The architecture in Montclair consists of early 19th century construction. The eclectic styles range from English Tudors with steep roofs to Dutch Colonials with clapboard siding and copper drain pipes. Its fun to tour Montclair homes and see all the fine craftsmanship represented by the early builders. The community was developed by wealthy Manhattan Commuters with a strong respect for education and the arts. As you travel west in Montclair you raise in elevation. The views of Manhattan increase, the size of the home grows and the acreage increases also. The real estate represents some of the finest craftsmanship in this time period.
Featuring 4 local downtown shopping areas Montclair has a walk score which is off the charts. Here one can enjoy local antique shops, galleries, a wide variety of restaurants, 3 live theaters companies, and also the eclectic choices of artistic interests which only Montclair has to offer. For family fun and recreation, Montclair has three public swimming pools, Mountainside pool, the Nishuane pool, and the Essex pool, four skating rinks (two indoor), multiple public and school owned sports fields ,and 18 tennis courts. For children during the summer there are numerous camp programs in Montclair. The Work-Family Connection is a non-profit educational organization established in 1989 and professional provider of summer camps throughout New Jersey. WFC hosts summer camps in various Montclair Public Schools. Flexible schedules with many options for families are available. Camps offer a variety of different activities and themes. For more information and registration, visit www.workfamily.org or call 908-534-5935.
Running through Montclair is the Montclair-Boonton Line, which goes between New York City, Hoboken and Hackettstown. There are seven railway stations serving Montclair: Bay Street, Walnut Street, Watchung Avenue, Upper Montclair, Mountain Avenue, and Montclair Heights in Montclair, and Montclair State University Station in the Great Notch area of Little Falls, New Jersey. Only Bay Street station has weekend train service. The New York City commute is approximately 39 minutes. The town also offers a Jitney service to the Bay Street Station from the South Mountain Estate Neighborhood.
Montclair / Booton Train Line Schedule
NJ Transit buses 11, 28, 29, 34, 97, 191 and 705 run through Montclair. The New Jersey transit bus routes are:
#11 goes from Downtown Newark through Verona, Cedar Grove, and Little Falls to Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. The only Montclair street it goes along is Bloomfield Avenue.
#28 follows the route of #29 on Bloomfield Avenue until halfway through Montclair, where it goes north along Park Street, Watchung Avenue, and Valley Road to Montclair State University, and to Willowbrook Mall on Weekends
#29 between West Caldwell and Newark, passing through Caldwell, Verona, Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield on Bloomfield Avenue. It goes to Parsippany at rush hour. The only Montclair street it goes along is Bloomfield Avenue.
#34 to Newark through East Orange and Orange on some trips, otherwise it goes to Bloomfield along Orange Road, Elm Street, and Bloomfield Avenue. It goes farther to the Montclair High School during that school’s start and end times.
#97 goes from the Montclair Center south along Orange and Harrison Roads through the Oranges.
#191 goes from Willowbrook Mall through Little Falls to Montclair State University, then to New York City.
#705 goes from Passaic along Alexander Avenue, Grove Street (for one block), Mt. Hebron Road and through Montclair State University to Willowbrook Mall. All of these routes except #97, #191, and #705 were trolley lines originally, operated by the Public Service Railway.
DeCamp Bus Lines routes 33 and 66 run through Montclair to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.
#33 goes along Bloomfield Avenue, with some buses going onto Grove Street
#66 goes along Orange Road, Park Street, Valley Road, and Mt. Hebron Road
There are over 70 religious organizations which service the Montclair area, 54 churches, 2 synagogues, 7 Baptist churches, 6 Presbyterian among others..
51.26% of the people in Montclair, NJ (zip 07043) are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion.
32.61% are Catholic
0.08% are LDS
2.26% are another Christian faith
8.35% are Jewish
0.02% are an eastern faith
2.43% affilitates with Islam
(source: Sperling Best Places to Live)