Barbara Lang
Coldwell Banker Realty

Welcome! Feeling good about the community you live in can be just as important as selecting the right home. As a local expert, I can help you find a neighborhood that best suits your needs. From local restaurants and activities to school information and market trends, explore the communities I serve below.

 

 

Township of Westfield sign

 

Westfield

Westfield is a vibrant town with a population of approximately 30,000. Settled in 1720 as part of the Elizabethtown Tract, Westfield was one of New Jersey's first 104 townships. Noted for its beautiful downtown area, excellent school system and convenient commute to New York City, it offers residents the attractions of fine suburban living with an easy route to metropolitan New York. A large segment of its residents commute daily to business in New York and Newark. Excellent train and bus service combined with easy access to the metropolitan highway network provide commuters with fast and efficient transportation.

With its charming, Great American Main Street award winning downtown and prestigious school system, Westfield is a town that all residents can be proud to call home. The Victorian and Colonial-style homes that reflect its rich historical character complement the broad, tree-lined streets of this small picturesque community. Within this peaceful landscape, you will find lush parks and golf courses, and an endless array of recreational facilities for children as well as adults.

"Charming Westfield could be the best downtown in the state. See why." - NJ.com, November 6, 2018. It’s a classic town for modern families. And, it’s among the top five finalists vying to be crowned the best downtown in New Jersey on NJ.com. https://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2018/11/westfield_nj_a_classic_town_for_modern_families.html

"Westfield, N.J., Where Small Town Meets Urban" - The New York Times, September 7, 2016. The appeal of Westfield for NYC transplants is understandable, as Westfield offers a bustling downtown, a vibrant cultural scene and good transportation options — along with attractive homes, well-regarded schools and a sense of community. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/realestate/westfield-nj-where-small-town-meets-urban.html 

"Our Favorite Downtowns: Westfield" - New Jersey Monthly, September Issue 2015. Westfield encompasses 1 million square feet of retail space, giving the town a mall-like variety with the charm of a downtown.
http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/westfield-2015/

  

Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains has a population of approximately 23,510 and encompasses just over 9 square miles. The area was first settled in 1684 and has a rich history with many Revolutionary War landmarks still standing. Today, Scotch Plains has a diverse population reflecting many ethnic, religious and age groups. They have extensive recreation opportunities, a vibrant business community and top notch schools. 

"Where Commuters Can Spread Out" - The New York Times, December 17, 2014. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/realestate/commuters-can-spread-out-in-scotch-plains-nj.html 

 

Fanwood

Fanwood is an independent borough, 1.3 square miles in size, population 7,300, in Union County, New Jersey. Fanwood’s public schools are part of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Fanwood has a downtown district that includes many thriving businesses.  Over the last five years, our downtown has enjoyed a rebirth made possible by new construction of several multi-use buildings including commercial and residential occupants. Another project is about to get underway to build new apartments and parking. 

"Fanwood NJ: A Future Coupled with Transit" The New York Times May 6, 2014. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/realestate/fanwood-nj-a-future-coupled-with-transit.html

 

Fountain in Nomahegan Park, Cranford

Cranford

Cranford is home to more than 24,000 people who enjoy its many parks, recreational facilities, shopping areas and outstanding schools. Strategically located in the heart of Union County, the Township is served by the NJ Transit bus and Raritan Valley train line making it desirable for outbound and inbound commuters.

Established in 1871, Cranford is 4.8 square miles of wonderful neighborhoods and historic homes along the Rahway River, some dating back to the late 1800s. Township residents and visitors, young and old, can enjoy the many programs at Community Center, Public Library, parks, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools or canoeing on the river. These are just some of the reasons Cranford is routinely rated in the Top 50 Best Places to Live in NJ and to raise a family.

Cranford Public Schools, a K-12 program, offer innovative programs and consistently receive high rankings both nationally and at the State. The town is also home to Union County College main campus.

The town also has a strong commercial base. Downtown Cranford is well known for its many restaurants, unique specialty shops and has seen tremendous investment and growth in recent years with several Transit-Oriented Development projects. Smaller neighborhood shopping areas, like Centennial Village, are also revitalized with new restaurants and businesses. The Cranford Business Park, with easy access to the Garden State Parkway, major roads and Newark Airport, is home to several well-known national corporations.

However, Cranford’s best asset is its residents who take great pride in the town’s history and exemplify volunteerism and community spirit in the many civic organizations, clubs and committees.

 

Mountainside NJ Clock

Mountainside

Mountainside is a borough in Union County with a population of about 6,700.Mountainside was incorporated as a borough on September 25, 1895, from portions of Westfield Township. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Mountainside as its 16th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey, as well as eighth in the 2010 list.

 

"Mountainside Ranked as Twelfth Best Place to Live by New Jersey Monthly Magazine" TapInto.net August 21, 2017.

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mountainside/sections/business-and-finance/articles/mountainside-ranked-as-twelfth-best-place-to-live

 

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