Chatham Borough is a 2.46-square-mile community with a population of less than 9,000. This highly sought-after neighborhood in the Garden State’s Morris County has been named one of the best places to live statewide and nationwide twice in the past.
The reasons are clear: Chatham is only 25 minutes away from New York and 15 minutes away from Newark, making it a preferred retreat for those who run businesses or work in the nearby big cities. Residents especially appreciate the borough’s small-town feel, thanks to homes dating back to colonial and revolutionary times.
The Chatham Borough is located next to the Chatham Township. Although the two are distinct municipalities, “The Chathams” share a variety of public services and amenities such as the town library, school district, municipal court, medical emergency squad, and ZIP code.
The Chatham School District is an esteemed educational system. It placed fourth among New Jersey’s Best School Districts in 2017, according to Niche, a website that ranks schools and neighborhoods nationwide. The New Jersey Department of Education classified the district under the District Factor Group “J” – the highest of eight groupings based on socioeconomic status indicators.
Several Chatham schools have earned notable national-level awards and distinctions in recent years. Niche gives Chatham High School an overall grade of A+, citing the superior quality of its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and the college-readiness of its students, among others. Milton Avenue School was recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 2014 and landed in the top 3% of Niche’s 2017 ranking of the Best Public Elementary Schools in New Jersey and Elementary Schools with the Best Teachers in New Jersey.
Points of interest
Paul Day House and Nathaniel Bonnel House
These two vintage houses, now privately owned, are historic attractions in Chatham Borough. Both date back to colonial times, with the Nathaniel Bonnel House believed to have been built in 1682.
Every summer since 1971, South Passaic Avenue and Fire House Plaza are blocked off to feature various street vendors and booths. The event celebrates the Passaic River (known as “Fishawack” in the Lenni Lenape language), which runs its course through New Jersey. Proceeds from the festival are given to town agencies and volunteer organizations.
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Outdoor Education Center
Established in 1960, the refuge is a National Natural Landmark which features educational programs, exhibits, and hiking trails. The Great Swamp is a natural habitat for various flora and fauna species, as well as a resting and feeding place for migratory birds.
Luxury Condos NJ
Chatham Borough showcases a rich legacy of single-family homes dating to pre-Revolutionary times. Antique Colonial homes and Cape Cod houses from the mid-20th century are also common in neighborhoods, while elegant Victorians punctuate tree-lined winding roads. Expansive lawns and gardens are a common feature of vintage Chatham homes.
Contemporary dwellings that add diversity to the Chatham Borough real estate market are luxury condominiums and townhouse communities. There is also a selection of rental-based garden apartments.