Westfield, NJ

What We Love About Westfield

  • Great school system
  • Midtown Direct train service to NYC
  • Bustling, sophisticated downtown with stores and restaurants galore
  • Thriving restaurant scene
  • Bucolic tree-lined neighborhoods
  • Well-kept parks and open space
  • Advantages of suburban living with urban amenities
  • Diverse housing stock including new luxury apartments


Westfield is located in Union County, New Jersey.

Westfield is part of The Gateway Region of NJ and is only a short car ride from New York City at just 35 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

Westfield is located in Union County, New Jersey – Gateway Region

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Quick facts about Westfield:

COMMUTE TIME (Hour:Minutes) ⓘ

These times are based on info from New Jersey Transit and Google Maps. Shortest times are given. Use our map above to calculate more accurate commute times to any address.

0:35+

Car ride to NYC.

1:00+

Train service to NYC.

1:05+

Bus service to NYC.

SIZE ⓘ

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. 

29,512

Population estimate, July 1, 2019

6.72

Square miles

4,512

People per square mile

HOUSING ⓘ

Median cost to rent or own is basically the average cost of renting or owning per month in any given town. It’s not exact. Median values include the most expensive dwellings and the cheapest dwellings all averaged together, but with some weight added to higher concentrations in the data set. Just gives you some basic basis of comparison between towns. Click on more info below to see where we get our data.

$1,608

Median gross rent, 2014-2018

$3,920

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

$743,400

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

PROPERTY TAX ⓘ

Approximate tax on $100K of home value. Ex: If you pay $500K for a house, multiply the number in the left column by 5 to get an idea of what you will have to pay each year in property taxes.

$2,158

Property taxes per $100,000 in home value.

EDUCATION ⓘ

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97.80%

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

74.10%

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

INCOME ⓘ

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$170,798

Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018

AGE DISTRIBUTION ⓘ

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28.80%

Persons under 18 years

14.90%

Persons 65 years and over

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The Full Story of Westfield, NJ

What is it like living in Westfield, NJ?

In Union County (just 16 miles southwest of Manhattan) sits the upper-middle-class community of Westfield, with a great school system, beautiful, wide tree-lined streets, 211 acres of parkland, and a substantial, upscale, walkable downtown with more than 450 stores, restaurants, and other businesses. Locals and tourists alike enjoy strolling and exploring the wide range of interesting independent specialty shops—Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics, Bridget’s Irish Cottage, Town Book Store, Blende, J McLaughlin, SOLE Fine Italian Shoes, JackRabbit, Bespoke by Gambert, Beyond Trends, Farmhouse Store, The French Martini, Savory Spice Shop, Boxwood Coffee, and Bovella’s Italian Pastry Shop, to name a fewalong with such dependable national chain stores as Athleta, Urban Outfitters, GAP, Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, Bluemercury, Warby Parker, JoS. A. Bank Clothier, and Starbucks. For groceries, there’s Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop, and Westfield Seafood, which is also a great place for takeout seafood platters and sandwiches. The town also has a hotel, the Best Western Westfield Inn. Westfield is bisected by the NJ Transit train tracks, with most of the downtown—as well as many of the more expensive homes—to the north. Metered parking is available throughout downtown. 

That’s Westfield in a nutshell!

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In Union County (just 16 miles southwest of Manhattan) sits the upper-middle-class community of Westfield, with a great school system, beautiful, wide tree-lined streets, 211 acres of parkland, and a substantial, upscale, walkable downtown with more than 450 stores, restaurants, and other businesses. Locals and tourists alike enjoy strolling and exploring the wide range of interesting independent specialty shops—Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics, Bridget’s Irish Cottage, Town Book Store, Blende, J McLaughlin, SOLE Fine Italian Shoes, JackRabbit, Bespoke by Gambert, Beyond Trends, Farmhouse Store, The French Martini, Savory Spice Shop, Boxwood Coffee, and Bovella’s Italian Pastry Shop, to name a fewalong with such dependable national chain stores as Athleta, Urban Outfitters, GAP, Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, Bluemercury, Warby Parker, JoS. A. Bank Clothier, and Starbucks. For groceries, there’s Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop, and Westfield Seafood, which is also a great place for takeout seafood platters and sandwiches. The town also has a hotel, the Best Western Westfield Inn. Westfield is bisected by the NJ Transit train tracks, with most of the downtown—as well as many of the more expensive homes—to the north. Metered parking is available throughout downtown. 

Westfield community events include Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival, Mini Grand Prix, Annual Sidewalk Sale, Downtown Westfield’s 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, and AddamsFest, the annual celebration of artist, cartoonist, and The Addams Family creator Charles Addams, born and raised in Westfield.

 

Schools

The highly rated Westfield Public School System consists of 10 schools serving Pre-K 3 through 12th-grade students. Lincoln School – Early Childhood Learning Center is where 310 pre-K through kindergarten students start their academic careers. Students in 1st through 5th grades attend one of the six elementary schools: Franklin Elementary School (580 students),  Jefferson Elementary School (442 students), McKinley Elementary School (341 students), Tamaques Elementary School (401 students), Washington Elementary School (309 students), and Wilson Elementary School (355 students). Edison Intermediate School has 844 students and Roosevelt Intermediate School has 777 6th– through 8th-graders. Westfield High School has 1,865 9th– through 12th-graders.

Holy Trinity School (Catholic) serves Pre-K 3 through 8th grade students.

 

Parks and Recreation

Lovely parks are scattered throughout Westfield. The 44-acre Brightwood Park on Prospect Street has a pond with a dam, picnic areas, and nature trails. Clark Memorial Park (a 9.5-acre park on Clark Street) features gardens, a jogging path, and a gazebo. Gumbert Park is an 8.3-acre park on South Chestnut Street with four basketball courts, three Little League baseball fields, a jogging path, playground, and The Westfield Rink for skating and ice hockey. Houlihan/Sid Fay Fields comprises four acres of lighted all-purpose synthetic turf fields on Rahway Avenue. The 12.6-acre Mindowaskin Park on East Broad Street has an accessible playground, gazebo, gardens, and a large pond. Sycamore Street’s Sycamore Field is a 15-acre park with a soccer/all-purpose playing field and a playground. Memorial Park is a 19.1-acre park and pool complex on Scotch Plains Avenue with four softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a playground, and the Westfield Memorial Pool and Aquatic Complex. Tamaques Park (106 acres) on Lamberts Mill Road offers 18 picnic areas, two basketball courts, eight tennis courts, three pickleball courts, shuffleboard courts, six playing fields, two handball courts, two playgrounds, a pond, a .8-mile jogging path, and a service building with restrooms. Windsor Park is a single acre on Windsor Avenue that has a basketball court and a playground. Westfield is also home to The Echo Lake Country Club, Nomahegan Swim Club, and the Westfield Area YMCA. Echo Lake Park, a Union County park, is in nearby Mountainside.


Dining and Nightlife

Westfield has plenty of great choices for both casual and fine dining. 16 Prospect Wine Bar and Bistro is perfect for a good burger and a fun night out (bonus: live music nightly). Xocolatz is another solid American fare restaurant. Limani Seafood Grill serves up nice Mediterranean dishes. For those looking for classic fine French cuisine, Chez Catherine is an excellent choice. Ferraro’s serves delicious pizza and Italian dishes. Sweet Waters Steakhouse is a neighborhood favorite. In the mood for Latin cuisine? 1958 Cuban Cuisine is a good spot for a meal full of flavor. Fujiyama Mama is your destination for sushi and Hibachi-style cooking. Drunken noodles and pad Thai? Splash of Thai will hit the spot. Mojave Grill serves a wonderful contemporary Southwestern menu and Spice Bazaar offers traditional Indian delicacies. Roosterspin features Korean cooking in a chic industrial-style setting with live music and karaoke. KC’s Saloon guarantees a great night out on the town.

 

Arts and Culture

Westfield’s arts and culture scene includes the Westfield Art Association, ArtWorks of Westfield, New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Juxtapose Gallery, and the fully professional New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Westfield’s historic Miller-Cory House Museum showcases a typical 18th-century New Jersey home. Classic Thyme Cooking School offers cooking classes as well as parties and catering. 

Westfield is only a 15-minute drive to Summit, which has The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (a wonderful place to see exhibitions of contemporary art, take a class in the Studio School, and participate in community programs), Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, and The Summit Playhouse, one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the US. 

A half-hour drive brings you to Morristown, with its important historical sites as well as MAYO Performing Arts Center (MPAC), offering everything from classical music to modern dance, theater to popular music. MPAC has hosted such A-listers as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Blues Traveler, and Bruce Hornsby. Each summer, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey stages a performance at The Greek Theatre, an open-air amphitheater on the grounds of St. Elizabeth University. The second-largest museum in New Jersey, Morris Museum in Morristown is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

 

Housing Stock

While Westfield has primarily Colonial and Victorian homes, you can find anything from small Capes and ranches to Tudors and sprawling estates. Much of the housing stock is single-family houses, but new luxury apartments are available right downtown (by the train station and in the middle of all the action) at The Northside, The Parker, 333 Central, and Westfield Lofts if you prefer a more urban vibe and quicker access to NYC.


The Commute

Rail commuters access Midtown Direct (Raritan Valley Line) to NY Penn Station at Westfield Train Station. A one-way ticket is $9.25, monthly pass $270. Station to station takes as little as 49 minutes at certain times of day (when there’s no stop at Newark Penn Station); some trips include a short wait at Newark Penn Station and thus take a bit longer. The train line also provides service to Hoboken and Jersey City (with connections to lower Manhattan via the PATH train). Private bus company Lakeland Bus Lines runs busses to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Average driving time to Manhattan is about 50 minutes at off-peak times, to Newark Airport 20 minutes.Commuter parking is available at Southside Train Station (Lot #3) 5 AM–10 AM weekdays for $696 annually and $420 semi-annually and at Watterson Street (Lot #6) 5 AM–10 AM weekdays for $420 annually and $210 semi-annually. Daily parking is available at Lot #3 for $5 per day.

Neighborhoods

In the northeastern part of Westfield, the Wychwood neighborhood has winding, secluded streets with homes built in the 1920s-1940s as well as newer homes. Also in the north of town, The Gardens neighborhood is picturesque and family-oriented, with stately Colonials and Tudors dating back to the 1920s. A mile from downtown to the northwest, the older Brightwood neighborhood includes Brightwood Park and Franklin Elementary School. Near the center of town, the Stoneleigh Park neighborhood (which includes the Stoneleigh Park Historic District) is within walking distance of Westfield High School and the train station. The Central Avenue/Clifton Street neighborhood is also near the center of town. Prospect Street neighborhood, bordering Route 22, is adjacent to the Town Center neighborhood, where most of the houses were built between 1940 and 1969. The Rahway Avenue/Willow Grove Road neighborhood borders the town of Clark to the south of town.