For the outdoors lover in you, yet commuter-friendly
Mountainside was ranked an impressive #12 on the list of Best Places to Live by New Jersey Monthly as of September 2017. Residents of Mountainside enjoy more elbow room than surrounding towns, with its 6,700 residents spread across 4 square miles. Outdoor lovers are drawn to the distinctively woodsy feel of Mountainside, where a third of the borough is comprised of public parkland.
Watchung Reservation–the largest nature preserve in Union County–is partially located in Mountainside, along with the Trailside Nature and Science Center, which offers a slew of indoor exhibits, live animals, educational classes, as well as outdoor hikes, birdwatching, and campfires. Also in Mountainside is beautiful Echo Lake Park, home to winding bike trails, a well-stocked fishing pond, dog park, paddle boats, outdoor concerts, and the famous Pumpkin Sail.
Don’t let its rural setting fool you–Mountainside is still a very convenient town to live in for commuters, with such close proximity to Route 22 and a NJ Transit bus stop that takes passengers to and from Manhattan. Those raising children in town can take advantage of the full-day public kindergarten; high school students attend the highly ranked Governor-Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights.