With its origins largely as a commuter town, Millburn-Short Hills boasts easy access to the city while retaining its “country” charm. From the early days when the area provided rail transportation for summer residents retreating from the heat of the city, the neighborhoods of Millburn and Short Hills have served as a beautiful respite from the faster pace of city living.
Early architecture incorporated Gothic Revival, Italianate and other Romantic Revival styles. By the 1890s, elegant Queen Anne Victorian mansions were built on estates that were once working farms. At the turn of the century, noted architects began designing Arts and Craft-style homes, and by the ‘20s and ‘30s, European-inspired Tudors were being developed. Approximately 50 of these early homes are historically registered landmarks.
Growth continued steadily and newer styles joined the residential landscape in the post-war boom. More contemporary homes were constructed in the last several decades.
Depending upon individual lifestyles, residents may choose from single-family homes, garden apartments and small-scale apartment complexes. Styles and price ranges vary, with homes in the area selling from $500,000 to $5 million in the past several years.
A limited number of exclusive carriage homes are currently under construction along the scenic Van Winkle Brook in Short Hills, just minutes from in-town shopping. The Enclave will feature large, full-amenity dwellings within walking distance of the Short Hills Train Station.