Edison Real Estate
Edison Township covers an area of 32 square miles and with a population of 100,142 (and growing) it is the sixth largest municipality in New Jersey. Edison was named by Money Magazine as Number 28 of the ‘100 Best Places to Live’ in 2006.
Edison is named for Thomas Alva Edison who from 1876 to 1886 had a laboratory in the Menlo Park section of the township. During those ten years, Edison took out over 400 patents and worked on the incandescent lamp. Christie Street in Edison was the first street to use electric lights for illumination and a memorial tower now stands on the exact spot the laboratory was situated in.
Edison’s Surrounding Areas and Communities
Edison entirely surrounds the Borough of Metuchen and is bounded on the east by Woodbridge, on the south by the Raritan River and Highland Park, on the west by Piscataway and South Plainfield and on the north by Scotch Plains and Clark. Edison is situated at Exit 131 of the Garden State Parkway and Exit 10 of the NJ Turnpike. Routes 1, 27 and 287 run through the township or nearby.
Edison does not have a true town center and many residents go into Metuchen to enjoy the main street. The Clara Barton downtown area of Edison has been developed to cater to this need. Menlo Park Mall, one of the most popular malls in New Jersey, is located on Route 1. Raritan Center, a major industrial park anchored by the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is also situated on the south side of town. Roosevelt Park offers sports facilities, ice skating, picnic areas and Plays in the Park in the summer.
Edison is made up of many different neighborhoods with both single-family homes and town home complexes. The north side of town is very suburban with homes and shopping. The south side of town is a mixture of family neighborhoods and commercial areas.
The township is a major transportation hub. Edison Station has New Jersey Transit trains that run direct into New York City and Trenton via the Northeast Corridor line. This station is located on the southern side of Edison. The nearest train station to the Northern side of Edison is Metro Park, located in Woodbridge, with a new parking deck, this station has ample parking space available.
Edison Schooling Information for Home Buyers interested in a Edison Homes
Many of Edison’s schools have been ranked among the top 100 schools in New Jersey. J.P. Stevens High School ranks among the top 50 high schools in New Jersey, with Edison High School not far behind. Edison has 11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 2 High Schools. The schools offer excellent education and many students go on to attend the top universities in the country.