Living In Morristown NJ and Working in NYC

By: Susan Zanzonico

If you are considering a move to New Jersey, take a good look at Morristown. You'll be a short commute from your downtown office, but your home life will be worlds away from the chaos of New York City. A myriad of housing opportunities combine with a hefty dose of home-town charm in Morristown.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Morristown has an area of three square miles. The population density is approximately 6300 people per square mile. Nearly 23 percent of all homes have children under the age of eighteen. This is because Morristown is an ideal place to raise a family. The median household income for the city was $57,563, according to the 2000 census.

Morristown has a rich history. It was settled around 1715 by Presbyterians from Connecticut and New York. It was originally called the village of New Hanover. Morristown was a key encampment for George Washington and the Continental Army in 1777 because of its strategic location between Philadelphia and New York as well as its natural resources and local industries. It was also the site of a second encampment in 1779 and 1780 at a site in the city called Jockey Hollow. This area is a part of the Morristown National Historical Park, along with the Ford Mansion and Fort Nonsense.

Other famous historical figures are found in the history annals of Morristown. During Washington's stay, Benedict Arnold was court martialed at Dickerson's Tavern on Spring Street in Morristown. It wasn't due to treason, but rather from profiteering military supplies. Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton married Betsy Schuyler at a home on Olyphant Place. It is now owned and operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution as the Schuyler-Hamilton House.

The city holds four major festivals every year. They are the Fall Festival, Christmas on the Green, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and First Night Morris.

Present day Morristown is just as remarkable as its history. In addition to an excellent public school system, Morristown is home to several private schools. The Red Oaks School is a Montessori school serving students from pre-school through grade six. Assumption Roman Catholic grade school and The Peck School are outstanding day schools for younger children. The Delbarton School is an all boys Catholic school. Villa Walsh Academy is a Catholic college prep school conducted by the Religious Teachers Filippini, and Morristown-Beard School is a private co-ed school for students in grades six to 12.

The city of Morristown offers many different housing options. Whether you are looking for a townhome, condominium or a house, Morristown has great living spaces to fit every budget. New developments include DeHart Place, The Residences At Vail Mansion and Vail Commons, just to mention a few. Whether you're looking for a colonial mansion or a modern condo, Morristown has a home that's perfect for you and your family. Morristown real estate is sure to take you out of the busy city while keeping you close enough for an easy commute.

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