The “Fairview Manor” neighborhood comprises the area in the northern part of Cranford, stretching from Springfield Avenue to Willow from east to west, and from Brookside to West End Avenue from north to south. Residents’ children attend Brookside Avenue School for elementary school, and Orange Avenue School for middle school. And when they are old enough for high school, they are lucky enough to have Cranford High School, recently voted one of the best public schools in the country by Newsweek (206th overall. . . . in the COUNTRY! 15th in NJ!!) right in their own backyard, since it sits right in the middle of this neighborhood.
Like so much of Cranford and the surrounding areas, the land this neighborhood resides upon was originally farmland. In 1896, 19 acres of this farmland were divided into 75 lots, in preparation for building homes to accommodate the ever-growing population drawn to this highly sought-after area. Developer Frank Winkler was a German native, and a jack-of-all-trades. He was a very successful importer, a justice of the peace, and served a few public offices in town. He originally built 34 homes in this neighborhood, which sold almost immediately.
Since then, of course, the remaining lots, as well as the entire surrounding area, has filled in and built up. Stately homes, immaculate landscaping, quiet streets, and fabulous location blend together to define the neighborhood of Fairview Manor. The quiet streets, and the proximity to the schools and stunningly beautiful Nomahegan Park, make this neighborhood into what is still a highly sought-after area. And residents who call this neighborhood “home” are proud to do so.