Montclair NJ was officially established in 1868. It’s predecessors were Cranetown on the southern end of Montclair and Speertown located north, in present day Upper Montclair.
Montclair NJ was a popular New York City Suburb from its beginning. Montclair was rich with fertile land strategically located 12 miles from New York City and as a result some of the most well known Americans immediately established residency in town. Dedicated Montclair Community Leaders endowed the town with superior schools, an excellent public library, a distinguished art museum and many large and influential churches which are still present today.
The country town immediately attracted local artists and a notable artist colony, led by George Inness began forming in the 1870’s. Between 1880 and 1930 this unique New York Suburb exploded again as its population leaped from 5,147 to 42,017. Talented businessmen, artists and educators began carving mansions into the mountainside and by the 1930’s more than 130 Montclair NJ Residents were listed in “WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA”. Today Montclair Housing consist of beautiful custom built estates as you travel west up the Watchung Mountains as well as a number of more modest homes as you travel south toward West Orange.
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Montclair Real Estate is made up of multifamily homes, modern townhouses, vintage high rises and garden apartment buildings. If you look hard, you can also find some very charming carriage houses for rent in the South Mountain Estate section of Montclair. If interested in renting in Montclair NJ, Real Estate prices can range from $1300 for a 1 bedroom to $8000 for a 7 bedroom house. Check out the current Montclair rental market.
Montclair Housing Statistics
|Montclair Homes range from $300,000-$3,500,000 and the median home price was $589,900 as of 4/15/2013.|
A seasoned community, known for its beautiful homes, Montclair NJ Real Estate is rich with Historical Architecture that enhances its small town appeal. Montclair NJ Architecture represents an eclectic early 19th century architecture. Many well known architects have made their mark on Montclair Homes. Some architects to note are Van Vleck and Goldsmith, Charles Follen McKim, Mead, and White, Henry Hudson Holly, Charles A. Platt, Alexander Jackson Davis, Dudley Van Antwerp, Effingham R. North, Frances Nelson, and many others.The homes in Montclair range from Grand Victorian, to English Stone Tudors, Georgian Colonials, to charming Cape Cods and more modern day Split Levels. As you travel west up the Watchung Mountain the size of the lots and the homes increase, as well as the panoramic New York City views. Montclair NJ Real Estate prices increase on these prestigious streets such as Upper Mountain Ave, Highland Ave, and Prospect Ave. Looking for a luxury condo? Check out the Sienna on Church st or the Bellaire House in Upper Montclair.
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Montclair Arts and Entertainment
Montclair’s close proximity to New York City and its commitment to the arts and education makes Montclair NJ an ideal town for many Urban Sophisticates. Despite its relatively small size, Montclair hosts many art institutions and theaters, and has many art venues for all ages of the family.The Montclair Times features an event calendar full of weekly entertainment. Clearview Cinemas has two locations in Montclair. Looking for live theaters? The Montclair Operetta Company, the Wellmont Theater, Montclair State University’s Kasser Theater, Montclair State University’s theater in Life Hall, and the Studio Playhouse are all in town. On Church St. there is a public stage used for concerts and other outdoor events all summer long and let’s not forget Brookdale Park which features the Metropolitan Opera House during the summer months.
Montclair NJ is known as an upscale New York Suburb which offers a broad range of educational opportunities for your children( magnet school system).There are 11 schools in the Montclair Public School System; seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one comprehensive high school. The Montclair Schools have been recognized as one of the top six magnet school districts in the United States.
The Charles H. Bullock is the newest school in Montclair its focus is on Environmental Sciences. The theme is interpreted in the broadest possible sense to include natural sciences and the human environment. This begins with the family and extends to the community and beyond. Our community service orientation prepares students to be active, involved citizens of the world.
Edgemont is a Montessori school. One of the added benefits is the Cosmic Studies Lab, students develop an understanding of the world around them through hands-on, project based explorations, and real-life applications. The sciences, social and cultural studies, and technology are experienced by students through Science Teams and cooperative learning configurations. Edgemont has an Outdoor Learning Environment, and the Green Team’s Children’s Garden.
Hillside School’s gifted and talented program presumes ALL children have special gifts and talents environment. During the trimester cycles, children have the opportunity to take courses in art, foreign language, philosophy and logic, science, math, social studies, language arts, leadership, music, drama, dance computers, contemporary living, film and video. Half the day is spent with a Basics team for instruction in language arts, math, science and social studies. Full-time staff in French, Spanish, dance and other arts areas, provide instruction in Aesthetics and Creative “I” course offerings.
Nishuane School is the district’s K-2 Gifted & Talented Magnet School dedicated to identifying and nurturing the gifts and talents of our young learners. Nishuane School builds a strong foundation in literacy and mathematics for all children through meaningful curriculum, enhanced through the visual and performing arts and sciences. The Special Nishuane Arts Program (SNAP) is an integral part of every child’s academic experiences. All students receive weekly instruction in music (vocal and instrumental), physical education, art, technology, and library. As a special part of SNAP, every child at Nishuane School participates in a play each year.
At Northeast,the magnet theme, Global Studies, is a powerful perspective for examining and understanding our world’s people, places and problems. Studying the world provides our students opportunities to reflect on cultural diversity, the global economy, politics and real life issues. Each grade level studies a designated continent using the National Geographic standards as a framework. Students use maps, the environment, politics, topography, current events and populations to understand the past, present and future.
Watchung School is the proud recipient of three national Blue Ribbon awards, honored in 1989, 1993 and 2011. Watchung School has expanded on its magnet theme of Science and Technology, by constructing a state of the art media center and science lab, a school-wide week long Science Fair with Science Bee, a three-day environmental education camping trip, winter and spring concerts, three community building events, after school enrichment programs and regular science orientated field trips.
Glenfield School focuses on Montclair’s future artists. Students work throughout the year creating Major Theatrical/Musical/Dance/Art Productions. Student presentations punctuate each marking period on the Glenfield Middle School stage with Jazz Band, Orchestra, Chorus and Dance Concerts; a major musical play production; and an acting night for young thespians. Students learn the technical end of production, through lighting design and costume design, among other offerings.
Mount Hebron is Montclair’s University STEM Magnet ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Partnering with Montclair State University (MSU), and St. Joseph’s Hospital, the school is equipped with several technology learning centers and has the rich resources of MSU and St. Joe’s at its disposal. Technology is an integral component in each class.
The Renaissance curriculum is inspired by the historic rebirth of the arts and sciences. Renaissance offers classes in Sports and Games, Ballet, Modern Dance, Digital Literacy, Song Writing, Architecture, and Digital Art to name a few. Students also French, Spanish, or Latin during their three years in middle school. Renaissance also enjoys a productive collaboration with the Montclair Art Museum.
Montclair High School has made a commitment to continuous renewal for its excellent faculty and has joined with Montclair State University and the New Jersey Education Association to become a Professional Development School. The Career and College Program has provided students with authentic career experiences and workplace readiness skills The small learning communities are the Civics and Government Institute, Social Justice, Global Research, Medical Biology, and the Ninth Grade Academy. They are comprised of interdisciplinary blocks of courses, some of which span more than 1 year.
Transportation to and from school is available for students in the Montclair Public School District who meet the eligibility requirements. These requirements are based on the shortest walking distance from the student’s residence to the school they are attending.
Montclair Pre Schools
Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, 783-4955
Montclair Kimberly Academy, 201 Valley Road, 746-9800
St. James Preschool, 581 Valley Rd., 744-0105
Shomrei Emunah Pre-school, 67 Park St., 746-5031
Union Congregational Nursery School, 176 Cooper Ave. 744-9069
MMO Programs, 40 South Fullerton Ave. 744-6521
Park Street Academy, 46 Park Street, 783-1900
Day Nurseries, 67 Church St. 783-4347
Maria Montessori Learning Center, 90 Christopher St.744-2718
Over the Rainbow, 32 Pleasant Ave., 744-5905
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Montclair Private Schools
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Montclair YMCA Program is designed to meet both the needs of today’s working parents and the elementary through middle school-age child. The goal is to provide the child with a creative atmosphere in a well-supervised environment. The program is under the expert direction of the Montclair YMCA staff. Children entering Kindergarten through Grade 8 are eligible for this program. The After School Program is offered to all of the district’s elementary and middle schools. Children participate in the before and after school programs at the school he or she attends during the day. Please contact Mr. Rob Casale at the Montclair YMCA (973-744-3400), 25 Park Street, for program specifics and fee schedule.
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|Pillsbury School||Neighborhood Child Care||Kidz Lounge Daycare|
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