Scotch Plains, NJ Real Estate Information
Scotch Plains Real Estate Market Stats February 2012 (click on link for info)
If you are looking for a relatively small, suburban town in which to raise your family, buying a home in Scotch Plains, NJ may be the perfect solution.
The long history of Scotch Plains
Scotch Plains, New Jersey was settled in 1684 by Scottish Dissenters from Perth Amboy followed soon after by the Quakers. Unlike some other surrounding towns, Scotch Plains grew slowly and stayed a rural area by refusing to allow the railroads to enter the city.
The town stayed rural until post World War II when it became a commuter town and nearly doubled in size.
Scotch Plains Real Estate
Scotch Plains, NJ is bordered by Edison, Plainfield, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, and Westfield. The city itself features a variety of houses including single-family homes on acre lots and planned communities with tennis courts and swimming pools. When you invest in a new home in Scotch Plains, NJ, enjoy its rich history with 21,000 of your closest neighbors.
There are several different housing developments with Scotch Plains, including:
Sterling Chase which is a newer development erected in the early 1990’s off of Martine Avenue. It used to be a cow farm. It has single family, residential homes and provides its own tennis court for residents.
Berwyck Chase which is located behind Coles School and was built by the same builder as Sterling. It has similar homes and has its own swimming pool and two tennis courts for residents.
Canterbury is a small, quiet neighborhood located North of Route 22 and is completely isolated from the rest of Scotch Plains.
Goodman’s Crossing is a complex of townhouses between Scotch Plains and Clark.
Crestwood is a development of cape-cod style homes, built in the 1940’s, on the border of Westfield. Now, many of these have been knocked down and newer, larger homes have been built in their place.
The Reserve is a recently built townhouse community located behind Route 22.
Scotch Plains Schools
The schools of Scotch Plains, NJ have a reputation for excellence in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. All of the schools are shared with the Borough of Fanwood but are located in Scotch Plains. There are 5 grade schools (PK, K-4), 2 middle schools, and 1 high school where about 5,300 students receive comprehensive academics and superior pupil services from highly qualified teachers and staff.
Students from School One, Evergreen and Brunner pool into Park Middle School. Students from Coles and McGinn feed into Terrill and from there they all arrive at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
Scotch Plains is bisected by New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line train. A passenger station in Fanwood takes commuters to Penn Station in Newark, NJ, where they change for the train into Penn Station in New York City.
New Jersey Transit also offers several bus services with routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and also a service to Newark, NJ.