If you’re looking for a town that has it all, Chatham fits the bill. Just 25 miles west of NYC, Chatham offers an idyllic town with an excellent school system, a thriving downtown, and an oasis for nature lovers. Residents love the town and it’s easy to see why.
First things first – Chatham Township vs. Chatham Borough – what’s the difference? When we talk about “the Chathams” we are talking about both, or either. They are officially different municipalities, with different governments, however, they share a train station and a school system (starting in 6th grade). We can discuss which one is best for you.
With a wide array of train, bus and car options, it’s an easy commute from Chatham to Manhattan.
- Chatham Station is on NJ Transit Morristown line with a Midtown Direct commuter service that can reach New York Penn Station in as little as 46 minutes.
- Direct trains to Hoboken
- Most homes in Chatham Borough are within walking distance of the train station
- Free bike racks at train station
- Residents can apply for parking permits – $350/year or park in metered spots at $5/day
- NJ Transit MCM-3 bus runs through Chatham between the Livingston Mall, Short Hills Mall, Madison, Morristown, Morris Plains and Greystone Park
- Chatham is found just off of exit 7 off Route 24. It offers easy access to i-78 and I-287, the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Route 280.
- Newark Liberty Airport is just 20 minutes away
Families moving to the Chathams often tell me that the area’s biggest draw is the amazing school district.
- Blue Ribbon Schools (highest award conferred by US Department of Education)
- Ranked 6th out of New Jersey’s 322 public schools by NJ Monthly
- Strives to meet educational needs of every child including special needs and advanced placement courses (this sounds like it would be more common than it is).
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In addition to a beautiful downtown with quaint shops and award winning restaurants, Chatham has some really unique recreation offerings:
- Chatham Cinema – new release movies in an intimate one screen theater
- Chatham Playhouse- local theater featuring Chatham Community Players since 1922
- Chatham Community Band
- Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – one of the largest natural wildlife refuges ever created so close to an urban center. It features 9 miles of trails and boardwalks that weave through a 7600 acre refuge.
- Passaic River Country Park and Reservation – 769 acres including more than 5000 feet of shoreline open for picnicking, softball, fishing, ice skating and cross country skiing
- Dozens of sporting fields, a municipal swimming pool, skate park tennis courts and playgrounds
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