Madison Real Estate
About the Madison, New Jersey Area
The Borough of Madison, known as “The Rose City,” is a small suburban community in southeast Morris County, New Jersey, about fifteen miles due west of Times Square. Madison is favored for its location, transportation network and many other community assets. Madison’s downtown is a thriving district of restaurants, retail shopping and small businesses with easy access to transportation.
Madison’s charming historic downtown business district has 52 buildings on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. It’s a welcoming comfort to stroll the newly installed downtown sidewalk pavers or to enjoy an afternoon of sidewalk dining. Then try sampling a unique range of shopping opportunities such as fashionable adult and children’s apparel boutiques, home furnishings and electronics, antiques, jewelry, bookstores and more.
East of the historic district, on Main Street, is where you find major retailers and car dealerships. These include Stop & Shop Supermarket; Honda; Burger King; Jaguar; Karl’s Appliance Center; Whole Foods Market; Blockbuster Video; and Starbucks.
Madison is served by Morris and Essex Morristown Line trains of NJ Transit direct to Penn Station in New York City. It also provides service to Hoboken (with connections to lower New York City by the Hudson Tubes.) In addition, Morris County Metro provides local bus service.
When it comes to arts and culture, Madison may well be the biggest little town in New Jersey.
Madison is home to two of New Jersey’s five professional live theater companies designated by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as “major arts institutions.” The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, located at Drew University, is one of the leading Shakespeare theaters in the nation. Playwrights Theatre has been devoted to the development and presentation of stimulating new American plays for 21 years.
For jazz, there’s no place better on either side of the Hudson River than Shanghai Jazz, named by Downbeat magazine as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is a landmark in downtown Madison and is devoted to telling the story of how people in New Jersey lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in America. Take a trip back to the 18th and 19th centuries at a museum rich in history, architecture and folklore.
Madison is well-known as a community with exceptional educational resources and is home to three universities and colleges—Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of St. Elizabeth.
The Madison School District is well regarded for its broad-based curriculum, statewide rankings, and the high level of individual support given each student. There are three elementary schools – Kings Road, Central Avenue, and Torey J. Sabatini, one junior high school – Madison Junior, and one high school – Madison High School. Madison High School has been cited in statewide and national rankings.
Madison is known as a walking, biking and running community. There are many convenient fitness and recreation options for residents of all ages, including Madison parks and fields, access to the Giralda Farms perimeter walking/jogging path, and access to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Chatham.
The Zuck Arboretum at Drew University is a wonderful woodland retreat that has two small ponds where you can study the turtles, goldfish, catfish and muskrats and are migrating Canada geese, ducks and herons.
Madison also offers facilities that include playgrounds and outdoor tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming at the Madison Community Pool and indoor swimming at the YMCA. There is one golf course in Madison, the private, nine-hole Madison Golf Club, and five other courses (both private and public) in the immediate area.
There is always a host of activities to participate and see in Madison. For the latest events and festivals you can visit these websites, Madison Community Website and Madison Magazine.
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