Families looking for a home within close proximity to New York City often turn to Millburn Township, and more specifically the enclave of Short Hills. Just 23 miles outside of the City and conveniently located on the Midtown Direct line, Short Hills, New Jersey is a small town characterized by beautiful tree-lined streets dotted with Tudor-style homes and large Center Hall Colonials. 

There are approximately 13,000 residents living in the 5.2 square mile community. With a small downtown that includes its own post office, railroad station, and pharmacy, Short Hills differs from many surrounding towns in that it remains almost entirely residential.

The New York Times published an article about Short Hills in 2012 in their Living In section, Schools, Shops and Transit, in a Pretty Package.

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Short Hills is part of the Millburn Township school district. It has three elementary schools, after which students go on to a consolidated Township 5th grade, middle school, and high school.


Conveniently located on the Midtown Direct line, Short Hills is a short commute to New York City. Residents have a large commuter lot for parking and often stop by Boxcar Grill in the station after arriving home in the evening.


Beautiful Gero Park has tennis courts, basketball courts and ball fields for local little league games. In summer, the township opens the community pool and a Par 3 golf course.


Short Hills is part of the Millburn Township school district. There are three elementary schools in Short Hills: Hartshorn, Deerfield, and Glenwood. In 2017, a consolidated 5th-grade school, Washington School, was opened for students, and Millburn and Short Hills students go on to attend Millburn Middle School and Millburn High School. There is also an integrated preschool program for children aged 3 to 5 with classes taking place at Deerfield Elementary and South Mountain Elementary in Millburn.

The highly-rated school system is one of the primary attractions of Millburn for many families. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Report, Millburn High School was ranked #316 nationally and #13 in New Jersey. It has a gold medal distinction, an indicator of college readiness, and is ranked #46 nationally in the category of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) High Schools. The high school boasts a 98% graduation rate.

For complete information on the Millburn public schools, visit the district website or our Schools page.


Short Hills has a stop on the Midtown Direct train line to New York City. There is also a large, commuter parking lot across from the train station. Township residents can apply for a permit to utilize the various commuter lots and have access to pay-per-plate meters as well. People commuting to New York City can be at Penn Station in 45 minutes making Short Hills a commuter magnet.

The town of Short Hills also has convenient access to I-78 and Route 24 East and West. Commuters can easily drive into New York City or travel west to towns like Morristown. For more information on the transit options for residents of Short Hills, visit our Commuting page.


The main park in Short Hills is Gero Park which sits adjacent to the town pool, Par 3 golf course and some of the township tennis courts. There is a small recreation center as well as ball fields, a basketball court, and a children’s playground.

Greenwood Gardens is a 28-acre public garden with an open-air pavilion, large mansion, and historic tea house. The Gardens host the History & Harvest Celebration each October and numerous workshops throughout the year. Another beautiful park facility is the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, which has a woodland garden, educational classes, and hands-on workshops in the Stone House Nature Center. The Arboretum also offers Citizens Science programs, after-school clubs, family programs, and fun events like the Annual Hot Chocolate Hike in December.


Downtown Short Hills has a small collection of businesses which includes Chew Chew Pizzeria and the Boxcar Bar & Grill. A local favorite, the Squirrel & the Bee is a grainless bakeshop where residents gather for breakfast or lunch and enjoy homemade soups, grainless baked goods, salads and dairy-free frozen desserts. Just across the street is chic Khun Thai serving Thai and Asian fusion dishes, and on a nice evening, patrons enjoy dining al fresco.

The town of Short Hills is often synonymous with the Mall at Short Hills. People drive from upstate New York just to shop and dine at the Mall. There are 150 upscale shops and several dining options including Legal Sea Foods and the Cheesecake Factory. There is also a “Very Important Pacers,” (VIP) walking program for people looking to exercise in a covered space. Registration is free and available at Guest Services.

Part of the Millburn Township, Short Hills residents also have access to all that Millburn has to offer including an array of recreation programs, the town pool, the Par 3 golf course, and many tennis courts. In warmer months, there are golf and swimming lessons available, spring and summer youth programs, a summer camp that meets at Gero Park, and an annual four-mile run which traverses the streets of Short Hills.

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