Berkeley Heights, NJ

What We Love About Berkeley Heights

  • Great school system
  • Midtown Direct train service to NYC
  • Magnificent Watchung Reservation and Passaic River Park 
  • Varied dining scene
  • Rural feel, yet with modern conveniences
  • Near bustling cities of Summit and Morristown
  • Wide variety of homes available
  • 250,000-square-foot campus of Summit Health, with an Urgent Care Center

Berkeley Heights is located in Union County, New Jersey.

Berkeley Heights is part of The Gateway Region of NJ and is only a short car ride from New York City at just 45 minutes.

The Gateway Region is home to major stadiums for soccer, football and hockey. Some of the most expensive and luxurious real estate in New Jersey can be found here along the Hudson River having incredible views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty. The Gateway Region also houses major transportation routes via water, air, road and rail, as well as being home to several major industries that play a vital role in the state's economy. Transportation hubs include Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Newark International Airport, The New Jersey Turnpike, Route I-80 (which runs all the way to San Francisco) and also major local, regional and national freight and passenger train lines. Many jobs are available here in healthcare, hospitality, transportation, warehousing, government, finance, insurance, wholesale trade, retail, technology and science, petrochemical and other manufacturing. These and other industries keep the economy strong in The Gateway Region. Being the closest NJ region to New York City means The Gateway Region includes a lot of the more densely populated towns, such as Jersey City, Patterson, Hoboken and Newark and, of course, the shortest commute times.

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Quick Facts

Berkley Heights is located in Union County, New Jersey – Gateway Region

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Quick facts about Berkely Heights:

COMMUTE TIME (Hour:Minutes) ⓘ

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Car ride to NYC.


Train service to NYC.


Bus service to NYC.


People per square mile gives you an idea of how much breathing room a town has. NYC has around 27,000 while a well equipped walkable town might have around 5,000. Smaller towns with more single family homes and large yards usually have under 1,000. Click on more info below to see where we get our data. 


Population estimate, July 1, 2019


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People per square mile


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Median gross rent, 2014-2018


Median selected monthly owner costs – with a mortgage, 2014-2018


Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018


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High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018


Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018


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The Full Story of Berkeley Heights, NJ

What is it like living in Berkeley Heights, NJ?

Nestled in the Watchung Mountains in northwestern Union County, Berkeley Heights Township is an upper-middle-class community with a great school system. While only 28 miles from Manhattan, Berkeley Heights has a rural feel, with 13,363 residents living within its 6.3 square miles. The quaint downtown offers an array of local mom-and-pop shops and services, including florists, chiropractors, wellness centers, hair salons, car repair shops, garden centers, print shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies. There are also chain conveniences such as Dunkin, CVS, Walgreens, Stop and Shop, Lifetime Athletic, and Embassy Suites.

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Big crowds turn out for the Feast of Mt. Carmel in July, the Summer Street Fair, summer concerts in the park, the Winter Walk in early December, the annual PBA Fishing Derby, Rubber Ducky Festival, Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, “Police Santa,” Lunar New Year celebration, and a charity 5K. Watchung Reservation and Passaic River Park offer wonderful opportunities for hiking, boating, and enjoying and learning about nature. Summit Health, a 250,000-square-foot medical campus at Diamond Hill Road near Rte. 78, is a hub for hundreds of doctors and medical services. Home for Good Dog Rescue is a gem for animal lovers in Berkeley Heights.



Berkeley Heights School District includes six schools that accommodate more than 2,500 pre-K through 12th grade students. The Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center is home to 304 preschool, kindergarten, and 1st-grade students from the whole township. For grades 2-5, there’s Mountain Park Elementary School (230 students), Thomas P. Hughes School (273 students), and William Woodruff School (201 students)Columbia Middle School has 601 6th-8th graders. Governor Livingston High School has 965 9th-12th graders.


Parks and Recreation

Berkeley Heights sits up against the 2000-acre Watchung Reservation, the largest nature reserve in Union County, with a 6-mile History Trail (with interpretive signage), a great playground, and the Trailside Nature & Science Center, offering environmental education programs for all ages. In the Berkeley Heights section of Watchung Reservation, The Feltville Historic District (also known as the “Deserted Village”) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains several buildings dating to the 18th century. Berkeley Heights’ Littell-Lord Farmstead is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Passaic River Park, part of the Union County Park System, is a linear park made up of 298 noncontiguous acres along the banks of the Passaic River in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit, offering excellent hiking and kayaking. The township’s many active and passive recreation fields include Floyd Taylor, Hughes, Mountain Park, and MKM (baseball), Snyder (multi-purpose turf for baseball, football, and soccer and a playground and water park), Hedrick and Woodruff (softball), Upper Columbia (softball and soccer), Lower Columbia (basketball, tennis/pickleball courts, playgrounds, and a pavilion), Veterans Memorial Park (playground), Peppertown Park, Sansone 1 and 2, and Upper Horseshoe. There are stocked fishing ponds in the area.

The Recreation Department offers Pee Wee Tee-ball and ball hockey, baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, football, fencing, cheer, and swimming, “Playground Camp” and summer teen programs, and after-school activities such as chess, cooking, robotics, creative movement, and Lego Club. Residents can also join The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA.


Dining and Nightlife

Thai, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese cuisines (plus two Jewish delis) are just some of the dining options available in Berkeley Heights. Delicious Heights serves American cuisine in an upscale tavern-style setting, and Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery brews its own beer and is a cozy, rustic spot for American fare. Nagoya Sushi & Bar offers great Japanese cuisine. Two excellent Italian restaurants are Di Maio’s and Strega. Grain & Cane at Embassy Suites serves American and pub-style food and Moe’s Bistro & Bar at the Best Western Plus (in adjacent New Providence) offers Mediterranean cuisine, both in relaxed atmospheres. Goodman’s Deli and Pastrami House Delicatessen serve up great corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, among other delicious choices. Rita’s satisfies the sweet tooth with Italian ices and frozen custard. 

Upstairs from Nagoya, King Bennie’s Tiki Lounge at Nagoya is a cool Polynesian-style spot for tropical drinks and sushi in the shape of flip flops. Other places to meet friends for a drink are Delicious Heights, Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery, and Grain & Cane. Moe’s Bistro & Bar also offers live entertainment. For more nightlife, head to Morristown (23-minutes away) or Summit (10-minutes away). 


Arts and Culture

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is composed of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Performing Arts School, and the Paterson Music Project. The Historical Society of Berkeley Heights is located in the Littell-Lord Farmhouse. Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts is in neighboring New Providence. Summit, 10-minutes away, offers a number of arts and cultural experiences, including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. And only 23-minutes away, Morristown is another nearby option for arts and culture; this vibrant city has the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Morris Museum.


Housing Stock

The tree-lined streets of Berkeley Heights have mostly Colonial, split-level, Cape Cod, and vintage-style houses. Ninety-five percent of Berkeley Heights residents own their homes. Although housing stock is mainly single-family houses, there are townhouses, condominiums, and apartments available. Whispering Way Condominiums and Berkeley Station Condominiums are near each other in the Timber Slope section. Apartment buildings near downtown include Station Court and Ella Gardens.


The Commute

Rail commuters access Midtown Direct service (Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex Line) to NY Penn Station at the Berkeley Heights train station (one-way ticket is $11.75; monthly pass $336). The trip can take as little as 60 minutes during the morning rush. The train line also provides service to Hoboken and Jersey City (with connections to lower Manhattan by the PATH train). Lakeland Bus Lines also runs service to Manhattan. Parking is available in the municipal-owned Veterans Memorial Parking Lot and on the street along the railroad tracks. Resident parking permits cost $350 annually; daily parking fees are $6. Average driving time to Manhattan is about 50 minutes at off-peak times, and 20 minutes to Newark Airport.


The Cinnamon Ridge section (between Mountain Avenue and Rte. 78 and near Diamond Hill Road) has newer brick Colonial-style houses. The Murray Hill section sits between Mountain Avenue and Rte. 78 near Governor Livingston High School and Glenside Avenue. Sherbrooke West section spreads between Mountain Avenue and Emerson Lane near Hillcrest Road. Spring Ridge section is between Mountain Avenue and Plainfield Avenue along Snyder Avenue. Timber Slope section is along Mountain Avenue starting at Union Avenue. 

Between Emerson Lane and Rte. 78, Free Acres is a 67-acre community established in 1910, originally designed as an artists retreat. Residents here own their houses, but they lease the land it sits on. Home-owners pay taxes to the community and use the Berkeley Heights School District. The enclave owns and operates its own water system and swimming pool, and maintains its own streets—which have no lights, in order to preserve the rural, rustic ambiance.