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To make it easier for you to find a community that suits your needs and wants, I've provided a short profile of several of the towns where I can help you find that perfect home.

Little Falls

Little Falls Township is named for the Passaic River waterfall that flowed at one time in that area. Little Falls is primarily a residential town that can trace its heritage back to 1711. Its 2.8 square miles is bounded by the communities of Montclair, Wayne, Cedar Grove, Woodland Park, Totowa, North Caldwell, Fairfield and Clifton. Even though this town is located just 15 miles away from New York City, it has retained its small town feel. Among the 14,800 residents, many commute elsewhere in the NYC metropolitan area to work  and are served by frequent rail and bus service and easy access to several highways.

The Little Falls District prides itself on being a small and supportive school system that works to address the varied needs of their students, and the community they serve. There are four schools in the District with School # 2 (grades K-2), School # 3 (grades 3-4), and School # 1 (grades 5-8).  Students in grades 9-12 attend Passaic Valley High School also located in Little Falls.


The Borough of Totowa, just 15 minutes from New York City, is approximately four square miles and home to about 10,000 people. The name Totowa is a Native American word meaning “falling water”. Two public schools serve Totowa exclusively: Memorial School (grades K-2) and Memorial School (grades 3-8). High school students attend Passaic Valley Regional High School in neighboring Little Falls. Totowa is located on several major roadways, including Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 46 and near to Route 23, Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway. New Jersey Transit provides bus service to and from New York City and local service as well. Train service is available on the Montclair-Boonton Line at the Towaco station.

Woodland Park

The 3.1 square miles that makes up the Borough of Woodland Park is home to approximately 12,000 residents. Prior to 2010 Woodland Park was known as West Paterson. Three public schools are located in the Woodland Park school district: Charles Olbon School (grades K-2), Beatrice Gilmore School (grades 3-4) and Memorial Middle School (grades 5-8). High school students attend Passaic Valley Regional High School located in neighboring Little Falls. Several major roadways are nearby – Routes 80, 46, 23 and 3. New Jersey Transit offers bus service to midtown Manhattan as well as local bus service.

Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove is located approximately 12 miles west of New York City and is bordered by Little Falls, Montclair, Verona and North Caldwell. Its 4.3 square miles is home to approximately 12,500 residents. Route 23 which runs through Cedar Grove, is the main commercial zone. The township has an industrial district located along Commerce Road. Cedar Grove is served by New Jersey Transit bus service. Commuter train stations are located in the neighboring towns of Little Falls and Montclair. Schools in the Cedar Grove school district are North End Elementary School (grades K-4), South End Elementary School (grades K-4), Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School (grades 5-8) and Cedar Grove High School (grades 9-12).



Bloomfield, a town of 47,000 residents over 5.3 square miles, was incorporated on February 26, 1900. The township took its name from the Presbyterian parish, which had been named for Governor of New Jersey, Joseph Bloomfield. Bloomfield is only 10 miles from Manhattan and 7.5 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. For the many commuters living in town, Bloomfield is served by the New Jersey Transit to Hoboken Terminal or to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The Grove Street station on the Newark City Subway at the south end of Bloomfield provides service to Newark Penn Station. Bus service is also available to Newark and New York City.

The Bloomfield Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. There are eight elementary schools in the district serving kindergarten through sixth grade — Berkeley School, Brookdale School, Carteret School, Demarest School, Fairview School, Franklin School, Oak View School, and Watsessing School.  Bloomfield Middle School serves grades 7 and 8 and Bloomfield High School serves grades 9-12. In addition, Bridges Academy at Forest Glen provides individualized programs and services to special needs students in grades 7-12. Bloomfield Tech High School is a regional magnet public high school that offers occupational and academic instruction for students in Essex County, as part of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools.


“Belleville” means beautiful town and locally is known as the “cherry blossom capital of America”. Approximately 36,000 people reside in Belleville’s 3.4 square miles. Seven elementary schools serve the community along with Belleville middle school and Belleville High School. Both routes 7 and 21 run through Belleville. The Silver Lake station on the Newark City Subway provides service to Newark Penn Station. Several New Jersey Transit bus lines provide service from Belleville to Newark.


Paterson is the county seat of Passaic County and was named for William Paterson, NJ governor and signer of the Constitution. Paterson is known as the "Silk City" for its dominant role in silk production during the latter half of the 19th century. It is home to the Great Falls of the Passaic River, the 2nd largest waterfall on the east coast of the United States. Patterson covers 8.7 square miles and is home to approximately 146,000 people. Patterson is served by bus and train service into Manhattan, as well as numerous local NJ Transit buses.

The district currently has 45 schools with 2,052 certified teachers to accommodate students in kindergarten through grade 12. The district also provides a comprehensive preschool program, serving 3,447 three- and four-year-old students in 30 early childhood community provider centers and four in-district sites.

Lincoln Park

The borough of Lincoln Park is 6.9 square miles and home to 10,500 residents. It is served by NJ Transit trains and is close to several major highways. It is located between Routes 80, 23 and 287. The Lincoln Park Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district are Lincoln Park Elementary School (grades K-4) and Lincoln Park Middle School (grades 5-8). For grades 9-12, Lincoln Park public school students attend Boonton High School in Boonton.


Although Verona is a primarily residential community, it is also home to commercial areas and factories, making it a wonderful place to raise a family or start or relocate a business. Originally, Verona was a part of Newark, then later a part of Caldwell Township, before being incorporated as the Borough of Verona in 1907. It covers 2.8 square miles located in the valley between the First and Second Watchung Mountains. Verona has four elementary schools, a middle school and high school, that serve the population of 13,300 people. The town has bus service to Newark and New York. Train service to New York is available from the neighboring towns of Little Falls and Montclair. Route 23 runs through Verona, and Routes 80 and 46 are close by.


In 1798 the area known as Horseneck was renamed Caldwell Township after James Caldwell, a preacher and local hero of the revolutionary war. In 1904, West Caldwell was incorporated as an individual borough. Caldwell is located approximately 16 miles west of New York City with a population of 7,800 people in an area of 1.2 square miles. New Jersey Transit provides bus service from Caldwell to midtown Manhattan. Caldwell is served by four K-5 elementary schools, all named for American Presidents — Jefferson School (located in West Caldwell), Lincoln School (Caldwell), Washington School (West Caldwell) and Wilson School (West Caldwell) — Grover Cleveland Middle School (Caldwell) for grades 6-8 and James Caldwell High School (West Caldwell) for grades 9-12. The Essex County Vocational Technical Schools offers magnet school and vocational programs to students from Caldwell and all of Essex County.

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