An unincorporated community within the Township of Millburn, Short Hills is a popular commuter town for residents who are employed in New York City thanks to a direct train line to Penn Station. With approximate 13,000 residents, the town is very family-friendly with a predominantly upper-middle class make up. The town began as a planned community “where people of congenial tastes could dwell together.” The town’s founder, Stewart Hartshorn, lobbied the local government and consequently, Short Hills has its own train station and post office, despite remaining part of the Township of Millburn.Town website: http://www.twp.millburn.nj.us/ Public schools: http://www.millburn.org/
Part of the areas popularity also has to do with the Short Hills Mall which contains a Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
For recreational, locals appreciate spending time at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, on whose 16.5 acres are trails free to the public. A variety of programs, such as group hikes, camping and biking trips, volunteering and nature classes for kids are also available. Arts lovers enjoy the Paper Mill Playhouse, a first rate regional theatre and home to the New Jersey Ballet. Paper Mill also has a large educational program with acting classes for all ages, children through to seniors.