A commuter’s dream where the suburb meets the city, there are seven train stations that head to New York Penn Station and two separate bus lines. The #33 and #66 DeCamp buses take commuters to Port Authority and the #11 and #34 New Jersey Transit buses are destined for Newark Penn Station. Highways such as the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Route 46 and Route 3, I-80 and 280 are minutes away.
For shopping, and business needs, Montclair residents often find what they are looking for right in their own neighborhood. Whether working in a budget or in the mood to splurge, there are options from high end boutiques to consignment stores. Furthermore, thanks to an influx of immigrants over many centuries and a strong influence from an artist colony in the 1800’s, Montclair has become an artistic and “cultural oasis” as described by New York Magazine. Diners' palates are always stimulated with numerous selections, such as Peruvian, Ethiopian, Brazilian, British, and French cuisine. Entertainment abounds with local and national artists showcased at the Montclair Art Museum and the Wellmont Theater. Independent and Hollywood blockbuster film lovers enjoy evenings at one of two Bow Tie (formerly Clearview) Cinema locations. There are also annual festivals to enjoy, such as a jazz festival, film festival, and an arts and crafts festival.
Craving a break from city life? Montclair is home to many parks and nature reserves such as Edgemont Memorial Park, Essex Park, Glenfield Park, Nishuane Park, Rand Park, Graz Park, Canterbury Park, Watchung Park, Eagle Rock Reservation, Brookdale Park, Anderson Park, Yantacaw Brook Park, the Bonsal Nature Reserve, Mountainside Park, the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, and Mills Reservation. In total, Montclair has 153.86 acres of township park land spread around 18 parks and 123.76 acres of county park land consisting of five parks. There are also 18 public tennis courts, four skating rinks (two of which are indoor), and three public swimming pools, which are the Mountainside pool, the Nishuane pool and the Essex pool.
For families in Montclair, the Magnet School system provides education options such as Montessori, a school with a focus on Language Arts, or for the Gifted and Talented. As for private schools, there are a variety of parochial and secular options, as well as schools dedicated to children and young adults with special needs. Also, Montclair State University is the second largest public university in New Jersey. With about 18,000 students, it offers numerous programs to students and the community, including continuing education for adults, classes for children, and public events.
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