Nestled between the rolling hills of The Caldwells and cosmopolitan towns closer to the city, Verona is the best of both worlds. It is a town with a true “hometown” feel, a spirit of community, and a long history of family run businesses. With convenient access to transportation and plenty of outdoor recreation, this town of 13,332 was rated #1 in Essex County and #3 in “Top Places to Live in New Jersey” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
In Verona, transportation options are convenient. I-80, I-280 and the Garden State Parkway are only a few minutes away. NJ Transit trains are a short drive to Montclair and parking passes may be available for purchase. DeCamp bus line #33 runs to Manhattan and NJ Transit lines #11, #29, and #75 head toward Newark.
Another attractive feature of Verona is the variety in housing options, from condos, single or multifamily traditional style homes to those with a more contemporary feel and floor plan. Verona has something to suit any renter’s or buyer’s preference. Sales prices are currently on the rise in Verona, making it one of the strongest housing markets in West Essex County, with an average sale price at $364,100.
The quality of education for children is outstanding in both the public and private systems. Three schools in the public school district have earned the highest honor possible from the New Jersey Department of Education with a “Star School” award. The district as a whole has been honored with the “Best Practice Award” for implementation of exemplary and/or innovative strategies. Our Lady of the Lake, a private Catholic pre-K-8 school, was nationally recognized in 2011 with a Blue Ribbon Schools Program. It was one of 13 schools recognized in New Jersey and 1 of 305 nationwide.
Verona is a town that values its own resources. For example, with a staff of over 60 firefighters, Verona is home to one of the largest volunteer-only fire departments in Essex County. A few years ago, after a storm destroyed trees and branches, the town mulched the debris and used it to build a meadow. True to the industrious history of Verona, in the 1800’s, a lake was constructed to fuel a grist mill. Years later, the Olmstead brothers, who designed Central Park, transformed it into what is now Verona Park, the 5th largest park in Essex County. Now the lake is equipped with a boating and fishing dock and is a popular place for swimming and ice skating. Surrounding the lake are a 1.2 mile trail, tennis courts, bocce courts, playgrounds and the space is occasionally utilized for town festivals.
If this is the kind of town where you would like to make yourself at home, please contact our team of community experts. We look forward to helping you find the right place for you and the lifestyle you desire.