Located 15 miles west of New York City, Montclair is chosen by many professionals who are seeking to live close to the city, without a long commute. An established community with an artistic side, Montclair has several activities and landmarks that enhance the residents’ lives. It is an active community who embraces the residents that choose to take part in community activities. There is no set type of person who lives in Montclair as people from all walks of life are drawn to Montclair’s diverse and welcoming town.
The way of living is simple in Montclair, olden eras are embraced and the architecture is a symbol of Colonial and Victorian times. Add several shopping centers into the mix and you have that small-town feel that people love to call home.
Walk down the streets in Montclair and you will see one thing is evident – the town adores their historical roots.
Initially formed in 1868 by taking portions of Bloomfield Township, the necessity of Montclair’s formation was due to the desire to build a railroad. In 1894, it was reclassified as a Town and stayed that way until the 1970s where, in order to take advantage of revenue-sharing properties issued by the federal government, they reincorporated as a township.
Fun fact – Montclair was used as the “location” for the Sopranos and even some of the township’s locations got publicity on the show, including Bloomfield Avenue.
Living in Montclair, it is evident that residents like to keep up with the times. In addition to several websites dedicated to Montclair, the township has its own newspaper, The Montclair Times, and a radio station that broadcasts throughout the town, ensuring residents stay up to date on recent events.
There are 18 parks throughout Montclair which encompass 150 acres of land. County parks offer an additional 123 acres for residents to use. There is no lack of recreational activities, either with Montclair offering four ice-skating rinks – two outdoor and two indoor – three swimming pools open to the public, and public tennis courts, 18 of them.
Adding to the community’s charm and unique backdrop, there are a few shopping centers, but mostly the stores are owned by private owners selling their wares. If you like dining out, you will find a variety of dining options right in the heart of Montclair.
Culture is abound with the Montclair Art Museum and the existence of several small art galleries. There are two theatres which used to be live theatres but now are cinematic in nature. There are no shortages of live theatres though, with at least four available and a public stage available on Bloomfield Avenue for public performances.
Thousands of students attend the 11 schools available in Montclair. Seven of the schools are dedicated to elementary school grades while there are three middle schools and a single high school. Private schools are available, with nine options to choose from. Additionally, Montclair State University
Government and Politics
With a population of nearly 40,000, Montclair is governed as a Township under the Faulkner Act. In addition to a mayor, there are six council members. The mayor has no executive powers, but does oversee the council and the council meetings.
From certain areas in Montclair, you can get a view of the New York City Skyline and there are a variety of architecture styles. Victorian homes are very popular and homes range in size, like they do in price. Condominiums and apartments are available too, for residents looking for something smaller.
The current average median sales price for homes in Montclair is $505,000 while the average listing price is $575,801. Home prices start in the $100s and go up to over $3 million.