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Westfield is a prosperous community with beautiful residential neighborhoods and an appealing downtown. The town is noted for it's broad, tree-lined streets, stately homes, and manicured properties. Residents are proud of its rich history and colonial heritage. Civic mindedness and volunteerism characterize the community, which is also noted for its excellent school system and convenient commute to New York City.
The picturesque downtown offers a variety of specialty shops and boutiques, along with mall-drawn stores such as the Lord & Taylor, Gap, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic. It is also enhanced by a number of coffeehouses and delicious eateries - some with alfresco dining. With over 200 retail establishments and 400 commercial enterprise, Westfield is a regional destination in NJ. Many lush parks and golf courses are located in town or nearby.There are many churches and synagogues, as well as a movie theater. Community programs and services abound, such as the Westfield YMCA ,the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, and the NJ Workshop of Fine Arts. There are numerous public playgrounds and tennis courts maintained by the town, as well as several swim clubs.Tamaques,Mindowaskin, and nearby Echo Lake Park offer trails for walking, jogging, and biking, and ample grounds for picnicing and family gatherings.
Here's a fact of interest to parents - Westfield Schools scored a "9 out of 10" rating from greatschools.com.
A collective pride in the past and an energy for the future make Westfield a very sought after community, as evidenced in the real estate prices which range from the mid $300,000's to $4,000,000. Westfield offers its residents the attractions of fine suburban living close to the advantages of metropolitan New York.
Many Westfield NJ homes reflect the style and the ambience of the community. Meticulously maintained properties feature mature landscaping. Architectural styles range from Colonial to Cape Cod and from Georgian to Victorian. Luxury estates often include 5-7 bedrooms and 4,000 to 7,000 sq-ft of space. Many two and three bedroom Westfield homes of more modest size are offered as well.
Niche named Westfield #10 in it's 2018 "Best Places to Live". It also ranked Westfield #6 in NJ on it's "Best Suburbs" list, and #14 on it's NJ "Best Suburbs to Raise a Family". Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
Westfield's downtown area has quite a heritage in that it was first settled in 1720. Westfield went on to become incorporated in 1798. Westfield's history is celebrated at the Miller-Cory House, a home built in 1740. The Corys and the Millers were rural farmers who enjoyed life on the popular route from New York City to Philadelphia. Today, the historic home has become a "living museum" that features trained artisans recreating life as it was centuries ago. Watch food prepared at the open hearth, and learn about the arts and crafts of the day. Revel in the fun and fellowship of the "Bee," a distinct way of celebrating the sowing and the harvesting of the crops in colonial America.
Westfield has many parks, including Brightwood Park, Elm Street Field and the Memorial Park Pool Complex. It is also the home of Echo Lake Country Club, a private club that opened in 1928. This 18-hole course is the creation of famed golf course architect Donald Ross. The par 72 course measures 6,709 yards from the longest tees. Echo Lake plays to a slope of 128.
Westfield is home to an active arts community. There's a youth theater, a community theater, art galleries and the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the second largest orchestra in the state. Each September, the community hosts the "Treasure Hunt and Sweets Galore" event. Face painting, a scavenger hunt, and a dessert tasting are all included in the day's festivities.
The Westfield Community Players have been bringing live theater to owners of Westfield real estate since 1934. Musicals, comedies, and dramas all make it on to the marquee as the seasons unfold. Young, aspiring actors can gain valuable experience with the Westfield Youth Theater. The Digiplex Rialto Movie Theater on Broad Street combines a beautifully renovated classic theater with the latest digital projection technology.
For 17 years now, Tuesday evenings in August bring jazz to music lovers in the downtown shopping district. The "Sweet Sounds Downtown" Jazz Festival is a popular event. It brings residents to a downtown area rich in shopping possibilities, from Lord & Taylor to locally-owned boutiques. The Westfield Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1983. Since then, it has grown to become the second largest New Jersey orchestra. This premier orchestra performs across the state and at Carnegie Hall.
Westfield maintains all that is pleasing about a small community while enjoying the sophistication of a more cosmopolitan area. Come see for yourself why so many people love to call Westfield home. For information on available Westfield homes, call Gina today! I would love to be your Westfield realtor! Please contact me if you would like area demographics and school reports--I'd be happy to forward them to you! Call me at 908-917-4577. Making Moves Happen!