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Welcome to Summit City, NJ

Just under 22,000 people call the city of Summit, New Jersey home and for good reason. Located in Union County, the community is just 20 miles from New York City with easy access to transportation, making it a dream for commuters who do not want to pay big city prices or spend their nights and weekends in the bustling city.

Summit is nestled at the intersection of Interstate 78 and the Morris Turnpike, and the New Jersey Transit Rail System runs right through the center of town, to and from the Summit Station. However, you do not have to go into the city for entertainment. The picturesque Downtown Summit is home to a number of restaurants, shops, art galleries, spas, and other ways to spend a crisp New Jersey evening or a Saturday afternoon. There are also a number of business opportunities available in town, including the corporate headquarters for Merck & Co., as well as the biotechnology company Celgene and Hibernia Atlantic.

The city sits atop the Second Watchung Mountain and borders Lake Surprise and the Watchung Reservation to the south and the Passaic River to the north. This means plenty of natural beauty in every direction. There are also a number of parks and green spaces inside Summit's 6 square miles, including many ball fields and strong youth sports organizations.

Summit has one of the highest incomes per capita in the state of New Jersey and prides itself on being an "economically and culturally diverse community." From 5K races to farmers markets, there is always something going on, and because of the great schools, a crime rate that is much lower than the rest of the New York City Metropolitan area, and access to all things work and play, Summit is the perfect place for practically anyone to call home.

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European settlers began moving into the area in 1710 and named the region "Turkey Hill" because of the abundance of wild turkeys living there. Later, during the American Revolutionary War, it became known as "Beacon Hill" because bonfires along the ridge were used to warn soldiers that British troops were approaching. During the late 1700s, it earned yet another name, "Heights Over Springfield." By the 1800s, it was part of New Providence and Springfield Township. It was not until 1899 that the city incorporated and called itself "Summit."

The city grew much faster than the neighborhood borough of New Providence because it had its own train station, which was a stop on the Morris and Essex Railroad (later the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad). Hotels eventually popped up around the city, and it became a summer getaway for wealthy New Yorkers. Summit was also once a thriving part of the silk weaving industry during the 19th century. After World War II, city dwellers all over the country began setting out for the suburbs, and that is when Summit turned into the idyllic suburban city that it is today.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Summit City

There are some amazing restaurants in Summit where you can enjoy friendly service, fine food, and a fabulous atmosphere. The Huntley Taverne is a local favorite that serves new and old American favorites, or you might opt for a burger and great patio seating at food. which is open daily for lunch and dinner. Speaking of burgers, the menu at the Hat Tavern is to die for. For steak, you cannot beat Roots, and when you crave Mexican cuisine, head straight to Tito's Burritos and Wings.

The Mall at Short Hills is one of New Jersey's most popular upscale shopping destinations, and it sits right across from Summit's northern boundary. The mall is home to stores like Hermes, Cartier, Prada, Burberry, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Dior. Many smaller shops and boutiques are located in Summit, along Springfield Avenue and Broad Street.

Parks and Playgrounds in Summit City

Summit has its own community center with a gym, 9-hole municipal golf course, library, and family aquatic center with a 50-meter pool, 2 slide towers, concessions stands, a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and a diving board. The city's Mabie Playground is also fun for families with kids of all ages.

There also several parks in the area with ballfields, such as the 25-acre Soldiers Memorial Feld, which has soccer fields for all levels, baseball and softball fields, picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a 1/5 mile track. The 25-acre Investors Bank Field at Tatlock has multi-sport fields, tennis courts, and a playground.

Real Estate Information

The average home price in Summit is around $975,000. The city has a reputation for its tree-lined streets and beautiful suburban homes that look as if they were plucked from a move set. But there is something for everyone here. Large brick estates and sprawling new custom homes make up part of the single-family housing in the area, as do beautiful old Victorians and colonials that were built during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mid-level ranch, split level, and Cape Cod homes, built during the mid-1900s, sit along many of the city's peaceful streets. Smaller bungalows and starter homes, as well as townhomes and condos for all price ranges are also available.
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