Livingston Real Estate
About the Livingston, New Jersey Area
When it comes to shopping Livingston offers it all from Large department stores, everyday common shopping and unique mom and pop shops. There are three main shopping areas. The first area is located in the center of the town. It stretches along Livingston Avenue from Route 10 to Northfield Avenue. Historically, the area had been dominated by small local shops and restaurants. With the recent addition of Livingston Town Center, it is now a charming new development with 20 or so boutiques, gift shops and restaurants.
The second area is the Livingston Mall. It is anchored by Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Sears department stores. The third shopping area is located on Route 10. Here is where you will find Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, and Costco.
Livingston is located about 21.9 miles from New York City about 40 minutes away. There is a Coach USA (Community Coach) bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and a New Jersey Transit bus service to Newark Penn Station running through the center of Livingston.
Even without a station, Livingston is a convenient commuter suburb, fringed by U.S. Route 280 to the east and bisected by New Jersey Highway 10. Called Mount Pleasant Avenue as it passes through the township, Highway 10 was laid out in the early 1800’s as a stagecoach route from Newark to Morristown, connecting Essex and Morris Counties.
Another major attraction to Livingston is the highly rated Livingston Public School District.
For the 1997-98 school year, Livingston High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve. Livingston High School was the 14th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2006 cover story on the state’s Top Public High Schools.
Livingston’s schools participate in many county, interschool, state, and national competitions. Some of these include the popular “Cognetics” program, MathCounts, various national, state, and county math contests, debate contests, Academically Speaking (a county competition to test broad knowledge), Knowledge Master Open (KMO, a national computer-based contest to test broad knowledge), and many more.
There are six elementary schools- Burnet Hill, Collins, Harrison, Hillside, Mt. Pleasant Elementary, Riker Hill – two middle schools – Mount Pleasant, and Heritage – and a high school, Livingston High School.
There are more than 470 acres of wooded parks with passive hiking trails in Livingston. There are many smaller parks and open space that are integrated with recreational and municipal sport facilities. These include two swimming pools, ten little league baseball diamonds, four full baseball diamonds, eight full soccer/lacrosse fields, one full football field, three basket ball courts, sixteen tennis courts, eleven playgrounds, a jogging track, a dog park, a fishing/ice skating pond and the new skatepark.
Livingston is home of a few performing arts organizations from local to international including the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Livingston Community Players, and the Children’s Theatre of Livingston.
There is always a host of activities to participate and see in Livingston. For the latest events and festivals you can visit these websites, Livingston Township Site and the Livingston Chamber of Commerce.
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