Mountainside .,. just to the north of Westfield … is often referred to as “country living at its best!” You’ll find Ranches, Colonials, Capes, all styles of homes, living comfortably on the same meandering tree-lined lanes in the same neighborhood.
The schools are good, with most parents passionately invested in their offspring’s education and social climate, giving rise to a very committed and close-knit community. Commerce in Mountainside intrudes only for a couple of blocks on Mountain Ave and along Rt. 22.
Recreation in Mountainside
Mountainside residents enjoy much of the ambiance of neighboring towns, yet their taxes are comparatively low. With the Watchung mountains bordering to the north, neighbors often take trail hikes, enjoying summer fun and the fall foliage. Dinner “out” might be at one of the numerous and delightful restaurants that line Rt. 22 — where your mood can be quiet and elegant or lively and fun. And for shopping, there’s unprecedented variety on both sides of Rt. 22, as well as in abutting Westfield and Scotch Plains business centers.
All in all, people who live there say … “it’s a good life in Mountainside!”
Some background and other facts
In 1895, the residents in the hills of Westfield — preferring the simple life of the northern 4 square mile area — separated from Westfield and created the Borough of Mountainside.
Much of the Borough was developed since World War II under wise and careful planning by the Mayor and Town Council. It is distinguished by its single family homes on curving, tree lined streets and a small commercial area on Mountain Ave and bordering Route 22.
While Mountainside’s heritage is relatively young – only about 120 years – it’s traditions are rich in family life and neighborliness.
Mountainside’s locale, the mountainous northern fringe of Westfield, contributed to its name. The approximately 7,000 residents enjoy comparatively low taxes and send their children very good schools — first to Beechwood School (Pre-K through Grade 2), then to Deerfield, Grades 3 through 8, and finally to Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights (one of the best in Union County), to which they are bussed.
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