Those who are seeking out quiet, friendly communities in which to start or raise a family often find themselves in the town of New Providence. A community of approximately 12,000 residents, New Providence offers easy access to New York City – it is less than 30 miles away – and a reputation for having excellent schools. The Midtown Direct line can be taken directly to Penn Station in Manhattan either from New Providence or Murray Hill stations.
A mere 3.6 square miles in size, New Providence contains a large section of Murray Hill and borders the Chatham Township as well as Berkeley Heights and Summit. Conservation is important to New Providence, too. 9% of the land is protected parkland that is publicly owned to preserve it.
Settled in 1720, New Providence was known during Colonial times as Turkey Town, because it had a large population of wild turkeys. To reflect this, police officers today still feature a turkey on their uniform emblems. The name New Providence was given in 1759 by community members when after a balcony collapse at the Presbyterian Church left no injuries, members claimed it was due to divine providence.
Originally part of the Summit Township, New Providence remained tied to Summit in the New Providence Township until 1869 when Summit withdrew and formed a township in which it remained on its own. In 1899, New Providence itself withdrew from the New Providence Township and reincorporated itself as a borough for the economic advantages.
In the 1900s New Providence was known for its rose cultivating industry which played a significant economic role for the town.
New Providence was ranked number 1 in school districts last year (2012)!
There are two elementary schools in New Providence that cater to children in kindergarten through grade six. Salt Brook School, one of the two elementary schools, was recently recognized as a National School of Character. A private catholic elementary school is available for children in grades pre-k through eight.
The middle school – serving grades seven and eight – shares some facilities with the high school which is connected. In 2011, the high school received the award of being a National Blue Ribbon School – which is issued by the Department of Education – for their continued excellence.
Family Oriented Community
If you look at the community’s webpage, you will see the town summed up in four words “Nice People, Nice Place.”
New Providence is touted as a family oriented community and they take this seriously. You will not find any bars in New Providence, and liquor licenses are not issued to local restaurants. Those who choose to drink can bring their own liquor.
Several facilities are available to the 12,000 residents including municipal facilities such as swimming pools, parks and a public library. The parks boast facilities such as an ice-skating rink, eight tennis courts and eight different ball fields.
A shopping center is available and recent renovations to the Downtown Business area have enhanced the beautiful streetscape.
Each year, there is an annual street fair in September that offers children’s activities, food, games and music. The annual fair is sponsored by the New Providence Business and Professional Association. They also sponsor numerous other community events including a 5K race, a 4th of July spectacular, car shows and many other outdoor events.
The government of New Providence consists of six council members and a mayor. The mayor is elected by voters for a four-year term and the six council members are elected on a staggering three-year term basis.
Most of the homes you will find in New Providence were built in the 1950s and 1960s and impeccably maintained. A mixture of architecture styles adorns the streets and may consist of Colonials, split-levels and ranches. Condos, town homes and co-ops are also easily found on New Providence’s tree-lined streets. Currently there are 25 properties for sale in New Providence with an average listing price of $641,567. The average median sales price for homes in New Providence is $394,000.
The homes in New Providence, NJ are listed beginning in the mid-$200s through $2.2 million.