Why would you live in Westfield? The better question is why wouldn’t you live in Westfield? The suburb is 6.719 square miles with a small town feel and so much to offer. Westfield was originally formed as a township in 1794 making it one of New Jersey’s first 104 townships. And one of the safest at that, Westfield is safer than 75% of the cities in the United States with its own police and fire department. The gorgeous town has been home to people like Chris Christie, Billy Ard, and even Langston Hughes.
Westfield real estate offers a range of homes including townhouses, condos, single and multi-family homes ranging from $200,000 up to in the millions, but mainly focuses on beautiful high-end homes in the million-dollar range.
Westfield has a great school system. Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, McKinley, Tamaques, and Wilson are all elementary schools for students in first through fifth grade. Thomas Alva Edison and Roosevelt are both intermediate schools for sixth through eighth graders. Lastly, all high school students attend Westfield High School. If you’re looking to further your education, Union County College is nearby. Also, Seton Hall University is only 8 miles away and Kean University is only 7 miles away.
Working in Westfield
The unemployment rate in Westfield as of September 2015 is only 3.9% with many opportunities to work locally. If you already have or wish to have a job in New York City, Westfield is the perfect place to commute from, being only 35 minutes away by car. New Jersey Transit offers a route from Westfield Train Station to Newark Penn Station with a connecting route to New York Penn Station, which takes only 50 minutes. New Jersey Transit also provides bus routes from multiple places in Westfield to Port Authority in Manhattan averaging from 45 minutes to an hour. Another plus if you’re traveling, Newark International Airport is only 20 minutes away from Westfield.
Downtown and Other Historical Attractions
Westfield isn’t just for families; all residents of any age, gender, or ethnicity can enjoy the Downtown portion of Westfield. Downtown Westfield offers over 40 restaurants and eateries of all different types and cultures as well as over 200 retail establishments and 400 commercial enterprises. Westfield’s downtown is so intriguing that a few of its landmarks have been featured on NBC’s show, Ed. Shopping and restaurants isn’t the only thing that the suburb has to offer. The Westfield Memorial Library, originally founded in 1873, houses 24 public computers, over 250,000 books, a youth services area, and areas for studying. The library also offers computer instruction services, children’s story time, and classes for both adults and children. Another historic place to visit is the Miller-Cory House Museum, which gives its visitors an idea of what it was like to live during colonial times.
Climate and Nature
The residents of this glorious township can enjoy all 4 seasons. Brightwood Park in Westfield is perfect for people who enjoy the beauty of nature. The 44-acre park includes a pond, picnic area, and nature trails. If you happen to enjoy the beach in the warmer months of the year, Westfield is less than an hour drive from the gorgeous beaches of the Jersey Shore.
Westfield is a beautiful, historical, entertaining, and safe town in Northern New Jersey, why not live there?