Summit, New Jersey
A Premier Metro Suburb with a Vibrant Downtown!
Summit, a small upscale ‘city’ of 6-square miles, has been dubbed by one local as ‘a town in a box’, since it provides the trifecta of easy New York City accessibility, excellent schools consistently ranked among the top districts in New Jersey, and a trendy downtown with many cultural, shopping, and restaurant diversions. Located just 20 miles from Manhattan, and 9 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport, Summit is the residential destination of choice for many commuters, especially because it’s train station offers the most direct trains into New York City in the region, with a 37-minute service to New York Penn Station.
There are many distinct neighborhoods in Summit with a huge range in property values. The median price of homes in town is close to $900,000. Entry-level single-family homes in some neighborhoods can be found priced beginning in the $400,000’s, but the majority of Summit’s inventory of homes is valued between $800,000 and $3,000,000, with some homes values over $4,000,000.
Summit: More than just a tony downtown
A haven for outdoor enthusiasts
This small community of just over 6 square miles, has 496 acres of green space, sporting over 150 Acres of town parks, over 120 acres of county parks, 12 public tennis courts, a municipal golf course, a family aquatic center and 2 ponds for ice skating.
Some noteworthy outdoor spaces in town: The Village Green, adjacent to the Mabee Playground, is large expanse of open space in the heart of Summit, is a popular spot for town-wide events such as the Hot Summer Nights concert series, the Screen on the Green movie series and the Memorial Day Parade. Wilson Park features 11 acres of parkland with two lighted paddle tennis courts, baseball/soccer fields, a basketball court and a playground. The Mayor’s Committee for the Arts, in conjunction with Summit’s Public Works Department has dedicated part of Wilson Park as an Art Park, with the idea of displaying new art here before being relocated to other outdoor areas of the city. Memorial Field, Summit’s most active park, comprises 25 acres of parkland. It features a baseball field, two softball diamonds, two soccer fields, two basketball courts, a quarter mile track, a playground, an outdoor roller skating rink and eight tennis courts. Several special events are held at Memorial Field each year: Fourth of July carnival and Fireworks, Concerts, Outdoor Movie Nights, The Tot Trot and more. Investors Bank Field is 15 acres of parkland with a synthetic turf football stadium, synthetic turf multi-purpose field, grass practice fields, four lighted tennis courts and locker rooms. The primary field is used for football, lacrosse, soccer, while a second area is designed as tennis courts, basketball courts, and a playground. Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers 13.5 acres of natural beauty, including historic and contemporary gardens and six acres of woodland forest. Whether you are interested in gardening, hiking, art, bird watching, community campouts, outdoor concerts, dance performances, nature programs or a place for quiet contemplation, the arboretum has something for you. Briant Park comprises 30 acres of rolling grassland with a paved path around a large scenic pond. The park features a series of fitness stations and is frequented by walkers, bikers and runners.
The City of Summit: A New Jersey mecca for Culture and The Arts
So much going on, packed into such a small area
Love art and culture? Here’s a list of some highlights you can find within Summit:
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, NJ’s largest institution focused on viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art, has been recognized as a leading arts institution in the tristate region for more than 80 years. It encompasses a studio school serving all ages, a contemporary art museum, educational outreach programs, and art & healing programs in conjunction with health and social service organizations. Summit Public Art, in addition to hosting several permanent installations, has installed over 65 pieces of temporary art throughout the community over the past 14 years. It’s mission is to enhance the cityscape, infusing it with assorted contemporary art installations created by acclaimed artists, and to provide public art experiences to those who live, work in, or visit Summit. The Summit Playhouse, one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the country, provides quality drama for and by youth, while offering young people experience in all aspects of the theatre — acting, directing, costuming, set design, stage management, lighting and sound. And the Stony Hill Players, housed in the Oakes Memorial Center, a 180-seat, handicapped accessible theater, has been offering operas, dramatic plays and musical events since 1951. The Carter House, home to the Summit Historical Society, and believed to be the oldest existing building in Summit, circa 1751, has been fully restored and serves as the city’s local history museum. Of note, Summit’s heritage includes building, structures, sites and streetscapes dating from the mid-18th century through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. These buildings and sites, diverse in style, well maintained and still largely intact, help imbue Summit with a special charm. The Summit Symphony Orchestra produces three free concerts a season of orchestral music by the great classical composers, hosted in either the high school or the middle school.