About Short Hills NJ
There's a reason why Short Hills NJ homes for sale are in such high demand today. The community of Short Hills allows residents to take advantage of New York City while living in a quiet bedroom community removed from the noise and congestion of that metropolis.
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Short Hills is located within the township of Milburn in Essex County New Jersey. For years, Short Hills has been known as a bedroom community of New York City. That's because Short Hills sits about 25 miles from New York. This means that residents here can quickly access the shops, restaurants, theaters and extraordinary attractions of New York City. But it also means that these same residents can enjoy the serene and quaint nature of Short Hills as a balance to the high-energy demand of New York City.
The trip to the big city from Short Hills became even easier thanks to the opening of the Kearney Connection. This connection paved the way for the first direct rail service from Short Hills to Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan. This railway service has made the already attractive Short Hills more of a destination community. It has also helped boost the values of homes for sale in Short Hills NJ.
Boxcar Short Hills Train Station
Part of Short Hills' charm is its size. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, slightly more than 13,000 people called this community home. Children here attend four elementary schools for kindergarteners through fifth-graders. Once they leave the fifth grade, they attend Milburn Middle School and Milburn High School.
Though Short Hills is a small community, it doesn't lack for shops and restaurants. A key retail destination is the Mall at Short Hills, which includes such retailers as bebe, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor and Aritzia.
Short Hills also features a downtown business strip lined with both independent and brand-name retailers. Shoppers here can find baked goods, groceries, restaurants and beauty salons. There's even an Apple Store in this community.
Short Hills is also a haven for history buffs, largely because the community has its own interesting history. The area that would one day become Short Hills was originally part of Springfield Township. Some historians say that the area's hills -- Short Hills didn't get its name because it is flat! -- influenced the way George Washington moved his troops during the Battle of Springfield during the Revolutionary War.
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The city itself began as a planned community, which is one of the reasons today's homeowners find it so appealing. An investor named Stewart Hartshorn purchased 13 acres in what was Millburn Township. His goal was to create a community that merged nature with real estate, so property owners could enjoy the beauty of the New Jersey hills alongside their beautiful homes. Close proximity to the railroad ended up being an excellent choice, as it provided a means of commuting into the city as New York grew in importance.
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Hartshorn's commitment to preserving nature remains built into the community today. Residents can enjoy the beautiful Short Hills Park, which he established, and also benefit from the strips of land he preserved near the railroad. Today, nothing has been built on those strips with the exception of railway stations, providing a bit of a buffer between the noise of the trains and the residential communities.
While the community has built up quite a bit in recent years, especially after the opening of the Kearny Connection, which provides direct rail service to Midtown Manhattan, this dedication to natural beauty has remained important today.
It's not surprising, considering Short Hills' charm, amenities and ideal location near but not in New York City, that this small bedroom community has become such a hot spot for families, empty nesters and young couples alike.