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Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey. It
is about 6 Squre Miles and is located about 25 miles west of Manhattan.
It is bordered by Springfield, Millburn and Chatham. According to Bloomberg,
Summit ranked as the 72nd richest town in America in 2018,
with an average household income of $220,971. One report was
that Manhattan's financial elite prefers living in Summit
because of big houses, good schools and NJ Transit's rail
link to Manhattan's financial district. Others suggested
that the city has long been popular with traders, investment
bankers, and money managers, with nearly 20% of Summit's
residents working in finance and real estate.
Springfield Avenue is the town's main street. Unincorporated
communities, localities and place names located partially or
completely within the city include Brantwood Park and Tall
Oaks. It is bordered to the northeast by Millburn in Essex
County, to the northwest by Chatham and Chatham Township,
both in Morris County, to the west by New Providence, to the
southwest by Berkeley Heights, to the south by Mountainside
and to the southeast by Springfield Township.
Downtown Summit has a variety of boutique stores and
restaurants of different cuisines.
Arts and Culture
The Summit Opera House was originally built in the 1890s by
the Woman's Christian Temperance Union as a dry
entertainment hall and local W.C.T.U. meeting place. It
currently houses Winberie's restaurant on the ground floor,
and a church, office space, and apartments on the upper
floors. It is located at Springfield Avenue and Kent Place
Boulevard in downtown Summit. The Summit Playhouse features
live dramatic performances. The Visual Arts Center of New
Jersey on Elm Street diagonally across from the Summit
Middle School is a professionally recognized regional art
center with an art school and an exhibition program.
Students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade are
educated by the Summit Public Schools. Schools in the
district are Jefferson Primary Cente (grades PreK-K), Wilson
Primary Center (PreK-K), Brayton School (1-5), Franklin
School (1-5), Jefferson School (1-5), Lincoln-Hubbard School
(1-5), Washington School (1-5), Lawton C. Johnson Summit
Middle School (6-8) and Summit High School (9-12).
Kent Place School (NS-12), founded in 1894. Oak Knoll School
of the Holy Child (K-6 coed; 7-12 for girls), Oratory
Preparatory School (7-12), St. Teresa of Avila School (K-8),
HudsonWay Immersion School (NS-5), Mandarin Chinese and
Spanish immersion program.
Real Estate and Housing
Summit residential real estate is expensive as it is a very
desirable place to live due to it's location and access via
public transportation to New York City. Summit provides many housing choices for the buyer and
renter. It hosts a number of antique homes and
unique properties, Townhouses, Condos,
Colonials, Victorians, and Contemporary Homes.
Highways used for commuting include Routes 22, 24, 78 and
the Garden State Parkway. Bus services to New York City are
available along Route 22 and in downtown Summit. The Summit
train station has the Mid-Town Direct train, which connects
to Penn Station.
NJ Transit's Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch merge at
Summit station, providing frequent passenger service to
Hoboken Terminal or New York's Penn Station. The train ride
from Summit to New York is about 50 minutes (local) or 35
minutes (express). NJ Transit offers bus service to
and from Newark on the 70 route with local Wheels service on
the 986 route. Lakeland Bus Lines (Route 78) provides
service to and from Manhattan during peak commuting hours.
Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth
is approximately 15 minutes away via Interstate 78.
Official Town Website: https://www.cityofsummit.org/