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Settling down in a cozy neighborhood in the Westfield Area has numerous advantages. In addition to the close proximity to the beaches and New York City, these area towns offer incredible shopping and dining options within a quick walk from home. The Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the community since 1955 and supports area businesses and the community in countless ways. Each town in the Westfield Area is governed by an elected mayor and represented by an elected council of their peers.

Westfield
Westfield is defined by its broad, tree-lined streets, beautiful homes and gardens and fabulous downtown shopping area. Several sources of pride for the community are the designation of historic home sections and many small-town activities with big-city appeal.

Before Westfield became its own town in 1903, it was part of Elizabethtown. Originally known as the “West Fields,” the area was divided by 100-acre parcels of farmland now occupied by eight separate towns. Since 1903, the community has had its own character. Westfield is now home to more than 30,000 people and is located a mere 23 miles from New York City.

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With such a great location and wonderful surrounding areas, there are many job opportunities available for graduates, as well as experienced professionals. Westfield has an extraordinary school system that includes six elementary schools, two intermediate schools and a high school that boasts 450 graduates each year. Average SAT scores are well above state and national levels and continued education is of the utmost priority.

Some of the highlights that Westfield is known for are its shopping and commitment to a historic feel and preservation of its town. In 2004, the National Trust honored Westfield with the Great American Main Street Award for Historic Preservation. Certain areas of the town have also been featured on television shows, movies and commercials.

Fanwood
Fanwood is a town that occupies just over a square mile of what was originally known as the “West Fields” of Elizabethtown. Fanwood was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey legislature on October 2, 1895 from portions of land that is now known as Scotch Plains.

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As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough’s population was 7,174. The people of Fanwood embrace the small hometown feel as evidenced by their well-maintained neighborhoods. A beautiful Victorian train station was built around 1874, when the Central Railroad of New Jersey established its roots in this small community, causing a surge of development that continues to this day. A large number of civic organizations, regular community events and convenient shopping make Fanwood a wonderful town to settle in.

Garwood
Garwood is a closely-knit community of 4,153 residents, as of the 2000 U.S. Census. Garwood was incorporated as a borough on March 19, 1903 from portions of Cranford Township and Westfield. The north side of Garwood has streets that consist of numbers while the south side has streets named after trees. Garwood public schools serve children in grades kindergarten through 8th, and high school students attend Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark.

In the 1890s, John Maxwell, a former president of Central Railroad, purchased a large portion of land along the railroad and formed “Garwood Land and Improvement Company.” Houses built in 1869 by that company and its president, Samuel Garwood, still stand on Myrtle Avenue.

Garwood is known for its neighborly charm, large shopping center and many manufacturing companies.

Scotch Plains
Scotch Plains was also part of the area known as “West Fields” and was incorporated in 1877, naming itself after the Scottish farmers who settled there. It is the third largest municipality in Union County and a distinguished community with plenty of excellent events and cultural activities. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Scotch Plains is home to more than 23,000 people.

Scotch Plains has a unique combination of rural and suburban flavor with ample shopping, dining and recreational activities nestled amidst beautiful homes. Its community is perfectly situated for easy access into NYC and offers a wonderful academic program in addition to Union County Vocational School.

Mountainside
In 1895, Mountainside became independent from “West Fields” and established itself as a small suburban community that was, until the 1950s, mainly farmland. Now, with a population of close to 6,600 residents, Mountainside has become home to more than 300 businesses, yet the town still maintains a sense of its old-fashioned past.

Mountainside has a fabulous sense of community tradition and is host to many summer concerts at Echo Lake Park. It is also home to Watchung Reservation, which has a nature center, horseback riding and trails, and incredible parks to play in all year.

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