Millburn/Short Hills covers an area of 10.5 square miles and has an approximate population of 20,000. Short Hills is an unincorporated section within Millburn and both parts of the town have access to the same services and public school system. Given its proximity to NYC (22 miles away) and access to Midtown Direct train lines, Millburn and Short Hills are recognized as outstanding commuter towns. In addition, Millburn Township schools are recognized nationally for their excellence and are consistently rated at the very top of public school systems in the US.
The Millburn Township Public Schools are consistently rated at the very top of NJ and National public schools. There are 5 public schools, 1 Middle School and 1 High School. Residents send their children to one of the 5 elementary schools and then all students go to a single Middle and High School. Beginning in September 2017, all 5th grade students will attend a centralized 5th grade academy in the newly purchased Washington School which is adjacent to the high school.
Elementary Schools (K-5)
South Mountain School
Middle School (6-8)
Millburn Middle School
Millburn High School (9-12)
In addition to the outstanding public schools, there are many private schools in the immediate area including Far Brook School (N-8), Pingry School (Lower School, K-6) and St. Rose of Lima (PreK-8). In addition, there are more than 15 pre-schools in the immediate area.
Commuting to NYC and Hoboken
The township has Midtown Direct service as well as service to Hoboken leaving from 2 stations – the Short Hills station and the Millburn station. Residents can purchase a Commuter Parking permit for an annual fee of $560 and there is no waiting list. There is parking at both stations. Millburn station has additional parking at the adjacent parking deck. There are also daily parking spaces available.
Millburn/Short Hills has a vibrant downtown area with excellent restaurants, shops and personal service businesses. In addition, the highly acclaimed Short Hills Mall is never more than a 5-10 minute drive away. The Papermill Playhouse, which won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, is walking distance from downtown Millburn.
Parks abound with many homes within walking distance to the South Mountain Reservation (2,100 acres), Gero Park (36 acres) or Taylor Park (14 acres). In addition, there are multiple smaller parks and playgrounds, a Par 3 golf course, Municipal Pool, Tennis and Paddle Courts. The Township Recreation Department runs a variety of sports leagues for children year-round. In addition, there are many private country clubs in the area.
Millburn/Short Hills has a rich history dating back to the 1660s when the Elizabethtown and Newark settlements included what is now Millburn Township. In the late 1800’s, Millburn underwent a transformation due to its location and access to transportation. At that time, Millburn and Short Hills were developed. In fact, Short Hills was the first planned commuter suburb in America, the brainchild of Stewart Hartshorn, the inventor of the spring roller shade. The area today that is known as “Old Short Hills” was the land originally purchased by Hartshorn in 1877 which consists of undulating hills, streams and a forest of chestnut trees. He laid out the roads to follow the contours of the land and maintained as many of the trees as possible. He also employed some of the premier architects of the time to build the original Hartshorn homes which still stand today.